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Gilded Cage

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 26mm | 302g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • Pan Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main Market Ed.
  • 1509821457
  • 9781509821457
  • 53,542

About Vic James

Vic James is a current affairs TV director who loves stories in all their forms. Her programmes for BBC1 have covered the 2016 US presidential election and Britain's EU referendum. She has also twice judged The Guardian's Not the Booker Prize. Gilded Cage is her first novel, and an early draft won a major online award from Wattpad for most talked about Fantasy. She has lived in Rome, Tokyo, and now London.show more

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Beautifully characterised and compellingly plotted, Gilded Cage is an impressive debut Guardian A dazzling addition to the growing genre of alternative historical fiction, James's first novel has the added bonus of compelling page-turnability Daily Mail I really enjoyed this. It was a fast-paced, entertaining story, in a world that left me wanting to find out more. I will definitely be getting the next book when it comes out -- Genevieve Cogman, author of The Invisible Library A dark and intriguing vision of an alternate, magic-drenched Britain, Gilded Cage kept me up way into the night -- Aliette de Bodard, author of The House of Shattered Wings Devious and deliciously dark with lashings of magic, mystery and mayhem, this juggernaut of a book will keep you hanging on by your fingernails until the very last page Taran Matharu, bestselling author of the Summoner series James's dystopian debut, the first part in her Dark Gifts trilogy, addresses issues of inequality that seem all to pertinent SFX It's smart, engrossing and incredibly snappily written, with so many compelling characters and pulse-quickening situations that the whole book just flies by. We apologise for the cliche, but it is that good SciFiNow The historical parallels are too delicious to ignore ... one can't help but anticipate the next novel in the series Washington Post Brisk plotting, sympathetic characters, and plenty of intrigue will keep readers on the edges of their seats, eager for the next book in a very promising series Publishers Weekly An absorbing first installment that presages an intriguing new fantasy series. Kirkus Gilded Cage offers a fresh take on a popular genre. James' world is as compelling as her prose and as cleverly constructed. Told by a diverse cast of characters from various echelons of society, Gilded Cage is an unputdownable story ... it's truly a gem Fantasy Faction Ms. James writes with the skill of someone who has been an author for decades. I was blown away by how beautiful the prose was ... In the end I was left emotionally spent and wanting another book to read immediately Fantasy Book Review Twists and turns make this hard to set down Booklist The most intriguing political fantasy premise since The Hunger Games ... While the premise is unique, James' addictive storytelling echoes the strongest qualities of a few of the political YA series of recent years Barnes & Nobleshow more

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I really enjoyed this. It was a fast-paced, entertaining story, in a world that left me wanting to find out more. I will definitely be getting the next book when it comes out Genevieve Cogman, author of The Invisible Libraryshow more

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2,047 ratings
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4 37% (764)
3 23% (469)
2 9% (177)
1 4% (75)
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