Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts #1) Review Spoiler Free

Genres: Young Adult ,Fantasy, Dystopia30258320

Reading from: Finished copy sent by publisher

Publication: February 14th 2017

Publisher: Del Rey Books

Pages: 320 pages

Series or Standalone: Trilogy

Rating: 5/5 stars

Do I recommend it?: YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Summary from Goodreads: Not all are free. Not all are equal. Not all will be saved.
Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and 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.
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, Abi 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, he 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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I want to send a major thanks to the publisher for sending me a finished copy! This didn’t in any way change my opinion on this book, all opinions are mine.

So its a dystopian but it has some fantasy elements. So its basically an “Alternate reality world” its set in Great Britain. So this book gave me major X-Men feels, so if you’re into X-men I would totally recommend this book. So there’s two groups of people in this book mainly. One of the groups is “The Equals” and basically its a rich elite(aristocrats) with special abilities ( telekinesis and such),  and they basically run the country because I mean they are rich and they have powers. And then there’s the commoners which have to do ten years of slave days.

The story focuses on a family of 2 sisters, a brother and parents after they decide to do their slave days.

The story is all told in multiple POVs, however each character had a distinct voice so it was easy to identify them without jumbling them up.  Each character has such a a distinct voice.

Their is also a bit of romance in this book, I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t a main focus in the book it was more of a minor plot in the book.  It was slow burning, and by the end of the book you will want more.

All the characters were enjoyable to read, although I did prefer reading from Abi’s character she just had such a fun POV.


Memorable Quotes

  • “There’s no magic more powerful than the human spirit”


  • “If you want to change something, you need to think big.”


  • “Honestly, Jack, your handwriting is terrible.”
    Jackson held up both hands. “What can I say? I’m a doctor.”


  • “Always look at the people, not at the mass. A face, not the crowd. Look at the world, not at the ground. Every little detail you see is a victory.”




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