Wednesday, 30 November 2016

ALTERNATE URBAN FANTASY: The Dark Gifts Trilogy 1: Gilded Cage

Release Date: 01/12/16
Publisher: Pan


Britain's magically skilled aristocracy compels all commoners to serve them for ten years - and now it's the Hadleys' turn. Abi Hadley is assigned to England's most ruthless noble family. The secrets she uncovers could win her freedom - or break her heart. Her brother Luke is enslaved in a brutal factory town, where new friends' ideals might cost him everything.

Then while the elite vie for power, a young aristocrat plots to remake the world with his dark gifts. As Britain moves from anger to defiance, all three must take sides. And the consequences of their choices will change everything, forever.


Finding something unique and new is always a gem, and after hearing good things about it from a friend in publishing, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this title. After all, whats not to love about an Alternate reality Victorian novel where the rich hold sway over the indentured poor.

The writing is delightful, fits into the time period wonderfully and helps bring the past to life as the tale moves along at its own pace. The prose charmingly descriptive and when added to dialogue alongside a huge overall arc, makes this a series to watch in my opinion.

Back this up with a unique authorly voice and characters that I've loved to spend time with, all round made this a tale I savoured. I can't wait to see what is next to come.

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