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A story that has captured readers' hearts. Sharon Shinn's gripping tale of a planet divided by class, power, and emotion-and the two lovers who dare to act on a forbidden desire that will shake their worlds to the ground. Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages. Published April 1st by Ace first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Heart of Gold , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters.

Sort order. That was a powerful book, a scary book. It explored the sensitive themes of racism and terrorism under the quaint camouflage of fantasy. How could we, in real life, do better? There a That was a powerful book, a scary book. There are two major races in the world of this novel: indigo blue skin and gulden golden skin.

The indigo race are old aristocrats. They own land and wealth. They are also a matriarchal society. The women inherit, hold government positions, get education. The men, traditionally, just serve as consorts and sperm donors, although the situation has been changing in recent decades.

Some indigo men nowadays refuse to get married. The gulden race is the opposite. They are intensely patriarchal. The majority of them still live in their mountains. Women in the gulden society are property. Physical abuse of women and children is common in gulden families. Some women try to escape, but it is still rare. Most die in the process. Both races look at each other as barbarians, indecent in their practices. The only place of change seems to be the city, where both cultures collide.

Here, in the city, indigo men could find jobs. Here, in the city, gulden women could hide from their men-folks. And here, in the city, a young gulden leader unleashes a string of terrorist bombings to force the indigo government to Now it gets dicey. What he really wants is unclear. Or maybe he just wants the indigo to back off and leave his people the way they are, and his women chattel forever.

I hated the guy. I hated his entire culture, but one of the protagonists, the indigo woman Kit, sees hidden qualities in the gulden way of life. A rebel in her own rich, aristocratic family, she prefers gulden, men and women, to her own people. She grew up among the gulden, as her father, a sociologist, studied the gulden race. It goes even deeper: Kit is in love with a gulden man. In fact, she is full of compassion and understanding for everyone, but is her compassion needed amid the racial hostilities and political intrigues? Is her understanding enough to make a difference?

He is quiet and introspective, a man of science, a biologists, and he likes his job. He is not sure he wants to get married but he will accept life the way it is supposed to be. Not everyone would consider his choices moral or ethical. At a cost to all indigo, actually. The terrorism stopped too, but that was in a fantasy tale. And not always for the better. So the reading of this story was a pretty painful experience for me, laced with disappointment and fear for the future. View 1 comment. Jan 10, Coucher de soleil rated it it was amazing Shelves: science-fiction-read , favorites.

Again, in all humility, I do try NOT to give five star ratings too often in order to keep such a rating for truly special books which have that extra element which distinguishes them from the morass of published novels. I believe this is one of the the special ones.

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The first part of the book is mainly devoted to world building, but succeeds in keeping the reader's attention despite this as the world in question is incredibly vivid and detailed. In short, it is a world where three 'races' of hum Again, in all humility, I do try NOT to give five star ratings too often in order to keep such a rating for truly special books which have that extra element which distinguishes them from the morass of published novels. In short, it is a world where three 'races' of humans coexist: the matriarchal blue-skinned indigo who have come to dominate society and who control the best lands, the albino who make a virtue of keeping to themselves, and the patriarchal gulden who have come to resent the indigo's 'imperialism'.

The book combines first-rate world building with top-notch characterization, gripping adventure and romance. This novel also successfully shows us, despite its alien setting, just how easy it is for human beings to hate one another and just how difficult it is for us to love and to forgive. Finally and as I don't wish to spoil anyone I will try to avoid being specific the adventure is so truly gripping that there is one climactic moment in which one of the main characters reveals what he has done and describes this to a 'dried up old hag', to which I have returned to several times since reading the book, as it was so emotionally satisfying.

Personally, I think there is something to be said about a book which can make you do this. As a final note, I would avoid giving too much credence to the book's synopsis printed on the back of this particular edition, as it was only a marginally accurate representation of the book's plot. Again, JMHO. Jan 02, katayoun Masoodi added it Shelves: fantasy , ebook.

