The Gilded King

The Gilded King

by Josie Jaffrey


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In the last city on Earth, death is just a step into the trees.
Readers' Favorite ✭✭✭✭✭: "The Gilded King is an amazing tale of adventure, friendship, and loyalty with a tone reminiscent of fairy tales and a unique fantasy spin on vampires in a journey so complex and addictive you'll immediately want the next one."
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, who believes in fairytales that her 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 going to come down. The only question is what side you'll be on when they do.
✭✭✭✭✭ It blurs the lines between so many sub-genres of SFF: dystopian, post-apocalyptic, quest fantasy, zombies, vampires, romance, mystery... I loved it. - A Cat, A Book and A Cup of Tea
✭✭✭✭✭ Jaffrey manages to put a compelling new twist on vampire myth. - Lozzy's Things
✭✭✭✭✭ It is a fantastic read, rich with colourful and diverse characters, incredible imagery and powerful storytelling. - Crown of Ice and Roses

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781719204866
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/25/2018
Series: Sovereign , #1
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.66(d)

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The Gilded King 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
JennieR More than 1 year ago
If you want to get totally lost in a book, this would be a good one to jump into. There are several main characters and all of them are very well developed. There are several plot lines running concurrently and they are also well developed. And that’s not all as there are several subplots that weave their way through the story. This story is set in the future but with a medieval feel. Adding to the fantasy are eternal characters, zombies, humans, vampires just to name a few. However, at times I did get lost and not a good way. The many subplots, characters and variety of situations seemed overwhelming at times and I lost the main thread of the story. Also, I was not thrilled with the ending as it left every storyline incomplete – no closure just all cliffhangers. So while this may not be the best book for me, I can see the value in the story – so grab a compass (metaphorically) and jump in you might enjoy being lost. Oh and have the next book ready because you will not want to pause.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey is book one in the Sovereign series. Julia has never ventured outside the Blue and is warned of the Red's many dangers. Her role is to serve the Nobles and she refuses to become an Attendant, but then she becomes the Attendant for Lucas. He's not what she expected. Instead of cruelty like she's heard through stories, he shows her kindness. She finds herself drawn to him in a way she can't explain. Meanwhile in the Red, Cameron will do whatever it takes and fight whatever danger lurks to bring Emmy back to the Blue. His search uncovers several surprises, but none more surprising than the mysterious Felix. The two make a deal to find those missing, only to find unexpected monsters hiding in plain sight and betrayal in the Blue. Josie Jaffrey weaves a tale full of adventure and with engaging characters that make the story completely addictive. The story is split between two journeys and perspectives, one exploring life within the Blue and the other exploring the dangers faced in the Red. An in-depth look at each of the places contrasts the lives of Julia and Cameron while also highlighting the dangers faced and exploring two significant potential romances. Both journeys have some mystery as Julia works to uncover the secrets of the Nobles, which could cost them everything, while Cameron ventures through the Red to find answers about Emmy's disappearance. Julia's journey consists of her role as a server and her distrust of the Nobles who are beings equivalent to vampires. She's highly aware of her position and doesn't believe in the notions of some servers who believe in a fairy tale love story with a Noble. She has a realistic and often pessimistic outlook about the Nobles, seeing them more akin to beasts. The relationship between Julia and Lucas is unexpected in this society as he's the opposite of everything she's believed to be true. He's quiet, genuine, and treats her as an equal. Their dynamic is sweet with complications due to their status and the delightful progression of both characters. Felix and Cameron have an amazing chemistry between them which makes you want to see more of the potential between these two surprising allies. Every scene they share has a great back and forth with surprises around every corner. Their common interest brings them together, but Jaffrey grows this relationship through dangers, loyalty, and a shocking twist. Though the two journeys are primarily separate, Jaffrey links the two through various events which move each journey forward. Everything coincides and slowly weaves back together at the end in an exciting conclusion. The Gilded King is an amazing tale of adventure, friendship, and loyalty with a tone reminiscent of fairy tales and a unique fantasy spin on vampires in a journey so complex and addictive you'll immediately want the next one.
