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Publisher's Summary

"Rebecca Soler brings this YA adaptation of Rumpelstiltskin to life. . . This audiobook demands to be binged, so listeners should block out some time once they hit play."—AudioFile Magazine

In Gilded, #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer returns to the fairytale world with this haunting tale.

Long ago cursed by the god of lies, a poor miller's daughter has developed a talent for spinning stories that are fantastical and spellbinding and entirely untrue.

Or so everyone believes.

When one of Serilda's outlandish tales draws the attention of the sinister Erlking and his undead hunters, she finds herself swept away into a grim world where ghouls and phantoms prowl the earth and hollow-eyed ravens track her every move. The king orders Serilda to complete the impossible task of spinning straw into gold, or be killed for telling falsehoods. In her desperation, Serilda unwittingly summons a mysterious boy to her aid. He agrees to help her… for a price. Love isn't meant to be part of the bargain. 

Soon Serilda realizes that there is more than one secret hidden in the castle walls, including an ancient curse that must be broken if she hopes to end the tyranny of the king and his wild hunt forever.  

A Macmillan Audio production from Feiwel & Friends

©2021 Marissa Meyer (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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First in a series

Save yourself the agony and wait until the others are out.

The book ends in the middle of the story. It’s VERY frustrating to know I’ll have to wait a year or more to find out how she gets herself out of the dangerous situation she’s in.

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Slow build, but I eagerly await the next one!

I'm a long-term Marissa Meyer fan. Every November, I nail-bitingly anticipate whatever new story she has come up with next. This book was no exception.

While I'll admit that some of this plot felt rather slow-burn -- it sometimes took a while to get me invested in the characters and situations -- Marissa did a beautiful job of tying together miscellaneous details from the story at the end in a way that seemed both obvious and yet somehow still unexpected. Even more than some of her other (potentially more broad-stroke engaging) books, this novel seemed to be a studied demonstration of Marissa's writing prowess. While I'm not sure what to expect from the next addition, I can say that Marissa has created a world that I am eager to explore - - and the promise of more tantalizing storytelling.

November 2022 can't come fast enough!

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A perfect dark fantasy.

Trigger warning:
This novel deals with child death, and they do not go gently. Be forewarned.

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Skip this one, couldn't finish!

Horribly boring with no apparent plot. I kept skipping ahead to see if it got better then gave up.
Skip this one, if you're expecting something similar to Lunar Chronicles you will be disappointed!

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Best Rumpelstiltskin retelling

Meyer has removed the Rumpelstiltskin tale in marvelous ways to make the Miller's daughter an unselfish heroine who only tells the lie about spinning gold to save others. The inclusion of the Wild Hunt is very imaginative, and makes the king a very sinister figure and the real gold spinner much more likable and mysterious. Know the reader you hand this to with off page sexual content that results in a pregnancy and some seriously spooky horror scenes in a ghostly, monstrous cursed castle with a vicious villain who brutally murders people (several gory wounds described), he also controls people against their will.

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Dreary, depressing and long

it's Sleepy Hollow mixed with Rumpelstiltskin. The book itself is pretty depressing and boring and the main character tells a lot of stories that are even more so. I like Marissa Meyer but this was not her best work. Do yourself a favor and skip it!

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Not The Best For Marissa Meyer

I can proudly say I read every single book Marissa Meyer ever released, so to say I was anticipating this book is an understatement, I began reading this book the HOUR it was released .. but I'm afraid it wasn't what I hoped for the most part
Serilda lives in a village where they believe she is cursed because her eyes look like wheels and she can spin tales like no other and they believe she is cursed by the god of lies, but then the night of the hunt happens and she stumbles upon the Erlking king and she lies to him to save herself, sadly he calls out her bluff and order her to spin gold for him to prove she is who she claims she is .. but then a ghost comes to her aid .. Gild, he is not dead yet not alive .. he is cursed, and his curse will unlock a shocking truth that will change Serilda's destiny
it's a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin and I have to say it was atmospheric and I liked Serilda so much and those children .. ( why Marissa why ????? ) but I wasn't very keen on the super weird relationship between Serilda and Gild and for me the book could've been a bit shorter for this kind of story because there were so many chapter where the story just dragged which made a bit bored
it was a nice read but not the best work for Marissa Meyer .. I prefer Heartless over this

Rebecca Soler is my favorite narrator ever and she is always excellent and I can't even comment on how amazing is her performance

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exceptional!

I loved this! it was so hard for me to put it down for classes. I need the next book, I need to know what happens next!!!

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Outstanding novel and performance

Love the mix of German folklore with this reimagined tale. So many new angles. Vivid characters. Can’t wait for next in series.

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Lunar Chronicles but Game of Thrones

I am an avid fan of Marissa Meyer. I’ve read all of Lunar Chronicles, Fairest, and Stars Above. In addition I’ve read Heartless and have Instant Karma ready on the shelf… but I began feeling a bit older that the intended audience at times. Starting her books as a 17 year old girl who is now 20, wow this book has captured my matured with me as the audience. Everything I loved about Marissa’s writing style was aged up a bit, with mature themes and twists that authors often avoid for a pleasant read. This heroine is flawed and goes through many many real world coming of age moments. The imagery in this book is also lovely. Highly recommend reading this in the fall to get in some cozy spooky vibes!