Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England's grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.
A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.
is a servant to England's most powerful family, but her spirit is free.
So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible
choice. Uncovering the family's secrets might win her liberty, but will
her heart pay the price?
A boy dreams of revolution.
brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his
family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost
him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even
greater than magic: revolution.
And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.
is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious
powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?
heard the motorbike first, then the galloping horse--two distant points
of noise in the darkness, converging on her as she ran."
Oh. My. Word.
is a debut book? How long did it take Ms. James to write it? And how
did she keep everything from settings to caste systems to characters
straight in her head? le sigh.
GILDED CAGE is set in an
alternate, dark, dystopian England where the where the aristocracy has
special magical powers called Skill and everyone else is forced to give
up ten years of their lives in serving the rich. They mostly work in
terrible work camps with terrible conditions. A few serve in the homes
But the world and the magic and the intrigue and the
twists! I was hooked from the beginning. I had a hard time putting this
story down and craved time to pick it up and read it again.
Like other reviewers said, there isn't much romance but that just builds up the possiblities for the next book, right?
When I finished I was ready to read it again. When will the next book come out??
to warn you this is a dark story and it's hard to read about how people
treat each other, which shows the great writing skill from Ms. James,
L: a little
Thanks to netgalley for the early read!