Mind-of-Luxe More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from the author (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. MY THOUGHTS Wow. If you know me, you know that I can be pretty inarticulate when I finish a really great book. So, I have to try extra hard to write a coherent review and force you to read this one. Just kidding… kind of. Okay, just to get it out of the way, the only reason why I ticked off 1 star from my rating is because I had trouble getting into it. It was a lot to take in, as I expected, so I had a bit of a rocky start. Everything turned out fine though, because things eventually made sense as the story went on. But never mind that, because if you plan to read The Gilded King, you are in for a treat! This book is told in the third person perspective, alternating between Julia’s confined life in the Blue and Cameron’s excursion through the land of the Red. The author did an amazing job weaving two separate journeys of the main protagonists into one story while also casting light on other important characters. Speaking of characters, I didn’t particularly like Julia—one of the main protagonists—because she didn’t appear to have much of a development for me. Cameron, on the other hand, was so much fun to read about, especially when he was on the hunt for Emmy; his coping techniques when compromised and his interactions with different people along the way. However, if you’ll ask me, my favorite character would have to be either Lucas or Felix. They have such contrasting personalities so I’m having a hard time choosing. While Lucas is charming and gentle, Felix is placid and mysterious. It’s just so refreshing to read about a wide variety of personalities in this book, each having different voices of their own. Plot-wise, the book really is astounding. I’m not normally a fan of vampires and zombies, I’m more neutral on it, so I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did! There were definitely a few surprises and a few nail-biter scenes so I found myself speeding through the book in no time. I’ve actually just recently found out that this is a spin-off series to the author’s first one called the Solis Invicti series—which, let’s be real, I would love to read as well. With all that said, this is an absolutely great read so I definitely recommend this one. The last chapter of the book was enough to get me all hyped up and excited to read the others in the series.
sincerelykarenjo More than 1 year ago
Take my blood, my heart, my everything! This book was amazing and Lucas is my new book boyfriend and oh my I cannot wait for more of you! Twilight sparked my love for reading, so I’ll always have a weakness for anything paranormal and vampires. I actually just finished an adult vampire romance during summer, which I loved, and I’m still thirsty for more. I’m also very fascinated with dystopian stories (I blame Hunger Games for that), so when the author contacted me to review the first book in her new paranormal dystopian fantasy series, I just couldn’t resist. And you know what!? This book reminded me why I cannot get enough of this genre. The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey was an excitingly mysterious, dangerously thrilling, and magically captivating read that will have you hooked until the end. I went into this book without reading the prequel series and that sort of affected my reading experience. Not a lot, but there were a few parts that were kind of confusing that I felt like I needed to know some background information to fully understand what was being talked about. It didn’t bother me that much, but I think reading the Solis Invicti series first would have given me a better concept of everything. But, like I said, it wasn’t that big of a deal…I guess it’s more like a personal preference. I just wanted to know more about the history of the Weepers, the Silvers, the Fall, the Invicti and everything else in between cause the world building was just so creatively fascinating. I did get the information I wanted as the story progressed so by the end, I had a better idea. I definitely thought it was unique from the other vampire stories I’ve read and I couldn’t get enough. Without a doubt, this deliciously dark and terrifyingly intriguing world completely sucked me in. The writing was superb. I thought it was easy to read, well-paced, and engaging. Even when things were a bit slow, I never lost interest in the storyline and wanted to know what would happen next. That’s why I was a little annoyed that I wasn’t able to fully immerse myself into this book and just get lost in the story without any distractions. With the holidays coming up and work and other personal matters, it took me longer than I expected to finish. I really disliked having interruptions and stopping cause I was having so much fun. The plot, the writing, the characters, the intrigue, secrets, betrayals, mystery… all of it was utterly enthralling. I also really enjoyed both Cameron and Julia’s POVs and getting to know their stories. But, I do have to admit… Julia’s parts were definitely my favorite to read. Not that Cameron’s was uninteresting to me. Actually, both POVs were wonderfully written and uniquely amazing in their own ways. I just really love the drama, the romance, and the feels and there were more of that in Julia’s story. I don’t want to reveal too much, but if you enjoy stories that have twists and turns that bite, action and drama that satisfy, lies and betrayals that sting, and complex but fascinating characters that will steal your hearts, then this is the book for you. Oh and be prepared for one crazy ending. The betrayal in the end was totally unexpected. Never saw that one coming. Not even a little bit. Overall, this book was a fangtastically awesome read from start to finish. You get vampires, action, intrigue, mystery, suspense, drama, twists, and a little taste of romance. I triple dare you not to get sucked in! Cause I sure did and cannot wai
