Tarnished City

Tarnished City 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 the

  • Title: Tarnished City
  • Author: Vic James
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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 questioningA 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

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    1. On sale now! 4.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:Tarnished City, the second book in Vic James’s DARK GIFTS YA fantasy series, is a hard-hitting novel that picks right up where Gilded Cage left off, without any infodumping to remind the reader what happened in the first book. In this alternate version of our world, England is controlled by a minority group, the ironically-named Equals, who have magical powers and brutally use them to enforce their rule on everyone who isn’t m [...]

    2. Tarnished City by Vic James is the second book in the young adult fantasy Dark Gifts series. From the title of the series to the intense book cover one should guess that this series is not all rainbows and sunshine but one that is incredibly dark and sometimes disturbing. If at all possible I think Tarnished City got a little darker than Gilded Cage if that was possible.The series takes place in a society in which the world is ruled by Equals who are aristocrats with magical gifts. Everyone else [...]

    3. "I burn not shine."Actual rating 4.5 stars.In my review of the first book of this series, I stated it had an "unique magic-system, a compelling narrative structure, enthralling writing and an unguessable plot." After such highly-heaped praise I was hesitant to see how this would follow in its predecessor's strong footsteps. It has also been a full year since I read the original, and with such a complex plot, worried I would be overwhelmed when returning to this world. Within just a few pages I r [...]

    4. 3.5 stars rounded up.This book was surprising! It's a darker and grittier read than its predecessor. Just as in Gilded Cage, the story is still 'a bit different' in ways that keep you reading. This is not a stand- alone and you need to read Gilded Cage first. Events pick up right where the first book left off. We see less of Luke and more of Abi.Several unexpected events happened in this book, which left me admiring the author for her bold choices, while in many ways the plot progression was pre [...]

    5. 4.5/5 *TARNISHED CITY is an amazing follow-up to last year's GILDED CAGE. In fact, I think I liked this one just a little bit more!Even though I see this listed and shelved as YA, it's much darker than most YA I've tried, (which admittedly is not a lot because it's usually too angst-y for me.) In this case however, the author nixes a lot of the extraneous stuff and focuses on the characters and the intricately plotted story. It took me a little while to get back into the flow, (it's been just ov [...]

    6. These people. Their power. The good they could do with it, and the evil they chose instead.This book is dark. Not simply beautifully, poetically dark, no, it is the sort of unpleasant darkness people want to turn away from. This book shines a light on some of the worst aspects of human nature. The things we all know exists, but so many people refuse to see. And for that, it is amazing. When it comes to YA fiction, people seem to throw around the word dark whenever there is death or betrayal invo [...]

    7. Having enjoyed, “Gilded Cage,” I was pleased to receive the second book in the Dark Gifts Trilogy, “Tarnished City,” for review. This is very much a sequel to the first book – it does not stand alone and you need to read, “Gilded Cage,” first. In fact, it begins at the very end of the last book, with Abi Hadley, and her family, sent to the slave town of Millmoor, after being banished from the Jardine estate. Of course, her brother Luke, had previously left Millmoor – but he is no [...]

    8. "Oh! What A Tangled Web We Weave When First We Practice To Deceive" This amazing series has got to be one of the most under read and under appreciated series I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Ms. James has conjured a dystopian world where the top 1 percent of a futuristic British society is not only wealthy and holds all the political power but they are also magical, or "skilled". Upon reading the synopsis and other reviews you might think that the plot and themes sound like the same ole [...]

    9. ***** 4.5 Stars *****Cannot be read as a standalone."These people. Their power. The good they could do with it, and the evil they chose instead."My mind is reeling, and I'm still decompressing my thoughts and feelings about Tarnished City. What a sequelLuke is locked up for something he didn't do. Abi is on the run trying to find a way to get her brother back. And the Jardines are more powerful than ever. Tarnished City is darker than book 1, and it reveals how cruel society can be. It's a compl [...]

    10. London's burning, she thought. Burning with the Skill of the Equals.Such a gorgeous sequel! This was certainly one of those books that just became better and better the more you read, with more and more pieces added to the puzzle. And the complete picture is turning out much darker than you first believed it would.As Luke is taken north to Lord Crovan's estate, Abi has escaped the carriage taking her and her parents to Millmoor, intent on finding a way to rescue her brother. She seeks out the Sk [...]

    11. These people. Their power. The good they could do with it, and the evil they chose instead. * * * * 4 / 5 Tarnished City is leaps and bounds better than Gilded Cage, the first book in this series. It's more critical of power and slavery, more developed in it's exploration of morally dubious characters like Gavar and Silyen, and far more emotionally impactful. At one point I almost cried. Best of all, the "romance" between Jenner and Abi is mostly thrown out the window. This book is a wild, compl [...]

    12. I was really hoping for an improvement over Book 1 (Gilded Cage). Unfortunately I think I got the exact same book in terms of pacing, boring political parts, intense action at the end, and only liking a few characters. I could probably lift my Gilded Cage review and put it in here with few edits. It's really unfortunate because I really think Vic James has created a great world. But she has made the exact same mistakes in this second book that she did in the first. Now I realize it was possibly [...]

    13. I was invited by NetGalley to read and review this ARC edition. I didn't realize it was the second book of a series and have discovered after about 30 pages that one MUST read book one! Therefore, I will NOT be reviewing or rating this book! it is unfair to the author, the book and myself to do otherwise.

