Tarnished City (Dark Gifts #2)
By: Vic James
Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian
Publication Date: February 5, 2018
Bang Bang Rating: 1/4
Tarnished City picks up after Luke is sent to prison and Abi and her family, sans Daisy, are sent to the work camp. We’ve already seen the work camp in book one so there’s no way we’re going back there again which means Abi is probably going to escape and she does. This wouldn’t be a dystopian novel if someone wasn’t trying to rescue their sibling from the bad people so you guessed it, Abi will stop at nothing to rescue Luke from prison.
Meanwhile at prison, Luke is expecting chains and dungeons and beatings and starvation but that’s not quite what awaits him. I won’t get into because I want you to be surprised but I will say that the prison experience is the main theme of Tarnished City.
Meanwhile at Kyneston, Gavar still hates his family and loves his daughter; Bouda is hell bent on being Chancellor by ANY means necessary; Jenner is unhappy with his unskilled situation; and Silyen is still weird. But let’s talk about Silyen who is the best character in the book. In book one, he started the idea of abolishing the slave days but he seems ambivalent to the whole idea and he released Dog knowing he was going to wreak havoc. Does book 2 reveal Sil’s motives? Nope, it just adds more mystery to the character which is fantastic. I have my theories about Sil and his behavior but I’ll keep that to myself and the spoiler edition.
Just like the real world, the powerful not only want to remain so but they want more power. The powerful say that they are looking out for the rest of the majority of the nation but their actions scream that they could care less and it is up to us to make change. Among others, power is a big running theme in the Dark Arts Series. Dynamic characters such as Silyen, Bouda, and a new character named Faiers contribute to the enjoyment of this read. If you are looking for a light hearted dystopian story, don’t bother-Tarnished City is DARK. But if you do decide to begin this series, which I think you should, you won’t regret it.