Book Review: Gilded Cage

Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts) by Vic James 5/5 stars (Available Feb 14 2017)

This is not your cozy winter read. It is dark, brooding and at times down right chilling. This is a futuristic tale filled with as much magic as science. Gilded Cage takes place in an alternate version of our current world. We have regular humans who make up most of the population. Then there are the skilled, who preside over all and rule England, called The Equals.  All non-skilled are required to spend ten years of their lives as slaves. We follow the fate of the Hadley family as they are sent to serve one of England’s oldest aristocratic families, The Jardines.

This story is filled with political intruigue. There is no limit to what the ruling families will go through to achieve what they want. Political alliances are arranged through marriage, death and chaos. The ruling families are playing a dangerous game and it’s only a matter of time before resistance changes the rules.  

I love that each part of the tale is told from multiple character’s view points. I really love the adventure in the slave quarter’s where Luke is sent. He changes so much from being a regular boy to someone so much more. I honestly wasn’t as thrilled with Abi, for all her knowledge and ideals, she really struggles to accept the truth what comes later on in the story. I really hope to see Abi find her inner fire and strength that I know she has in the next book. Of course, of all the Equals I encounter in this book, I am most intrigued with Silyen and his ultimate master plan. I cannot, for the life of me, figure him out or what his end goal might be. Bring on Tarnished City!


Until then I leave you with this synopsis and links to the book and author! Happy reading!



SYNOPSIS: 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—or destroy?


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