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Advance praise for Gilded Cage
Gilded Cage is a heart-pounding combination of dark magic, political revolution, and forbidden romance that had me addicted from the first page! Danielle L. Jensen, USA Today bestselling author of The Malediction Trilogy
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, New York Times bestselling author of The Summoner Trilogy
A dark and intriguing vision of an alternate, magic-drenched Britain, Gilded Cage kept me up long into the night. Aliette de Bodard, author of The House of Shattered Wings
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(starred review)"

An alternate modern-day England where enticing drama and social unrest mix with aristocratic scandal and glamorous magic . . . conjuring up the specters of Les Miserables and Downton Abbey . . . an absorbing first installment that presages an intriguing new fantasy series. Kirkus Reviews
Gilded Cage is a heart-pounding combination of dark magic, political revolution, and forbidden romance that had me addicted from the first page! Danielle L. Jensen, USA Today bestselling author of The Malediction Trilogy
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, New York Times bestselling author of The Summoner Trilogy
A dark and intriguing vision of an alternate, magic-drenched Britain, Gilded Cage kept me up long into the night. Aliette de Bodard, author of The House of Shattered Wings
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(starred review)"

"An alternate modern-day England where enticing drama and social unrest mix with aristocratic scandal and glamorous magic . . . conjuring up the specters of Les Miserables and Downton Abbey . . . an absorbing first installment that presages an intriguing new fantasy series."--Kirkus Reviews
"Gilded Cage is a heart-pounding combination of dark magic, political revolution, and forbidden romance that had me addicted from the first page!"--Danielle L. Jensen, USA Today bestselling author of The Malediction Trilogy
"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, New York Times bestselling author of The Summoner Trilogy
"A dark and intriguing vision of an alternate, magic-drenched Britain, Gilded Cage kept me up long into the night."--Aliette de Bodard, author of The House of Shattered Wings
"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 (starred review)

"Beautifully characterised and compellingly plotted, Gilded Cage is an impressive debut."--The Guardian
"An alternate modern-day England where enticing drama and social unrest mix with aristocratic scandal and glamorous magic . . . conjuring up the specters of Les Miserables and Downton Abbey . . . an absorbing first installment that presages an intriguing new fantasy series."--Kirkus Reviews
"Gilded Cage is a heart-pounding combination of dark magic, political revolution, and forbidden romance that had me addicted from the first page!"--Danielle L. Jensen, USA Today bestselling author of The Malediction Trilogy
"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, New York Times bestselling author of The Summoner Trilogy
"A dark and intriguing vision of an alternate, magic-drenched Britain, Gilded Cage kept me up long into the night."--Aliette de Bodard, author of The House of Shattered Wings
"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 (starred review)

-Beautifully characterised and compellingly plotted, Gilded Cage is an impressive debut.---The Guardian
-An alternate modern-day England where enticing drama and social unrest mix with aristocratic scandal and glamorous magic . . . conjuring up the specters of Les Miserables and Downton Abbey . . . an absorbing first installment that presages an intriguing new fantasy series.---Kirkus Reviews
-Gilded Cage is a heart-pounding combination of dark magic, political revolution, and forbidden romance that had me addicted from the first page!---Danielle L. Jensen, USA Today bestselling author of The Malediction Trilogy
-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, New York Times bestselling author of The Summoner Trilogy
-A dark and intriguing vision of an alternate, magic-drenched Britain, Gilded Cage kept me up long into the night.---Aliette de Bodard, author of The House of Shattered Wings
-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 (starred review)

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A darkly fantastical debut set in a modern England where magically gifted aristocrats rule, and commoners are doomed to serve--for readers of Victoria Aveyard and Susanna Clarke
NOT ALL ARE FREE.
NOT ALL ARE EQUAL.
NOT ALL WILL BE SAVED.
Our world belongs to the Equals--aristocrats with magical gifts--and all commoners must serve them for ten years.
But behind the gates of England's grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.
A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.
Abi is a servant to England's most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of their noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family's secrets might win her liberty--but will her heart pay the price?
A boy dreams of revolution.
Abi's brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.
And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.
He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate--or destroy?
Praise for Gilded Cage
-Beautifully characterised and compellingly plotted, Gilded Cage is an impressive debut.---The Guardian
-An alternate modern-day England where enticing drama and social unrest mix with aristocratic scandal and glamorous magic . . . conjuring up the specters of Les Miserables and Downton Abbey . . . an absorbing first installment that presages an intriguing new fantasy series.---Kirkus Reviews
-Gilded Cage is a heart-pounding combination of dark magic, political revolution, and forbidden romance that had me addicted from the first page!---Danielle L. Jensen, USA Today bestselling author of The Malediction Trilogy
-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, New York Times bestselling author of The Summoner Trilogy
-A dark and intriguing vision of an alternate, magic-drenched Britain, Gilded Cage kept me up long into the night.---Aliette de Bodard, author of The House of Shattered Wings
-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 (starred review)

