The Gilded King, Josie Jaffrey (2018) (Sovereign #1)
Themes: Fantasy, Young Adult
(I was sent a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair review, so thank you to Josie Jaffrey for sending me a copy)
Going into this book I did not realise it was going to go down the vampires route. I was pleasantly surprised with this plot though, it was a very different take on a well used theme. There’s a division in society of the silvers and the humans who have to donate their blood to keeping the silvers alive.
This is a dystopian setting, something has happened to our world and this is what is left of it. There is the Blue and the Red. The Blue is seemingly safe, it is where the silvers live with their uncontaminated humans. In the Red is where the danger lives, humans who are contaminated, whose bloody would turn a silver human. And there’s some strange zombie like humans/aggressive killing machines too. Generally there’s quite a few dangerous creatures lurking about in the red.
This book is a split plot, between Julia, a girl who is stuck in the Blue and Cameron, a silver who has gone beyond the city and into the Red to find his friend. The chapters vary between each character, but all with a third person narrative so the shift isn’t too noticeable. I really liked the way the story was split because I was slowly able to find out more about how the world reached this point. There was also a lot going on so this gave me a chance to process what was happening when the plot switched which character it was following.
Julia strikes up a relationship with Lucas, a young silver whom she has been assigned to donate her blood to. Lucas believes in fairytales, he is kind and he is different from the others silvers. He represents a bit of hope in this book for Julia and the reader. Although this did all seem a little Twilight esk in the way that being a vampire is made to be this sexy and passionate thing, but I will let that slide.
Cameron is venturing out into the dangers of the Red, and I love him. To start with I didn’t know what I was meant to think of him. But it’s clear he has a conscience and actually cares about people. He is just trying to get his friend back and make things as right as he can with his situation, he has no intention to hurt anyone. He then meets Felix, a human who joins him on his journey. I don’t often use it, but I was starting to ship these two together. They are a very good team and Cameron is just so sweet. I think he just loves caring for others and that’s what Felix lets him do.
I don’t want to go into the plot too much, but I certainly enjoyed reading this book. I read it over about 12 hours because it was just that addictive. And the ending, oh the ending! I need the next book now, which is handy as it comes out this month!