by Vic James
Gilded Cage is the astonishing debut novel from Vic James, and the first title in her electrifying The Dark Gifts Trilogy.
Not all will be saved
One glorious summer, Luke's family is torn apart. He's expecting nothing more sinister than exams, while his sister Abi anticipates university. But they'll be separated to do their slavedays - a decade of labour demanded by law, enforced by a magically-skilled aristocracy.
Luke will dream of rebellion in a barbaric factory town. Abi will navigate the malice of a high-born estate, and find an unlikely love. But the siblings must choose sides as Britain moves from anger to defiance. They'll become entangled in acts of savagery and magic, as nobles vie for power. No one is safe and none will emerge unscathed. Is there a better way - or will a dangerous young aristocrat remake the world with his dark gifts?
Ali thinks the great family's estate is the best bet for her family. So, even though they've lost Luke, she's trying her best to take care of the rest of the family. But things aren't as she expected and strange things start happening as soon as they get settled into their cottage. She's trying her best, but she doesn't know who to trust. Has she trusted the wrong person? Is the family in danger?
Well written, especially for a debut novel. I'll be interested to see what the next one looks like.
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~ Judi E. Easley