The Gilded King (Sovereign #1) by Josie Jaffrey
Publication: June 25th, 2018
Genre: YA Fantasy
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.
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Freaking vampires dude. WE GOT VAMPIRES AGAIN. I missed vampires in stories so much. This world Jaffrey created is so intense and magical. We have the Blue and the Red. The blue is where uncontaminated human resides with Nobles who are vampires. They feed on the humans who attend to them but they can’t feed on the ones in the red because they are considered contaminated. The vampires live long but they don’t sparkle. These are some ruthless vamps let me tell you. Some are kinder than others. Julia is a human tired of the Blue and wants to be free from it all. Lucas is a vampire who she starts to attend for and he has big dreams that she sometimes doesn’t understand. Cameron is a vampire who is part of a legion of warriors who are indebted to the old king and is out searching for his friend who has gone missing. I don’t want to say more because this is best to go in without much. The world is magical and so intriguing. I really enjoyed the plot and I finished this book in about three days. It sucked you right in and Jaffrey wastes no time with the secrets, lies, betrayals, and twists that I was not expecting.
All the characters are well rounded and we get a dual point of view between Julia and Cameron. Cameron is a gay character and the author also includes characters of color. So, there is nice diversity in the cast. I am excited to see where Jaffrey takes the story next with these people. The antagonists are truly good and I can’t wait to see what they have planned next and how my favorites will fare. Let me just say Jaffrey knows how to pull you into certain couples and then betray your heart 😦 but it was so good. I don’t want to give away much because really everything is much better fresh and new.
I really liked the writing and how engaging it is. The world-building is to the point and when the author explained the history she made it apart of the story. It was fast-paced and easy to read but still had a lot of depth to it. I think I found a new favorite fantasy author. I am so ready for book two.
She told herself that it was the setting that had eased her tension, so removed from the city that surrounded it. From where she sat on one of the benches, soaking in the scent of fresh plants and earth, it felt like a sanctuary. It was easy to feel free in the open air.
He drew her finger to his mouth, and then all she could feel was the aching pull in her veins as he ran his tongue over her skin.
‘That’s the first time you’ve called me by my name.’ She looked away, but he gently pulled her chin around so she faced him again. ‘I suppose it is,’ she conceded. There was a quiet second while his eyes darkened. ‘Do it again.’ ‘Lucas?’ He reached for her once more, his fingertips brushing along her cheeks to cup her jaw as he leaned in. ‘Julia,’ he whispered. ‘Lucas.’ The word was a breath, a prayer and an invitation, and it drew his lips to hers.