Tarnished City (Dark Gifts, #2) by Vic James

Tarnished City (Dark Gifts, #2)

A 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 ...

Details Tarnished City (Dark Gifts, #2)

TitleTarnished City (Dark Gifts, #2)
Release DateFeb 5th, 2018
PublisherDel Rey
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fiction, Magic

Reviews Tarnished City (Dark Gifts, #2)

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    On sale now! 4.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:Tarnished City, the second book in Vic James’s DARK GIFTS YA fantasy series, is a hard-hitting novel that picks right up where Gilded Cage left off, without any infodumping to remind the reader what happened in the first book. In this alternate version of our world, England is controlled by a minority group, the ironically-named Equals, who have magical powers and brutally use th...
  • Carrie
    Tarnished City by Vic James is the second book in the young adult fantasy Dark Gifts series. From the title of the series to the intense book cover one should guess that this series is not all rainbows and sunshine but one that is incredibly dark and sometimes disturbing. If at all possible I think Tarnished City got a little darker than Gilded Cage if that was possible.The series takes place in a society in which the world is ruled by Equals who...
  • Dannii Elle
    "I burn not shine."Actual rating 4.5 stars.In my review of the first book of this series, I stated it had an "unique magic-system, a compelling narrative structure, enthralling writing and an unguessable plot." After such highly-heaped praise I was hesitant to see how this would follow in its predecessor's strong footsteps. It has also been a full year since I read the original, and with such a complex plot, worried I would be overwhelmed when re...
  • Emma
    3.5 stars rounded up.This book was surprising! It's a darker and grittier read than its predecessor. Just as in Gilded Cage, the story is still 'a bit different' in ways that keep you reading. This is not a stand- alone and you need to read Gilded Cage first. Events pick up right where the first book left off. We see less of Luke and more of Abi.Several unexpected events happened in this book, which left me admiring the author for her bold choice...
  • Char
    4.5/5 *TARNISHED CITY is an amazing follow-up to last year's GILDED CAGE. In fact, I think I liked this one just a little bit more!Even though I see this listed and shelved as YA, it's much darker than most YA I've tried, (which admittedly is not a lot because it's usually too angst-y for me.) In this case however, the author nixes a lot of the extraneous stuff and focuses on the characters and the intricately plotted story. It took me a little w...
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    These people. Their power. The good they could do with it, and the evil they chose instead. This book is dark. Not simply beautifully, poetically dark, no, it is the sort of unpleasant darkness people want to turn away from. This book shines a light on some of the worst aspects of human nature. The things we all know exists, but so many people refuse to see. And for that, it is amazing. When it comes to YA fiction, people seem to throw around th...
  • Susan
    Having enjoyed, “Gilded Cage,” I was pleased to receive the second book in the Dark Gifts Trilogy, “Tarnished City,” for review. This is very much a sequel to the first book – it does not stand alone and you need to read, “Gilded Cage,” first. In fact, it begins at the very end of the last book, with Abi Hadley, and her family, sent to the slave town of Millmoor, after being banished from the Jardine estate. Of course, her brother L...
  • Morgannah
    "Oh! What A Tangled Web We Weave When First We Practice To Deceive" This amazing series has got to be one of the most under read and under appreciated series I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Ms. James has conjured a dystopian world where the top 1 percent of a futuristic British society is not only wealthy and holds all the political power but they are also magical, or "skilled". Upon reading the synopsis and other reviews you might thin...
  • Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
    ***** 4.5 Stars *****Cannot be read as a standalone. "These people. Their power. The good they could do with it, and the evil they chose instead." My mind is reeling, and I'm still decompressing my thoughts and feelings about Tarnished City. What a sequel...Luke is locked up for something he didn't do. Abi is on the run trying to find a way to get her brother back. And the Jardines are more powerful than ever. Tarnished City is darker than book 1...
  • Sandra (LadyGrey Reads)
    London's burning, she thought. Burning with the Skill of the Equals. Such a gorgeous sequel! This was certainly one of those books that just became better and better the more you read, with more and more pieces added to the puzzle. And the complete picture is turning out much darker than you first believed it would.As Luke is taken north to Lord Crovan's estate, Abi has escaped the carriage taking her and her parents to Millmoor, intent on findin...
  • Mel (Epic Reading)
    I was really hoping for an improvement over Book 1 (Gilded Cage). Unfortunately I think I got the exact same book in terms of pacing, boring political parts, intense action at the end, and only liking a few characters. I could probably lift my Gilded Cage review and put it in here with few edits. It's really unfortunate because I really think Vic James has created a great world. But she has made the exact same mistakes in this second book that sh...
  • Atlas
    These people. Their power. The good they could do with it, and the evil they chose instead. * * * * 4 / 5 Tarnished City is leaps and bounds better than Gilded Cage, the first book in this series. It's more critical of power and slavery, more developed in it's exploration of morally dubious characters like Gavar and Silyen, and far more emotionally impactful. At one point I almost cried. Best of all, the "romance" between Jenner and Abi is mostly...
