Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All by Jonas Jonasson

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All Blurb

A madcap new novel from the one-of-a-kind author of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

A GANGSTER, A VICAR AND A RECEPTIONIST WALK INTO A BAR . . .

Hitman Anders is fresh out of prison and trying to keep his head down when he meets a female Protestant vicar (who happens to be an atheist), and a receptionist at a 1-star hotel (who happens to be currently homeless). Together they cook up an idea for a very unusual business that’s going to make them all a fortune – but then all of a sudden, and to everyone’s surprise, Anders finds Jesus . . .

Anders’ sudden interest in religion might be good for his soul but it’s not good for business, and the vicar and the receptionist have to find a new plan, quick.

My Review of Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It AllHitman Anders and the Meaning of It All by Jonas Jonasson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I think people will either love or hate the farcical style of Jonas Jonasson’s stories. They are daft romps through life full of madcap characters who have crazy run-ins with police, politics and criminals.

The books are full of sharp and funny comments on life, and a lot of silliness, but for me, it’s the warm and likeable characters that make the stories stand out.

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All is nothing new from the previous books, but I didn’t find it as funny as the others. There were a lot of bits in it that had me smiling, but I didn’t have any laugh out loud moments.

I enjoyed it though, and I liked the characters. It’s still an entertaining and uplifting read, with some amusing bits!

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All
Jonas Jonasson
Fiction
April 21st 2016
400

Red Claw by Philip Palmer

red claw

Red Claw Blurb

Philip Palmer turns science fiction on its head in this breathtaking thrill ride through alien jungles filled with terrifying monsters and killer robots. Space marines and science heroes Gryphons and Godzillas It’s all here in this gripping tale of man versus nature.

My Review of Red Claw

Red ClawRed Claw by Philip Palmer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What I liked

Robots. Killer robots. Future tech. This makes me happy.

The funny dialogue – it’s like what people are actually saying to each other when you strip away all the fluff. I had a few little laughs at it.

It’s fast paced, and it stayed interesting. Just as I started to get bored something happened and everything was thrown up in the air.

I also found it easy to read, in fact, a couple of times I lost track of time reading it on my lunch break and had to rush back to work.

No one is safe, basically, all characters are fair game for a gruesome death scene.

The cover.

What I didn’t like

The humour – more often than not it is was too immature to be funny.

The science and technology was so far-fetched that I found it distracting. I kept stopping to think “but no, that’s impossible”. I get that it’s supposed to be daft but it broke my reading flow.

Far too much marvelling going on, we had people marvelling at marvellous things every other page sometimes.

Heavy handed criticism of war, soldiers, and the way the human race destroys other life for our own gain. It’s not a subtle book, and I felt like it was banging me over the head with it.

Red Claw
Debatable Space
Philip Palmer
Sci-Fi
August 11th 2008
451

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) by Sylvain Neuvel

Sleeping Giants

Sleeping Giants Description

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?

An inventive debut in the tradition of World War Z and The Martian, told in interviews, journal entries, transcripts, and news articles, Sleeping Giants is a thriller fueled by a quest for truth—and a fight for control of earthshaking power.

My Review of Sleeping Giants

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1)Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked the ideas but I don’t think the format worked. The author seemed to be aiming for a media / report style like World War Z, but then he was trying to tell the story normally within that by having the characters explain things that have happened to them to an interviewer. Sometimes the interviewer is on the phone with a person as they are doing something.

It’s an odd in between compromise that I felt didn’t work well. We’re removed from the action so it’s hard to feel involved, but we’re not getting the exciting, dramatic media reports about it. There’s no build up of tension and no atmosphere to it.

I enjoyed the science parts and the bits where they are working with or researching the robot, deciphering the symbols and trying to activate and control it.

Those bits were interesting to read, but overall there was too much soap opera relationship drama and not enough giant robot. It was all a bit dull, and how can a book with a giant robot in it be dull!?

None of the main characters were interesting either, the interviewer is an arrogant, pedantic nitpicker who started to grate on my nerves about halfway though.

Kara starts out like she might be ok but quickly degenerates into acting like a teenager.

Dr Rose was barely in it but when she did show up she was just used as the mothering type and not a scientist in her own right.

I also found it hard to keep track of the timeline. It felt like everything happened in about 2 months, but I think it was more like 2 years?