Mar 04, Kelley Ceccato rated it liked it Shelves: far-from-feminist , good-friendship-stuff. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Sharon Shinn is a favorite author of mine, largely because her style is so compulsively readable and involving. It isn't quite gorgeously lyrical, like Juliet Marillier's or Patricia McKillip's, but it doesn't have to be. Shinn is a first-rate storyteller, and she creates heroes and heroines who learn and grow and take risks for what they know to be right.

While romance plays a significant role, it is never the beginning and end of any character's identity. I find much to like in this book. I'm i Sharon Shinn is a favorite author of mine, largely because her style is so compulsively readable and involving. I'm intrigued by the societies Shinn has built. Nolan Adelpho is one of those wonderful risk-taking heroes I find so easy to root for though I regret I couldn't embrace the female lead, Kitrini, to the same degree , and his journey kept me interested.

Yet even as I find myself involved, eager to see what happens next, issues keep nagging at me, and now that the journey is done, I can put a finger on my biggest problem. Shinn paints two societies, the matriarchal indigo and the patriarchal gulden. Of the two, the matriarchy is held up to the sharper scrutiny and scorn, yet it strikes me that of the two worlds, it would be the more tolerable to live in.

The matriarchy is supposedly oppressive to men, yet a man like Nolan can pursue a career he loves, and he can forge a genuine friendship with a female colleague, Melina my favorite female character. He can make the decision that can change both worlds. He can shape the future. Now try to imagine a guldwoman doing any of these things.

Here lies my main problem: I can't escape a feeling that this story is incomplete. Something crucial is missing, and that something is a guldwoman as a substantial character. Because we never gain the smallest glimpse of a guldwoman's perspective, their oppression remains a very abstract thing, and so we perceive that Shinn judges it far less harshly than the treatment of Nolan and the indigo men and the casual racism of the elite indigo women.

We know that our supposed heroine, Kitrini, works with guldwomen who have escaped abusive marriages, but we know nothing of any of them as individuals. They remain an abstract collective, about whom it's impossible to care. Just who are the guldwomen? Who is Pakt's wife, for instance, who silently and invisibly serves her husband and the other menfolk helped by her equally silent and invisible daughter? Pakt, we're told, is a good man by gulden standards, but he tells Nolan his wife should feel honored to serve as what is basically a house-slave.

What does SHE think about this? Is she really proud of her role, as Pakt says, or does she feel some subconscious frustration at the lack of an outlet for some of her faculties? Does she have an opinion on this or any subject, or has her society so systematically hobbled her ability to think that her mind is basically an empty vacuum? Has she or any guldwoman managed to forge some sort of inner life in defiance of the role they are forced to play?

Maybe some guldwomen think and write and paint and play music in secret. That would have been cool to see. But alas, the guldwomen, throughout the novel, remain the "women we don't see," unknown and unknowable. If one of them, just one, had been allowed to emerge from the shadows as a real character, how different this story as a whole might have been, and how much more balanced and complex the depiction of the contrasting societies would have come across.

Shinn, at her best, would have given us this. Sadly, I fear, this is subpar Shinn.

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By the end of the book, supposedly, the whole world has changed. But has anything changed for the guldwomen? Will it? This was the question I wanted answered. And the only answer I'm left with is that we're not really expected to care. Sep 28, Judy rated it really liked it. I thought this book was more sci fi lite. Politics and race and gender issues were touched on, but then brushed aside for romance. This seems to be a tendency in Sharon Shinn's books though. Still an enjoyable read. I liked her world and the contrast between the races. I liked how she handled the heroine between two worlds.

Some may find the story a bit dry since there is a lot of descriptions of the world and explanations of the cultures. View all 3 comments. Jul 16, Isana rated it it was ok Recommends it for: no one to be honest. Shelves: i-hate-this-couple-go-away. First of all, the writing was all right. It started off a little shaky but improved a lot over the book and I got into it enough that I wanted to continue reading.