  • Justine
    Dark and exciting, this was a great follow up to Gilded Cage. Even though their family has been torn apart, Luke and Abi continue to stay strong and try to fight against the injustice visited on them and also the unSkilled population at large. Abi in particular steps up and her character is much stronger and self-assured than in the first book.Tarnished City was filled with surprises and twists and turns, making it an exciting read right to the e...
  •  ⇝LEAH⇜
    4.2 Out Of 5 "Tarnished...But Not Broken" STARSI was torn as to whether I was going to continue this series because I struggled to get through the first book. Then way before it (Tarnished City) was due to release, I noticed my library had already purchased it in audiobook format…I thought…hmmm…maybe I could eliminate some my issues with Gilded Cage by listening to Tarnished City, rather than reading it.Overall, I'm happy that I gave this s...
  • Bam
    Book 2 in the Dark Gifts series carries on right where Book 1, Gilded Cage, left off. The story is centered mainly on brother and sister Luke and Abigail Hadley and their struggles with the Gifted who control the British government and make slaves of commoners. Luke has been locked away in a remote castle in Scotland, condemned for murder, and Abi is struggling to find a way to free him with the help of fellow resisters and some friendly Gifted. ...
  • Tanninsandtales
    I love how the Dark Gifts series is a YA trilogy that does not understimate the reader. It is a complex story with nuanced characters, and that has lots of parallels with the world we live in. A lovely combination of "I can't put it down" and "I don't want it to end". I will be rereading the first too installments in preparation for the release of Bright Ruin(Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the review copy!)
  • mich
    omg this book was so irritating. Tedious and boring up till about 90%. And THEN, just when things start getting interesting - REALLY interesting -- ...the book fricken ends! And now I feel like there's no way I can't not read the last book. Even though I didn't really like this book at all. But, you know, cliffhanger.So fucking irritating. p.s. - I was excited to see more Silyen POVs, but after all was said and done, I ended up not caring for any...
  • Shelley
    *Source* NetGalley*Genre* Fantasy*Rating* 4.0*Thoughts*Tarnished City is the second installment in author Vic James Dark Gifts trilogy. This story picks up right exactly where Gilded Cage left off, so if you haven't yet read that story, make haste and do so now. This series is set in a sort of modern Britain with a very dystopian feel to it. Magic users control everything: wealth, politics, power—and you. If you’re not one of the ultimate one...
  • Leonie Byrne
    This series is literally a rollercoaster ride. I loved Gilded Cage and you can check out my review of that here: https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakingupo...Tarnished City was even better, which is quite rare for a Middle novel in a trilogy, usually I find the Middle novel a bit of a 'filler' with not much going on, but this was action packed to say the least. Following the events of Gilded Cage (spoilers for book 1 ahead) Tarnished City explains wha...
  • Liz Overberg
    A lot happens in this book; it's refreshingly full of action and plot, for a second book in a series. There are a few new settings, including a mysterious estate for condemned prisoners, which offered (for me) the most interesting chapters. Heavy on politics and light on romance, and pretty long at 400+ pages, this sequel may not hold the interest of as many readers as the first book did. Things also get a bit more gruesome. There are several gra...
  • Meigan
    Delightfully dark and twisted, Tarnished City is a phenomenal second installment in Vic James’ Dark Gifts trilogy. Gilded Cage introduced a high-stakes storyline centering around the imbalance of power and what life is when you’re power-less. Political machinations, cruelty, and magic aplenty in Tarnished City, but the heart of this tale is the price of freedom and how it’s often just a word without hope. Gilded Cage left readers with the m...
  • Nigel
    In brief - Hum - tough one. I loved the first book in this series so was looking forward to this one. Parts of it were excellent, parts less so.In fullThe first book in this series was a book that will stay with me for a fair while. It did take me a chapter or two to get back into the bigger story in this one. It is probably best not read standalone. Once again this book concerns the Equals who use magic to wield power over the common folk and th...
  • Muffinsandbooks
    Un deuxième tome encore plus addictif que le premier ! L’univers est extrêmement accrocheur, les personnages complexes et bien construits. Ce livre est beaucoup plus sombres que le premier, avec des intrigues politiques intéressantes (compliquées à suivre parfois, mais intéressantes !). Je trouve qu’il y a un petit côté GoT pour ça d’ailleurs ... bref, je vais pas écrire un roman sur ce roman, mais il y a de l’action, des rebond...
  • Anne Pauline
    4,5/5Aussi incroyable que le premier tome, ce sequel remplie toutes les promesses d’une suite réussie.Des rebondissements, de l’action, des coups bas et des complots, tout est réuni à nouveau dans cette Angleterre mi futuriste mi médiéval.Des personnages encore plus sombres, encore plus complexes et intriguant... bref c’est réussi.Une fin spectaculaire qui frustre de devoir attendre 1 an avant le prochain tome !
  • Kathleen
    Het leven is toch wel héél oneerlijk voor de skilless... Wat die allemaal meemaken...
  • Helen
    Tainted City is a very, very dark sequel to Gilded Cage. I keep seeing this marked as young adult but with the levels of cruelty, abuse and torture carried out by the magic-wielding Equals I don't see how it can be. It really should have an 18 certificate! Luke has been sent to Lord Crovan's Scottish estate as a condemned, a prisoner, for the crime is he believed to have committed. Lord Crovan is renowned for the experiments he carries out on his...