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Bright Ruin Bright Ruin by Vic James is the third book of 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 so while it is young adult I would recommend keeping this series on the the older crowd side of the genre.The series takes place in a society in which the world is ruled by Equals who are aristocrats with magical gifts Everyone els Bright Ruin by Vic James is the third book of 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 so while it is young adult I would recommend keeping this series on the the older crowd side of the genre.The series takes place in a society in which the world is ruled by Equals who are aristocrats with magical gifts Everyone else are known as commoners and at some point during their lifetimes they have to serve the Equals for a period of ten years as their slaves Commoners can choose to serve at any point in their lives from 10 to 80 years old.In Gilded Cage we met a family that when the youngest child turned ten the parents decided to sign the whole family up for their slave days to be completed together Luke s older sister Abi has arranged for the family to work together at a plantation owned by England s most powerful family of Equals But upon arrival the paperwork had been messed up and Luke is shipped off to a slave town separate from the rest of his family.The series is one that definitely needs to be read as a whole with starting from the beginning with Gilded Cage then continuing with Tarnished City and Bright Ruin as the plot carries over and picks up where it left off from book to book While I have rated in the middle with each of this books the series has definitely still held my attention all throughout The world is incredibly dark and one thatangers me than falling in love with as do some of the characters but it s thought provoking and creative so it kept me coming back from book to book And now at the end I m again rating at 3.5 stars but I would recommend checking this out if up for a darker society and content.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.Forreviews please visit Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.Vic James has created a fantastic world, well plotted and filled with deep, complicated, flawed characters It s hard to believe that this trilogy is her debut into the realm of published novels, because she s excelled from start to finish This is by far one of the best YA series I ve read, and I read a lot I don t want to give away too much, but the fallout of the end of the last book Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.Vic James has created a fantastic world, well plotted and filled with deep, complicated, flawed characters It s hard to believe that this trilogy is her debut into the realm of published novels, because she s excelled from start to finish This is by far one of the best YA series I ve read, and I read a lot I don t want to give away too much, but the fallout of the end of the last book has left our set of main characters reeling and split, and this book picks up right away, finding loose ends and tying them together like Silyen and his Skill weaving at the walls of Far Carr.Honestly, she s left enough open for an amazing adventure to follow, and I sincerely hope we get to read , because I will be truly sad for this world to be over and done but I will also be rereading these in the future, absolutely Review to come on release date BRIGHT RUIN brings to an end the DARK GIFTS trilogy which began with GILDED CAGE back in 2017 This series delivered on nearly every promise it made back then, resulting in an extremely satisfying experience for this reader.We re back with all the same characters, well, the ones that are still alive , and resuming their individual dramas in an unsettled London, dominated by Equals In this series, Equals are born with special powers, magical powers even, which allow them to control all sorts of BRIGHT RUIN brings to an end the DARK GIFTS trilogy which began with GILDED CAGE back in 2017 This series delivered on nearly every promise it made back then, resulting in an extremely satisfying experience for this reader.We re back with all the same characters, well, the ones that are still alive , and resuming their individual dramas in an unsettled London, dominated by Equals In this series, Equals are born with special powers, magical powers even, which allow them to control all sorts of materials and energies As such, this world Vic James has created allows those rich in these powers to control and enslave those who are not Absolute power corrupts absolutely, and all that But what James has so Skillfully done, Skill being the name given to these powers , is that she s woven in political commentary that is eerily on point with today s events all over the real world Ruling classes and or class warfare Check Political parties scheming and planning to keep the unSkilled quiet and working with their noses to the grind Check Those rich in Skill, or in our world, dollar bills , easily gainwealth, while holding their feet to the throats of the those not so blessed Check Using fear to keep the masses afraid and not too interested in what s REALLY going on CheckFear was the superpower they all possessed And unlike Midsummer s monsters, there was no limit to the number of people they could control with it What Vic James has done here and done in a timely manner, I m looking at you, famous fantasy writers whose series remain unfinished you know who you are , is deliver a trilogy that has something for everyone Even though it s categorized as YA, I would be wary of recommending this to the super young YA crowd, as many of the political points would go over their heads, and possibly bore them , but also because there are extremely dark themes and violent scenes That aside, I would recommend this trilogy to everyone else fans of dark fantasy and horror most especially My only issue with this final book is that everything seemed to wrap up rather quickly the denouement came fast and furious, and it seemed like one big blow or discovery after another rapid fire style Not that I m complaining, but I think I wanted to savor events just a wee bitVic James has proven herself to be an author to watch and I know that I will be watching closely for anything she puts out If she can make me, a die hard YA avoider , read and enjoy an entire YA trilogy, than who knows what else she may be capable of I can hardly wait to find out In the meantime, I highly recommend this book and the entire trilogy Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the e ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback This is it Rating 3.5History only appeared inevitable because it was written in a world where it had already happened.A rather stunning conclusion to an overall fantastic series Filled with politics, intrigue, family and morally gray characters, this book manages to keep us guessing from start to finish I don t say this often, but I honestly wish it was longer Character RankingsAbi Gavar Silyen Luke Bouda The Relationships Silyen LukeYou re really going to set them free Well, you ask Rating 3.5History only appeared inevitable because it was written in a world where it had already happened.A rather stunning conclusion to an overall fantastic series Filled with politics, intrigue, family and morally gray characters, this book manages to keep us guessing from start to finish I don t say this often, but I honestly wish it was longer Character RankingsAbi Gavar Silyen Luke Bouda The Relationships Silyen LukeYou re really going to set them free Well, you asked nicely You know, Luke said, I think world peace, women s equality, and an end to global hunger would also be great Silyen smirked, Don t push it, HadleyThese two were the most unexpected development I certainly knew Silyen had some interest in Luke and they had some sort of connection, but I truly did not realize Silyen s interest in Luke was a romantic one But it is a rather fun and entertaining surprise Gavar AbiYou didn t just rescue me You saved all of us by putting a stop to the Blood Fair It was what anyone would have done But no one else did Only you This scene just had me for some reason It was so simple and lovely, and there truly was not any romantic connotation to it You are better than your family I believe this, and I hope one day you will too In this book, we see a major shift in the relationship between Gavar and Abi Where her little sister Daisy had always believed in Gavar s goodness Abi never did She saw only an arrogant, temperamental, intimidating Equal But after his impulsive act of heroism Abi begins to see that while Gavar may not necessarily be a good person, there is goodness in him If this were your typical YA Fantasy I m pretty sure they would have been canon But clearly, Ms James is not for the typical way of doing things So alas, I will continue to ponder what could have been But you know what leaves the most to be desired The ending Like, what the heck view spoiler So Luke s body just disappears He s just gone off somewhere, presumably with Silyen since the family crypt was disturbed I assume he is not actually dead, and says nothing to his family about it We just end with Abi finding him gone and that is it What hide spoiler Honestly, this might have been a four star read orif the ending was better done It just felt like a lot of questions were left hanging in the air view spoiler So did Silyen absorb all the Skill in the country Is that how he survived Did they go see the King again hide spoiler And I found the whole storyline with the King, Silyen, and Luke very odd The air of mystery and magic around him, it was built up so much that the reveal just fell flat with me While this certainly was not my favorite book in the series and as mentioned there were certain things that could have improved upon and developed , I did enjoy the book overall And if Ms James ends up writing another fantasy series, I d certainly give it a tryI received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Huge thank you to Del Rey Books for providing me with ARCs for this series, it s been a pleasure 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 concludesIn 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 ❮Read❯ ➪ I Blame The Scapegoats Author John O& – Kleankitchen.co.uk magically powered rulers [PDF / Epub] ☁ Beneath the Earth By John Boyne – Kleankitchen.co.uk a teenage boy dreams of rebellion [PDF] ⚣ Gagged ✯ Richard Asplin – Kleankitchen.co.uk his older sister yearns for love and knowledge ❆ Aristocrats kindle Epub ❤ Author Stella Tillyard – Kleankitchen.co.uk and a dangerous young aristocrat seeks to remake the world with his dark gifts In Bright Ruin ❮Read❯ ➳ A Dark and Twisted Tide (Lacey Flint, ➶ Author Sharon J. Bolton – Kleankitchen.co.uk the final book in the trilogy set in modern day England [Download] ➾ Wild Horses (Saddle Club, By Bonnie Bryant – Kleankitchen.co.uk our heroes will lead a revolution that will transform or destroy the world WELL WELL.Before reading I have actual heartburn at the thought of this book.After reading I have actual heartburn at the thought of this book. A bit of a mind bending finish to an interesting trilogy Things did not go where I thought they would in this story when I started the first book, but that is part of what made this series such a good read.One of the things I liked most was how very ambiguous some of the characters were and remained through