You know when you find that one amazing book where you just can’t put it down and your imagination goes wild whilst reading every single word on the page. You feel as though that you are there in the story, that your with those characters there in person. You become close to them and you go on this journey together throughout the pages of the book. The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey is one of those amazing and truly magical books. One that I love very much and was a pleasure to read. A fantastic and magnificent story, brilliantly and beautifully written. A story that I will not forget and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
I am very honoured to have been very kindly sent The Gilded King to read and review for Clem Loves. The Gilded King is by Josie Jaffrey and is book 1 of the Sovereign series. Book 2, The Silver Queen is out in October. This post is 100% my own honest thoughts and opinions and I can tell you now that I 100% and even more than that, I truly love and adore this book and I really enjoyed reading it so much. It was very hard to put down and I really didn’t want this book to end. I just know that you are going to love it too.
The Gilded King
I really do love a good fantasy novel. It’s what you will mostly find in my collection of books. Quite a few of my books also do involve vampires! Don’t ask why, I just really seem to like them! Especially when they have a bit of romance in them too. I love Josie’s take on Vampires, and the world she has created within the story, an apocalyptic-esque world where Vampires, humans and monsters live. A compelling, thrilling and addictive story.
About the Author.
“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.”
“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 going to come down. The only question is what side you’ll be on when they do.”
I absolutely adore Julia, who is one of the main characters in The Gilded King. I love how strong, determined and loyal she is and how she cares for her best friend Claudia and the people around her and puts others first. However much Julia wants to leave the Blue, she will not go without Claudia. I would definitely want Julia as a best friend. Julia is a human and has spent all of her life inside of the Blue. Humans aren’t allowed to leave due to contamination from a horrific event that occurred many centuries ago. Not everyone in the Blue is human though, they require blood from the humans and the humans are there to serve and to serve their nobles. Julia doesn’t want to be an attendant, so when she is assigned to a noble called Lucas, everything is about to change. Lucas is not like any other noble though. Lucas is kind, gentle and would never hurt Julia.
Another main character in this story is called Cam, who has been looking for someone very close and dear to him for centuries. He hasn’t given up and doesn’t intend to give up either. After going back into the Red again to search, the places he once visited have changed drastically. Events from the past are making themselves known again and nowhere is safe. But Cam is not going to stop searching. As friends turn to enemies and Cam meets new and old friends along the way, the world around him is changing, but not for the better. As the Red creeps into the Blue, both collide and horror strikes.
With love, loss and new friendships, the characters find themselves together amongst it all. I love the relationship between Cam and Felix. Cam meets Felix along the way and both form a very special bond and connection with each other. (Although I am very eager to find out what happens next, especially with how the story ended)! And I simply adore the relationship and friendship which both Julia and Lucas share with each other and the close friendship Julia and Claudia share. I definitely wouldn’t want to come face to face with one of those Weepers though!!! I’m not giving any more away! You need to read this book to find out what they are!
I love how Josie has written The Gilded King. The story consists of two stories, going on at the same time, which join together at the end. It creates an action-packed, fast-paced novel, that left me wanting to read more and more. A Fabulous and brilliant read. I was hooked from the first page.
This is 110% going on to my list of my most favourite books of 2018. Please can The Gilded King be made into a film! I can’t wait to read The Silver Queen. I also really want to get my hands on a copy of the prequel to this series, A Bargain In Silver. Part of the Solis Invicti series. To find out more and get your very own copy, head on over to Amazon now. You can also find out more about The Gilded King over on Goodreads.
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