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The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey| BBNYA Blog Tour

The Gilded King (Sovereign #1)
Author: Josie Jaffrey
Genre: Fantasy | YA | Dystopian |
Pages: 303
Publisher: Silver Sun Books
Release Date: June 25th 2018

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In the Blue, the world’s last city, all is not well.

Julia is stuck within its walls. She serves the nobility from a distance until she meets Lucas, a boy who believes in fairytales that Julia’s world can’t accommodate. The Blue is her prison, not her castle, and she’d escape into the trees if she didn’t know that contamination and death awaited humanity outside.

But not everyone in the Blue is human, and not everyone can be contained.

Beyond the city’s boundaries, in the wild forests of the Red, Cameron has precious little humanity left to lose. As he searches for a lost queen, he finds an enemy rising that he thought long dead. An enemy that humans have forgotten how to fight.

One way or another, the walls of the Blue are coming down. The only question is what side you’ll be on when they do.

The Gilded King Review

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What I Loved

I very quickly became a fan of Josie Jaffrey last year, so I hopped on the blog for The Gilded King as soon as it was announced. Apart from a couple of Twilight books, I’ve never read any books about vampires but I’ve got to say this book really surprised me. I was instantly hooked and I couldn’t put it down!. The story was fast-paced and engaging, I fell in love with all the characters and couldn’t wait to learn more about them. But I especially love the dark, paranormal and dystopian twists throughout as well as the romance between some of the characters.

The Story

I love that this book has a multi-point of view because we get to see both the Blue, the City in which Julia is stuck in, serving the nobles and providing them with her blood as an attendant. We also get to see Cameron trek across the destructive Red searching for his friend, the lost Queen. I didn’t know what to expect from the story but I just so glad I read this book. The plot is very exciting, full of tense moments and easy to follow. The city and the forests in the red were clear to visualise and it was fascinating to learn about the Silvers, the humans living in all of the areas and the zombies. I love how they are incorporated into the story because if you don’t know already. I love zombies.

The Characters

We get to learn so much about the Red and the Blue section, meet new characters and learn more about the history of the world through Julie and Cameron. I instantly connected with Julia and rooted for her to escape the life she has in the blue. I really love her relationship with Lucas and how we get to learn so much about him and the other nobles of their City. He quickly became one of my favourite characters and I couldn’t wait to see him more in Julia’s chapters.

I must admit, I wasn’t fond of Cameron in the beginning. I just didn’t really understand what he was doing at first. HOWEVER! I remember very quickly changing my mind about a quarter of the way through. Once I learnt more about his character, I became just as captivated with his chapters as I was Julia’s. I love how his character develops throughout the book and we get to see him open up and be himself, with the help of Felix. When Cameron meets him on his journey across the red, I instantly became intrigued by his character. I couldn’t help but be engrossed by their growing relationship. I’m so excited to find out more about all the characters in the next book.

Overall Thoughts

Overall, The Gilded King is a fantastic, fast-paced fantasy with a paranormal, dark twist that will hook you until the very end. The story and the characters are well-written, interesting and relatable, it is definitely very hard to put down. If you are looking to get stuck into a dystopian, apocalyptic fantasy full of vampires and zombies, I can’t recommend this series enough. I am so excited to read the next book in the series very soon!

Rating: 5/5

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About the Author

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Josie is the author of nine self-published novels plus short stories. She is currently working on a range of fantasy and historical fiction projects (both adult and YA), for which she is seeking representation. Ultimately, she hopes to be a hybrid author, both traditionally- and self-published.

After finishing her degree in Literae Humaniores (Classics) at the University of Oxford, Josie wasn’t sure what to do with her life.

She slogged through a brief stint working for an investment bank in London during the 2008 credit crunch, then converted to law and qualified as a solicitor specialising in intellectual property. She worked at a law firm for five years before moving to a UK-based international publisher in 2016. Whilst she loved law, in the end she didn’t love it quite as much as writing, which she now does almost full time.

Check my other Josie Jaffrey Reviews: The Wolf and the Water

Manchester blogger with a passion for reading, writing and travelling. I always have a book or a cup of tea in my hand.


14 March 2021 at 10:57 am

Amazing review Ellie Mai, I’m so glad you enjoyed this book because I did too!

15 March 2021 at 10:27 pm

This sounds great! I really appreciate fast pacing in fantasy novels. Thanks for the heads up!

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