~ABOUT THE BOOK~
A corrupted city. A dark dream of power.
Luke is a prisoner, condemned for a murder he didn’t commit. Abi is a fugitive, desperate to free him before magic breaks his mind. But as the Jardines tighten their grip on a turbulent Britain, brother and sister face a fight greater than their own.
New alliances and old feuds will remake the nation, leaving Abi and Luke questioning everything – and everyone – they know. And as Silyen Jardine hungers for the forgotten Skill of the legendary Wonder King, the country’s darkest hour approaches. Freedom and knowledge both come at a cost. So who will pay the price?
~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~
I was torn as to whether I was going to continue this series because I struggled to get through the first book. Then way before it (Tarnished City) was due to release, I noticed my library had already purchased it in audiobook format…I thought…hmmm…maybe I could eliminate some my issues with Gilded Cage by listening to Tarnished City, rather than reading it.
Overall, I'm happy that I gave this series a second chance because this world that Vic James has created is darkly captivating and dangerously alluring. I applaud her ingenuity with the unique plot and the complex characters. She also threw in some very clever twists. While there are still many elements to this that I found confusing and I know I didn't always comprehend the situations totally, I did enjoy it, nonetheless.
4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+
~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~
Main Characters~ 4.3/5
Secondary Characters~ 4.3/5
The Feels~ 4/5
Theme or Tone~ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5
Ending~ 4.2/5 Cliffhanger~ More or less…yes.
Book Cover~ Awesome, I think this darker version goes with the story better.
Narration~ ☆4.3☆ Avita Jay, for having an accent, which I always seem to struggle with, I thought she was pretty good.
Series~ Dark Gifts #2
Setting~ England & Scotland
Source~ Audiobook (Library)