Book Review: The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey

Title: The Gilded King

Series: The Sovereign Trilogy, #1

Author: Josie Jaffrey

Publication Date: June 25th 2018

Publisher: Self-published

Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy, YA


ISBN: 978-1719204866

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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Yaayy to my first book review of 2019! The Gilded King is a fantasy slash paranormal read. I enjoy reading dystopian books and this was definitely one. But I assure you, this book has a unique storyline.

It started by introducing Julia. A human servant to the nobles who are also called, Silver. There are also 2 divisions of land: The Blue, the safe one that’s ruled by the Empress; and the Red, the forbidden land where danger awaits anyone who steps on it.

Then there’s humans, zombies and vampires. Though they are called in a different name. And there’s a connection between all of them. I enjoyed the refreshing take of the plot but there’s a lot to remember. And I don’t do well with lots of names.

Honestly, I had a slight trouble in reading the first half. The book was told via two POVs, Julia and Cameron. Each are different sides. Julia’s take was in the Blue while Cam’s in the Red. There stories were total opposites.

Julia became an attendant to the noble, Lucas. And Cam met Felix while exploring the Red. It was like two parallel lines that wonderfully met at a point.

World-building and plot? Call it awesome! It was a little overwhelming with everything that’s been happening but it still is unlike everything I’ve ever read before. I guarantee potential readers that this has a unique backstory. When I got to the second half, I wasn’t able to stop reading. It’s when things got exciting. Like the book has been building up the moment for it.

I was in awe as I was reading and figuring out the connection between every character. I think dividing the book into two parts (Julia’s and Cameron’s) made everything as good as it is.

Also, I can’t wait to get started on The Silver Queen! It’s the Sovereign Trilogy’s next book. Because I swear The Gilded King ended in a way that would make you want to start the next book immediately. I’m so looking forward to more of the characters.

Again, I just want to applaud the author, Josie Jaffrey for creating awesome characters because from the start, you wouldn’t think that they’re connected in “that” way.

To wrap it up, I won’t get tired of saying this, but this book will surely give its readers a refreshing take on paranormal fantasy. I recommend this to readers who are looking for a “unique” read. And by that, I rate The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey, 4 out of 5 stars!

I received this book from the author herself in exchange for an honest review.

I swear that this is my honest opinion, I just really enjoyed the book.

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The Silver Queen by Josie Jaffrey

The last city on Earth is contaminated. Now blood is the only thing that can wash it clean.

Julia is trapped inside the Blue as the Nobles fight over the few humans who are still alive. When the dust settles and she finds herself shackled to a new master, she knows she must escape or die.

Meanwhile, Cam has gathered a handful of comrades and is on his way into the Red to rescue his queen. But not all of his friends can be trusted, and not all of them will make it back alive.

The Silver Queen is the second book in Josie Jaffrey’s Sovereign trilogy, set in a dystopian Europe where vampiric Nobles control the last remnants of the human race.

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17 thoughts on “Book Review: The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey

  1. I’d love to interact with these author as well. I’ have anew segment on my blog that’s in need of authors. It’s called Author’s Turn. 🙂 As for the book, I already downloaded it. Your review definitely convinced me Erica. Amazing review. 🙂

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  2. I’m glad you enjoyed this one as much as I did! I agree that things were confusing and a lot to take in at first, but as soon as everything made sense the book was much more enjoyable to read. It was freaking amazing! Great review 🙂

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    1. It was a little overwhelming to read at first but when I saw the connection between Cam’s and Julia’s POVS, I really couldn’t stop reading. Thank you! That means a lot. 😊 and i’m looking forward to be able to read the 2nd book!

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    1. Aaaaaa yes yes!!! 💕 it was free on kindle last week pero check it out, maybe free parin. Excited for you to read it and I hope you’ll like it too!


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