The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey

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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, Julia never intended to become a personal servant to any of the “heartless” beings. But fate decides to assign her to a young boy, Lucas, who has ideologies different (yet same) from her. Parallel to this is the story of Cameron who is a part of the Solis Invicti that have pledged to protect Blue, and sets out to find Emma–a part of this group who had gone missing.

The story is said from dual POVs and that makes it all the more interesting and in momentum by giving the readers bits from each of their journeys and leaving them hanging at appropriate times too. There are twists and turns that make it an all the more pleasurable read. The romance is one that develops gradually and doesn’t make you cringe or roll your eyes–you’ll only smile and gush about the new OTPs you would make. Also, there are gay characters and not only is their relationship portrayed in a ‘normal’ way but even the first-ever mention, in the book, of them being gay is so subtly done that it impresses me. 

“You don’t believe in magic, then?” 

“Of course,”, she said, “but just because I believe in one kind of magic, it doesn’t mean I have to believe in them all.”

The Gilded King, Josie Jaffrey

Speaking of the fantasy world, you’ll find vampires and zombies that have been renamed to better suit the fantasy this book was aimed for, along with stories/fairytales about this world that immensely helped in the world building. In addition to the romance, there are other other relationships being well endorsed especially that of friendships. Whether it’s Cameron running to find Emmy or Julia sticking by Claudia (her best friend) through thick and thin, the friendships are to die for. 

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They clasped each other’s wrists, and the bargain was sealed.

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The action in the book is amazingly incorporated to not let the other aspects dull in favor of this but still make the readers appreciate it. After all, zombies can easily take a central frame but it’s nice how all the bits of the story were walking together in the center lane. The last scene (like many others during the entirety of the book) brought an adrenaline rush and it’s a cliffhanger that I would die on because it’s so good! Needless to say, I can’t wait to read the next book in the Sovereign series. 

I can’t wait to read the next book in the Sovereign series. 

F A N N A [Book Review of The Gilded King]


I received a physical copy of this book via the author herself but that doesn’t, in any way, influence the rating and/or my thoughts on it. Thank you so much, Josie Jaffrey! This post may contain affiliate links.; to know more click here.

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7 thoughts on “The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey

  1. Yay!! I always love to snoop onto good reviews of thoses- honestly im such a fan of Josie now!! I need the third book.

    Will you read the second ? Im so eager to hear what you’ll have to say about it, eek !! also, not gonna lie… I love how she changed the vampire & zombies name, I quite like thoses names more, though it took me a while before I understood they were vampires x)

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    1. You’ve read the second book?!!! I feel like asking you for spoilers but I also know how mad I would be at myself for asking you that LOL XD And yup, I’m totally gonna read the second book. The new names are so creative and definitely cooler ❤ Haha, it took me a while to figure that out too 😀

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