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Bright Ruin
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Bright Ruin
by Vic James
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In the "thrilling conclusion"* to the dystopian trilogy that began with Gilded Cage and Tarnished City, the people of Britain rise up against their magically gifted masters. They must break the system—or be broken.
MAGIC RUINS. WE RISE.
The rules are simple, the system cruel: the lower classes must give ten years in service to Britain's powerfully gifted rulers. With one uprising crushed by the glittering elite, commoners and aristocrats alike now take sides for a final confrontation.
At the center of it all are two ordinary siblings: Abi Hadley and her brother, Luke. Each has reason to hate the ruling Jardine family. Abi, who was once their servant, now seeks revenge for a terrible wrong. Luke was imprisoned on their whim—but his only hope may be an alliance with the youngest and most powerful of the clan, the cold and inscrutable Silyen Jardine.

Risking everything to end a bright and shining tyranny, Abi, Luke, and Silyen find themselves bound by a single destiny. Their actions will change their fates—and change the world. But at a cost almost too terrible to contemplate.
What price would you pay for freedom?
*Library Journal (starred review, Pick of the Month)
Look for all three books in the mesmerizing Dark Gifts trilogy:
GILDED CAGE
  • TARNISHED CITY
  • BRIGHT RUIN
    Praise for Bright Ruin
    "Fast-paced, entertaining, and a satisfying end to an epic story [with] dramatic class division based not on mere financial wealth but on a family's magic."Booklist
    "A triumphant conclusion to this outstanding fantasy series . . . It will keep you up at night until you finish it, and you'll take a huge breath as you can't believe the story is over. If you haven't read the first two installments, please do so, and then jump into the finale. You'll fly through them all as you see Britain as you've never imagined—and you'll hope against hope for the freedom that may never come."Book Reporter
    "Rebellion comes to a deadly boil in the final chapter of James's Dark Gifts alternate history fantasy trilogy (after Tarnished City). . . . [An] intricate tale of ruthless scheming and bloody betrayals backlit by an unquenchable glimmer of hope."Publishers Weekly
  • In the "thrilling conclusion"* to the dystopian trilogy that began with Gilded Cage and Tarnished City, the people of Britain rise up against their magically gifted masters. They must break the system—or be broken.
    MAGIC RUINS. WE RISE.
    The rules are simple, the system cruel: the lower classes must give ten years in service to Britain's powerfully gifted rulers. With one uprising crushed by the glittering elite, commoners and aristocrats alike now take sides for a final confrontation.
    At the center of it all are two ordinary siblings: Abi Hadley and her brother, Luke. Each has reason to hate the ruling Jardine family. Abi, who was once their servant, now seeks revenge for a terrible wrong. Luke was imprisoned on their whim—but his only hope may be an alliance with the youngest and most powerful of the clan, the cold and inscrutable Silyen Jardine.

    Risking everything to end a bright and shining tyranny, Abi, Luke, and Silyen find themselves bound by a single destiny. Their actions will change their fates—and change the world. But at a cost almost too terrible to contemplate.
    What price would you pay for freedom?
    *Library Journal (starred review, Pick of the Month)
    Look for all three books in the mesmerizing Dark Gifts trilogy:
    GILDED CAGE
  • TARNISHED CITY
  • BRIGHT RUIN
    Praise for Bright Ruin
    "Fast-paced, entertaining, and a satisfying end to an epic story [with] dramatic class division based not on mere financial wealth but on a family's magic."Booklist
    "A triumphant conclusion to this outstanding fantasy series . . . It will keep you up at night until you finish it, and you'll take a huge breath as you can't believe the story is over. If you haven't read the first two installments, please do so, and then jump into the finale. You'll fly through them all as you see Britain as you've never imagined—and you'll hope against hope for the freedom that may never come."Book Reporter
    "Rebellion comes to a deadly boil in the final chapter of James's Dark Gifts alternate history fantasy trilogy (after Tarnished City). . . . [An] intricate tale of ruthless scheming and bloody betrayals backlit by an unquenchable glimmer of hope."Publishers Weekly
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      "You're awake!" said a voice as Abi opened her eyes. Daisy leapt onto the bed and hugged her. "You've slept till teatime."

      Abi shifted to dislodge her sister—­then recoiled as she noticed the other people standing in the bedroom.

      "I don't usually wake up to an audience."

      "You see," Gavar Jardine said to the woman next to him, "I told you she'd be back to her usual self."

