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Gilded Cage by Vic James

Gilded Cage 

Gilded Cage 

Gilded Cage by Vic James


Gilded Cage is a dark fantasy full of political intrigue, espionage, rebellion and powerful magic. The exceedingly rich, deeply layered world building sets the stage for the intricate dance of the many characters.

Have a quick ten years. . . 

Before you start reading, buckle yourself in for the ride. You’ll need it, there are more twists, shocking discoveries, and spins than any roller coaster can boast.

Trust was what made everything possible.

As I got to know the characters my own allegiances twisted and turned again and again. No one is who they seem and everyone has an agenda… or do they?

There’s no magic more powerful than the human spirit.

There are two shortfalls:

The first is really more of an omission:
A key guide to the multiple characters is desperately needed. I found myself turning back and forth trying to work out which character belonged to which family.

Someone’s been doing housekeeping inside your head without your permission?

The second is that I struggled to connect with the characters. They were interesting but remote. I felt we really didn’t get to know them enough to form any connections. Perhaps because there are so many? Of all the characters Silyen is the one I am looking forward to reading more about. He is so very clever, sly, calculating, evil, all-powerful. A true dark warlord… I think?3 Star



Title: Gilded Cage Gilded Cage 

Series: Dark Gifts #1

Author: Vic James

Publication Date: 26 January 2017

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Source: Giveaway


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In modern-day Britain, magic users control everything: wealth, politics, power—and you. If you’re not one of the ultimate one-percenters—the magical elite—you owe them ten years of service. Do those years when you’re old, and you’ll never get through them. Do them young, and you’ll never get over them.

This is the darkly decadent world of Gilded Cage. In its glittering milieu move the all-powerful Jardines and the everyday Hadleys. The families have only one thing in common: Each has three children. But their destinies entwine when one family enters the service of the other. They will all discover whether any magic is more powerful than the human spirit. — Abstract from Goodreads.com

The fact that I won a copy of this book from the author in a giveaway does not influence my policy to write an honest review.

Gilded Cage



A huge thank you to Vic Jones for my prize of a paperback copy of Gilded Cage, a themed scented candle and a personally signed postcard.


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