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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Get swept away..... 16 de enero de 2017
Por Old Coast Customer - Publicado en Amazon.com
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am a 55 year old woman and I am unapologetic that I got swept away in the story. the author has taken the time to beautifully set the stage for this story. Her ability to describe the characters, scenery, and magical happenings are really wonderful.
I did not want the book to end, and cannot wait for a follow up to continue a story I already am deeply involved with.
So much treachery, back-stabbing, young love, mystery, suspense, there are just not enough words to describe all the twists and turns in this book.
For a first novel, this is an excellent effort, and I am very much looking forward to more from Vic James.
She is now on my watch list of authors.
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Gilded Cage by Vic James 26 de marzo de 2017
Por Tiniferous - Publicado en Amazon.com
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This book has a very high chance of being my favorite book for all of 2017! It was so amazing! I haven't read a book this good in a long time. I absolutely loved it, from beginning to end. While it is the first in the series (it will be a trilogy), it didn't read like a first book of more to come. By the end I could tell there would be a sequel, but the whole time I was reading the book I thought that it very well could be a standalone novel. The story was written that well. It felt complete in itself, yet left me so in love with the gray areas of the situation and intrigued by the characters that I will be highly anticipating its sequel.

In this dystopian fantasy, the Equals (people with magical abilities) hold all the power. They control the government and make all of the decisions. The common people, who have little rights to begin with, must spend 10 years of their life as a slave and give up their rights completely during that time. Abi manages to apply for her entire family, including her younger brother and sister, to do their slave days together on the estate of an Equals' family. However, it is not as great an achievement as it originally seems. Her brother, Luke, gets denied and is sent to work in a backbreaking slave town instead, while working on the estate is definitely different than the family imagined.

From these two places, the story does an excellent job of painting the picture and viewpoints from the Equals, from the position of servants living on the estate, and from those working in the slave towns. Everything flows seamlessly together in a way that left me seeking more and becoming enraptured with the world and the characters. It was great to get to see from all of the different perspectives, and that element itself is one of the key things that made this book so great. I found myself enjoying both sides, not just one or the other. (If I had to pick favorites, I would say Luke and Silyen are my two favorite character story lines!)

The political conniving, the plight of the common people, and the bonds between the characters left me wanting more at every check point. Like a good dystopian should, I was left mourning the injustices occurring to the people and yearning for characters to act on it. Another thing I loved about this particular dystopian is the time spent on the oppressors. I got to know not only the common people affected by this situation, but those with the power to do something about it and blatantly refused to. Gilded Cage doesn't work in shades of black and white, but instead with many hues of gray.

Rating

I adored this book. I know I will read it many more times to come. I give it a full 5 out of 5. I would highly recommend it to any fans of dystopian worlds in particular, but it is so good that I would suggest it to many, many others as well.
3.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas I thought it was gonna be a much better book. More complex 13 de abril de 2017
Por M. Avery - Publicado en Amazon.com
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I was unimpressed, unfortunately. I thought it was gonna be a much better book. More complex, more immersive. Compared to Luke, you don't get much of Abi. When you pick up this book, you think you'll mostly be following around Abi in the book. It's mostly Luke, and some other characters. I think the use of jumping around from character to character was used way too much. I usually don't mind reading different view points in a book.....but this tool was a little abused.
In fact, it hindered the author from being able to develop the characters and get the reader emotionally engaged. Had the author not put herself in a position where she had to gloss over/quickly go through the parts of the story that would have been perfect for emotionally engaging the reader in order to keep the story moving. For example, building the budding romance between Jenner and Abi. We got about 3 sentences that informed us that they shared little looks, he kept her longer than necessary, etc. We were also informed of his attributes. We didn't get SEE his attributes. Or SEE the budding romance. Had we, we would have cared about him. Had we, we would root for them.

A good book, a good story, doesn't TELL you, they SHOW you. They use words and phrases that bring you in and make you feel. This book does not.

Being slaves for 10 years was a little unbelieveable. I get it, the author changed the history of modern earth in order to make this work. She's far from the first author to do so. I love fantasy, paranormal books. But it just didn't make sense that just a handful of people are Equals and everyone else were commoners that had to slave for 10 years of their life. And that's it's been this way for a few hundred years. I just don't see it this author's particular setup as viable, even in an alternate earth with a totally different history. I feel like a revolution would have happened MUCH sooner in all honesty. Perhaps that's just me though.

