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The Gilded King

(Sovereign #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  293 ratings  ·  164 reviews
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 eve
Paperback, 303 pages
Published June 25th 2018 by Silver Sun Books
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Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars

I actually liked it. For someone who hates vampires, I sure enjoyed this book a lot.

World Building - Phenomenal

Blue, last world's city and the forest of Red

Everything fits so good, the worlds blend, it is a delight.

What makes this book different from other fantasy YA out there is that it focuses more on the characters than the description of the environment. The main characters are so developed, in that level, that they feel so very real.

Would I read it again? - Yeah, why not?
Would I rec
And they thought it couldn’t be done, but Josie Jaffrey proves the paranormal world wrong, again!
THE GILDED KING is a rock solid base for a new series and a simply amazing read from start to finish! Anyone on the fence about wanting to try another “vampire” tale, I say, DO IT! Dystopian, paranormal, dark and unpredictable!

Ms. Jaffrey deftly melds two stories into one through threads of brilliance without sacrificing either as she tells of two “worlds,” the Blue, filled with humans in what is th
Mel (Epic Reading)
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-ebook, arc-floab
Josie Jaffrey's book would fit in perfect with the style and format of books that TOR/MacMillian or Orbit publish. I'd also love to see some tweaks made by an editor at a large publisher as that would vault The Gilded King into five star territory. This is easily a good enough book to be picked up by a major publisher and I really hope for Jaffrey's sake it is!

The Characters
Fantasy books may seem like they are always based on the new worlds or situations created to those who haven't read too ma
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Gilded King is the first book in Josie Jaffrey’s Sovereign series, and it sets the standard for the rest of this series extremely high. Honestly, I was addicted from the very first page and I cannot wait to dive into the future books in this series. In fact, the Sovereign series is a spin-off of Josie Jaffrey’s Solis Invicti series, and I’m rather desperate to go and grab those books now, too.

Being a spin-off series, I was somewhat tentative about going into the Sovereign series. Although it
Al *the semi serial series skipper*

An interesting read that tells the tale of a plague that has spread across the world. Vampires are susceptible so they have built a haven where the humans are uncontaminated and used as food. Julia is one of those human. I liked Julia, though now that I think about it her character doesn't seem to have a lot going for her. I can understand that she is subservient to Lucas, her Master, but she didn't really have much of a personality.

The love story between her and Lucas was rushed, IMO. I wish t
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, halcyon-days
Book Reaction:
Rating: 3.5 Stars - that place between like and love
Anthony ➳ KeepReadingForward ➳
Date Reviewed:
22 June 2018
This Review was first posted on Keep Reading Forward. If you want to see more, check out our other locations as well as here.

Check the blog for an excerpt of the book!

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

In the Gilded King, the Blue is the last city in the world and it doesn’t look like it is doing well. Julia serves the nobility of the city, even when she meets Lucas, some boy who believes in the fairytales they heard. Julia knows that t
Lana لانا  (Bibliomedico)
Check Out The Full Review On My Blog :
Thanks For the Writes Reads for giving me the chance to read this book and Be part of this Blog Tour.
The Gilded king was really a good read , I loved the world-building ( Even Though The prequal should be read first If you want to understand it well ) and “some ” of the characters , there were tropes that I already hate , that have been used in the story , But If other
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Zombies, Vampires, oh my! This is a fitting book for this time of the year.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Cam is searching the world over for the lost partner he can’t give up on. He gets a new tip and is off on a journey where he will find many things, including maybe love?

Julia gets to become an attendant. A job she never wanted. But will she fall in love in spite of herself?

Is the Red really what they want them to believe. Is the Empress as
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Gilded King is a paranormal set in a fantasy world which Blue and Red are two parts of. The Red denotes the danger, the end, where toxins and creatures reside while the Blue denotes the safe place where people can survive--but not for long.

Julia is a servant to the Nobles--vampires made of silver and who suck on human blood to remain alive--and can’t wait to cross the line and jump into the Red. But the Red isn’t safe or that’s what everyone keeps saying. Absolutely despising the Nobles, Ju
Erin Cataldi
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
LOVED this! I've been looking for a new fantasy series to start and this is even better than I anticipated. My only complaint is that I'll now have to wait for the rest of the series to be published! And I have questions! And I'm impatient! The Gilded King is the first book in the high fantasy series, Sovereign. In this dystopian Europe (think Shannara) Blue is the last existing city in the world. At the top are the Nobles, aka the immortals, and below them are the human servants that they rely ...more
Larissa (Book Bosomed Blonde)
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Review on my blog

Well, that was a whirlwind of an adventure, if I’ve ever been on one! This book took me by complete surprise. I thought it was going to be a book about peasants and royalty but it was so much more than that. Way better than I ever expected it to be. Blood, bonds, centuries-old traditions with mysteries and secrets, this is a book that packs a punch.

Jaffrey has a very direct writing style. Told in the third person from the perspective of both Julia and Cameron, we get a take on t
Darque  Dreamer
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 th
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


I was offered this book by Josie Jaffrey in exchange of an honest review.

I have to start with how much I loved this book. The story flowed on so nicely, it felt really natural to read about Cam and Julia. Everytime the POV changed to the other, I was swept in a whole other story for a chapter. Absolutely incredible.
I kept imagining how this story would make one hell of a TV series or a movie trilogy. The worldbuilding was incredible and I was continuously imagining a world somewhere in betw
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, arc, reviewed, kindle
Wow. For those of you who were fans of Josie's first series, Solis Invicti, you are sure in for a treat with this one! This book takes place in the same universe as the other series. Everything that you loved about Solis is doublefold in Sovereign!!! Josie intertwines two worlds beautifully as she introduces you to the Reds and the Blues!

