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Bright Ruin

(Dark Gifts #3)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  591 ratings  ·  151 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
ebook, US Edition, 397 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Del Rey (first published July 26th 2018)
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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.
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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
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
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
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?"
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
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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?

Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess

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
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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
*Source* NetGalley
*Genre* Dystopian
*Rating* 3.5-4


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
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!

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
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
“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
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
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!
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Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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
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
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"There'd be no more hiding, and no more running. Now was for fighting.
Lord Jardine and Bouda would subject this whole country to a Blood Fair, if they could. Britain itself, pinned down and torn at by the Equals for their sport.
Time to smash the country's chains and set it free."

As the last book in the trilogy there was a lot to wrap up in Bright Ruin, I had no idea where the story was going to go or how it could all be wrapped up given the state we left everything at the end of Tarnished City
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
The conclusion to the Dark Gifts trilogy doesn't quite stick the ending, but it wraps up the political machinations from the first two and provides the Luke/Silyen relationship I was hoping for. Following the aborted Blood Fair at the end of the previous book, the rebellion against the Equals' rule ramps up to a final showdown, while Silyen and Luke investigate the way Skill works.

The pacing is uneven, and at times it felt to me as though James was stretching out a thin plot to fill pages; ther
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***** 4 Stars *****

Cannot be read as a standalone.

Just like the previous books, the story switches between the main characters and follows their life in a dark and painful world.

This series isn't a light read, and it leaves you thinking.

I'm a bit satisfied, but I'm also slightly unfulfilled by how things end, but you'll just have to read it for yourself to come to your own conclusions.

I'm still unsure about how I feel about this book.

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Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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The Dark Gifts trilogy comes to a satisfying climax as the Chancellor tightens his grip on Britain, and the resistance faces its harshest trials. The question throughout this trilogy has been what certain characters are made of: whether Gavar is just a brute, or has a conscience; whether Abi is made of stern enough stuff to be a rebel; whether Luke can hold on to his bright belief and fight off despair; and what, exactly, Silyen is actually up to.

This finale wasn't quite what I expected, but it
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the final book in the Dark Gifts trilogy. The story picks up right after the last book left off. Abi has escaped the Blood Fair and continues to fight with the rebels to take down the Equals. A new Equal with an astounding gift aids the rebel's cause and they plot one of the biggest protests yet.

Luke has combined forces with Silyen to discover more about the Skill and the mysterious Wonder King.
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and Del Ray for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

Disclaimer this 3rd and final book in the trilogy. Please read no further unless you wanted to be spoiled.

All the of the surviving players are back. Abi is still shocked that Gavar helped her, but when she overhears him talking to Bouda she makes her escape from his house. She needs revenge and she knows just the person to help her.

Luke finds himself imprisoned by Silyen, but they might actually have the same
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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

Other books in the series

Dark Gifts (3 books)
  • Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts, #1)
  • Tarnished City (Dark Gifts, #2)
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