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Bright Ruin

(Dark Gifts #3)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,663 ratings  ·  297 reviews
A thrilling Orwellian vision of Britain, with a rebellious Hunger Games heart, Bright Ruin is the third and final title in Vic James's electrifying Dark Gifts Trilogy, following Tarnished City.
Kindle Edition, 496 pages
Published July 26th 2018 by Pan
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
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
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 ✩☽♔
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy, arc
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?"
"Well, you ask
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
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.
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Mel (Epic Reading)
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Annie ⚜️
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first started this trilogy I wasn’t too sure I’d like it. I’m glad I stuck with it and the final book was hands down the best one. It picks up about half way through and doesn’t stop. I couldn’t put it down until I got to the end. A little mind-bendy but very satisfying and surprising ending. I wish we could know a bit more about what happens to everyone after the final events but it’s not too hard to guess. I would love for Vic James to do some adult fantasy.
๏ Highlights ๏

Alternate/Dystopian-ish Society
Fantastical Elements
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
Overall, this was a mediocre dystopian trilogy. The concept was great, and there were a lot of truths within the books: false flags, betrayal, political schemes. However, all the good guys got killed off throughout the trilogy. Unfortunately, I was not emotionally attached to them enough to be sad. I was more frustrated. The end was a bit expected but yet unsatisfying.
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  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?

Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love plot twists I can´t see coming almost as much as I love ending without cliffhangers.
I felt this book/series was something different from anything I´ve read. The revolution part of any series is always my favorite, I like that the author wasn´t afraid to kill off characters. Too often all characters survive to live happily ever after, it makes it feel as if they are invincible.
Samantha W.
Alright, I enjoyed this last book. I think that the author did an excellent job with keeping the timeline consistent, especially considering that it took place in one year.

I felt that the story was well wrapped up, and I was stressed for like the last 3 pages but it turned out okay. Probably will not reread this series, but I could see recommending it to people looking for an easy fantasy/dystopian type of book.

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
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
*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!
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
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
book bruin
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Angela Cuéllar
pooled ink Reviews:

I AM IN A RAGE. But, like, yeah this trilogy was insanely intricate and epic. BUT I AM STILL IN A RAGE. Do I hate the numerous questions that go unanswered? YES. YES I DO. I have more than a few qualms with the ending. But if I shove that frustrated rage aside then this book and this trilogy are utterly fantastic and you should definitely read it.

If you want to read all my spoilery ranting thoughts about this book's ending then head on over to my blog but if you just want
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
itchy vosijk
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I definitely felt more invested in this third book. I really wanted the part about where skill came from to go on. Or there be another series. The end was a little confusing and Game of Throne style and made me think I need to read it again. The characters finally seemed more full. The ending seemed open but that seems like too much. Maybe 3.5
Christina Reid
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am dead! Not what I expected at all - a must read!
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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

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

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