The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey

Jaffrey’s constructed world draws you into it and captivates you.


Book Synopsis

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 fairy tales 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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Review

I enjoyed following the tale, as it ran concurrently along two story-lines; which I am looking forward to intersecting at some stage.

The characters are well developed and interact with each other with complete ease, there is no forcing situations to create relationships.
There is a clever betrayal written into the story, which takes a little while to become apparent, but as the reader I almost felt heartbroken for the character on the receiving end of this deceit.

Julia and Cameron have much to see and do – I want to see where what path it will lead them down. This was a hard book to book to down and I cannot wait for the next in the series!

Rating: 5/5

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