Tarnished City (Dark Gifts #2) by Vic James #bookreview #YA #dystopian #fantasy #TuesdayBookBlog

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 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?  – Goodreads.com

The first book in this series was high on my list of favorite YA reads last year, and Tarnished City is quite possibly even better.

This is a darker, grittier read and the world-building continues to be phenomenal.  Every character is so well-drawn – the depth is exceptional.  Be prepared – deaths, betrayals, and surprises abound, and my jaw drops to page number ratio was exceedingly high.

As with the first novel, many of these characters aren’t what they initially seem, but Silyen continues to intrigue me the most.  I feel like there’s a clue right in front of me, but he remains an enigma.

Such a complex storyline – politics, rebellion, power struggles – a YA read that doesn’t underestimate the intelligence of its audience.  Highly recommend!  Tarnished City is scheduled for publication February 5th, 2018.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the digital ARC.

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