    14. Dark and exciting, this was a great follow up to Gilded Cage. Even though their family has been torn apart, Luke and Abi continue to stay strong and try to fight against the injustice visited on them and also the unSkilled population at large. Abi in particular steps up and her character is much stronger and self-assured than in the first book.Tarnished City was filled with surprises and twists and turns, making it an exciting read right to the end. The final chapter set the stage for what is su [...]

    15. I love how the Dark Gifts series is a YA trilogy that does not understimate the reader. It is a complex story with nuanced characters, and that has lots of parallels with the world we live in. A lovely combination of "I can't put it down" and "I don't want it to end". I will be rereading the first too installments in preparation for the release of Bright Ruin(Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the review copy!)

    16. *Source* NetGalley*Genre* Fantasy*Rating* 4.0*Thoughts*Tarnished City is the second installment in author Vic James Dark Gifts trilogy. This story picks up right exactly where Gilded Cage left off, so if you haven't yet read that story, make haste and do so now. This series is set in a sort of modern Britain with a very dystopian feel to it. Magic users control everything: wealth, politics, power—and you. If you’re not one of the ultimate one-percenters—the magical elite—you owe them ten [...]

    17. This series is literally a rollercoaster ride. I loved Gilded Cage and you can check out my review of that here: lifehasafunnywayofsneakingupoTarnished City was even better, which is quite rare for a Middle novel in a trilogy, usually I find the Middle novel a bit of a 'filler' with not much going on, but this was action packed to say the least. Following the events of Gilded Cage (spoilers for book 1 ahead) Tarnished City explains what happens next to the main characters. Abi is desperately try [...]

    18. omg this book was so irritating. Tedious and boring up till about 90%. And THEN, just when things start getting interesting - REALLY interesting -- e book fricken ends! And now I feel like there's no way I can't not read the last book. Even though I didn't really like this book at all. But, you know, cliffhanger.So fucking irritating. p.s. - I was excited to see more Silyen POVs, but after all was said and done, I ended up not caring for any of them. It was a letdown. His character is more inter [...]

    19. A lot happens in this book; it's refreshingly full of action and plot, for a second book in a series. There are a few new settings, including a mysterious estate for condemned prisoners, which offered (for me) the most interesting chapters. Heavy on politics and light on romance, and pretty long at 400+ pages, this sequel may not hold the interest of as many readers as the first book did. Things also get a bit more gruesome. There are several graphic deaths and some fairly disturbing crimes are [...]

    20. So happy this comes out in September! I read an ARC of the first book, so it's great to not have to wait too long for book 2!

    21. Delightfully dark and twisted, Tarnished City is a phenomenal second installment in Vic James’ Dark Gifts trilogy. Gilded Cage introduced a high-stakes storyline centering around the imbalance of power and what life is when you’re power-less. Political machinations, cruelty, and magic aplenty in Tarnished City, but the heart of this tale is the price of freedom and how it’s often just a word without hope. Gilded Cage left readers with the mother of all cliffhangers and Tarnished City picks [...]

    22. In brief - Hum - tough one. I loved the first book in this series so was looking forward to this one. Parts of it were excellent, parts less so.In fullThe first book in this series was a book that will stay with me for a fair while. It did take me a chapter or two to get back into the bigger story in this one. It is probably best not read standalone. Once again this book concerns the Equals who use magic to wield power over the common folk and the struggle between them in an otherwise recognisab [...]

    23. Tainted City is a very, very dark sequel to Gilded Cage. I keep seeing this marked as young adult but with the levels of cruelty, abuse and torture carried out by the magic-wielding Equals I don't see how it can be. It really should have an 18 certificate! Luke has been sent to Lord Crovan's Scottish estate as a condemned, a prisoner, for the crime is he believed to have committed. Lord Crovan is renowned for the experiments he carries out on his prisoner and the sadistic way he treats them. Whe [...]

    24. Review- Tarnished City, by Vic JamesHooray for YA novels! They can be a little bit hit and miss sometimes, but when you get an author who has put thought into creating a detailed world, with believable, nuanced characters, then it’s a breath of fresh air and I can’t get to the end quickly enough.Tarnished City is one of these. It’s the second in a trilogy, and for those of you who haven’t read it, it takes place in an alternate-reality version of the UK: one where the general population [...]

    25. Thanks to Netgalley and Pan Macmillan for giving me this book to review.Tarnished city is a really good YA paranormal dystopian novel which is even darker and violent and the previous book Gilded Cage. It is fast paced and with all of its twists, political manoeuvring and unpredictability it makes you not want to put the book down. It did not suffer from middle book syndrome and I felt the characters have become more interesting and those who were a bit two-dimensional in the first book have dev [...]

    26. When I read Gilded Cage, the first book in the Dark Gifts series, I found it to be quite enjoyable but thought that it fell a bit short of what it could be. Tarnished City is one of the rare sequels that is better than the original. It is darker, more twisty, and overall much more interesting. Tarnished City shines a more critical eye on the power structure and imbalances inherent to this world while also expanding the focus of the series beyond the main characters. This book started off a bi [...]

    27. I was so excited for this book as the first book ended just as it was getting really good. If you read that book and had mixed feelings, then I'd definitely give this series another chance because it gets really good. Maybe I'm biased because I liked the first book to begin with but this book amped everything up. The series is set in a modern Britain that has been ruled by a magical upper class since they killed the King a couple hundred years ago. It gives a brilliantly strange mix of period/mo [...]

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