the series There were a few obviously bad or good people, but mostly they were all just people with flaws, tempers, and making choices that were often selfish and morally ambiguous I did A bit of a mind bending finish to an interesting trilogy Things did not go where I thought they would in this story when I started the first book, but that is part of what made this series such a good read.One of the things I liked most was how very ambiguous some of the characters were and remained through the series There were a few obviously bad or good people, but mostly they were all just people with flaws, tempers, and making choices that were often selfish and morally ambiguous I did have a sense that a couple of characters shifted from where they started in Gilded Cage to where they ended up in Bright Ruin, and that some of those shifts wereplot directed than organic, but it wasn t so obvious that I can t forgive it.Not all my Goodreads friends cared for Gilded Cage and so didn t read the two books that followed, but I think the series as a whole was worth the time This is the final book of a fantasy trilogy about a group of young people fighting for freedom in a reimagined England in which Equals with magical Skills have supplanted royalty and the government People who are not Equals are required to serve as slaves for a ten year period It cannot be read as a standalone since there is no recap of the prior books I have to bestrict with myself with respect to getting involved with trilogies The later books are almost never as good as the first bo This is the final book of a fantasy trilogy about a group of young people fighting for freedom in a reimagined England in which Equals with magical Skills have supplanted royalty and the government People who are not Equals are required to serve as slaves for a ten year period It cannot be read as a standalone since there is no recap of the prior books I have to bestrict with myself with respect to getting involved with trilogies The later books are almost never as good as the first book, and unfortunately that is the case with this trilogy While I wanted to find out how everything turned out after reading the first book, it was really a slog through books 2 and 3 Too much of our world was built into the fantasy world in this book in a ham handed fashion, including child deportation and resentment of the elite This book had a lot of rescue operations and I got tired of them Eventually, I think the author got tired of them too because the societal problems got resolved pretty abruptly In the final chapters, people were killed off, a romance came out of nowhere, two of the protagonists underwent a character change and some convenient magic was newly introduced and unexplained Ultimately, the series held my interest but it was just ok I received a free copy of this book from the publisher I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review However, I own the two other instalments in this trilogy, and plan to buy this one as soon as it s out.What a fantastic finale.I love the Dark Gifts trilogy, to the point where I d possibly declare this as my favourite YA fantasy.The premise is very simple, political, and, in our current political climate, just a tiny bit terrifying This is a world, an alternative modern day Britain, where commoners are required to serve as slav I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review However, I own the two other instalments in this trilogy, and plan to buy this one as soon as it s out.What a fantastic finale.I love the Dark Gifts trilogy, to the point where I d possibly declare this as my favourite YA fantasy.The premise is very simple, political, and, in our current political climate, just a tiny bit terrifying This is a world, an alternative modern day Britain, where commoners are required to serve as slaves for ten years during which they lose all basic human rights The protagonists set out to serve at the beginning of the first book, and I expected it to be mostly about their struggle for freedom with a healthy dose of rebellionVic James, however, doesn t just write from the point of view of the ones suffering Instead, we get to see the story from the perspective of the ruling Equals as well, and they re not all bad Some are in favour of the slavery, some are downright cruel, others are fighting to abolish the slavery There s lots of politics in these books, and I think that was one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much The characters are layered, well developed and the writing is enjoyable The world building is not just your average dystopia but innovative and captivating.The plot took a few turns I didn t expect, and I slowly grew to like all characters, even love some of them, and increasingly worried about their safety What I thought was going to be a mildly annoying romance in the first book, turned out to be an interesting plot point, that I thoroughly enjoyed In fact, the entire Dark Gifts trilogy is not your average YA fantasy it s original and surprising The first book has a hopeful tone, but the second book turns much darker, and the mood is sombre The third book finds the balance between the two.All in all, it s a wild ride I was never quite sure how things were going to turn out I worried everyone I loved would be dead by the end, and I must admit my heart was a tiny bit broken when I reached the last page of Bright Ruin.I met Vic James at a convention in London, and she kindly signed my copy of Tarnished City She asked me which character is my favourite, and I did not know what to answer, and may have flailed a little bit Hours later, I realised, what I should have said politics Because the political aspect is what I enjoy most about these books.Besides the