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Book Review – The Gilded King (Sovereign Series).

I have come to the conclusion that my reading slump is down to the fact that I am just not enjoying Torment from the Fallen series.  I have kept trying and will continue to try and finish it.  However it feels more like a task.   I began reading The Gilded King 2 days ago now, after the author announced on Twitter that it is currently free to download on kindle.  And I was not disappointed.  In fact after this post I will be buying the second book to find out what happens next.

Free to download via Kindle.  

In the last city on Earth, death is just a step into the trees.

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, who believes in fairytales that her 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 going to come down. The only question is what side you’ll be on when they do.

Review

First of all you could read this as a stand alone however I would recommend you read the previous series Solis Invicti (Series of 4 books).

The Gilded King was addictive.  Drawing me back into the fantasy world of vampires and Weepers.  Josie did an amazing job once again (Round of applause), I was captivated and thrown into a new world set centuries ahead of time.   Josie did not disappoint,  as a reader you are given two perspectives of this new world.  One from Cam a Silver from before the world was taken by the Fall (You will understand this reference in the book).  And another Julia, a server who has known nothing other than the world she is now in, born into a world controlled by vampires, controlled by the nobles.
Two very different people, but both set at the same time experiencing, and fighting through the current changes that effect everyone.

I have enjoyed getting lost in this book over the last couple of days.  The characters growth and relationships are gradual.   There is more flirtation between characters in this series so far compared to the last, previously in the Solis Invicti, I found myself reading Emmy jumping into relationships.  More sex and less of a gradual friendship/Romance.  However that was the beginning of the world ending so maybe Emmy was just living her life to the fullest.

I enjoyed reading from both perspectives which is rare for me.  However if I had to pick one, I would choose Cam’s, Probably because I wanted him to find Emmy, I miss the old characters, and the hope of meeting them again was just too exciting.

There wasn’t a lot of “flashbacks” like most do when two series have the same storyline, this prevented boredom.  Thank goodness, this just made me more engrossed by the new characters.  Amazing.

Emmy is missing (read the previous books), Sol is in a deep death like sleep in a temple awaiting his love to return.  The Blue now has a new Empress, yet the sanctuary once filled with normal civilisation is falling to ruin.  The blood supply low, and the humans are just getting by with scraps.

Cam is a loner now, travelling continents to search for his Queen.  Since Emmy was taken “To protect Sol” they were told, his life has not been the same.  He has spent centuries trying to find Emmy to restore the Blue back to it’s original form, with hopes to finally get his King back.  But meeting Felix makes things complicated, more of a self discovering journey.

Julia knows nothing other than the Blue.  All she dreams of is a world away from within these walls, where she can find other humans and try to have a somewhat normal life, other than the one she was abandoned in by her parents.   I thoroughly enjoyed reliving the past series through Julia’s learning.
Emmy and Sol are just a fairytale to her – A vampire who silvered to a mortal, the mortal returns the love, and then they become golden.
Little does she know is that there is more truth to this fairytale and Lucas wants to open her eyes to the truth and possibilities hidden from the humans.

About The Author

I have always written stories, but it wasn’t until I started the first book in the Solis Invicti series in 2014 that I really became obsessed with writing. I love to read, particularly where the escapism of the story is enhanced with an element of fantasy or science fiction. For me, writing is simply an extension of that journey, but I get to decide what happens next (though it’s amazing how often the characters seem to decide for themselves what I’m going to write!).

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A Bargain In Silver By Josie Jaffrey: Book review

A bargain in silver Book 1
If the price of safety is slavery, would you bargain your life? A deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience. It’s not a deal that Emmy’s willing to make, but as her world burns around her she finds herself in the arms of the enemy and the line between oppressor and saviour begins to blur. After an attack by the infected, Emmy is rescued by the handsome Drew who introduces her to the world of the Silver. Desperate to escape subjugation and confused by her attraction to him, she gathers what remains of her surrogate family and plans to make a break for freedom. But despite her efforts to resist, she is drawn further into the intrigues of the mysterious Silver through the agency of their ruler, the Primus: Solomon. Emmy refuses to submit to the cold and detached Primus and an attempt on her life makes it clear that he is unable to protect her from the political machinations of his race. As the connection between them deepens she must choose between her desire and her will to rebel, but can she trust his intentions when everyone is after her blood?

Pages : 358

Available on: Kindle (£2.99) , Kindle Unlimited or paperback format  (£7.99)
Genre: Fantasy, fantasy romance, Vampires.

Reviews:
Amazon : 13 reviews – overall 4.5/5 rating
Goodreads: 53 reviews – overall 3.91 rating


Review:

The book follows Emmy on her journey in just one week.  Normally works at a bar in London, one night on her way home she is attacked by Weepers ( zombies) and saved by Drew, one of the Silver ( Vampire).
In 24 hours the whole country is under attack from Weepers, the Solis Invicti offer sanctuary for all humans as long as the rules are followed, the leader of the Silver is the one and only Solomon followed by his Secondus Andrew ” Drew”.  Those resisting will be killed, those who wish to be safe are set to work to rebuild a new country.
The prologue is set 6 months from the country falling.  This is the first book of four, each based on one week in Emmy’s life from the beginning of the end.

Emmy is a strong woman, at first resisting with her friends, planning to live outside the boundaries, however nothing ever goes to plan.
Emmy is forced to be with the Silver, after already bumping into Drew at the beginning she has an advantage, but only if it benefits her in the long run.  On the other hand due to her stubbornness and strong character she attracts the attention from the leader Sol aka Solomon, which comes along with it’s own boundaries and unwanted attention.
Emmy is then forced to bounce back and forth between the two most powerful Silver/Vampires in existence, whilst protecting her reputation as not being seen as another weak human.

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Overall:
I loved the book.  I was addicted from the beginning.  As most of you know I was in a reading slump from the last book I read, this book has brought me back.  I completed this book in a day I would say, just two sittings.

I have never come across a book where the author includes two fantasy figures, zombies ( Weepers) and Vampires (The silver).  The way Josie Jaffrey writes is fantastic, it has been a while since I have been sucked into the fantasy world, and I am very keen to read the second book “The price of silver”.

The book did not feel rushed, there was always something happening in each chapter, lots to learn about the silver and it leads well into the second book.
Plenty of sexual tension not only between Drew and Emmy but between her and Sol.

If you love fantasy, romance  and a good page turner then this is the book for you.  I am so addicted, if it wasn’t for me needing to sleep last night I would have stayed up late to finish it.

Ahhh I just cannot get across how much you should all read this book.

Josie Jaffrey
I have always written stories, but it wasn’t until I started the first book in the Solis Invicti series in 2014 that I really became obsessed with writing. I love to read, particularly where the escapism of the story is enhanced with an element of fantasy or science fiction. For me, writing is simply an extension of that journey, but I get to decide what happens next (though it’s amazing how often the characters seem to decide for themselves what I’m going to write!).

As a new author, I love to hear from readers with their comments and feedback on the books, so please do get in touch through the website or via Twitter.

Thank you for reading!