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. (Amazon)
My Opinion: (No Spoilers!)
The Gilded King is the first and best Vampire/ Zombie like book I’ve read for ages. And I LOVED it – yes in all caps.
The story is divided into two story lines and we experience it through the two protagonists Cameron and Julia, who have nothing in common, but whose stories are so thoroughly entwined from the beginning on, that you can’t even decipher why. But its only revealed in the end, why we follow two paths. One of the upper Solis Invicti and one of the lower born Attendant.
The characters in this book are diverse and super likable. I fell in love with Cameron instant and even Julia was a person I could identify with! While Cameron is trying to find and rescue his friend Emmy, Julia is desperate to build a plan to escape into the Red with her best friend who rather wants to fall in love with a Noble Silver. The whole cast of the book was as much hateable as lovable and you never knew which one would be the hero or the villain in the end
The whole plot – a world where human died because of an infection, and some of them became kind of undead Zombies (“The Weepers”) while others became superior Vampires (“The Silvers”) that now feed from the not infected humans, their slaves – was so unique and new that I was hooked from the first page on. I’ve run away from Vampire stories for years now – but this one was just great. It was intense, exciting, and utterly surprising. And I adored the idea with the special bond when people fall in love with each other (no nothing to do with mating and all the Fae stuff.)
The surviving humans now live in this city called “the Blue” while everyone else who is contaminated and not usable for the Vampires lives in “the Red”. This story is set centuries after Josie Jaffrays first series, so I suggest reading them before to get a better understanding of who is who and what is happening at all.
Something that was a bit – well not so unique – were the names. This story was so utterly unique, the system thought through and the story line exciting until the very end, but the names were in my opinion not. Living in Germany there were too many common names (like Julia, Claudia, Lucas etc) for me in a book where I try to escape reality ;D But I think we all can live with this issue!
All in all I really really enjoyed this book. (Which I did not expect in this extent) and would always recommend it if you love science Fiction, Fantasy or Vampires! Josie Jaffray does an exceptional job and her writing is so deliberately beautiful, that I fell in love with it, word for word.
There is some bonus content online from the author and I want to share it with you guys too 🙂 So just scroll further for a book trailer, a short reading and more!