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?
Gilded Cage is fairly immersive because of the way the author built the world around us through the characters’ experiences. A plethora of descriptive information is given while not so much as pausing from the storytelling process. Everything from sights to smells to the way the atmosphere of a location feels was portrayed through the characters.
I loved getting to know (some of) the characters. Some of them were completely insane, which is interesting to talk about but not quite so fun to experience. I loved seeing the characters grow and change in relative to the experiences of their situations. The storyline gets pretty complicated in spots but it’s still pretty easy to follow.
I really thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, but there are a couple things I would like to have known before reading it so I’m sharing them with you all (I know. I’m so generous. And modest.). More importantly, this book needs a trigger warning for graphic violence. I didn’t mind it so much but it would have been nice to know something on that level was coming. Less importantly, the ending (while quite good) is a cliffhanger. A big one. Generally, this would result in the loss of at least one bookworm in he rating system, but the rest of the book was so damn good I couldn’t do that here.
Overall, I rate Gilded Cage 5 out of 5 bookworms.
Don’t just take my word for it. Order Gilded Cage from Amazon US to receive it when it’s released on 14 February 2017 or Amazon UK to receive it when it’s released on 26 January 2017 and enjoy it for yourself!
For more information about Vic James and her work, visit her website.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for this honest review.
What February 2017 releases are you most looking forward to?