Tarnished City15+ years
From the bestselling author of Sanctuary comes a thrilling Orwellian vision of Britain, with a rebellious Hunger Games heart. Tarnished City is the second title in Vic James's electrifying Dark Gifts Trilogy, following Gilded Cage.
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?
Beautifully characterised and compellingly plotted, Gilded Cage is an impressive debut
Guardian on 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 on Gilded Cage
I really enjoyed this. It was a fast-paced, entertaining story, in a world that left me wanting to find out more. I will definitely be getting the next book when it comes out
Genevieve Cogman on Gilded Cage