It’s not that it’s a bad book, the writing is ok, the sci-fi side is interesting, and it’s not too long. It just had the potential to be a lot better.

I wouldn’t go out of my way for the sequel but I might read it if someone else passed it on to me.

Sleeping Giants
Themis Files
Sylvain Neuvel
Sci-Fi
April 26th 2016

The Copper Promise (The Copper Cat #1) by Jen Williams

The Copper Promise

The Copper Promise Blurb

There are some far-fetched rumours about the caverns beneath the Citadel…

Some say the mages left their most dangerous secrets hidden there; others, that great riches are hidden there; even that gods have been imprisoned in its darkest depths.

For Lord Frith, the caverns hold the key to his vengeance. Against all the odds, he has survived torture and lived to see his home and his family taken from him … and now someone is going to pay. For Wydrin of Crosshaven and her faithful companion, Sir Sebastian Caverson, a quest to the Citadel looks like just another job. There’s the promise of gold and adventure. Who knows, they might even have a decent tale or two once they’re done.

But sometimes there is truth in rumour.

Soon this reckless trio will be the last line of defence against a hungry, restless terror that wants to tear the world apart. And they’re not even getting paid.

My Review of The Copper Promise

The Copper Promise (The Copper Cat, #1)The Copper Promise by Jen Williams
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Plot
Sebastion and Wydrin are sell-swords hired by Lord Frith to act as bodyguards while he investigates a ruined citadel. Rumoured to be haunted, no one with any sense will go anywhere near it.

It’s a refreshing and fun story, full of magic, adventure, fights and taverns! It has a lot going on, but it was easy to follow and didn’t get complicated enough to stop it being fun to read.

One issue I had with it though is that Sebastion and Wydrin are supposed to be renowned as two of the best sell-swords there are, but every time they got into trouble someone or something appeared out of nowhere to help them. If they’re so good at what they do shouldn’t they have been able to save themselves more?

Then at the end, everything is tied up quickly and neatly in the epilogue, and it all felt a bit forced. A lot happened to the characters and it didn’t show how they dealt with everything.

BUT there’s no cliffhanger! *happy dance*

Characters
This is where Jen Williams really shines, her characters are wonderful. Complex and diverse, and they bring the story to life with warmth and humour. Lifts the book way above standard fantasy fare.

Sebastion – more about his reaction to Gallo. A lot of things not resolved for him, lost the Knights, Gallo, and his connection to the Dragon’s daughters.

Wydrin – smart, clever and with a reputation that precedes her, she drives the story and brings a lot of humour in.

Frith – cold and focused on his goal of revenge. But he can’t help reacting to the warmth and life in Sebastion and Wydrin.

Pacing
It started out fast paced, but then it seemed to slow down in the middle. I liked this better because it meant I could get fully engrossed in the story.

The end went super fast though. You know when you have 20 pages left and you think the author can’t possibly resolve all this by the end of the book? And then they do, but it all flies past so fast that you’re not sure what just happened? I’m not entirely sure how their plan worked or what they were doing. I feel like I have to go back and re-read the ending to pick up bits I missed.

Writing
Loved Jen’s writing style. Humorous and lively, and it’s sensitive when it needs to be. Can I just say again how happy I am there is no cliff hanger?!

Overall
It’s not perfect but I enjoyed it, and it gives the fantasy genre a good kick up the bum. I will definitely be reading the sequel.

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The Copper Promise
The Copper Cat
Jen Williams
Fantasy
February 13th 2014
535

The Midnight Star (The Young Elites #3) by Marie Lu

The Midnight Star

The Midnight Star Blurb

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she’s gained.

When a new danger appears, Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

My Review of The Midnight Star

The Midnight Star (The Young Elites, #3)The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The final book in The Young Elites series starts with Adelina conquering neighbouring states and expanding the kingdom she won in the last book. She is searching for the sister she has driven away and her illusions are turning on her as she loses control of them. A pretty bleak start really!

She still has Magiano, although he appears to be wary of telling her what he really thinks. The relationship between these two is slow to develop and quite sweet, but it’s not the main story here so it doesn’t get much page time. I would have liked to have seen more of their interactions, he often seems unsure of Adelina’s actions and pushes her towards being kinder and it would have been nice to see why he has so much influence over her instead of Adelina telling us every now and again that she misses him or wants to see him. Also my opinion is always that there can never be enough romance!

