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THE DARK GIFTS SERIES

Praise for GILDED CAGE

“A dazzling addition to the growing genre of alternative historical fiction, James’s first novel has the added bonus of compelling page-turnability.” – Daily Mail

“the historical parallels are too delicious to ignore. … one can’t help but anticipate the next novel in the series.” – The Washington Post best science fiction and fantasy books to read in February

“Beautifully characterised and compellingly plotted, Gilded Cage is an impressive debut” – The Guardian

“gripping and original” – Amazon.com Top 5 SFF pick for February

“James’s clever debut … will keep readers on the edges of their seats, eager for the next book in a very promising series.”  Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Gilded Cage Delivers on the Most Intriguing Political Fantasy Premise Since The Hunger Games” – Barnes&Noble SciFi

“Deserves to become enormous … we were rabidly excited for book 2 before we’d even reached halfway.” – iBooks UK

“SFF Debut of the Month …. James does an excellent job of creating a dark contemporary world in which magic is used to prop up a corrupt aristocracy at the expense of ordinary people” – Library Journal (starred review)

“The scope of Vic James’s debut novel is staggering … It’s smart, engrossing and incredibly snappily written, with so many compelling characters and pulse-quickening situations that the whole book just fl ies by. We apologise for the cliché, but it is that good.” – SciFiNow

A LibraryReads Top Ten pick for February, chosen by US public librarians nationwide across all new releases

“The twists and turns make this book hard to set down; a second read may reveal many details that readers might breeze past the first time. Readers will eagerly await the rest of the trilogy started here.” – Booklist

“Enticing drama and social unrest mix with aristocratic scandal and glamorous magic. … An absorbing first installment that presages an intriguing new fantasy series.” – Kirkus

Our world belongs to the Equals – aristocrats with magical gifts.

All commoners must serve them for ten years.

But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.

Welcome to the alternate contemporary Britain of  THE DARK GIFTS … 

HAVE A QUICK TEN YEARS!

Book 1 – GILDED CAGE  (out now!)

NOT ALL ARE FREE   –   NOT ALL ARE EQUAL   –   NOT ALL WILL BE SAVED

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge…

ABI is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, she faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty–but will her heart pay the price?

A boy dreams of revolution…

Abi’s brother LUKE is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, Luke makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts…

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate–or destroy?

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TARNISHED CITY is published early September 2017

BRIGHT RUIN concludes the trilogy in June 2018

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