politics, there s Silyen, and surprisingly enough Gavar And, of course, Luke and Abi.The ending does not disappoint Vic James ties all loose ends together, and, just like in the real world, not everyone gets what they deserve.I highly recommend the Dark Gifts trilogy to YA fantasy fans, who are looking for a book with lots of politics Rating of 3.5 ish I know this is not one of the beloved YA series of the last few years It lacks certain author names associated with it, crazy romantic love triangles there s almost one and other things that seem to sell YA books these days All that to say, for a first time out, I think Vic James wrote a solid series The characters were involved and easily relatable, the politics were elaborate without being difficult to follow, and the overall dystopian set up was interesting Magic a Rating of 3.5 ish I know this is not one of the beloved YA series of the last few years It lacks certain author names associated with it, crazy romantic love triangles there s almost one and other things that seem to sell YA books these days All that to say, for a first time out, I think Vic James wrote a solid series The characters were involved and easily relatable, the politics were elaborate without being difficult to follow, and the overall dystopian set up was interesting Magic and the SettingIt s hard to create new magic Especially one that people will accept or believe when your setting is a version of Earth This is the single biggest mistake I think James makes in the whole series is keeping it on Earth and involved in a similar format to our society today Even location names remain the same in some cases This bugged me There was no reason to keep this story on Earth It wasn t a global reckoning Perhaps James thought it would be easier to stay inside our society to a degree I think it was a huge pitfall and I never really liked it being on Earth A different fantasy world with it s own rules and society would have worked much better CharactersHow can you not love a book with multiple POV that include children Yeah, the one GRR Martin thing that will likely stick with me my whole life is a love of chapter perspectives from kids You can tell so muchabout a story, and put unique thoughts forward, when you use the mind of a child James does a decent job of incorporating her five family members, plus a few other perspectives together Although I think this book focused too much on the POV of the two older children I d have liked to see the parents thoughts and we only got I think one, maybe two, chapters with our youngest girl Daisy This disappointed me I think there was a relationship built there with the Equals that would have been interesting to explore Daisy would not have seen everything so black and white near the end The Romance s In an unusual step for a YA romance, James takes our lead gal and breaks her heart not a spoiler, happens at end of book 2 I gotta say this was really interesting I kind of liked it However, there needed to be a lotinteraction and tension between the two in question in order for full impact to have been achieved Heart break from far away is not near as difficult as heart break that happens and that person remains in your life to a certain degree Another missed opportunity in my mind The other side romances or interests that happen were all fine None felt as strong I was really disappointed we didn t get to seeof Silken and his romantic interests It s clear coming into this book that he is not entirely heterosexual and I would have likedto have happened for him PlotYep there s plot Yep it s good enough I liked the plot, there was nothing wrong with it But it wasn t spectacular either What really kept me going was James writing and characters And that s okay with me Besides it wasn t because of a lack of plot that is for sure When you have family members betraying one another and vying for power there is never a lack of complexity Could it have been better Sure But not everyone has to be Brandon Sanderson and I accept that OverallI think I would revisit this trilogy and world again I liked it enough Certainly since book one it has stuck with me better than some of the other YA fantasy I ve read in the last two years That really says something When you read approx 100 books a year the characters or books that standout are really noticeable and certainly that happened for me here I may not be able to put my finger on exactly what it was that made this standout but I ll give the credit where it s due that James had me placing a library hold while the book was on pre order and I read it as soon as my library got it in I don t do that with too many books and so I d say there wasthan enough here to warrant a possible spot on my print bookshelves Therefore I have rounded up to 4 stars because there are some special things about this series and final book of the trilogy Even if it s not all perfect


About the Author: Vic James

Vic lives in London s Notting Hill, but her life isaction adventure than rom com.She studied History and English at Merton College, Oxford where Tolkien was once professor Relocating to Rome, she completed her doctorate in the Vatican Secret Archives they re nothing like The Da Vinci Code , then spent five years living in Tokyo where she learned Japanese and worked as a journalist She now alternates writing full time with directing documentaries for the BBC.Vic has scuba dived on Easter Island, camped at Everest Base Camp, voyaged on one of the last mailboats to St Helena, hang glided across Rio de Janeiro, and swum the Hellespont from Europe to Asia But there s little she lovesthan lying in bed till midday with a good book and a supply of her favourite biscuits.


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