Today I bring you another awesome book recommendation: The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey came 4th in the BBNYA competition.


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From the back cover of The Gilded King

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.

What are readers saying

“The Gilded King is the first novel in the Sovereign series by Josie Jaffery and it certainly sets the bar high for the rest of the series! While the blurb with all it’s color coding sounds complex, once you jump into the story, the confusion melts away as you lose yourself in this dystopian world. The storyline follows two main characters, Julia, a human, and Cameron, a vampire, as they make their way through their environment.”—Valerie (Cats Luv Coffee)

“The minute I started this book, I was hooked and I read this one in a matter of hours. There is just something about Josie’s writing and pace that pulls you in again and again and keeps you reading.”—(Ellie) ReadtoRamble

“THE GILDED KING is a rock solid base for a new series and a simply amazing read from start to finish! Anyone on the fence about wanting to try another “vampire” tale, I say, DO IT! Dystopian, paranormal, dark and unpredictable!”—Dianne

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!).

I love to hear from readers, so please do get in touch through my website or via Twitter.

Thank you for reading!

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