For readers and listeners of Victoria Aveyard and Susanna Clarke comes a darkly fantastical debut set in a modern England where magically gifted aristocrats rule - and commoners are doomed to serve.
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 10 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?
©2017 Vic James (P)2017 Random House Audio
"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)
This would have been a 5 STAR read for me; except I needed more. I needed to know how the law was written for the mandatory 10 year slave sentence for unequals. Meaning I need to understand how it works. For instance, at what age does it become a crime if you haven't begun to serve your term? Is it acceptable for a man or woman who is 60 to sign up for their decade of slave labor? And what is to young? What are the consequences of failing to commit?
Now moving on to the story itself. I wish we could have had some understanding as to why Abby chose to sway her parents into doing what they did. As smart as she is, why not allow her baby sister to have another 8 years or so to become who she is going to be and not have her childhood stolen?
And then there is Luke's 6 months where I needed more to empathize with him. I wanted to feel the heart acing, back breaking hell he was thrown into.
If all of the above had been included-Gilded Cage would've become an instant favorite of mine. Not just of this year, but an all time fav.
Loved the story, loved the characters/ very diverse and multilayered, and loved the narration. Please hurry with Book 2!!
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