- 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)
Girl In A Golden Cage (Gold Gift Series) Paperback – 25 Nov 2016
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An page turner which transports you to Milan in summer. The story is fascinating and the writing brings the events and setting to life.Published 29 days ago by Mrs. M. A. Dodd
This book is a real page turner. The writing flowed easily and painted a vivid picture of the story. I loved it.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Girl In A Golden Cage is book #2 in the Gold Gift urban fantasy series, but is easily a stand alone book. I didn't realise there was a book #1 until I had finished. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Roses are Amber
Started to read this and was instantly hooked loved it from start to finish this book made me very unsociable over the festive period ;-) am now waiting in anticipation for the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gemma C.
I really enjoyed this book, the first in a series and found it well written, clear and concise. A young girl on holiday in Italy, but the author has done a lot of research to cover... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Andrew Man
Excellent follow on to previous book. An immensely enjoyable and gripping read. Couldn't put it down so finished in four days.Published 3 months ago by Mrs Stephanie McDermott
Rarely have the time to read a book but this one was well worth making time for! Particularly loved the metaphysical angle. A gripping read!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Transported into a world of wonderful fine art and architecture. Stepping into terrifying out of body experiences and finding love.Published 3 months ago by Orton-Abbot.