"Magically gifted aristocrats rule-and commoners are doomed to serve. But a rebellion threatens the old order. The dystopian trilogy that began with Gilded Cage and Tarnished City concludes. In a world where the lower classes must endure ten years of forced service to unfairly advantaged, magically powered rulers, a teenage boy dreams of rebellion, his older sister yearns for love and knowledge, and a dangerous young aristocrat seeks to remake the world with his dark gifts. In Bright Ruin, the final book in the trilogy set in modern-day England, our heroes will lead a revolution that will transform-or destroy-the world"-
Vic James is the author of Gilded Cage, which was shortlisted for the Compton Crook award and was a World Book Night 2018 pick, and its sequels Tarnished City and Bright Ruin. A current-affairs TV director who loves stories in all their forms, she has covered the 2016 U.S. presidential election and Britain’s EU referendum for BBC1 and has twice judged The Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize. She has lived in Rome and Tokyo, and currently lives in London.
The conclusion of the Dark Gifts trilogy (after Tarnished City, 2018) is set in a world with some eerily familiar-if exaggerated-political tropes and a dramatic class division based not on mere financial wealth but on a family's magic. It's certainly an engaging look at the work of revolution, and James doesn't allow for easy answers, even when the solution to a problem seems obvious, creating some juicy dilemmas for its multifaceted cast of characters. One uprising has already been crushed, leaving the Hadley family and the ruling Jardine family at the center of a battle for moral and political supremacy. Abi Hadley is in the center of the action, part of the revolution's planning team. Luke Hadley, wanted for murder, is in the countryside with the youngest Jardine, unraveling a vast and well-hidden national mystery. The ending is not, in itself, necessarily unexpected, but it leaves open doors for all of the characters, heroes and villains alike, and promises them a great deal of postrevolutionary work. The telling is fast paced, entertaining, and a satisfying end to an epic story. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.