Book Review – Tarnished City by Vic James

tarnished cityA corrupted city. A dark dream of power.

Luke is a prisoner, condemned for a murder he didn’t commit. Abi is a fugitive, desperate to free him before magic breaks his mind. But as the Jardines tighten their grip on a turbulent Britain, brother and sister face a fight greater than their own.

New alliances and old feuds will remake the nation, leaving Abi and Luke questioning everything – and everyone – they know. And as Silyen Jardine hungers for the forgotten Skill of the legendary Wonder King, the country’s darkest hour approaches. Freedom and knowledge both come at a cost. So who will pay the price?


gold_star-svggold_star-svggold_star-svggold_star-svg  4/5 Stars

I loved Gilded Cage and was thoroughly looking forward to reading this – it picks right up where Gilded Cage leaves off, and answers quite a lot of questions! Though not without bringing up loads more 😉

I found the beginning a little slow as it sort of reintroduces the world and the characters, but overall I really enjoyed getting to see more of everyone – especially Luke, Abi, Gavar and Silyen!

Seeing Abi gain more confidence and learn a wider view of the world, in particular, was great. I like Luke throughout, and am intrigued as to what he’ll do next. But Gavar and Silyen are almost my favourites – not because of who they are, but because they’re intriguing and we see so much more about the reasons behind all their actions. Obviously, I’m hoping for more of that with Silyen in Bright Ruin!!

I also want to see more of Daisy and Libby, as well as Renie.

The one thing I will say is that I didn’t massively care about the deaths in this, which feels sort of bad. Though I did find the first one brilliantly shocking. I also didn’t care too much about the politics of Crocan’s house, though I loved Coira. And I’m hoping she also has a big part to play in the final installment.


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