"Buckle up for a thrilling ride of battles, doubts, dilemmas and doing the right thing in the finale to a superb fantasy series."
Unpacking power and patriarchy as it shines a light on female struggles, selfhood, solidarity and sisterhood, The Eternal Ones is a fittingly epic finale to Namina Forna’s glorious Gilded Ones series.
If you’re new to the series, it’s set in a richly-imagined world inspired by ancient West Africa. A fantasy world in which Deka is a goddess-in-waiting, seeking the source of her powers to defend the people of her kingdom. Facing a race against time, along with internal doubts and external battles, the final act of Deka’s dilemma-rife journey is 100% exhilarating, and unexpected.
While sitting firmly in fantasy territory, and absorbing territory at that, The Eternal Ones has an overarching feeling of timelessness, while also feeling very relevant, showing as it does that girls can — most definitely — be heroes of their own stories.