Gilded Cage

Gilded Cage

By Vic James

  • Release Date : 2016-12-01
  • Genre : Contemporary
  • FIle Size : 4.72 MB
Score: 4.5
From 49 Ratings
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Gilded Cage A thrilling Orwellian vision of Britain, with a rebellious Hunger Games heart, Gilded Cage is the astonishing debut novel from Vic James, and the first title in her electrifying The Dark Gifts Trilogy.

A modern Britain
An age-old cruelty

Britain's magically skilled aristocracy compels all commoners to serve them for ten years - and now it's the Hadleys' turn. Abi Hadley is assigned to England's most ruthless noble family. The secrets she uncovers could win her freedom - or break her heart. Her brother Luke is enslaved in a brutal factory town, where new friends' ideals might cost him everything.

Then while the elite vie for power, a young aristocrat plots to remake the world with his dark gifts. As Britain moves from anger to defiance, all three must take sides. And the consequences of their choices will change everything, forever.


  • Dark

    By Badge 109
    I like books about magic and things out of reality and this was defiantly that. There were bits that I didn’t like. It had to read further to make sure everything was ok. There are characters you will strongly dislike and strangely characters one minute you will dislike but when they interact with other characters you like them. Well worth the read, looking forward to the next book
  • Stunning read

    By Barleyhousereader
    Brilliantly told story in a convincing and compelling alternate Britain. Loved it from start to finish.
  • Read in one go- dark and gripping

    By adrianblok
    Fantastic book, read it in one go. Contemporary Britain, but not as you know it, with magic, politics and lashings of intrigue. Looking forward to the next two.
  • Rebellions, magic, and brutal dystopian futures

    By Littlehux
    When I saw rumblings around that there was a new UK YA series launching about slavery of non magical people by those with powers, I was intrigued. What I’ve found in Gilded Cage is so much more. James has created a rich world of intrigue, rivalry, rebellion and politics that I can’t stop thinking about. This is an ambitious dystopian future story that reminds me of The Bone Season, so Samantha Shannon fans should get on this series asap. The Hardman family are gearing up for their term of indentured servitude, a legal tradition in Britain where commoners give up their rights to be slaves to the magically skilled aristocracy for a service of ten years. Clever daughter Abi has managed to wangle her whole family into one placement with the the prominent but ruthless Jardines at Kyneston estate. Except it quickly becomes apparent that younger brother Luke is deemed surplus to requirements and dispatched to the brutal factory town of Millmoor. Divided, the Hardman children face brutality on all fronts while Abi tries to maintain order, Luke becomes embroiled in a rebellion and young Daisy is left holding the cruelest Jardine’s baby daughter, orphaned by his own hand. The novel is told in first person point of view chapters that not only slips between Abi and Luke, but Jardine children Gavar and Silyen (my favourite) as they deal with the Proposal to end slavedays that rattles the aristocracy. Alongside them are canny Bouda, future wife of Gavar and one or two important characters. This is a dense thrilling story of political blackmail, uprisings and fighting for your life in dystopian industrial yet magical Britain. The final few chapters left my heart racing wildly as the plot suddenly galloped to the conclusion – a really wild ride! I’m absolutely ravenous for the follow up, Tarnished City. Please don’t let me wait too long!
  • Magical twists and turns

    By Pickledkillick
    Beautifully crafted magical dystopia, where nobody is quite whom they seem. Good for any thoughtful readers and a great winter book to settle into a sofa with!
  • Game of Thrones type scheming meets Downton Abbey

    By Thatfictionlife
    Morally ambiguous characters, alluring aristocrats and plenty of revenge plots.
  • Idea stolen from Robin Hobb

    By teraif
    This would have been a good tale, with it's obvious allusion to UK work culture but 'skill' seems to have been taken straight from another author who for many years has used 'skill' her many books.
  • Must read!

    By ChantellK
    An original eerie Orwellian world, with some eccentric characters, that are tough to get enough of, everyone one of them living in their own depiction of a gilded cage. Very clever. Can't wait to read more.