Hello hello, and welcome to my stop on the BBNYA blog tour for The Gilded King, which finished in fourth place, coming very close to third, last year. Author Josie Jaffrey is one we have visited the works of before, both me as an individual, and the blogging circle around me, for her books May Day, and The Wolf and the Water. You can find Josie’s website here, with her full range of books.
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.
Although it’s been several months now since I read The Gilded King, it’s undeniable that the book leaves a lasting impression. Between the dystopian setting and the descriptive language that provides it, it is easy to get lost in this immersive world.
The characters that we encounter in this unique work of paranormal fiction are a broad spectrum, from the kind and innocent to the outright barbaric, along with those in the middle, and those trying to be anything except from what they are expected to be. The book, if nothing else, is a prime example in not making snap judgments, and letting people speak for themselves as individuals.
Beautifully written, with intense attention to detail and incredible world building, this book is ready to sweep you off to the Blue, and into the Red, taking you on all the adventures the characters are prepared for – and many they are not.
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