Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Bright Ruin (Dark Gifts #3)” as Want to Read:
Bright Ruin (Dark Gifts #3)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Bright Ruin

(Dark Gifts #3)

by
4.04  ·  Rating details ·  808 ratings  ·  189 reviews
Magically gifted aristocrats rule--and commoners are doomed to serve. But a rebellion threatens the old order. The dystopian trilogy that began with Gilded Cage and Tarnished City concludes.

In a world where the lower classes must endure ten years of forced service to unfairly advantaged, magically powered rulers, a teenage boy dreams of rebellion, his older sister yearns f
...more
ebook, US Edition, 397 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Del Rey (first published July 26th 2018)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Bright Ruin, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
drEADS_alot
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. MaasWar Storm by Victoria AveyardA Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa TahirRestore Me by Tahereh Mafi
2018 - Sequels
184 books — 298 voters
The Cruel Prince by Holly BlackWar Storm by Victoria AveyardQueen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra ClareA Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa TahirObsidio by Amie Kaufman
YA Novels of 2018
1,025 books — 5,203 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
4.04  · 
Rating details
 ·  808 ratings  ·  189 reviews


Filter
 | 
Sort order
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fear was the superpower they all possessed. And unlike Midsummer’s monsters, there was no limit to the number of people they could control with it.
On sale now! Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Vic James wraps up her hard-hitting DARK GIFTS fantasy trilogy with Bright Ruin, which picks up right where the second book, Tarnished City, left off. This series is set an alternative version of our world where a minority, called the “Equals,” has powerful magical gifts. What they are su
...more
Char (Tacky Genre Buff)
BRIGHT RUIN brings to an end the DARK GIFTS trilogy which began with GILDED CAGE back in 2017. This series delivered on nearly every promise it made back then, resulting in an extremely satisfying experience for this reader.

We're back with all the same characters, (well, the ones that are still alive), and resuming their individual dramas in an unsettled London, dominated by Equals. In this series, Equals are born with special powers, magical powers even, which allow them to control all sorts of
...more
Carrie
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Bright Ruin by Vic James is the third book of 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 so while it is young adult I would recommend keeping this series on the the older crowd side of the genre.

The series takes place in a society in which the world is ruled by Equals who are aristocrats with magical gifts. Everyone els
...more
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
Rating ~3.5

History only appeared inevitable because it was written in a world where it had already happened.

A rather stunning conclusion to an overall fantastic series. Filled with politics, intrigue, family and morally gray characters, this book manages to keep us guessing from start to finish. I don't say this often, but I honestly wish it was longer.

Character Rankings
Abi ~ Gavar > Silyen ~ Luke >>> Bouda

The Relationships
Silyen & Luke
"You're really going to set them free?"
...more
Steven
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

Vic James has created a fantastic world, well plotted and filled with deep, complicated, flawed characters. It's hard to believe that this trilogy is her debut into the realm of published novels, because she's excelled from start to finish. This is by far one of the best YA series I've read, and I read a lot!

I don't want to give away too much, but the fallout of the end of the last book
...more
Justine
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
A bit of a mind bending finish to an interesting trilogy. Things did not go where I thought they would in this story when I started the first book, but that is part of what made this series such a good read.

One of the things I liked most was how very ambiguous some of the characters were and remained through the series. There were a few obviously bad or good people, but mostly they were all just people - with flaws, tempers, and making choices that were often selfish and morally ambiguous. I did
...more
Olivia
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. However, I own the two other instalments in this trilogy, and plan to buy this one as soon as it's out.

What a fantastic finale.

I love the Dark Gifts trilogy, to the point where I'd possibly declare this as my favourite YA fantasy.

The premise is very simple, political, and, in our current political climate, just a tiny bit terrifying. This is a world, an alternative modern-day Britain, where commoners are required to serve as slav
...more
Faith
This is the final book of a fantasy trilogy about a group of young people fighting for freedom in a reimagined England in which Equals with magical Skills have supplanted royalty and the government. People who are not Equals are required to serve as slaves for a ten year period. It cannot be read as a standalone since there is no recap of the prior books. I have to be more strict with myself with respect to getting involved with trilogies. The later books are almost never as good as the first bo ...more
 ⇝LEAH⇜
๏ Highlights ๏

Alternate/Dystopian-ish Society
Magic
Fantastical Elements
Intrigue
Good Triumphing Over Evil
A Small Splish of Romance

Audiobook Narrated by Evita Jay



๏ My Thoughts ๏ 
 

What can I say...that was a satisfying ending to an intriguing series.  While I found the first book in this series hard to decipher with all the ginormous words that I never heard before being thrown around like everyday language,  I honestly didn't know if I would continue the series.  That is until I tried the Audio ver
...more
Nikki
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my gosh!!!! How could his end like that?!

