I recently read Gilded Cage and while I wasn’t hugely impressed by the beginning, the story really picked up and it had an incredible ending. I had a feeling that the plot would continue to stay strong through the sequel, and I was right. Tarnished City is a thrilling, fast-paced read that will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end. It continues to build upon the interesting concept of the first book and remains one of the most brutal YA fantasy books out there.
Gilded Cage was such an interesting reading experience for me. It started out incredibly slow -- to the point where I considered setting it aside in favour of other book several times -- but had one of the most explosive and exciting endings I’ve ever read. Parts of it were absolutely amazing, while others just didn’t wow me at all.