It’s not just Magiano and Adelina’s relationship, a lot of things seem over simplified in this series. This book moves quickly and a lot of things seem skimmed over. Adelina very easily takes over half the world but this is never seen in detail, it happens off page. We’re told it occurs but it’s hard to take in that she’s the ruler of half the world so suddenly when we have very little information on it.

It also means that a lot of the world doesn’t really come alive because it’s never drawn in detail for us. They travel around very quickly with little inconvenience and every city feels the same. I often lost track of where they were.

She is also very suddenly working with her enemies and I feel that more could have been made of this, about the uneasy relations between them, and how they manage to compromise to work with each other.

The best thing about this series has been watching Adelina become a villain. Her descent into madness is done well, her illusions are taking over her and her nightmares are overwhelming. Her sister has left her and she feels like all her friends have betrayed her. So obviously she has to conquer the world and MAKE THEM ALL PAY!

It’s a different view to the normal fantasy magic story and I think on the whole it’s been done well. There are some brilliant and unique ideas here and it’s a very well-written and readable book. I finished this last one in just over a day.

Marie Lu excels at ending books, the first two had brilliant cliffhangers, and I just loved the ending of this one. I just wish the other characters were given a bit more attention, with less of what’s going on in Adelina’s head.

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The Midnight Star
The Young Elites
Marie Lu
Young Adult Fantasy
October 11th 2016
Paperback
336

The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu

The Rose Society

The Rose Society Blurb

Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra with her sister to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good when her very existence depends on darkness?

My Review of The Rose Society

The Rose Society (The Young Elites, #2)The Rose Society by Marie Lu
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The second in the series but unlike a lot of trilogies this middle book isn’t just a time filler.

There’s a lot I like about this series and I find it very readable. It’s interesting to read a story written from a villain’s point of view. Adelina is not a nice person and not overly concerned with the welfare of her friends and family. She is very selfish in all her relationships, she expects ‘friends’ and family to be there for her with nothing given in return. She does want to help the other Malfettos who are being mistreated, used as slaves, and half starved to death, but I think that’s really just incidental to her goal of revenge.

None of the characters in The Rose Society are written as black or white, good or bad people. There are no villains who are bad just for the sake of it, everyone has reasons for their actions.

Even the members of Dagger society aren’t the ‘good’ guys. They’re also trying to steal the throne and make Enzo the ruler of Kenettra but unlike Adelina they aren’t concerned with helping the other Malfettos.

The plot though, and the politics of the countries and the relationships between the characters are all very simplistic and basic. It all sort of takes a back seat to what bad thing is Adelina going to do next.

Not a bad thing really if you don’t want to read about all the politics and intrigues behind ruling a country, and it lets the books move a lot faster. But I think it would definitely benefit from slowing down, developing relationships a bit more and making things a bit more difficult, to make it more believable.

For example, as soon as Adelina gets off the ship in Kennetra she immediately sees a member of the Dagger Society, follows her to a meeting, and overhears the Dagger Society plotting to overthrow the Queen. She very conveniently finds out all their plans and secrets in about 5 minutes.

And I don’t understand why she has these feelings for Magiano. Because he kissed her once? Why does he like her so much? They never even have a real conversation. Though I wish they would because I like how they are together.

The writing and the dialogue are often clunky too, bordering on slightly cheesy sometimes. Adelina’s internal dialogue is fine, but when people start giving speeches it all gets a bit cringey.

Despite the flaws I am enjoying this series a lot, it’s fun and fast moving and a bit different to the normal ya fantasy series. And Marie Liu really knows how to end a book! I have to read the next one now.

The Rose Society
The Young Elites
Marie Lu
Young Adult Fantasy
October 13th 2015
432

The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu

The Young Elites Book Review

The Young Elites Blurb

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

My Review of The Young Elites

The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1)The Young Elites by Marie Lu
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I did like the style of writing here, but sometimes it became clunky and awkward and a lot of the dialogue is verging on cheesy. Teren Santoro keeps making speeches to the public that remind me of Prince Humperdink

Prince Humperdink

The stuff about the alignments to different aspects, fear, passion etc wasn’t very well handled. For example, when she is attracted to someone she feels her alignment to passion stir. Erm, wouldn’t everyone? Again it came across a bit cheesy and like Marie Lu felt she had to throw it in every so often because otherwise it wasn’t really explained.

