Gilded Cage by Vic James

Gilded Cage
by Vic James

Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Expected publication: February 14, 2017, by Del Rey

GoodReads Summary:
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?

My Review:
This book was intense. The world was an alternate England, and very well done. The magic was creepy and dangerous. None of it seemed to be for anything good. This is a society that requires the people without the magic to do ten years of slave labor under horrendous conditions. Luke finds the conditions terrible, but makes friends and ends up helping run a rebellion to overturn the government. He just doesn't know who he's hooked up with until it's too late. Can he come out of this alive?

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.

I was provided a digital copy of this book by Del Rey and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley