Book Title: Gilded Cage
Series: Dark Gifts #1
Author: Vic James
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Star Rating: – Excellent new series.
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. It was advertised through Netgalley, and I like the cover, it made me think of some new fantasy series set in Victorian England. I was wrong about both the setting and genre. This is set in modern day, albeit alternate universe, England. Imagine if hundreds of years ago a group of humans were found to have superhuman powers. Next, imagine they, in one fell swoop, took over the governance of the entire world. Normal, non-powered humans, automatically became second class citizens, free to be used and abused..
This state of affairs certainly makes things easy for the Equals (powered ones). They have a servant class built in, and in fact every person in England has to sign up for 10 years of servitude. It can be paid at any time of their lives. One family decides to take their children with them, and pay their ‘days’ sooner rather than later. They think getting a cushy job working with a particular elite family will be easier than being assigned to work in the industrial sector. Unfortunately, it seems to me that getting superhuman abilities, and the power that comes with them, has wreaked havoc on the elite’s mental state. They are a sick bunch. This does not bode well for the poor family who now find themselves at the Equals beck and call.
It’s an exciting book. It is quick to draw you in, holds on fast and ramps up to a pretty terrific cliffhanger. It also boasts of a really great new villain (?). I use question marks because this guy defies description. He’s a bit of a sociopath, cruel, terrible, and completely unpredictable. It’s hard to see this guys endgame. Is he harming people just for the pleasure of hurting them, for political aspirations, or for some strange twisted way of working for the greater good? I have no idea, and that’s a good thing! Especially, since this is just the first book of a series. If you have a chance to get in on the ground floor of this world I would recommend it wholeheartedly.I think it has interesting places to go and things to say about politics, class, and social distinctions. I’m looking forward to the next volume!
Song for this book: Little Brother by Ella Vos