I picked this book up on the basis that I LOVED Josie’s first series, the Solis Invicti series, and this series crosses over with one or two characters from that series. You can see my review of the first book of the Solis Invicti series, A Bargain in Silver, here.
I went ahead and bought the second book in this series as well, The Silver Queen and I will be buying the third book, The Blood Prince, (which is now available to buy, as of 20th Feb) as soon as payday comes around 😀
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.
As I predicted, I really enjoyed this book. I think I might be suffering a little bit with missing some of the characters from the Solis Invicti series (Emmy, Drew, Sol). I think because this is a character cross over, it’s affecting me a bit more than it would have had there been no characters from the SI series.
However, despite that fact, I did really enjoy The Gilded King. The book mainly follows two different characters, in the same timeline just on two different journeys. The first is our female character, Julia, who lives and works in the Blue and is human. The second is our male character, Cam, who is one of our cross over characters from the SI series. Cam is a Silver (or a Noble as they call them in the Blue) and he is on a journey in the Red to find the lost queen.
There were a lot more character cross over’s in this series than I thought there would be, and I found myself smiling at the book a lot when I recognised a character’s name. Knowing this now, I probably would recommend reading the Solis Invicti series first. Although it isn’t necessarily required, it probably would help. I think I’d probably be really confused right now if I hadn’t already read that series and now know essentially the back story to this series. Plus, they’re amazing, so I don’t know why you wouldn’t pick them up to be honest.
There is a lot going on in this book, and I think will continue in the whole series. There is a potential love story going on, whilst also a lot of betrayal, side taking, and vampire’s just generally being awesome.
I can’t wait to pick up The Silver Queen. Yet again, Josie has come through with outstanding writing and even teaching us how to swear in Spanish (which is probably one of my favourite things in the whole book).
I highly recommend this book. I gave it 4.5/5 stars.