Book length - 416 pages
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Amazon UK - Gilded Cage (The Dark Gifts Trilogy)
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—or destroy?
In a world where ordinary people must sacrifice a decade of their lives in service to the Skilled, we meet a host of addictive and compelling characters that bring this magical world to life in front of our eyes. The Hadley family make a choice to serve their ten years of service together and are happy to have gained a place serving one of the most powerful Equal families, the Jardines. But immediately things start to go awry when Luke is not allowed to accompany them and is shipped off to Millmoor, one of the many harsh slave towns that exist around Britain. And not everyone is as they appear to be. As Abi, Daisy, and their mum and dad try to settle in at Kyneston, their service may not be as harsh as that in Millmoor, but it is certainly just as complicated. With plenty of danger, rebellion, love, bitterness, and thirst for power, GILDED CAGE by Vic James is the stunning first instalment of The Dark Gifts series, which is sure to be an addictive fantasy trilogy. With excellent characters, some of which you will love to hate. plot twists, and otherworldly power, GILDED CAGE kept me easily enthralled throughout. I really hope that book two will be released soon as I cannot wait to get my hands on it!
BOOK RATING - 📖📖📖📖📖 5+++++++
Vic lives in London’s Notting Hill, but her life is more action-adventure than rom-com.
She studied History and English at Merton College, Oxford where Tolkien was once professor. Relocating to Rome, she completed her doctorate in the Vatican Secret Archives (they’re nothing like The Da Vinci Code), then spent five years living in Tokyo as a Daiwa Scholar. There she learned Japanese and worked as a journalist.
Returning to the UK, Vic became investigations producer for Channel 4 News, then began directing current affairs documentaries for BBC1 and BBC2. She now writes full time.
Vic has scuba-dived on Easter Island, camped at Everest Base Camp, voyaged on one of the last mailboats to St Helena, frolicked with sea-lions in the Galapagos, slept in a shipping container in the Falklands, driven a dog-sled in the Arctic, hang-glided across Rio de Janeiro, and swum the Hellespont from Europe to Asia.
But there’s still little she loves more than lying in bed till midday with a good book and a supply of her favourite biscuits. For more information:
Website - www.vicjames.co.uk
Twitter - twitter.com/DrVictoriaJames
Facebook - www.facebook.com/VicJamesAuthor
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