Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts #1) by Vic James

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.

Abi 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.

Abi's 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.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?


Opening line:
She 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.
This 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 as servants.
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??

Just 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, right?

L: No
S: No
L: a little

Thanks to netgalley for the early read!