In modern-day Britain, magic users control everything: wealth, politics, power—and you. If you’re not one of the ultimate one-percenters—the magical elite—you owe them ten years of service. Do those years when you’re old, and you’ll never get through them. Do them young, and you’ll never get over them.
This is the darkly decadent world of Gilded Cage. In its glittering milieu move the all-powerful Jardines and the everyday Hadleys. The families have only one thing in common: Each has three children. But their destinies entwine when one family enters the service of the other. They will all discover whether any magic is more powerful than the human spirit.
~ I was sent a copy from the publishers-all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - What a fantastic start to what I can tell is going to be a brilliant fantasy series. I really like how this book just grabbed me from the first page and I was immersed in the story and the characters and I felt like I was with them going on this journey. Vic James is a brilliant writer and she really knows how to build this world she has created and just capture the reader with what is going on and what is going to happen.
In this book we follow Luke. He lives in a world that is ruled by the Equals, Aristocracy that have magical gifts. They control everyone and everyone has to give up ten years of their life to serve the Equals. Luke finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, will he be able to find what his path is?
Vic James is just a fantastic writer. The way the story was told really kept me needing more. I had to see what was going to happen and where this book was going and it just made me need the second one even more. I just couldn't put it down.
You can read some fantasy books that just go on quite a bit with the whole fantasy land and try too much but, in this book it was easy to grasp what this place was like what the people where like, I was interested in finding out about the Equals and about their ways and I thought Luke was a fantastic character to follow. He wasn't the most perfect character but, it was great to watch him grow in this book.
I am very excited to pick up the next book and see where Vic takes this series!