Review: The Gilded King (Sovereign #1) by Josie Jaffrey

“To the humans of the Blue, red was the colour of monsters.”


I was offered this book by Josie Jaffrey in exchange of an honest review.

I have to start with how much I loved this book. The story flowed on so nicely, it felt really natural to read about Cam and Julia. Everytime the POV changed to the other, I was swept in a whole other story for a chapter. Absolutely incredible.
I kept imagining how this story would make one hell of a TV series or a movie trilogy. The worldbuilding was incredible and I was continuously imagining a world somewhere in between The 100 and The Vampire Diaries/The Originals. That made the journey even more epic. My love for dystopian stories grew very recently and I enjoy every bit of good vampire stories and this book caught the best of both worlds.

I am not going to write a summary, because I enjoyed going in this story blindly and I think doing so gives you the best experience. Knowing the Blue is the city where the uncontaminated humans and a group of Silver live, and the Red is everything outside the borders of the last city on Earth. Just read and be surprised, it felt really good for me. Going in pretty much blind is something new for me, as I am usually too curious for the course of the story that I read very detailed blurbs, but for this one I thought not knowing was the best.

The only downside I felt about this book is that this trilogy is in the same world as the 4-part series of Solis Invicti and it felt like there was some detailed introduction missing to truly connect with some aspects of the story or backgrounds of characters and races. To compare it, it felt a bit like Six of Crows compared to Shadow and Bone. It perfectly fine as a stand-alone series and you get most of the things, but I feel like I will understand the world better if I read the Solis Invicti series sometime, just like what I had after finally reading Shadow and Bone nearly a year after finishing the Six of Crows duology. Nonetheless, still very well done.

I really recommend this book as it is a very well written story and I believe every fan of fantasy, vampires and dystopian worlds will enjoy this book with all their hearts! When I finished this book, and damn that cliffhanger, it was that the sequel wasn’t out yet or I would have bought it the next day right away. I am also very excited to read the Solis Invicti series sometime soon, as I am in love with this world. Once again, I really recommend this book and can’t wait for the sequel!

The Silver Queen is out on October 17th!
Pre-order on Amazon or buy The Gilded King on Amazon or Bookdepository!

An excerpt of the story, I really loved this scene:

At the very furthest point of the temple, at the end of the double row of pillars that processed towards it, there was a pedestal mounted on a stepped dais. A figure was laid out on top of it. For a moment, Julia froze, thinking it was a real person lying there, slumbering in the temple, but something didn’t fit.

The figure wasn’t breathing. It wasn’t moving at all.

‘Come on,’ Lucas said, leading her down the aisle towards it.

‘Is it a statue?’ she asked.

‘A tomb, really.’

As they walked, he snuffed out the lamps that lined the walls, until finally the only illumination came from the rounded alcove into which the dais rose. It was a bright island in the centre of the darkness, and in the middle of it the statue shone: a man, wearing fine clothing in an unfamiliar style, with a blanket of stone covering his body. His exposed skin was tinged with a sheen of gold that glowed like the walls of the temple.

‘He looks so real,’ she said, reaching out to touch the golden curls that crowned his head. They were slick under her fingers, so intricate they might have been moulded from a real person.

‘They say he was.’

‘You mean this is his coffin?’ The pedestal certainly looked like a tomb. It was wide and deep enough to accommodate a body.

‘No,’ Lucas said, ‘I mean that this is him, that this statue was once alive.’

Julia’s hand had been tracing the lines of the face, but now she snatched it away. ‘You’re not serious.’

‘I am.’

‘This is why you brought me here,’ she said.

‘Of course. You want to hear the fairytale, don’t you?’


Self-published author Josie Jaffrey has always been writing, but her true passion for writing sparked when she started to write the first book in the Solis Invicti series in 2014. The UK based writer loves reading to escape reality for a bit, and loves fantasy and science fiction for that. She likes writing for the same reason, but she gets to decide what happens next when doing so.
The bookish world has taken over her life. She writes novels and short stories (most of them YA and Paranormal Romance) and blogs and vlogs about books, writing, the publication process and she runs The Gin Book Club, a book review website with monthly video reviews.

View this book and review on Goodreads.


12 thoughts on “Review: The Gilded King (Sovereign #1) by Josie Jaffrey

Add yours

  1. I read this book too and I was immediately hooked on it!! And, that excerpt is my favourite part of the book too, OMG so chilling and cheeky, I’m gushing haha. Of course I am excited for the release of the second book tooooooo!! this is a OH HOT DAMN book haha

    Check our my review right here,

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I bought The Gilded King a couple of weeks ago without knowing about the previous series, so know I am conflicted. Would you recommend reading the Solis Invictus series first or just starting with The Gilded King? I normally like to have some kind of background knowledge, but I am also super excited to start The Gilded King. Thanks for the review!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I havent read the Solis Invicti series either and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED The Gilded King. I’d say go for it, because otherwise you’d have to read 4 books before you can start and I don’t think it adds that much more that it is worth waiting etc. Just go for it ♡


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a website or blog at

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: