Wednesday, June 20

Review: Tarnished City (Dark Gifts #2)

Tarnished City (Dark Gifts #2)
Vic James

Published By: Pan Macmillan
Publication Date: September 7, 2017
Date Read: May 26, 2018
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 453

From Goodreads:
A corrupted city. A dark dream of power.

Luke is a prisoner, condemned for a murder he didn’t commit. Abi is a fugitive, desperate to free him before magic breaks his mind. But as the Jardines tighten their grip on a turbulent Britain, brother and sister face a fight greater than their own.

New alliances and old feuds will remake the nation, leaving Abi and Luke questioning everything – and everyone – they know. And as Silyen Jardine hungers for the forgotten Skill of the legendary Wonder King, the country’s darkest hour approaches. Freedom and knowledge both come at a cost. So who will pay the price?

"She used to think 'courage' was a reckless, slightly stupid thing. She understood it a little better now. It was doing what was right, even when every shred of self-preservation screamed against it."

Wow! There are literally no words that I have right now to describe what I have just read. I really enjoyed Gilded Cage, the first book in this trilogy and was really looking forward to continuing with Tarnished City. I in no way expected to love Tarnished City as much as I did. I was completely expecting this book to be a case of 'second book syndrome' but I couldn't have been more wrong. In my opinion Tarnished City surpasses the first book by far. I loved it so much more and couldn't put it down.

Following the shocking climax of Gilded Cage, Tarnished City follows Luke as he becomes a 'condemned' and his sister Abi as she runs away from her family and joins a rebellion knowing she will stop at nothing to save her younger brother. But Abi finds that saving Luke may not be the most important thing. As she learns more and more about the skilled and the prestigious Jardine family, the more she is determined to stop them. But can she stop them and save her brother?

I adored Tarnished City. Absolutely adored it. I found it a little slow to begin but it quickly picked up and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. In Gilded Cage, I fell in love with Abi and Luke's family and even thought some positive things about all three of the Jardine brothers. Tarnished City changes everything that you think you know about these characters. There were so many twists and turns and at times I was sat reading with my mouth agape as I just couldn't believe what was happening. Especially as we drew closer and closer to the end. This book completely shocked me and I was completely heartbreaking.

Gilded Cage was already a deceptively dark series but I really didn't think it could get much darker. I was completely and utterly wrong. Vic James is such a genius author but I'm also a little scared and intimidated that something this dark and disturbing can come from her imagination. She writes this series in such a perfect and amazing way. She slowly draws you in to this incredible (yet terrifying) fantastical world and then just breaks you and shocks you in every way possible.

Tarnished City was absolutely incredible. I loved every single moment of it and although it made me cry and broke my heart I was left in complete awe of this incredible book. I am now counting down the days until Bright Ruin, the final book in the trilogy is released. Luckily, I don't have to wait much longer. This entire series is just so addictive and I really urge anyone who hasn't read it to give it a go. It's so unique and different from any of the other series I have ever read, and I have loved every single second of this series so far. Roll on July so I can see how this series is going to end.

"Only dull people have plans, Luke. 'Go here. Do this. Hope other people do that.' It never works. No, clever people embrace possibilities. Seize opportunities."

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