King Midas once had the ability to turn all he touched into gold. But after his gift—or curse—almost killed his daughter, Midas relinquished The Touch forever. Ten years later, Princess Kora still bears the consequences of her father’s wish: her skin shines golden, rumours follow her everywhere she goes, and she harbours secret powers that are getting harder to hide.
Kora spends her days locked in the palace, concealed behind gloves and veils, trying to ignore the stares and gossip of courtiers. It isn’t until a charming young duke arrives that Kora realizes there may be someone out there who doesn’t fear her or her curse. But their courtship is disrupted when a thief steals precious items from the kingdom, leaving the treasury depleted and King Midas vulnerable. Thanks to her unique ability to sense gold, Kora is the only one who can track the thief down. As she sails off on her quest, Kora learns that not everything is what it seems—not thieves, not pirates, and not even curses. She quickly discovers that gold—and the power it brings—is more dangerous than she’d ever believed.
Midas learned his lesson at a price. What will Kora’s journey cost?
A cursed princess, kooky pirates and a whole lot of deception!
Fantasy has to be my favourite genre to read and I’m always on the look out for interesting concepts and new ideas in the Fantasy world. The story of a girl being turned to gold isn’t one I have ever come across, so I was instantly intrigued by A Touch Of Gold.
The beginning of this book is really quite heartbreaking to read, as it explains in more detail how Kora was cursed with golden skin. Her father Midas’ intentions were good and he wanted to revive his kingdom, but making a deal with a demi-god isn’t very wise and his wish backfires, hence Kora turning to gold and living with the consequences. But Midas also lives with this curse and becomes very ill when separated from his cursed gold. Someone has it out for the King and steals his precious gold, leaving him barely holding onto his life. Kora has the unique ability to track the cursed gold and thus sets out on the journey to find it and save her fathers life.
I haven’t read many books set within a ship, but apparently I like them as I enjoyed every minute of it. We ran into various kooky and ‘out there’ characters and my faves have to be the brother’s Thipps and Phipps. They were hilarious to read about and would constantly bicker about the silliest of things. Kind of reminded me of The Chuckle Brother’s! Honestly they were just so cute and I love them to pieces.
One character who annoyed the heck out of me was Kora’s cousin Hettie. She seemed incredibly spoilt and whined about the tiniest issues, like the cabin not being big enough or the food not being adequate – like you’re on a ship babe, what do you expect? But there was a lot more to her under the surface and I definitely warmed to her by the end.
While we’re on the subject of characters not being who you think they are, there are plenty of secrets being kept and deception floating around. I tend to be quite good at seeing the signs and whist I figured out the twists early on I still enjoyed the story.
If you’re into pirate ships, strong females and secret identities then I’d give A Touch Of Gold a go!
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