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The Gilded King: Book Review

The Gilded King: Book Review

TITLE: The Gilded King (Sovereign #1)

Published June 25th 2018

RATING: ★★★★

4 out of 5 stars


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.


Pages: 303

Publisher: Self-published (Josie Jaffrey)

Series? Yes! This is the first book in the series

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MY REVIEW OF The Gilded King:

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 same world).

I am definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I can’t wait to know what happens to the different characters.

I really enjoyed reading the chapters with Julie and Lucas. I loved the progression of their relationship.

This series definitely had an apocolyptic-dystopian feel to it, but I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading young adult fantasy. This book is adventerous, romantic, and has so much action. It is unique and a page-turner!


Other readers and reviewers have said the following about the order in which you should read the books:

“The Sovereign series is a spin-off series and you don’t have to read the Solis Invicti series, but I do recommend reading it because 1. it’s amazing and 2. you know a lot more about the world Josie Jaffrey has created so it’s easier to read the Sovereign series. The Sovereign series also contains some spoilers for the Solis Invicti series, so I recommend reading the Solis Inviciti series first and then the Sovereign series.”


Thank you to the author, Josie Jaffrey, for sending me a copy of The Gilded King!

Thanks for stopping by and reading this book review!


Sarah June


*I was sent a copy of the Gilded King in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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