Books · Review

Review: The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey (Spoiler Free)


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.

I never read vampire books, they’re not my paranormal creature of choice but I actually really enjoy this book! Well, firstly, I didn’t realise it was a vampire book, I was offered this for review by the author and it sounded like an interesting dystopian. It is dystopian but with a paranormal twist! As I didn’t read too much into the story because I like going in blind, everything was a surprise for me.

The dual POV means you get to see the world and story from the view of a human and a Silver (vampire) – which helps you understand the story from both sides, which was interesting.

The plot was interesting but slow (not in a bad way). It was interesting but not super gripping but enough to make you want to continue on. There were some plot twists, that I didn’t see coming and which quickened up the pace on the second half.
THAT ENDING! I definitely can’t wait to read the next book!

Julia: I really enjoyed Julia’s POV chapters! I definitely favoured her and I couldn’t wait to get back to her and Lucas. I really enjoyed her interaction with Lucas and her friendship with Claudia.

Cameron: It took longer for me to get into Camerons’ side of the story but I ended finding it really interesting. I really liked the growing relationship between Cameron and Felix, Cameron reluctantly agrees to team up with Felix but their relationship blossoms.

WHAT A SWEETHEART. He’s seriously adorable and different to most of the Silver. I loved him and Julia, their time together was my favourite parts of the book. I love that both Lucas and Julia are both (kinda) outcasts in the communities and can relate to each other.

Felix: I really liked Felix, it was interesting to see where his character ended up. There was definitely a few surprises with this character! I can’t wait to see how his character develops in the next book!

Where to buy: Only £1.99 on Kindle / Paperback

Rating: 4 Stars!
*Thank you to Josie for providing me with a copy for review!


3 thoughts on “Review: The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey (Spoiler Free)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s