This book is really something and in a bad way. Shinn tries to do a whole lot and it ends up being WAY too much. I had very high hopes for this book. The racial and sexual politics intrigued me at first.

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There was room for a lot of growth. However, that growth never r First of all, the writing was all right. However, that growth never really happens as much as it should. I mean, we have a bit of it. But the "change" wasn't actually that far from the original points of views of the characters anyway. Shinn really should have also stuck to just race. She brought in homosexuality and made a really mind-boggling distinction between female and male homosexuality that was unbelievable in such a society and abortion, but she never dealt with them.

I mean, we have two conversations where it's like, "yeah. We believe this and you believe that and we both make no sense," in terms of homosexuality, but it's never resolved. On one hand, we're cool with female homosexuality, but even though Nolan spends quite a bit of time talking about his feelings about male homosexuality, it's never resolved. I mean, why put it in, if you're not going to actually tackle it?

It makes it seem as if you're supporting that kind of idea. And then abortion is brought up for literally no reason. I got the idea that Shinn is anti-abortion because that side kinda wins the argument even after comparing abortion to murdering children um. Race is dealt with acceptably for the most part, though I must point out that we never actually meet a "good" guldman even though we have several "good" blueman characters. It could have been done a whole lot more effectively but it wasn't atrocious. And sex is done about the same.

I think Shinn tried too hard to reverse all the conventions of our world and ended up messing up big time. The romance is kind of weird but turns out relatively cute, which was nice. I kind of only got this on Bookmooch because I had the points, it was available, and hey, it's Sharon Shinn. I wasn't expecting to like it, because it's one of her science fiction efforts, and I'd read lots of reviews on here saying it was very different to her Summers at Castle Auburn which I LOVE and the Safe-Keeper trilogy which I also love, but only in lower-case.

And it is very different to those books, yes, but I still found myself really enjoying it! At first it was a little This was going to be tricky. If only I'd recharched my kwimly this morning!

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Glad I mooched it, really. Dec 13, Natalie rated it liked it Shelves: speculative-fiction , women-s-genre-fiction. Wont be for everyone, but I kinda liked it! Jun 28, Jill Myles rated it it was ok. Shinn's other books are so very romantic that I went into this one with high expectations. It's a very good SF novel, but it's not that romantic, so I admit that I was disappointed. I read Sharon Shinn's Samaria series many years ago when it was still a trilogy , and thought it simply wonderful. Heart of Gold , while good, doesn't measure up.

And that's disappointing, because there's a lot of potential in its premise. On an unnamed continent of an unnamed planet, three diverse races live in a state of unarmed truce. The Indigos, a blue-skinned matriarchal society, are the de facto rulers of the continent by virtue of their numbers and control of arable land.

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The Guldens, a g I read Sharon Shinn's Samaria series many years ago when it was still a trilogy , and thought it simply wonderful. The Guldens, a gold-skinned patriarchal society, are more technologically innovative, but stifled by restricted access to land, wealth, and power. The third race, the Albinos, exist in meek servitude, primarily to the Indigos. His family is waiting for him to get this notion of working for a living out of system and marry according to family arrangement. He is quietly rebelling: although he loves Leesa, his fiancee, he is resisting the pressure being put on him to come home, where all he will then be required to do is raise the children and take care of the house.

He enjoys his work and has made several satisfactory discoveries in his field: antivirals and antibiotics. Kitrini Candachi is the somewhat disreputable member of another High Hundred family: disreputable by virtue of her father's youthful rebellion in leaving home and raising her among the Guldens.

Much to her indomitable grandmother's dismay, she does her reputation no good by being the mistress of Jex Zanlan, the son of the Gulden chief Chay Zanlan. The Indigo and the Gulden have viewed each other with suspicion for generations. Long ago, the Indigo bullied the Gulden out of their native lands and pushed them toward the rocky coast. Non-aggression treaties were eventually signed, but lately the Indigo have been pushing into Gulden territory again. Terrorist attacks have taken place in retaliation, attacks laid at the feet of Jex Zanlan, now under arrest and awaiting trial in the Central City.

