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A thrilling Orwellian vision of Britain, with a rebellious Hunger Games heart, Gilded Cage is the astonishing debut novel from Vic James, and the first title in her electrifying The Dark Gifts Trilogy. A modern Britain An age-old cruelty Britain's magically skilled aristocracy compels all commoners to serve them for ten years - and now it's the Hadleys' turn. Abi Hadley is assigned to England's most ruthless noble family. The secrets she uncovers could win her freedom - or break her heart. Her brother Luke is enslaved in a brutal factory town, where new friends' ideals might cost him everything. Then while the elite vie for power, a young aristocrat plots to remake the world with his dark gifts. As Britain moves from anger to defiance, all three must take sides. And the consequences of their choices will change everything, forever.



Children'sFiction & true storiesFantasy & magical realismFiction & PoetryFantasy Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publication Date: 26/01/2017 ISBN-13: 9781509821457  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Vic James is a current affairs TV director who loves stories in all their forms. Her programmes for BBC1 have covered the 2016 US presidential election and Britain's EU referendum. She has also twice judged The Guardian's Not the Booker Prize. Gilded Cage is her first novel, and an early draft won a major online award from Wattpad for most talked about Fantasy. She has lived in Rome, Tokyo, and now London.

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When I saw rumblings around that there was a new UK YA series launching about slavery of non magical people by those with powers, I was intrigued. What I've found in Gilded Cage is so much more. James has created a rich world of intrigue, rivalry, rebellion and politics that I can't stop thinking about. This is an ambitious dystopian future story that reminds me of The Bone Season, so Samantha Shannon fans should get on this series asap. The Hardman family are gearing up for their term of indentured servitude, a legal tradition in Britain where commoners give up their rights to be slaves to the magically skilled aristocracy for a service of ten years. Clever daughter Abi has managed to wangle her whole family into one placement with the the prominent but ruthless Jardines at Kyneston estate. Except it quickly becomes apparent that younger brother Luke is deemed surplus to requirements and dispatched to the brutal factory town of Millmoor. Divided, the Hardman children face brutality on all fronts while Abi tries to maintain order, Luke becomes embroiled in a rebellion and young Daisy is left holding the cruelest Jardine's baby daughter, orphaned by his own hand. The novel is told in first person point of view chapters that not only slips between Abi and Luke, but Jardine children Gavar and Silyen (my favourite) as they deal with the Proposal to end slavedays that rattles the aristocracy. Alongside them are canny Bouda, future wife of Gavar and one or two important characters. This is a dense thrilling story of political blackmail, uprisings and fighting for your life in dystopian industrial yet magical Britain. The final few chapters left my heart racing wildly as the plot suddenly galloped to the conclusion - a really wild ride! I'm absolutely ravenous for the follow up, Tarnished City. Please don't let me wait too long! What to read next: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon The City Bleeds Gold by Lucy Saxon Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo Thank you to Pan Macmillan and Vic James for sharing this copy with me.

- 10/07/2017
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“Always look at the people, not the mass. A face, not the crowd. Look at the world, not the ground. Every little detail you see is a victory.” This book has been on my radar for quite a while now. It sounded like exactly something I would read and honestly, I have no idea why I waited so long to start reading it. Before I began, however, I did read a few reviews that told me that this book contained a lot of politics, but honestly, that had me EVEN MORE excited to dive in! I do believe that a good fantasy book should have enough governance for it to be believable. Gilded Cage is a powerful page-turner, filled with politics and rebellion, family and courage, love and freedom that will leave you desperate for more. SOME OF THE THINGS I LOVED INCLUDE: 1. THE BRUTALITY: Honestly, I would have been disappointed if this book wasn’t brutal. A Skilled Aristocracy that have the power to alter and erase memories, control over the weather and the elements and healing that rule over common folk – HOW COULD THEY NOT BE BRUTAL? While it shocked me, all the brutality made the book what it was. 2. THE REBELLION: When I read The Lunar Chronicles last year, the one thing that hit me was how the rebellion seemed SO EASY to orchestrate. IT ISN’T. Otherwise, anyone would do it. The rebellion or rather the growing unrest among commoners in Gilded Cage was believable, palpable and it made me feel like I was in a slave camp, right there with them. 3. SILYEN JARDINE: If you know me, you know that I CANNOT RESIST A SLIGHTLY SOCIOPATHIC HUMAN/ VILLAIN LOOKING OUT FOR ONLY HIMSELF. Silyen was such a BEAUTIFULLY COMPLEX character with POWER and a BRILLIANT MIND and I cannot wait to see what Victoria James does with him next. 4. THE MULTIPLE POV’s: I usually find it hard to get used to/ remember multiple points of view in a book, but IT WAS SO WELL DONE this actually was a huge plus point for me. I LOVED EXPLORING the minds of all the characters – Leah, Abi, Luke, Gavar and even Bouda and Euterpe. THINGS I WISHED WERE EXPLAINED MORE: 1. THE SKILLS: The Skilled or the Aristocracy or the people with Magic’s abilities were SO VAGUE. Apart from a ONE LINE naming of all the various Skills, I got nothing. Do the Skilled have ONE SKILL or can they have a number OR does it depend on how Skilled they are? What even ARE the different kinds of Skills? I wish that these were a) described better and b) that we saw MORE OF THE POWER because there was more drinking than power being thrown and I NEED MORE, OKAY? 2. Jenner and Abi: These two would be on the top of the list of romances I DID NOT GET. I swear, the minute she saw him Abi a) blushed and b) thought, “If he wasn’t an Equal (Aristocrat) he might be someone I let myself love and be loved by. WHAT. And then there were a few scenes about some office romance – but I FELT NOTHING. It was insta love that COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER but was such a C-plot line that it just felt like a waste. A book DEFINITELY worth diving into. A brutal, powerful, political fantasy with high stakes and intense prose. I can’t WAIT for more! 4 stars.

- 27/03/2017
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