BrittanyLamb More than 1 year ago
I go into all books hoping for the best. Really, I do. And it tends to feel like you’re rummaging around in a mixed bag whenever you’re a book lover with high expectations. Some stories rise up to impress you, and some don’t. It’s the name of the game. Thankfully this one rose up even more than I expected. I’ll be honest. I don’t usually mess with vampires. Vampires haven’t been my thing since Twilight. And when I accepted this review request from the author, I somehow missed the part about vampires (this is where we awkwardly laugh about the one time I waited to do my research on a book until after I agreed to review it and was suddenly petrified that I’d come across something that I was going to loathe and have to mean about). But guess what? I can admit when I am wrong! This was great. First of all, Josie Jaffrey is a seriously talented writer. She somehow built an entire postmodern world that I felt completely a part (and simultaneously frightened) of. Her writing style hooked me immediately, which is something that I truly value in an author. This book could’ve fallen behind for me and I still wouldn’t have hated it because Jaffrey’s writing could easily make up for a slow or boring plot. But alas, this story has neither a slow nor boring plot! We are immediately submerged into this thrilling futuristic world that is legitimately intriguing. The story kind of bounces between two parallels- the Red and the Blue. We have two main characters, Julia and Cameron, who are very different characters with very different stories. At first, I’ll admit that I assumed that Jaffrey would play up the male and female viewpoints and make them a love interest for each other. But you know what they say about assuming, right? So Julia and Cameron’s chapters both have different stories to tell, but the end game is that those the character’s don’t come together, the stories do! And in such a creative way, might I add. I fail to understand how one person’s mind can even be so innovative that the product is a world so meticulously well thought out as this one. I found myself completely mystified several times throughout the story at the depths of which Jaffrey went to make this story come together. Let’s talk characters! My favorite line ever: All of them felt properly written. When you have a book that requires a lot of outside voices beyond the main characters, you sometimes come across a lot of two dimensional ones. A lot of the time an author just finds more value in building up the main characters instead of focusing too much on supporting ones. Which isn’t always a big problem, but sometimes can make the story line seem a little too fake (throwing in random characters at your convenience to help the story along just doesn’t always seem the most realistic). However, this book found a way to build all of the characters enough for you to understand motives, personalities, etc. There are characters strategically placed in the beginning of the book that seem unimportant at first glance, but come to mean a lot more to the story. I definitely hated some characters (*cough* Rufus *cough*) but not because they were poorly crafted, but because they were just awful human beings/not human beings. The best part about this book is that it’s a series and I don’t have to be angry that the author just left me hanging like that. There is more!!! And I am so effin excited about it. I
DarqueDreamer More than 1 year ago
The Gilded King is a story shrouded in mystery and lore. Touched with darkness, and thriving with excitement, it will draw you in and grip you until the end. For those looking for a vampire story with unique attributes, look no further. This one was definitely a unique, interesting read. I really enjoyed the take on vampires, and the addition of a new virus that not only affected vampires, but humans. It was all very intriguing and really kept me reading. There were several moments in the story that left me confused, though. I would have liked a touch more explanation to the world, and it's happenings. Despite this, there was something magnetic about the story, and it's characters, that kept pulling me back in. I liked the interaction between Julia and Lucas. It reminded me a little of Beauty and the Beast. I also really loved Cam and his strength and drive. There were a lot of predictable moments, but there was plenty of action and unpredictability that kept the story going. The fairytale-esque style history of the world really grabbed my attention, and the thrill of the story kept its pace until the very end. Even though I wasn't always clear about what was going on in the world, the excitement of the plot, and the strong characters really kept me drawn in. I'd rate it 3.5 stars and would definitely say it was worth a read! Thank you to the author for providing me with this free e-copy in exchange for my honest review.