Gilded Cage: Dark Gifts Review

Gilded Cage: Dark Gifts (Book 1)

by Vic James

Not all are free

Not all are equal

In a modern Britain, everyone must endure ten years of slavery for a magically-skilled aristocracy.

Here, a teenage boy dreams of rebellion.

His sister thirsts for knowledge and will find love.

And a dangerous young aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.”

I saw Gilded Cage on Goodreads in a list of upcoming books in 2017, and I thought it looked interesting. When the next day, Vic James was doing an ARC giveaway, so I entered knowing that you cannot win without entering thinking nothing of it, when I got a notification to say that I had won one of the copies!

The upper class are skilled (have magic) and make the commoners live through ten years of slavery, but the commoners can choose when they go, to go by yourself you must be over 18, but as a family your children must be over 10. Most commoners go to slave-towns, but some get to live out their time at the aristocrats’ estates. However, you do not expect your family to be split up.

Wow, that was so amazing. I did not expect that ending at all, or to be honest most of what happened. The twists and turns were awesome and kept you hooked. Once I picked it up properly, I read it in two days. I went through all the emotions, mostly shock or admiration.

I cannot decide on one or two favourite characters, I loved Abi and Luke, but I also liked Jenner and Silyen, and then again Doctor Jackson, Renie and the rest of the club. All the characters were so realistic they drew you in even more.

I also cannot pick one favourite part of Gilded Cage, I liked Luke’s parts, also Abi’s and then the whole bit at Kyneston. I liked seeing how the history is subtly changed from what it is today, the Union States and the Confederate States, Charles I killed by Lycus the Regicide.

Gilded Cage does end on a cliffhanger, this is because the Dark Gifts series continues in Tarnished City (out in September). I literally cannot wait!

When reading Gilded Cage, I described it as an alternative world where the upper class have magic and enslave the lower class, with a love story and rebellion. I would recommend this book to anyone. 5 out of 5.

Gilded Cage





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