The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey | Book Review

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the gilded king

Published by Josie Jaffrey

Genre – Young Adult, Paranormal, Dystopia, Fantasy

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.


The world of Blue and Red, while brilliantly built, took me some time to understand. But that was probably because it is a sequel series, set in the same world as the Solis Invicti series by Josie Jaffrey as well.

Some details would also likely have been clearer had I read the prequel series. But all the background was explained in the due course of the story line. And I liked that all the information wasn’t very forced. The balance between the book being the first of a series and being the sequel to another series, in terms of the story, was just about right.

Even though I am not usually one to read vampire books and it’s nowhere explicitly mentioned in the book that they are all vampires (as far as I can remember), I really liked it. Complete with the vamps.

I liked the romance between Julia and Lucas. Though it wasn’t a conventional one with Lucas being a and Julia one of the few left whose blood he could drink. But still it was very sweet.

The conspiracy involving Emma and the queen and betrayal, all made the story more exciting.

The book features gay characters and while that is nothing out of the ordinary I loved the fact that it was so normalized and was not a point of focus except that it propels the romance between the said characters. In fact, I don’t think the word ‘gay’ was mentioned anywhere in the book. This part of the characters was beautifully woven into the story.

This book is how I imagine a zombie apocalypse or vampire in this case would be, if one ever happened.

The climax of the story was great and I can’t wait to read what happens next in the sequel.

 4 Stars

Plus a few brownie points for helping me get out of brief reading slump!

Disclaimer- A review e-copy of the book was provided to me by the author. This in no way affects my review. Thank you Josie Jaffrey!  Featured image by Nong Vang on Unsplash



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