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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (25 Nov. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1540352196
  • ISBN-13: 978-1540352194
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 606,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Lucy Branch's fiction has been featured on Radio 4, Timeout London and The BBC World Service. She is an expert in the conservation of public sculpture and has worked on some of the UK’s highest profile projects including Nelson's Column, Eros and Cleopatras Needle. She studied at University College London, The Royal College of Art and Victoria Albert Museum. Her knowledge and passion for the art world is poured into her fiction which she weaves together with myth, conspiracy theory and fantasy.

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Francesca heads to visit her wealthy father in Milan, having given up on her medical training she hopes to use her considerable skill to break into the glamorous Italian art world in which her father is a key player. However all is not well, she is plagued by intense migraines almost as soon as she arrives which leave her drained and isolated. It also becomes clear that there are darker forces at work in the fashionable art world of Milan. Francesca gets sucked into a web of lies and deceit leaving her unsure who she can trust. Increasingly uneasy and afraid her summer is far from what she hoped.
I loved this second offering from Lucy Branch. The story is new, as are most of the characters, but some of the same characters pop up from her earlier work “A Rarer Gift than Gold.” The book is fast paced and the themes of alchemy and art are interesting and unusual. There is a little romance but the book is mostly a thriller with a pinch of the supernatural. The setting in Milan is breath taking and the author obviously has a real love of the city and its art. I do not want to give too many plot twists away but this book is well worth a read.
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Lucy Branch returns to the world of "A Rarer Gift… " but with a new point of view narrator. Because of this, I found this book, while easy to read, somewhat less compelling than it's predecessor. Alchemy, and the alchemists' guild, is somewhat less prominent for much of the book. Overall, I found Frankie less engaging than Abigail, although she is still an interesting character in herself, as much of the book deals with her inner conflicts and the difficulty of believing her father is capable of such perfidity. I would have liked more alchemy and less conflict, but this may be resolved in the next book. There will surely be one, as there enough cliffhangers for the series finale of an HBO drama… On the whole, I would recommend this book, but only after reading the first novel. I'm not sure it would make much sense without that background.
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I really loved the book. It was so well written that I read it slowly and that's the biggest compliment I can give a book. It was also exciting, had great descriptions and was full of adventure. I looked forward to picking up my kindle to continue reading. I would definitely recommend this book.
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Definitely a step forward from 'A Rarer Gift Than Gold'. Better paced with, in the main, beautifully rounded characterisation. Unlike 'ARGTG' where the romantic content flounders, the relationship here between Frankie and Lorin positively sizzles and sparkles.

The great strength of the book, as was the case with 'ARGTG', is that it works as well in isolation as it does as part of a series.

Being churlish, the middle third of the book drags a little and the characters of Abigail and Frankie are in every possible respect, perhaps, too similar.

However, 'Girl in a Golden Cage' is overall a most engaging read and one awaits the next step in the story expectantly.
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Lucy Branch’s new book allows us to see further into the world she first introduced us to in A Rarer Gift Than gold. It takes place in Milan and immerses us in the story of Francesca Milliardo who has gone to stay there for the summer only to find that all is not quite right with her family.

On arriving we discover that the migraine suffering Francesca has left a university medical course in order to follow her true calling in art and is worrying about how to break the news to her divorced parents. The problem for Francesca is that her mother and father couldn’t be more different with one, her mother, being a police officer in London and the other, her father, a hugely successful businessman in Italy.

The family is typical of many wealthy clans in that they are all dysfunctional to a lesser or greater degree and this can be a dangerous thing for an author to introduce in to a book as it can often fall into cliché but it works well here. In many ways, the story demands it as it would be implausible to imagine a lot of the events taking place otherwise. Francesca’s migraines also play a part as they, very cleverly, allow us to understand why certain things happen to her that don’t happen to anybody else.

The first book took us into the world of alchemy and this book takes that to the next level by introducing us to the society that hunts alchemists as well as the secrets that they might or might not keep. It is a world where power and money converge with a medieval mind set and this can provide for a heady mix of emotions and actions.

The authors writing has evolved well over these two books and her prose in the more emotional and personally intimate moments is outstanding.
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Girl In A Golden Cage is about Francesca Milliardo as she discovers she has an extraordinary and supernatural talent. She visits her rich father in Milan, and enjoys a life of glitz and glamour – a refreshing change from her home in the UK, but slowly begins to feel more unsettled.

From my understanding, Girl In A Golden Cage is the sequel to A Rarer Gift Than Gold, which I’m only just realising now. I haven’t read A Rarer Gift Than Gold, which, according to Amazon, is about Abigail Argent, a skilled craftswoman, who can enhance the beauty in metal sculptures. She discovers her craft is linked the art of alchemy, and uncovers a dangerous secret.

Although Abigail features in Girl In A Golden Cage, I don’t think I’ve missed out, despite not reading the first book. Francesca is a new character, and we explore the seemingly luxurious and wonderful Italian through her eyes – not Abigail’s – and watch her gradually uncover her father’s deception.

There are lots of Italian references (obviously) and a lot of artistic language and description. I didn’t really understand these parts – I’m not a very artistic or multi-cultural person, but I am confident Branch knows what she’s talking about. Amazon lists some of her achievements, such as studying at University College London, The Royal College of Art and Victoria Albert Museum and being a restorer of public sculptures and historic features.

My favourite aspect of this book were Francesca’s “out of body” experiences; they were supernatural, but not scary. While I don’t believe in “out of body” experiences in real life, I think it’s a fascinating subject to write fiction about, and made the storyline enjoyable.
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