I remember standing outside Waterstones in Sheffield when I was small, waiting for the new Jacqueline Wilson book to be released and signed by my favourite author. The anticipation that I was going to be able to read the next in her instalment of children’s books thrilled me and brought me into the autumnal evening to wait with my equally excitable friends.
I feel this same longing to get my hands on the next in the trilogy of the Dark Gifts trilogy.
The first in this set, Gilded Cage, is a masterful immersion into a fantastical world, with subtle references to our own Great Britain.
The storytelling comes from a number of narrators and perspectives, which only adds to the richness of the tale.
Luke is our hero and revolutionary; Abi is the romantic within us all; Gavar the misunderstood villain; and Silyen the mysterious game player.
Gilded Cage has a feeling of The Hunger Games and shares this same post-apocalyptic feeling of the great divide between wealthy and poor – only in this case it is the magical and those that are not.
The cinematic feeling of reading this book shows the talent of the author to craft the immersive world within Gilded Cage. This is your next unputdownable trilogy.