Book Review: The Gilded King

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I received this book to read and review as part of the 2020 BBNYA competition and the BBNYA tours organised by the TWR Tour team. All opinions are my own, unbiased and honest.

If you don’t know BBNYA, it is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors.

BBNYA is brought to you in association with the Folio Society (If you love beautiful books you NEED to check out their website!)


The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey

Genre: fantasy

TW: Death, gore


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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I didn’t expect this book to have this much impact on me but it had!!… I’m mind-blown… Impressed… I don’t know how to articulate my feelings into thoughts so apologies if I’m not exactly making sense.

I didn’t know what to expect from it when I first started reading it. Sure, I’d heard/read a lot of raving reviews about it but I didn’t want to get my hopes up because you just don’t know, though I was hopeful this book will maybe become one of my favorite… Spoiler alert: It is!!!!!

I was hooked from the first page –Truly!!!–. I’m in love with the writer’s writing style, it just lures you in like a magnet and you really can’t help but be drawn to such masterpiece. I liked the change of POVs; that was fantastic, brilliant and smartly done!!! It made my reading experience so much fun and refreshing.

The characters were so well-described (physically and mentally), all of them are lovablein a way–and I found some of their interactions very cute.

Highly recommend!!

2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Gilded King”

  1. Oh, I didnt knew about BBNYA; that’s quite a nice concept.

    Yay!!! Im so glad you liked this one aswell- I loved that trilogy so dearly, in fact it’s one of the two fantasy series I could actually read 😅

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    1. Oh yeah BBNYA is really nice and worth checking out, they’re @BBNYA_Official on Twitter. The winners for this year are close to being announced (on December).

      And YES! I’m pretty exited to get to read the rest of this trilogy. Glad to hear you liked it!

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