      The old lady smiled, and her face was full of kindness, which was when everything came back to Abi in a rush: Gavar pulling her from the wreckage of Gorregan Square. The motorbike ride. This house in the countryside, lived in by Gavar's old nanny, his little daughter, Libby—­and, just as he had promised, Daisy. The disbelieving joy of seeing her sister again.

      Abi had taken a boiling hot shower and scrubbed off the filth and blood of Gorregan Square. But she hadn't been able to scour away the bone-­deep stain of witnessing people ripping like animals at someone who was helpless to resist—­whatever his alleged crimes. Nor could she purge the breath-­stealing terror of knowing she was next.

      Worst of all was the hollow ache in her chest at the memory of Jenner's betrayal—­promising her safety, then turning her over to his father. Despite her escape from the crowd's knives at the Blood Fair, something had been torn out of Abi after all: her heart.

      She hadn't been able to control her tears, until this old woman had appeared at her shoulder with a soft, laundered nightdress, a mug of chamomile tea, and two sleeping tablets.

      Abi had taken them, gone upstairs to this small guest room, and fallen unconscious for several hours.

      "Thank you," she said, looking over her sister's shoulder at the old woman. Mrs. Griffith was her name. "That was just what I needed. And thank you for having me in your home."

      "Don't thank me," said Griffith, her lined face crinkling. "Thank Master Gavar."

      Abi turned to Gavar. That proud face and the size of him were as intimidating as ever, but his expression wasn't the blank hauteur to which she was accustomed. In his arms, he held his little daughter.

      "I'm not sure I've the words for that," Abi said eventually. "You didn't just rescue me. You saved all of us by putting a stop to the Blood Fair."

      Abi felt her sister's arms tighten around her. The heir of Kyneston ducked his head.

      "It was what anyone would have done."

      "But no one else did. Only you."

      "Well." Gavar cleared his throat. "Griff has found some clothes for you. Then come downstairs for some food and we can talk about what's next."

      When they'd all trooped out, Abi washed and pulled on the skirt and frumpy cardigan Griff had laid out. She looked in the mirror and saw the mass of hair extensions with which she'd disguised herself.

      Some people, though, concealed their true self inwardly, not outwardly. How had she got Jenner so wrong? How?

      She knew how. She had fed herself with fairy tales. All those novels about handsome Equal boys—­Jenner had walked straight out of their pages, his Skillessness a tragic flaw that only made him more vulnerable. More lovable. What a fool she'd been.

      She wasn't "back to her usual self" after finding refuge and having a few hours of sleep. She never would be again. That Abi had died in Gorregan Square, betrayed by her own romantic illusions.

      Abi forgave her past self for her naivety, but wouldn't mourn her.

      The kitchen downstairs contained a surreally domestic scene. The foursome could have been a family: a young father with his two daughters, a grandmother at the stove scrambling...
    About the Author-
    • Vic James is the author of Gilded Cage, which was shortlisted for the Compton Crook award and was a World Book Night 2018 pick, and its sequels Tarnished City and Bright Ruin. A current-affairs TV director who loves stories in all their forms, she has covered the 2016 U.S. presidential election and Britain's EU referendum for BBC1 and has twice judged The Guardian's Not the Booker Prize. She has lived in Rome and Tokyo, and currently lives in London.
    Reviews-
    • Library Journal

      June 1, 2018

      James wraps up her big-hit trilogy, begun with Gilded Cage and Tarnished City, about an alternate contemporary Britain where the lower classes are forced to serve a magically gifted upper class for ten years.

      Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

    • Publisher's Weekly

      September 3, 2018
      Rebellion comes to a deadly boil in the final chapter of James’s Dark Gifts alternate history fantasy trilogy (after Tarnished City). In this alternate contemporary England, aristocratic equals with magical skill rule over the unskilled, relying on intimidation and outright slavery to keep businesses humming. The powerful Jardine family has maneuvered its way into claiming the all-powerful Chancellorship for the heir, Jenner, even though he’s unskilled. Jenner’s ambitious wife, Bouda, and his father think they’ve found a way to restore his skill, but first there’s the threat of a slave uprising to quell. As Bouda secretly schemes to build her own power, James weaves in side plots about a legendary Wonder King and the origins of skill, as well as the story of a young enslaved woman determined to avenge her family. With so many characters and subplots in motion, new readers may have trouble getting up to speed, but a little patience will be rewarded with this intricate tale of ruthless scheming and bloody betrayals backlit by an unquenchable glimmer of hope. Agent: Ginger Clark, Curtis Brown, Ltd.

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