The world building was minimal. There were impressions of a rich world with many different cultures, and even more exciting – flying animal / dragon creatures. We never see or experience any of it though! Possibly because Adelina has led a sheltered life and is made very self-obsessed by her problems, but even when she is venturing around a new city and visits the market place we get a very sketchy view of it. No sights or smells are brought to life for us.

I liked that it’s a different kind of story though. Adelina isn’t a perfect heroine type, she’s kinda selfish and vengeful and wants to be the one in charge with everyone doing what she tells them to. In fact, there are no good people / bad people in this book, everyone is a bit of both. I think this kept the story interesting when it could easily have been bland.

The powers of the Elites were varied and interesting. I’d have liked to have seen more of the other characters. They were glossed over in the story with only glimpses here and there of what their personalities were and what they are capable of. Their friendship with Adelina were minimal at best, even though it becomes important to the story.

I will be reading the next one, I think things could get very interesting now and I want to see what happens next. Does Adelina become a villain or an anti-hero? How far can she push her powers? Will we see more Malfettos with powers? And that epilogue!

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The Young Elites
The Young Elites
Marie Lu
Young Adult Fantasy
October 7th 2014
355

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

stories for Punjabi widows

Description

Nikki is a modern young Punjabi woman, who has spent most of her twenty-odd years distancing herself from her community and living an independent (read: western) life. But after the death of her father leaves her family in financial straits, she takes a job as a creative writing teacher for a group of aging widows at her temple and discovers that the white dupatta of the widow hides more than just a few greying hairs.

These are women who have lived in the shadows of fathers, brothers and husbands their whole lives, being dutiful, raising children and going to temple. They may not have a great grasp of English but what they do have is a wealth of stories and fantasies that they are no longer afraid to share with the other women in the group.

As Nikki realises that she must keep the illicit nature of the class secret from the Brothers—a group of highly conservative young men who have started policing the morals of the temple and the wider community—she starts to help these women voice their desires, and also begins to uncover the truth about the sudden recent death of a young Sikh woman.

My Review

Erotic Stories for Punjabi WidowsErotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Nikki doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life. She quit her law degree and is now working in a pub. Looking for a way to earn a bit of money she takes a job to teach a storytelling class for widows at a temple in Southall.

At first, Nikki is dismissive of her students, expecting them to be dull and timid. She thinks that she can get them to tell stories that she can then create a book from – it felt almost as though she set out to exploit them.

She soon finds out that most of the women in the class don’t know how to read and write, and her job is actually to teach them. Not only that, her students were pushed into signing up and resent being taught as though they were children. They quickly hijack Nikki’s class, and turn it into the storytelling class it was meant to be, but with a twist. They want to tell erotic stories!

I found it hard to get into at first. A lot of characters are introduced, conversations wander, everything feels vague and the students are hard to tell apart from each other. Nikki feels bland and her personality doesn’t come across very strongly. Her class is quickly taken away from her and she is pushed around by her students and her work mates.

It settled down after the first 40% or so, and I found myself engrossed in the story. The students’ personalities start to emerge and I could see that they were a group of lively, smart women all with their own views on life. Their conversations were so funny! I loved reading their life stories.

The erotic stories are wonderful little gems dotted throughout the book. The widows say they can get away with telling them because they are forgotten and ignored by their community. No one pays them attention, they are expected to fade into the background.

Still, they have to keep what they are doing secret. A group of young men known as The Brother’s patrol the community watching the women to make sure they are behaving properly.

That brings in a darker theme to the book. Nikki’s boss at the temple Kulwinder starts to become suspicious of what they are doing in the class and they are in danger of being found out. And something has happened to Kulwinder’s daughter Maya that everyone keeps hinting at but no one will explain to Nikki.

At the end the pacing felt off again, everything happens in a rush. It’s all resolved very neatly, everything is tied up and ends happily. It’s positive and uplifting, but I don’t feel like it would actually happen. There’s a dark side to the book but the reality behind this feels pushed to one side in favour of a happy ending.

