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Review: The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey

Vampires, nobles, and zombies! Meet decade long wars, colored zones, and love.


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.


(Disclaimer: I received this free book from the author. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

I can’t believe I waited so long to read The Gilded King. I think what I loved most about this book is the sheer scale. This book not only has multiple supernatural species, but such intense world building. There’s so much I want to gush about, but don’t want to spoil it for you. There are decade long histories, multiple towns, and plans of betrayal. Just like the immortals within the book, there is a span of history, a world that lived before this book, and one that will keep on rolling.

I think what you will end up loving are the different characters. Of course I loved Julia, and her desire to be more than her station. But I also had unexpected favorites, Cameron a Noble on a quest, and his horse Hades who is a trouble maker. Let’s face it, Hades may have been my favorite character. You’ll have characters you love, ones you find easy to hate, and others you want to protect. There are those moments where you want to yell, “Don’t!” as you watch the avenues of romance, unrest, and manipulation play out.


So I’m sure I’ll only have more to rave about as this series continues, but what really impressed me was the sheer scale of The Gilded King. Just when I think something else couldn’t be revealed, there is even more. Jaffrey has plans for this series. Characters that will span books, treachery that will span even longer, and a world that will never be the same.

Find The Gilded King on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound & The Book Depository.


Let’s talk underrated series, do you have recommendations for me? I’m recommending Heart of Mist and The Alchemists of Loom!

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