- Author Vic James
- Narrator Avita Jay
- Publisher Pan Macmillan
- Run Time 13 hours and 24 minutes
- Format Audio
- Genre Children’s / Teenage fiction: Fantasy, Children’s / Teenage fiction: Speculative, dystopian and utopian fiction, Dystopian and utopian fiction, Magical realism, Narrative theme: Coming of age, Narrative theme: Social issues.
Listen to a sample
What to expect
From the bestselling author of Sanctuary comes a gripping Orwellian vision of Britain, with a rebellious Hunger Games heart. Bright Ruin is the third and final title in Vic James’s electrifying Dark Gifts Trilogy, following Tarnished City.
A shattered country
A world-changing magic
Magically gifted aristocrats rule Britain, and the people must serve them. But rebellion now strikes at the heart of the old order. Abi has escaped public execution, thanks to an unexpected ally. Her brother Luke is on the run with Silyen Jardine, the most mysterious aristocrat of all. And as political and magical conflicts escalate, each must decide how far they’ll go for their beliefs.
Dragons clash in the skies, as two powerful women duel for the soul of Britain. A symbol of government will blaze as it dies, and doors between worlds will open – and close forever. But the battle within human hearts will be the fiercest of all.
Beautifully characterised and compellingly plotted, Gilded Cage is an impressive debutGuardian on Gilded Cage
It’s smart, engrossing and incredibly snappily written, with so many compelling characters and pulse-quickening situations that the whole book just flies by. We apologise for the cliché, but it is that goodSciFiNow on Gilded Cage
A dark and intriguing vision of an alternate, magic-drenched Britain, Gilded Cage kept me way up into the nightAliette de Bodard
A dazzling addition to the growing genre of alternative historical fiction, James’s first novel has the added bonus of compelling page-turnabilityDaily Mail on Gilded Cage
Devious and deliciously dark with lashings of magic, mystery and mayhem, this juggernaut of a book will keep you hanging on by your fingernails until the very last pageTaran Matharu on Gilded Cage
Ms. James writes with the skill of someone who has been an author for decades. I was blown away by how beautiful the prose was . . . In the end I was left emotionally spent and wanting another book to read immediatelyFantasy Book Review on Gilded Cage
Subscribe to our newsletter
Sign up to get tailored content recommendations, product updates and info on new releases. Your data is your own: we commit to protect your data and respect your privacy.