But at the same time, I do like that it ends positively. This is a warm and kindhearted book, I feel like Balli Kaur Jaswal really loves her characters and this shines through in her writing. The happy ending feels right for the book, and it certainly left me feeling happier!

I received a free copy from the publisher in return for an honest review.

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Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows
Balli Kaur Jaswal
Fiction

Iron Council (New Crobuzon, #3) by China Miéville

iron Council book review

Iron Council Description

It is a time of revolts and revolutions, conflict and intrigue. New Crobuzon is being ripped apart from without and within. War with the shadowy city-state of Tesh and rioting on the streets at home are pushing the teeming metropolis to the brink. In the midst of this turmoil, a mysterious masked figure spurs strange rebellion, while treachery and violence incubate in unexpected places.

In desperation, a small group of renegades escapes from the city and crosses strange and alien continents in the search for a lost hope, an undying legend. In the blood and violence of New Crobuzon’s most dangerous hour, there are whispers…

It is the time of the Iron Council.

My Review of Iron Council

Iron Council (New Crobuzon, #3)Iron Council by China Miéville

Although any book of China Mieville’s is always a treat, I didn’t enjoy this as much as the previous two books in the series. I think maybe it just didn’t have the same atmosphere. The first book had New Crobuzon, The Scar was set on the floating city of Armarda and both of these were rich and vivid, full of life. A lot of Iron Council is set out in the wide world, it’s almost a wild west novel, and there is no strong sense of place that China Mieville normally does so well.

The journey across the landscape was interesting and eventful, and I loved the parts set in New Crobuzon. I also liked the descriptions of all the different races and the remade, and there’s a lot of magic in this book, which is always a good thing!

I actually really enjoyed the first two-thirds of the book, but after that it gets into the heavy subjects and it gets very serious, and maybe a bit bogged down in it. The right at the end, things start happening so fast it’s hard to keep up with it all.

Iron Council is a very political novel, it’s about imperialism, corporatism, terrorism and revolution, touching on prejudice and discrimination. It’s interesting to read about and certainly made me think, but it was difficult to get through the end. I had to make myself go back to finish the last 40 pages.

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Iron Council
New Crobuzon
China Miéville
Fantasy
May 6th 2011
614

Gilded Cage by Vic James

gilded cage by vic james

Book Description

For readers of Victoria Aveyard and Kiera Cass comes a darkly fantastical debut set in a modern England where magically gifted aristocrats rule—and commoners are doomed to serve.
 
NOT ALL ARE FREE.
NOT ALL ARE EQUAL.
NOT ALL WILL BE SAVED.

Our world belongs to the Equals—aristocrats with magical gifts—and all commoners must serve them for ten years.

But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.
 
Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of their noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty—but will her heart pay the price?
 
A boy dreams of revolution.
 
Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.
 
And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?

My Review

Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts #1)Gilded Cage by Vic James
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well written, but there were a lot of characters and viewpoints to keep track of. Some of them were complex and well written, like Luke and Gavan, but others felt flat.

Amy especially was very two dimensional. There wasn’t much time spent in her viewpoint and there just wasn’t enough to see her personality. There was supposedly a romance starting between her and Jenner but there weren’t any signs of this building up in the (minimal) interactions between them. Amy swoons over him a bit, he shows no interest at all.

Luke was the main focus of this book though, and he is a more interesting character. We see how he develops from being a carefree teenager to starting to understand the injustice in the world and the imbalance between the skilled and the non-skilled.

The story itself doesn’t offer much that is groundbreaking or original, and it is a bit predictable, but it did keep me interested. The world building was well done with a lot of history that is drip fed to us – no big information dumps! The magic of the skilled, or the Equals as they are known, is not discussed much even amongst themselves so little is explained as to how it works. I feel like this will be explored more in the next couple of books.

There are a lot of dark moments in this, like the way the non-skilled are treated as inhuman when they’re doing their slave days, and the story of the man that became the Dog. These help to add depth and realism to the world and stop it from being childish, even though the politics are very basic.

I’m not desperate for the sequel, but I probably will read it when it’s released, I’d like to see where the story is going.

I received a free copy from the publisher in return for an honest review.

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Gilded Cage
Dark Gifts
Vic James
Young Adult Fantasy
January 26 2017