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.
"Interwoven story lines and constantly changing allegiances will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the last page. Fans of the series will be clamoring for this thrilling conclusion to James's intricately plotted trilogy."--Library Journal (starred review, Pick of the Month)
"Fast-paced, entertaining, and a satisfying end to an epic story [with] dramatic class division based not on mere financial wealth but on a family's magic."--Booklist "A triumphant conclusion to this outstanding fantasy series . . . It will keep you up at night until you finish it, and you'll take a huge breath as you can't believe the story is over. If you haven't read the first two installments, please do so, and then jump into the finale. You'll fly through them all as you see Britain as you've never imagined--and you'll hope against hope for the freedom that may never come."--Bookreporter "Rebellion comes to a deadly boil in the final chapter of James's Dark Gifts alternate history fantasy trilogy (after Tarnished City). . . . [An] intricate tale of ruthless scheming and bloody betrayals backlit by an unquenchable glimmer of hope."--Publishers Weekly Praise for Vic James's GILDED CAGE "Compelling and fascinating . . . [an] outstanding fantasy debut."--Bookreporter "A great book to start your new series obsession . . . for those who can barely get enough of the British dramas like Downton Abbey or the magical worlds of J. K. Rowling."--BookPage "Exquisitely wicked . . . a lavishly opulent, yet brutally vivid, alternate England which subtly questions modern beliefs . . . If ever there was a speculative fiction book that captured the zeitgeist of an era this is it."--SFFWorld TARNISHED CITY "Highly recommended . . . There's an admirable level of world-building. . . . with real moments of empathy and compassion [and] a true nail-biter of a cliffhanger ending."--Fantasy Literature "Multifaceted complexity . . . lively, determined characters."--Publishers Weekly