YA Book Review

The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey (Sovereign #1)

The Book:

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Book Title: The Gilded King

Book Author: Josie Jaffrey

Genre: YA Paranormal/ Fantasy

Publishing Date: June 25th, 2018

Publisher: Self Published

Date Read: October 10th, 2018

Synopsis: 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 the 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.


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The Review:

The Gilded King is a story shrouded in mystery and lore. Touched with darkness, and thriving with excitement, it will draw you in and grip you until the end. For those looking for a vampire story with unique attributes, look no further.

This one was definitely a unique, interesting read. I really enjoyed the take on vampires, and the addition of a new virus that not only affected vampires, but humans. It was all very intriguing and really kept me reading.

There were several moments in the story that left me confused, though. I would have liked a touch more explanation to the world, and it’s happenings. Despite this, there was something magnetic about the story, and it’s characters, that kept pulling me back in.

I liked the interaction between Julia and Lucas. It reminded me a little of Beauty and the Beast. I also really loved Cam and his strength and drive.

There were a lot of predictable moments, but there was plenty of action and unpredictability that kept the story going. The fairytale-esque style history of the world really grabbed my attention, and the thrill of the story kept its pace until the very end. Even though I wasn’t always clear about what was going on in the world, the excitement of the plot, and the strong characters really kept me drawn in. I’d rate it 3.5 stars and would definitely say it was worth a read!

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Thank you to the author for providing me with this free e-copy in exchange for my honest review.

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About the Author:

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Josie lives in Oxford, England, with her husband and two cats. When she’s not writing, she works as a lawyer, specialising in intellectual property and
commercial law. She also runs a video book review club, The Gin Book Club, through her website. The Solis Invicti series (a prequel series to the Sovereign
series) is available now.

For additional information, contact:
josiejaffrey@gmail.com

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