Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts) --by Vic James

Fiction / Fantasy

368 Pages
5 Stars

NOTE: This book will not be available until 14 Feb 17

I received a free electronic copy of this book from in exchange for my honest review.

Vic (Victoria) James lives in London, her book takes place in an alternate UK, where the Equals are Skilled in psychic powers and the commoners are not. All commoners are required to serve as a slave for 10 years, and within reason, can choose that time. The sooner done, the sooner finished (or dead), and the sooner one can get on with her life. There are rules, of course, such as children under 18 cannot be separated from parents. But, heck, when the controlling elite are more Equal than the rest, well, what are a few rules amongst friends?

James has masterfully created a believable alternate universe. The characters are well developed, and each is his or her, own person. Not all of the Equals are good, not all of the Slaves are bad.

I had a very hard time putting this book down. Though this book is book one in a series, it has an ending; an ending that both ends the story, for now, and leaves me wanting to read the next in the series. Alas, I have a sneaking suspicion that I can read her books faster than Ms. James can write them. If you are a fan of urban fantasy novels such as those by Anne Bishop and Jim Butcher, I think you'll enjoy this book very much. It is listed as dystopian, but I don't like dystopian books, and I loved this one.

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