A Touch Of Gold by Annie Sullivan
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, rumors follow her everywhere she goes, and she harbors 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?
I really loved this retelling of King Midas.
I think it’s best to go into this book without knowing too much. I knew a little of the King Midas story, but not very much. I had read the synopsis awhile ago, but I didn’t reread it before starting the book and I’m glad I didn’t. I was just able to read and really enjoy the story.
This is mostly Kora’s story. Her father, King Midas, turned her into gold by accident when she was young. He was able to turn her back, but he didn’t do everything he needed to do to break the curse. Because of that, Kora became gold again. But not as a statue. Just her appearance. She spent the rest of her childhood hiding from almost everyone. She could also turn things to gold, but not in the same way her dad could.
The gold items were tied to Midas and when they were stolen, he essentially falls into a coma. Uncle Pheus had just introduced Kora to Duke Aris Wystilos that day. Aris wasn’t afraid of Kora and she liked him because of it. Most other boys ran from her. Aris offers to take Kora to find the gold. She has a connection to it and can sense it. Reluctantly, Uncle Pheus agrees.
While on the ship, they find that Kora’s cousin, Hettie, sneaked on board. The captain, Royce, was worried about the trip, but agreed to take Kora to find the gold. Most of the men on board were worried. Rhat was the only one who seemed okay with the journey.
Kora starts having visions of the gold with a pirate. His name is Captain Skulls because he has his men behead victims and bring him their skulls to collect.
There are pirates, sirens, love, betrayal, friendship, fights, death, and adventures. I don’t want to give anything away, so I won’t go into any more detail. The writing flowed well and the pacing was great. I need more!
I gave this book 5 stars. Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for giving me a copy for review.
Have you read A Touch Of Gold yet? What did you think? If not, is it on your TBR? I already have a finished copy ordered and I can’t wait to see the cover in person.