Book Review: Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts #1) by Vic James

Title: Gilded Cage
Series: Dark Gifts #1
Author: Vic James
Laura’s rating: 3.5 stars

**ARC provided By Netgalley in exchange of an honest review**



In modern-day Britain, magic users control everything: wealth, politics, power—and you. If you’re not one of the ultimate one-percenters—the magical elite—you owe them ten years of service. Do those years when you’re old, and you’ll never get through them. Do them young, and you’ll never get over them.

This is the darkly decadent world of Gilded Cage. In its glittering milieu move the all-powerful Jardines and the everyday Hadleys. The families have only one thing in common: Each has three children. But their destinies entwine when one family enters the service of the other. They will all discover whether any magic is more powerful than the human spirit.

Have a quick ten years. . . .

Hello Hello, who are you Vic James? I like you.

Well damn.. I had no fucking clue what was happening for the first 40% of this ARC. I mean NO IDEA, maybe I’m dumb as fuck, but seriously too many POVs, even the dog had a chapter (Kidding lol)


The plot transpires in an alternative society where “Equals” rule the country, and they do so because they have otherworldly abilities (Like destroying houses, healing, reading minds.. Yeah you get it)
So commoners fall under their laws, and must pay a service of 10 years of slavery in order to become something like a full citizen of the country, have better jobs, more money, etc. But ultimately everyone has to do it.

Basically we follow the doings of both classes. I’m not going to name characters because as I mentioned before, there are too many and frankly I didn’t connect with anyone.

This book could’ve been so much better if only we could’ve gotten to know some of these characters, build a connection, love/hate them or whatever.

BUT, the story-line is very interesting, the politics of the country, the way the Equals think, how they handle various things are very appealing and can be connected to the real world, specially with all of the atrocities that are happening nowadays.

“But here was a chance to do something. Change something.
Maybe even change everything.”

All in all, that cliffhanger at the end is gonna make me read the next one!


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