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Random House Publishing Group, Fall 2018

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Bright Ruin
By (author): Vic James
9780425284186 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Fantasy / Contemporary Oct 09, 2018
$35.00 CAD
Active 5.73 x 8.55 x 1.36 in 416 pages MAP Del Rey
As the dystopian trilogy that began with Gilded Cage and Tarnished City concludes, the people of Britain rise up against their magically gifted masters. They must break the system—or be broken.


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 was once their servant—and 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.

Staking 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 everything. But at a cost almost too terrible to contemplate.

What price would you pay for freedom?

Story Locale: Modern-day England

Series Overview: The Dark Gifts trilogy: In modern Britain, everyone must endure 10 years of forced service to a magically gifted aristocracy—and it is up to an ordinary brother and sister to spark a revolution.

FINAL BOOK IN THE DARK GIFTS TRILOGY, Following Gilded Cage (2/17 HC, 7/17 TR) and Tarnished City (2/18 HC, 8/18 TR).

CHARACTER-DRIVEN ADVENTURE: Filled with upstairs/downstairs drama, historical intrigue, teen rebellion, and romantic angst, and set in a captivatingly dystopian Britain.

PRAISE FOR GILDED CAGE: “Brisk plotting, sympathetic characters, and plenty of intrigue will keep readers on the edges of their seats, eager for the next book in a very promising series.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review); “The twists and turns make this book hard to set down….Readers will eagerly await the rest of the trilogy.”—Booklist

TV PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: James produces large investigation pieces in the U.K. for public service news station Channel 4.

VIC JAMES is a current affairs TV director who loves stories in all their forms. She has twice judged the Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize and has produced investigations for Channel 4 News. Her first novel, Gilded Cage, was a Wattpad sensation, earning over a quarter million downloads and winning a Watty Award for fantasy.

Author Residence: London, England

Author Hometown: UK

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“Interwoven story lines and constantly changing allegiances will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the last page. Fans of the series will be clamoring for this thrilling conclusion to James’s intricately plotted trilogy.”Library Journal (starred review, Pick of the Month)

“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.”Bookreporter

“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

Praise for Vic James’s GILDED CAGE

“Compelling and fascinating…[an] outstanding fantasy debut.”Bookreporter

“A great book to start your new series obsession…for those who can barely get enough of the British dramas like Downton Abbey or the magical worlds of J. K. Rowling.”BookPage

“Exquisitely wicked…a lavishly opulent, yet brutally vivid, alternate England which subtly questions modern beliefs…If ever there was a speculative fiction book that captured the zeitgeist of an era this is it.”SFFWorld


“Highly recommended…There’s an admirable level of world-building…. with real moments of empathy and compassion [and] a true nail-biter of a cliffhanger ending.”—Fantasy Literature

“Multifaceted complexity…lively, determined characters.”—Publishers Weekly

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