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 the 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?
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I found this book to be rather eerie. It is just a couple steps sideways from our reality where the Haves, or Equals, have magic rather than money and the Have Nots are required to spend ten years in slavery to the Equals. I found it to be rather relevant to today's political climate.
Abi and Luke could be from any family that are ready to serve their years of Slavery. Abi thought that she has played the system so that all of her family could serve out their time together on an Estate. However things go wrong right from the beginning with Luke being assigned instead to a factory town where he quickly grows up.
This book is one that will keep you on the edge of your seat wondering just what is going to happen next. All of the characters are well developed and some are really easy to emphasize with. I can hardly wait for the next book in this trilogy to drop.
I highly recommend GILDED CAGE to any of my readers who enjoy books that cover what might have happened if magic is blended with technology. There is violence but no graphic sex scenes.