Saturday, June 16

Review: Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts #1)

Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts #1)
Vic James

Published By: Macmillan
Publication Date: January 26, 2017
Date Read: May 13, 2018
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 405 

From Goodreads:
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.

Have a quick ten years. . .

"She didn't do people, dammit. She did books. A world of difference."

Gilded Cage was a book that was recommended to me while I was at YALC 2017, so as Vic James is going to YALC this year I thought it was about time I gave it a shot. Honestly, before going into this book I didn't really know anything about it other than it was a YA Fantasy and as it's my favourite genre that's all I needed. Gilded Cage was nothing like what I was expecting... in the best way possible. I absolutely loved every single second of this book. It is the most unique and intriguing fantasy I've ever read - and I have read a lot.

Gilded Cage is a YA Fantasy that's light on the fantasy elements (although they are still definitely there and an integral part of the story), and focuses more on the inequality between people and the horror of this fantastical world. Gilded Cage is much much darker than I expected and right from the get go I was completely captured by the story and the characters and I couldn't put it down.

Gilded Cage follows one main family as they go into servitude for the powerful elite. I really enjoyed every character and I loved seeing it from their different points of view. It really gave so much more of an insight into the world having it from different characters. I especially loved that there was some chapters told from the perspective from the 'villain' Jardines. I actually loved those chapters the best.

Gilded Cage is a very slow burning book and the story and relationships between the characters develops very slowly. Usually in books like this if they're too slow I end up giving up. However, there was just something about the story, world and characters in this book that truly captured my attention and kept me reading. Gilded Cage was fantastic. It's intriguing, mysterious and full of secrets and lies. I cannot wait to read the second book in this series. I just know it's going to be fantastic! I highly recommend if you haven't read Gilded Cage yet to give it a go. You won't be disappointed.

"Millmoor changes people, Luke Hadley. But what most folk never realize is that you get to choose how."

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