Bright Ruin
by James, Vic







Prologue: Midsummer3(8)
One ABI
11(15)
Two Luke
26(15)
Three Silyen
41(14)
Four Gavar
55(13)
Five ABI
68(10)
Six ABI
78(14)
Seven Silyen
92(14)
Eight Luke
106(14)
Nine Bouda
120(14)
Ten ABI
134(15)
Eleven Luke
149(14)
Twelve Luke
163(16)
Thirteen Silyen
179(15)
Fourteen ABI
194(14)
Fifteen ABI
208(15)
Sixteen BOUDA
223(14)
Seventeen ABI
237(13)
Eighteen Rædwald
250(11)
Nineteen Rædwald
261(8)
Twenty ABI
269(15)
Twenty-One BOUDA
284(14)
Twenty-Two ABI
298(8)
Twenty-Three ABI
306(9)
Twenty-Four Gavar
315(16)
Twenty-Five Luke
331(13)
Twenty-Six Luke
344(9)
Twenty-Seven ABI
353(13)
Twenty-Eight Luke
366(14)
Twenty-Nine BOUDA
380(9)
Epilogue: ABI389(10)
Acknowledgments399


As the people of Britain rise up against their magically gifted masters, the commoners and the aristocrats take sides for a final confrontation that binds Abi, Luke, and Silyen into a single destiny.





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.






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