Vic James: Gilded Cage, Tarnished City

Tarnished City cover

Vic is the author of dark fantasies Gilded Cage and Tarnished City set in an alternate contemporary Britain. When writing the first book, Vic jokingly described it to friends as “Downton Abbey meets Game of Thrones in a world where Voldemort won”, but somehow the description stuck… Gilded Cage was a Radio 2 bookclub choice, and the series ends with Bright Ruin, out this summer.

Vic also directs documentaries for television, recently covering Brexit, the US election, and Trump’s First 100 Days with Jeremy Paxman on BBC1, and the story of the musical Evita for BBC2. In her spare time, Vic loves far-flung adventures: she’s hiked to Everest Base Camp, parasailed in Rio de Janeiro, swum in the Galapagos, and interviewed archaeologists on Easter Island.

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Gilded Cage coverGilded Cage (sequel Tarnished City): Britain’s magically skilled aristocracy compels all commoners to serve them for ten years – and now it’s the Hadleys’ turn. Abi Hadley is assigned to England’s most ruthless noble family. The secrets she uncovers could win her freedom – or break her heart. Her brother Luke is enslaved in a brutal factory town, where new friends’ ideals might cost him everything. Then while the elite vie for power, a young aristocrat plots to remake the world with his dark gifts. As Britain moves from anger to defiance, all three must take sides. And the consequences of their choices will change everything, forever.


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