I mean it’s both perfect and so frustrating to be left with questions.

Okay. I loved this series, and I utterly adored the ending to it. I love that Luke and Abi are regular commoners, and not really leaders as such, but it’s still their story. And I definitely still love Gavar and Silyen, even though I still have ALL the question about Sil. And him and Luke are awesome, plus Dog, dog rocks. And Daisy, she’s so awesome and sensible. Basically I love th
...more
Olivia
Jun 01, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Currently Reading anD Currently Dying because THIS BOOK IS NOT ALLOWED TO DO THE THINGS ITS DOING TO MY SOUL

--------

But can I have it now though?

HOW DOES ONE WAIT FOR AN ENDING THAT IS LIKELY TO MAKE ME SO DECEASED THERE ARE NO WORDS
Cora Tea Party Princess
WELL. WELL.

Before reading: I have actual heartburn at the thought of this book.

After reading: I have actual heartburn at the thought of this book.
Mel (Epic Reading)
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-print
Rating of 3.5(ish)
I know this is not one of the beloved YA series of the last few years. It lacks certain author names associated with it, crazy romantic love triangles (there's almost one...) and other things that seem to sell YA books these days. All that to say, for a first time out, I think Vic James wrote a solid series. The characters were involved and easily relatable, the politics were elaborate without being difficult to follow, and the overall dystopian set-up was interesting.

Magic a
...more
Eggbeater
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The first part of the book seemed to be a replica of everything that happened in book 2 so I was kind of disappointed, though I did love book 2. But the last part of this book and the ending totally redeemed it for me. The ending was well thought out and creative and I couldn't have asked for a better one.
Yoda
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love plot twists I cant see coming almost as much as I love ending without cliffhangers.
I felt this book/series was something different from anything Ive read. The revolution part of any series is always my favorite, I like that the author wasnt afraid to kill off characters. Too often all characters survive to live happily ever after, it makes it feel as if they are invincible.
...more
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the review copy in exchange for an honest review!

Well oh my gosh, that was the conclusion to The Dark Gifts trilogy and what a wild ride it was. This trilogy is not without its faults, and I do have my pickings with this book too, but that didn’t stop me from loving it all the same. The whole trilogy for me is a solid 4 stars.

This book continues shortly after the ending of Tarnished City. Abby has headed out of London with Gavar, her sister and his d
...more
Shelley
*Source* NetGalley
*Genre* Dystopian
*Rating* 3.5-4

*Thoughts*

Bright Ruin is the third and final installment in author Vic James' Dark Gifts trilogy. The Dark Gifts trilogy is a character driven series filled with upstairs/downstairs drama, historical intrigue, teen rebellion, and romantic angst, while being set to the background of a captivatingly dystopian Britain. This is a world where three countries, the United Kingdom, Japan, and the Confederate States of America have individuals called Equal
...more
Princess
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this from Netgalley, Del Rey and Vic James in exchange of an honest review. I truly enjoyed this series. I spent all 3 books in this series trying to figure out who was good or bad. So many losses. My heart was broken several times. I would have loved to have seen a few romantic endings and the ending was a little confusing,but a great series and a terrific ending!
Kelly
THIS IS SUCH A GOOD YEAR FOR SERIES FINALES????

I loved this book, okay?
I mean I've loved this series since Gilded Cage, and it was a really long time before I read Tarnished City, but, man, as soon as I read it I NEEDED the next one ASAP.

This series is so worth it and I wish people knew about it more!
It's a political fantasy that takes place in an AU of Britain and it has great crossover appeal for both an adult and YA audience.

Specifically for this book, I was so pleasantly surprised about some
...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
What an ending to a great series. I finished it last night and I am still mulling over the ending. I am hoping that there will be a series after this one so that I can find the closure. I understand what happened, I just want to know what happens next.

This is the third book in a series and they have to be read in order. The basis is that the ruling class in England have powers that allow them to keep a choke hold on the people without "skill". They devote years of their lives as slaves in order
...more
book bruin
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This was one of my most anticipated reads and I have been dying to get my hands on it! Vic James has taken readers on an emotional journey with a cast of characters that will have you cheering one minute and then angry and crying the next. Bright Ruin is the third book in the Dark Gifts trilogy and is not a standalone.

I was really conflicted reading this one. On the one hand, I couldn't read it fast enough, but on the other, I wanted it to last forever. I will apologize in advance for
...more
Meigan
“Parting is such sweet sorrow”, and that's exactly the case with Bright Ruin, the third and final installment in Vic James' phenomenal Dark Gifts trilogy. I've been waiting for this book with equal parts dread and anticipation, and both my dread and my anticipation were well-rewarded. Although one more than another (*wink* ugly cry *wink*).

