Image of Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts)


Image of Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts)

James’ first Dark Gifts installment is an instantly engaging debut that wrestles with issues of class, power and history while delivering a tense, emotionally compelling tale. The world is one with very few straightforward answers, and while the magic that shapes the society’s hierarchy is intriguing, the characters’ complex loyalties and secret objectives give considerable depth to the plot and keep the stakes high throughout, only to rise sky-high in a final shocking scene that is sure to keep readers coming back to the darkly alluring world.

In a world where Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — rule England, all commoners are forced into a decade of servitude to them. Abi is a servant in the home of the most powerful Equal family, one with dark secrets that could be exploited, if only Abi wasn’t falling for one of its Equal-born sons. Meanwhile, enslaved in a factory town, her brother Luke has fallen in with a group of young revolutionaries who are determined to overturn the brutal laws of the land. But Abi and Luke are both pawns in the game of one mysterious Equal, whose power and cunning are both far greater than they ever imagined. (DEL REY, Feb., 368 pp., $20.00)
Reviewed by: 
Bridget Keown