So, today is my stop on the blog tour for The Gilded King which is the first book in The Sovereign series. A massive thank you to Dave from The Write Reads for inviting me on this tour and for organising everything.
Let’s just jump right in…
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. -Goodreads-
Let me start off by saying that this book really surprised me! As you may know if you have been following my blog for a while, I’ve only just started dipping my toe into fantasy for the last 4 or 5 months, so I’m still a newbie. I was a little intimidated by the idea of vampires and zombies (known as weepers) but I’m so glad I read this!!
Ok so we are following two narratives, Julia who is a server in the Blue and Cameron who is searching for Emmy out in the Red. I really enjoyed Julia as a character and Lucas the noble who she serves, yes there is insta-love here and I am shipping it! This was definitely my preferred narrative of the two. However, I’m not a massive fan of Claudia as a character I find her to be very passive and she doesn’t seem to have much of a personality.
As much as I loved reading this book, there were areas later on where I was a little confused in terms of the plot and the implications of certain actions. However, there is a prequel series to this which is called The Solis Invicti which would have given me a lot of the backstory which definitely could have added to my reading experience.
I’ve already found that I can read the second book The Silver Queen and the third The Blood Prince on Scribd that I can’t wait to read!
The Gilded King definitely surprised me and it’s getting 4 cups of coffee out of 5!
Who is Josie Jaffrey?
I live in Oxford, UK, with my husband and two cats (Sparky and Gussie), who graciously permit human cohabitation in return for regular feeding and cuddles. The resulting cat fluff makes it difficult for me to wear black, which is largely why I gave up being a goth. Although the cats are definitely worth it, I still miss my old wardrobe.
You can connect with her on twitter here: @JosieJaffrey
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See you guys in the next one…