Shinn spends nearly half of the book introducing us to the various aspects and conflicts of Indigo and Gulden society, and then plunges us into the midst of a terrorist attack, a frantic escape from Central City, and a clandestine journey to Gulden territory in an effort to thwart a malicious plot. The slow build-up is necessary, especially due to the severe role reversal of Indigo society, where women have all the power, land, money, and prestige, and men are the virginal chattel bargained away in marriage.

Even the action-packed second half progresses at a leisurely pace. For all its leisure, though, this is a fast read, easily consumed in a day or two. All that being said, this book's premise is one that could have easily been expanded to twice its length. Too much was left unexplored. What was the origin of the different skin tones? Did the Indigo come from some other planet or some other continent and take over the Gulden lands?

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If not, how did two such radically different societal structures evolve on the same continent? Was there some geologic feature which separated them that the Indigo eventually surmounted? Why did Shinn even include the Albino race since they played virtually no part in the story? What about the Guldens' trading partners on other continents, mentioned only in passing? Were they Gulden as well? Or something else? So many questions, so little information. I guess that's what comes from having a mind attuned to anthropology Bottom line. Could have been better, but not too shabby a way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Jun 16, Kate rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed reading this again. It was just the right time to re-visit it. Heart of Gold is interesting because it is an extended look at gender roles within society. Brilliantly, Sharon Shinn examines this not in our own society, but in a sci-fi world. There are two main races that the book deals with; the blueskin are a matriarchal society in which castes are strictly if not legally enforced and men cannot inherit property, the gulden are a patriarchal society which is more violent and I really enjoyed reading this again. There are two main races that the book deals with; the blueskin are a matriarchal society in which castes are strictly if not legally enforced and men cannot inherit property, the gulden are a patriarchal society which is more violent and highly structured, and the men rule over the house including wives, unwed sisters, and children.

People in the book, whether the accept it or fight against it, are a product of their cultures and the unspoken assumptions inherent in them. I very much enjoyed the book, which dealt with many issues I've been mulling over recently that have to do with gender roles and gender expectations and how society and upbringing fit into this. I only wish the book had ended differently. I like Nolan, a blueskin, I admire view spoiler [ his integrity. He was right to go to the gulden to try to save them from genocide through biological weapons created by the blueskins.

But I cannot agree with his response, which was to turn over to gulden terrorists a similar virus targeting blueskins. He may have been right in so far as he said the blueskins would not have realized the enormity of what happened until it was immediate; until they themselves were threatened. But that does not justify possibly causing the deaths of many innocent blueskins through the use of the virus. Surely there was some other way of accomplishing the same thing without potentially killing innocents.

Shinn has created a sf world where three races coexist, each almost biologically identical save for the color of their skin. Through a plot about terrorism and falling in love, Shinn examines the tense relationship between the brutal, colorful and patriarchal Gilder and the repressed, agrarian and martiarchal Indigo.

There are a few great moments: when an Indigo character realizes that although she was raised by the Gulden, she still has all the privileges of an Indigo; the long and uncomfortabl Shinn has created a sf world where three races coexist, each almost biologically identical save for the color of their skin. There are a few great moments: when an Indigo character realizes that although she was raised by the Gulden, she still has all the privileges of an Indigo; the long and uncomfortable bus ride two Indigo take to visit a golden friend; the Gulden newspapers printed with two languages, side by side But the moments that feel like true statements about race, gender, and sexuality are too rare to make up for a hackneyed plot and stale characters.

I was also really annoyed that Shinn was so lazy in creating the two clashing cultures—each is clearly an Earth culture, with sf colored skin. The Gulden are stereotypically Middle Eastern, complete with honor killings, while the Indigo are oh-so-Western European, complete with fancy balls. Still and all, worth a read.

View all 4 comments. Mar 03, Summer rated it did not like it Shelves: science-fiction , did-not-finish , romance , sci-fi-romance. I've actually come across a Sharon Shinn book I couldn't even finish.