Gilded Cage by Vic James (Pan Macmillan, 2017)
Introduced by Sam Obigbesan
Twists galore and an ending that will leave you gawping, a cast of characters that kept to the grey of the moral spectrum, I found myself liking the “villains” just as much as the main characters. This was a dark dream of the future, if magic were to surface, set in a Dickensian modern age.
Avita Jay’s narration [for the audio book] gave this alternate darker version of a totalitarian United Kingdom a stark and haunting reality, where the villain was the regime. This was a 4 stars for me. I really liked it.
Vic James is a current affairs TV director who loves stories in all their forms. Her programmes for BBC1 have covered the 2016 US presidential election and Britain’s EU referendum. She has also twice judged The Guardian‘s Not the Booker Prize. Gilded Cage is her first novel, and an early draft won a major online award from Wattpad for most talked about Fantasy. She has lived in Rome, Tokyo, and now London.