Published: February 14th 2017 by Del Rey Books
Genre: fantasy, young adult
Source: ARC from NetGalley
4.5/5 stars. This is leaps and bounds beyond any YA ‘political intrigue’ fantasy I’ve read in recent memory, especially as it contains actual politics. *gasp* This was the literary equivalent of being lured down a dark alley and choked. My chest genuinely hurt from anxiety during the last few chapters.
Twists that are actually twists! Some twists you can figure out yourself! Actual politics! Magic! What a world.
Some of the Jardines do occasionally feel like mouthpieces for exposition (like revealing their evil plans/history a la Scooby Doo or Superman). I, at least, was able to wave this away easily enough: Jenner is lonely and sad, Silyen is a sociopathic braggart, magical protection, yadda yadda. Apart from the characters that weren’t seen often, the cast felt really solid and well-rounded (though it could’ve done with being a bit more obviously diverse).
Silyen reminded me a lot of The Jackal from Pierce Brown’s Red Rising – at least before The Jackal was more deus ex machina than character. I was maybe a little too invested in these characters, Abigail and Silyen in particular, and can certainly see myself picking up book two. Also, bonus points for zero implication of a future love triangle. Hooray!
I loved the devil out of GILDED CAGE! A beautiful dystopian novel with such an interesting magic system that I just couldn't put it down. Proper review won't be up for a week or so, to comply with the publisher's request to keep it within two weeks of pub date, but let's just say 4.5 stars easy. 😇 It was too good! #gildedcage #vicjames #libraryofinstagram #bookstagram #bookstagramfeature #bookblogger #bookblog #bookblr #readersofinstagram #book📖 #bibliophile #bookphotography #bookish #bookworm #booknerd #epicreads #bookdragon #libros