I kept thinking the setting was modern, as there are many modern elements mentioned.....but it also seemed historic as well, as there were a lot of historic elements....and for some reason the two didn't mesh quite right. Maybe because I don't live in England and never actually been??? So I deem a lot of things "England" historic??? I'm an American reader of historical romances as well, though I haven't read one in many years. A lot of those historic romances took place in historic England.
Idk, it might just be me.

The author attempted to be suspenseful.....but it just didn't work. That's the only way I can put it

Anyways, it seemed the author was on the verge of something great....and it just fell flat.
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Have a quick ten years 8 de marzo de 2017
Por Jansma - Publicado en Amazon.com
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Imagine you had to serve 10 years of your life as a slave you have the choice of when you serve your years. Serve them too young you could be damaged for life. Serve them too old they may be to much for you to handle. You would serve as help for a group of people known as equals. Most of these equals have special powers. Which can be both amazing and horrific. Or you could end up in a slave camp doing extremely hard work. This is a story of a family that had decided to start their slave years together and had made arrangements to serve them together only to be separated the day they left.
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas My rating is 10 of 5 stars. Yes, it is that good. 22 de febrero de 2017
Por N. H. - Publicado en Amazon.com
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My rating is 10 of 5 stars. Yes, it is that good.

Imagine walking into a museum and seeing a gorgeous medieval tapestry. The overall impact is overwhelming. Then you begin to notice the finer details. Strands of shining gold and silver catch your eye. You notice the less brilliant colors the silver and gold intertwined with. You begin to see patterns. You see how individual colors, whether vivid or muted, work together to create the whole work of art. I have just described The Gilded Cage by Vic James. It is a work of art.

I have read over 100 books this year, 2016, and The Gilded Cage is in the top 3. It is a finely crafted novel. It will be released in February 2017 along with an audiobook version. I suggest you pre-order both as soon as available. I read 99% of books in electronic version due to a movement disorder. Gilded Cage and any sequels will be ordered in hardback. These I plan to give to my future grandchildren when they are old enough.

There are two main families in Gilded Cage. The Jardines , the “haves’, and the Hadleys, the “have nots”. It is what they have or not that makes this novel so unique. The Jardines have “Skill”. The Hadleys do not. Skill is the ability to use magic. This is not the learn the spells and potions of Harry Potter magic. This is the intuitive, instinctual, primal magic that flows from the individual’s soul. Not everyone can do the same things with Skill and not everyone has the same strength of Skill.

The universe Gilded Cage is set in has always had Skill as a part of it. The difference in England begins when King Charles the first (and last) is not overthrown by puritans. He is executed by a powerful Skill member of the aristocracy. A new system of government is set up. Parliament with only Skilled members. A few token Unskilled are allowed as observers. Other countries have different systems. In the States United of America, the Civil War was fought. The North has outlawed Skill while the South continues to follow the same system as Britain.

But the worse change is the years of slavery forced on the Unskilled. Each Unskilled man, woman, and child must serve ten consecutive years in slavedays to the Skilled. That slavedays can be in a factory area working six days a week, with barely enough food, and no rights. It can be served on the estate of one of the Skilled. It can be served when one is young or old or anytime in between but it must be served. Whether in slavedays or before or after, the Unskilled have no rights. They can be beaten, raped, killed and all with no consequence to the Skilled who did it or to the Unskilled who did it under the direction of a Skilled. This is the world which the Jardine and Hadleys cross paths.

The characters are very well developed. Abigail Hadley is strong young woman who forgoes medical school to enable her family to serve their slavedays together. She fights for her family. She works the system. She does what she needs to do without relying on anyone, let alone need a man to save her. Luke Hadley, Abigail's brother, is a sixteen year old, who in the way of all teens, somehow never thought his slavedays would really arrive. He must grow up quickly to survive.

The Skilled are not simple characters either. The Jardine family has its heir in Gavar, it’s mystery in youngest son Silyen and it’s total shame in middle son Jenner who is Unskilled. The premier Skilled family contains a son who may be the most powerful Skilled of all time and one of only two Unskilled ever born to Skilled parents. Each Skilled family has the head of the family and it’s heir sitting in Parliament. What each member of each Skill family has is an agenda all their own. One of my favorite parts is when one Skilled character remarks to another, “Your allies aren’t always who you think they are, Miss Matravers. And neither are your enemies.”

The novel has an ironic sense of humor. “Father was planning a debate. Silyen was planning a resurrection. And Gavar was planning a wedding. There was so much wrong with that, Gavar didn’t know where to start.” It is this wonderful combination of characters and themes surrounded by damn good writing that makes The Gilded Cage a must read. It is subtitled Dark Gifts #1 which means there is more to come. I cannot wait.

I received an advance review copy of The Gilded Cage from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. My sincere thanks to Netgalley and Vic James for one of the best reads I have had all year.