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 miller’s daughter with the gift to lie, what can go wrong?
Serilda in the book helps teaches children in the town. They are the only ones that enjoy her stories and company. While the rest of town thinks she cursed and stays away from her. On one faithful night her stories caught the attention of Erlking. Elking is a powerful ruler and hunts magical creatures for sports. He sets his eye on Serilda bc she can spin straw into gold, according to her lie. Now she keep lying and pretending in order to save herself and her father.
Gilded was such a magical read. You get to dive into the mystery of Erlking. Who brings terror to everyone in the village. The story was very detailed in the world building. I thought it was just very long and hard to focus at times for me. I do like the cover and it has meaning to it for the book. Serilda can be a handful at times and seems to get herself into more trouble with the stories or lies she tells. After that ending, I’m very still interested on will happen in book two. I did very much liked this read not love it, like her other books. It was mostly just felt like it drags out for hours the story and hope book two is more exciting and action packed.
Looking for a nice Rumpelstiltskin retelling, then check out Glided.