BBNYA Blog Tour Review | The Gilded King By Josie Jaffrey

The Gilded King (Sovereign, #1)

Title: The Gilded King (Sovereign #1)
Author: Josie Jaffrey
Pages: 303
Tour organised and hosted by: @The_WriteReads and @BBNYA_Official.


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.


Let me begin with saying how much I loved this book. The story flowed on so nicely and it felt weirdly natural to read about Cam and Julia. Every time the POV changed to the other, I was swept off into a whole other story for a chapter. Absolutely incredible. I kept imagining how this story would make one heck of a TV series or a movie trilogy. The worldbuilding was incredible and I was continuously imagining a world somewhere in between The 100 and The Vampire Diaries which made the journey even more epic. My love for dystopian stories grew very recently and I enjoy every bit of good vampire stories and this book caught the best of both worlds.

The Gilded King takes place in a plague torn world where immortals rule and humans serve. The Blue City is the last while everywhere outside it is but a pandemonium. As The Gilded King is split between two narrators, the reader gets insight of both ways of life within the city and within the brutal forests of the Red.

This book tells the story of Julia and Cameron. Julia is stuck in the Blue and needs to work as a server until she meets Lucas. Lucas believes in fairytales and Julia wants to believe in them too but she can’t. Cameron is looking behind the walls of the Blue, the Red, for their lost queen and discovers so many things, including a rising enemy…

The Gilded King is the first book in the Sovereign series, a spin-off series for the Solis Invicti series, and is an amazing book written by Josie Jaffrey. 

I love that Julia and Cameron don’t have anything in common, but you can still read in both perspectives and love their story. I love the relationship between Julia and Lucas, but I don’t really know how I feel about Cameron and Felix. I loved them so much at the beginning but not so much towards the end…I must mention that this book is one big trick. You think you know what’s going on, but you don’t. The author has tricked me many times, turning the plot around, folding it over itself, and presenting solutions I did not expect. What gives me hope for the next book is the last sentence Felix spoke in my head that can only be resolved with a cliche of “you betrayed me – but let me explain” and making up somewhere at the end of the tunnel. Maybe Josie Jeffrey has another twist in mind *insert thinking emoji here*.

I really loved this book with its lack of predictability, that heroes were not destined to be together from the start and the insanely stubborn and determined, but so very kind Cameron. I loved how scary it was at so many points, and how beautifully it would fit a zombie apocalypse genre if the author would just push it a little over the edge. I love Josie Jaffrey’s writing, so I know that I’m going to love all the other books!

I received this book to read and review as part of the BBNYA 2020 competition organised by the @The_WriteReads tours team. All opinions are my own, unbiased and honest.


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