I fell in love with this series with the first installment, Gilded Cage, and my love and awe has done nothing but grow and grow every time I dive back into th
...more
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Thanks to Netgalley and Pan Macmillan for giving me this book to review.

Bright Ruin is the really good final book of the Dark Gifts trilogy. It has lots of twists and I would not have expected half of the things that happened in this series when I started reading Gilded Cage. This book has politics, action and a small amount of romance. One thing I have always liked about this series is that the POVs are not only from the non-skilled people but also from the equals, even those who believe that s
...more
Christina Reid
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am dead! Not what I expected at all - a must read!
Full review to come closer to publication.
Ellie
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
After the Blood Fair, Luke is fleeing the capital with Silyen and Abi is hiding out with Gavar, Daisy and Libby. The fates of the Hadleys and Jardines are forever entangled and the future of Britain, for better or worse, is in their hands. Will the privileged Equals squash the rebellion for good or can a compromise be made? Will enough bad people die so the sort-of-good people can be left in charge?

Things are escalating. The fact that the official hashtag was #dontkillmyfave gives you a hint of
...more
Jess Crafts
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. It's the final book in a trilogy that I've loved with one of my favourite characters I've ever read. But to be honest, I was a bit disappointed. It simply didn't have enough Silyen in it for me. There wasn't enough from Silyen, of Silyen or about Silyen. Now being disappointed because my favourite character didn't show up enough might sound a bit harsh but through the whole trilogy it felt like it was building up for Silyen to take centre st ...more
Christine
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series conclusion is brutal and beautiful. I'm pretty sure the last scene of the series is going to be one that makes me emotional whenever I recall it. In fact, this is quite possibly my favorite fantasy trilogy of all time. I was afraid, when I read Gilded Cage, that the two books that followed would not hold up. I was wrong. I'm not ashamed to admit I wept through almost a full third of this book. Sadly, I'm unable to say much about the plot without entering into severe spoiler territory ...more
itchy vosijk
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Why y'all sleeping on this series I'll never understand. I initially picked up the first book of the Dark Gifts series on a short vacation in the most beautiful bookstore ever, located in Berlin. I picked up the book because of the simple, yet incredibly gorgeous cover (and I do prefer the minimalistic Pan Macmillian PB covers). The summary didn't even interest me. It was a beautiful book, it was cheap and it wasn't very hard to read.

Alas. It took me about four to five months to pick it up agai
...more
Laura
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2018
Okay, so maybe the first book was just a lot better than the rest of the series. This one was better than the second. And I appreciated getting some explanation on certain things I didn't quite understand before, but there were things that were added to this book that didn't get explained enough for my liking. Even after the ending, I still had questions. I did think this one was much easier to jump back into than the second book was.

I'm beginning to see that if you even try reading this review
...more
Danielle Annett
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written with dynamic characters and a unique and thrilling world. Bright Ruin is the third book in the Dark Gifts trilogy. I'll admit I got lost from time to time having not read the earlier installments in the series but that didn't detract from the draw the characters had or the high stakes they were fighting against. Full of twists and turns, Bright Ruin definitely kept me on the edge of my seat from the very beginning. Fans of Young Adult fiction will love this series. And the co ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Brite Ruin 1 37 Oct 22, 2017 06:39PM  
  • A Little Knowledge (The Split Worlds, #4)
  • The Wicked + The Divine: Christmas Annual #1
  • Level Grind (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress #1-4)
  • Blood and Tempest (Empire of Storms, #3)
  • 22 Dead Little Bodies and Other Stories
  • The Tainted City (Shattered Sigil, #2)
  • The Night of the Swarm (The Chathrand Voyages #4)
  • The Gilded King (Sovereign, #1)
  • The Women's War (Women's War, #1)
  • A Nothing Named Silas
  • Blüd and Magick
  • The Magic Christmas (Sweet Valley Twins Magna Edition #1)
  • The Case of the Missing Treasure (Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries, #6.5)
  • Sea (The Huntress Trilogy #1)
  • The Mortal Word (The Invisible Library, #5)
  • Drawing with Light
  • Crazy Dead (Cordi O'Callaghan Mystery #4)
  • Soul Mates
591 followers
Vic lives in London’s Notting Hill, but her life is more action-adventure than rom-com.

She studied History and English at Merton College, Oxford where Tolkien was once professor. Relocating to Rome, she completed her doctorate in the Vatican Secret Archives (they’re nothing like The Da Vinci Code), then spent five years living in Tokyo where she learned Japanese and worked as a journalist. She now
...more

Other books in the series

Dark Gifts (3 books)
  • Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts, #1)
  • Tarnished City (Dark Gifts, #2)
“History only appeared inevitable because it was written in a world where it had already happened.” 0 likes
More quotes…