Book review

Book Review: The Gilded King By Josie Jaffery


Published: 25th June 2018

Format: Paperback

Pages: 292

Average Goodreads rating: 4.26★

My Goodreads rating:

Genre: Young Adult: Dystopian, Fantasy

Publisher: Self – Published

Goodreads description: 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.


Firstly, I would like to thank the Author Josie Jaffery for sending me a copy of her book. It has been amazing to read this book and give an honest review, all opinions are my own and are in no way influenced.

When Josie advertised on Twitter that she was looking for book bloggers to review her book. I immediately signed up to participate in this amazing opportunity. Having only book blogging for less than 2 months, this was a perfect! I really enjoying reviewing this book for Josie, and honestly more people need to read this! Can I please read book 2 now?! Before I start my review, let me say that it was not at all what I expected, and I loved it!


First, let me start by explaining a bit about the book. This book is the first book in the Sovereign Series, a spin off from her other series; Solis Invicti. The Gilded King is dystopian fantasy world about vampires and humans living amongst each other. This dystopian world is split into two categories, The Blue being made up of a social hierarchy and The Red being the outside of this society that is contaminated and fighting for survival, the place no one dares to step out into. The humans amongst the Blue are raised to fear the Red, learning that it will end in their death if they dare to step foot outside of the Blue. However, Julia is sceptical of this taught knowledge, wondering if they are told this to keep them in The Blue to feed the Nobles, also known as the Silvers, aka vampires.

This book is told from two characters perspectives Julia and Cameron. I loved that it was told from two characters perspectives, I felt like I got more out of this story because of this. The only issue I had was towards Julia. She kind of annoyed me a little bit because she is so negative and skeptical of everything, she doesn’t seem like a very fun person to be around. But that is whats expected with the way she was raised. But apart from her constant negativity I loved her! She is at the bottom of the social hierarchy, a slave to the Nobles. Working in the kitchen and the garden with her best friend Claudia. Julia was abandoned as a baby by her parents and thus doesn’t have anyone to turn to for support other than Claudia. However this soon changes when they are assigned attendant positions to two Nobles and their life starts to take a drastic change. Julia begins to form a bond with her Noble, Lucas even though she knows she shouldn’t. Through Lucas’ outlook on life and his behaviour being loving and caring, the complete opposite to the behaviour she is used to seeing from Nobles, Julia begins to believe in fairytales again and learns that there is more going on in The Blue than she is lead to believe.

The book alternates between Julias and Cams perspectives. Cam is a Noble who ventures out into the Red to find someone who is missing, who he believes would not leave The Blue unless she was dead or against her will. While on his adventure he discovers that he does not need to do everything on his own, learning to ask for help while also forming a friendship with someone unexpectedly, taking him by surprise.

Now I am not going to say much more than that, because I do not want to spoil too much of the plot line, but let me just say that I ship Lucas and Julia as well as Cam and his new friend so much! OMG! So the ending that we were given, I was so devastated and screaming that I needed the second book. I woke my partner up at 2am in the morning having to discuss the ending with him because what a cliff hanger! I am still not over that!

I absolutely loved this book! I found it a bit confusing in parts because of some of the unique names and I felt maybe a bit more detail was needed sometimes, but that’s expected from any book, no book is perfect. But this did not stop me from enjoying this book. I was hocked within the first 30 pages! I love a good vampire book, particularly a dystopian. I highly recommend reading this book! do not stress if you haven’t read the first series before reading this one, I haven’t read it yet either. I feel this can be read without reading the other series first, but I am definitely going t be reading Josies first series now as it might give me some more background information to stop some of my confusion that I had in the last 100 pages of this book.


Do your selves a favour and go check out this book, until then, enjoying this excerpt:

At the very furthest point of the temple, at the end of the double row of pillars that processed towards it, there was a pedestal mounted on a stepped dais. A figure was laid out on top of it. For a moment, Julia froze, thinking it was a real person lying there, slumbering in the temple, but something didn’t fit.

The figure wasn’t breathing. It wasn’t moving at all.

‘Come on,’ Lucas said, leading her down the aisle towards it.

‘Is it a statue?’ she asked.

‘A tomb, really.’

As they walked, he snuffed out the lamps that lined the walls, until finally the only illumination came from the rounded alcove into which the dais rose. It was a bright island in the centre of the darkness, and in the middle of it the statue shone: a man, wearing fine clothing in an unfamiliar style, with a blanket of stone covering his body. His exposed skin was tinged with a sheen of gold that glowed like the walls of the temple.

‘He looks so real,’ she said, reaching out to touch the golden curls that crowned his head. They were slick under her fingers, so intricate they might have been moulded from a real person.

‘They say he was.’

‘You mean this is his coffin?’ The pedestal certainly looked like a tomb. It was wide and deep enough to accommodate a body.

‘No,’ Lucas said, ‘I mean that this is him, that this statue was once alive.’

Julia’s hand had been tracing the lines of the face, but now she snatched it away. ‘You’re not serious.’

‘I am.’

‘This is why you brought me here,’ she said.

‘Of course. You want to hear the fairytale, don’t you?’

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Thanks for reading!

Have you read this book? If so what did you think of this book?

Rose xx