The Blue is the last standing city struggling to survive! Julia, a human, battles with herself for wanting to escape this life of servitude and take her chance
Kari Rhiannon (Moon Magister Reviews)
I said I was going to stop picking up free books on Amazon because they inevitably disappoint me. This...THIS proved me wrong!

Fantasy mixed with paranormal mixed with post-apocalyptic. Societies ruled by vampires filled with ritual and decadence. Just...I picked this up on a whim and I'm going to be picking up book two today. For sure.
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
Book source ~ Tour. My review is voluntary and honest.

The Blue is the last city in the world where the Nobles can feed on uncontaminated humans. If a human goes out into the Red then they can never return to the Blue without running the risk of contaminating everyone. If the Nobles drink from a contaminated human then they lose their immortality. So they need to be sure no one wants to venture out into the Red willingly. Stories of how horrible it is out in the Red have grown with each decade th
Shirley Cuypers
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Josie Jaffrey!

The Gilded King
tells the story of Julia and Cameron. Julia is stuck in the Blue and needs to work as a server until she meets Lucas. Lucas believes in fairytales and Julia wants to believe in them but she can’t.
Cameron is looking behind the walls of the Blue, the Red, for their lost queen and discovers so many things, including a rising enemy…

The Gilded King is the first book in the S
Kristina (Books-and-dachshunds)
** Disclaimer: I did received a copy of this book from the author for review purpose. This has in no way, shape or form affected my opinion on it **

Full review on the blog!

This book was so good!! I was interrested in it right from the start, and it kept me on my toes ; awaiting what were to come, shattered my heart, to gasp in shock when a turn of situation happened. I particularly love how there’s both representation of homo and hetero relationship to the book, aswell as how Josie’s characters
Sarah Eustache
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was sent a copy of the Gilded King in exchange for an honest review. 

This is the first book that I read by Josie Jaffrey and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it!

This book kept me entertained the entire time I was reading it. It was definitely a whirlwind of adventure. Josie Jaffrey has a talent for writing and world-building! I do wish that I had read the Solis Invicti series first so that I could have been a little more filled in on the world (since both books are written in the
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars actually

CW: abuse, slavery

Thank you to the author, Josie Jaffrey for sending me a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.

When the author announced on Twitter that she needed bloggers to review this book, I immediately signed up. It's not an everyday opportunity when an author is willing to send her own book to an international country so I grabbed the chance at once! I don't even know what sorcery this book has because I was expecting it to arrive on September but it actua
Gayatri Saikia   | per_fictionist

Vampires and zombies and a post apocalyptic dystopian setting were enough to drawn me in when I first read the synopsis of the book. Julia, whose parents were accused of treason by the kingdom of Blue and who abandoned her on the footsteps of the temple, finds herself assigned in a job she despises the most. An attendant/ server to candidate Lucas. Now it kind of gets confusing here what being a candidate entails for and the hierarchy and settings of the palace and the kingdom's various pos
Antonia Taravella
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. This review is also posted on our blog here: https://classyxbookreviews.wordpress....

I'm so glad she reached out to us about it; this book (and the prequel series Solis Invicti) hadn't been on my radar yet and I'm so excited about them.
The Gilded King is the first book in Jaffrey's Sovereign series. One thought I had throughout this book was that I really wished I'd read the Solis Invicti series first. The Sovereign
Asha - A Cat, A Book, And A Cup Of Tea
Full disclosure: Paperback copy sent by author for honest review.

This book is genuinely an amazing, gripping, inventive, five-star read!

Vampires are my jam, but I haven’t read a great vampire book in soooo long (probably since Sunshine by Robin McKinley) because I like my vamps to come with world-building beyond ‘oh hey, we got bloodsuckers in New York/Paris/London – and they’re hot!’. Right away, with The Gilded King, it was clear I was getting a well-thought-out society with an interesting re
Kerys (The Everlasting Library)
I enjoyed this! The world-building and plot were really good and I was invested in the story! The characters were decent but Julia was a bit annoying as she was just based on tropes like 'i'm not like other girls' and then proceeded to do the things she said she would never?? All the references and names also got confusing at points and I got lost more than once. The cliffhanger ending was really good and now I'm super excited for the next book! ...more
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Rebecca Crunden
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm gonna have to go grab the sequel now after that ending. Can't wait! ...more
Brittany Lamb
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
** 4.75 stars
Disclaimer: I was sent this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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 wh
Lauren Elizabeth
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: too-simple, own-it, lbgtq

A special thank you to author Josie Jaffrey for providing me with a copy of The Gilded King in exchange for an honest review. I’m not much for paranormal mixed apocalyptic dystopias but I’m glad that I took a chance on this book.

The Gilded King takes place in a plague torn world where immortals rule and humans serve. The Blue City is the last while everywhere outside it is but a pandemonium. As The Gilded King is split between two narrators, the reader gets insight of both ways of life within t
Soukyan Blackwood
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All reviews in one place: Night Mode Reading; LT

I've received this book as an arc in exchange for some honest reviews. And while from the very start the world has intrigued me, I didn't like the split of the story for a fair while: I loved to read one character, and hurried through the other one. But the more I read, the more I wanted to read more, and by the end of it, I just finished the amount I kept for two more days in one sitting. That should hint you.

About: Once humans apparently lived wi
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