Gleam is the third installment in the reimaging of the King Midas myth series called The Plated Prisoner. It takes place immediately following the events of Glint, so spoiler warning for that book. Auren learns the fact that King Ravinger is Commander Rip. He is able to transform his appearance between the two, and he’s just learned that she’s the one who can turn things to gold not Midas. I started this book immediately after finishing Glint because I had to know how Auren was going to react to that information. She has started to get feelings for the Fourth Kingdom’s King. Not only that but she feels betrayed by him for not telling her that detail. Similar to how everyone hides or keeps things from her, or tries to dictate her life. She’s done with it. And honestly, I don’t blame her.
immediately following the events of Gild, so spoiler warning for that book. Auren has been taken by the Fourth’s Army, where she is being held captive by Commander Rip and being taken back to Midas so the two kings can come to some sort of agreement. Going into the book I was curious how this one would go especially since it doesn’t have the same warnings as the first book. Which I hoped was a good thing, because I really didn’t like some of those elements in the first book. But was still drawn in enough by the story, I wanted to see where it would continue with the rest of the series.
Gild is a reimaging of the King Midas myth, the individual who can turn anything to gold with the touch of his hand. The Plated Prisoner series is told from the perspective of Auren, who has been turned into gold from her hair, skin, eyes, etc. Everything about her is gold even down to the two dozen ribbons that come out of her back. She is the prized possession of King Midas and locked away in a gilded cage where no one, so no one but him can touch her. The story takes place ten years after she was locked away in the cage, where she finds herself on the other side of the cage where there’s no protection for the first time.
The Savage and The Swan by Ella Fields is loosely inspired by Hades and Persephone, Rumpelstiltskin, and The Swan Princess. There are elements of each tale woven throughout the book while telling its own unique tale of the King of Wolves, Dade, and the Swan, Opal. This is a standalone romantic fantasy novel, and the first book by Ella Fields I have ever read. I didn’t know too many details before going into this book, other than seeing a mention of it on BookTok that it fell into the enemies to lovers trope.
I loved A Deal with the Elf King which was the first book in this “series”. Each book is technically standalone but they all happen in the same universe, roughly around the same time. A Dance with the Fae Prince was inspired by Psyche and Eros as well as Cinderella. While I didn’t exactly see the Psyche and Eros theme while reading the book, you definitely get the Cinderella vibes. A girl whose father marries someone before dying an untimely death, only for the stepmother and sister to treat her like a servant before she is “rescued” by a prince. Only there’s more to the tale than that.
I first saw Moon Touched by Elizabeth Briggs on TikTok. Someone shared a quote from the book and I was like “ok that looks interesting” so I decided to check it out. Not really having much to go on other than that one quote. And after reading the summary on Amazon, I decided to read the book on Kindle. This is the first book in the Zodiac Wolves: The Lost Pack triology. And so far, it’s the only book of the series released with the next one coming out in November. Normally, I shelve those books until the full series is released. But I couldn’t resist starting this one.