Not all are free
Not all are equal
Not all will be saved.
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
Title: Gilded Cage
Series: Dark Gifts #1
Author: Vic James
Publisher: Del Rey
Source: eBook ARC via NetGalley
I… do not know what I just read. It was a beautifully woven piece of patience and hope, but it was also intense. And terrifying? You read it and get introduced to this adorable family, but then they’re separated, and suddenly you don’t know if they’ll ever be together again, and then they get to the keep, and it’s a magical place, but then freaky shit pops up on the grounds and you’re just like- “What?”
James can tell a good tale. It kept me on my toes with the mystery and had me rooting for an ending I didn’t even see coming. The cliffhanger was a bit of a maddening thing but it makes me want to read the second book.
A mix of old Victorian beauty with the old ways of slavery, this book was a near emotional-roller coaster that had me going around in circles with its characters. Definitely a book to try out next year.
A Little Darling