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.
*Thank you to the author for sending me this book to review. All opinions are my own.*
My spoiler free review
I really loved The Gilded King. It brought a whole new twist to the Vampire genre. I hadn’t read a vampire book in so long and I’m glad I picked this up.I really appreciated that the vampires in this book are very different to the vampires we are used to. I found it quite refreshing and it made it quite fun to read and learn more about them.
This book is the first book in the Sovereign series and follows two different perspectives in 3rd person narrative. It follows Julia,who is stuck in the Blue and finds herself being put forward for something she doesn’t want to do. It aslo follows Cameron a Silver,which is another word for a vampire,who is searching for someone. I found the dual perspectives very good and didn’t really prefer one main character to the other.
This is a companion series to the Solis Invicti series but I feel that you don’t have to read that to enjoy this book.I feel there’s enough information on it’s own for you to infer from and understand. I personlly hadn’t read the previous series but still understood this one. I thought it fun to find out about the vampires and try to connect the dots. I had my own theories even though most of them were wrong.
I found the plot to be very interesting and I was left trying to guess where it would go next and how different things are connected to one another.
The world building of the book was fantastic. I wanted to know so much about the world and how it became what it was. The Blue and the Red were really developed and I enjoyed finding out about the different aspects of the world.
I enjoyed all but one aspect of this book, which was the romance between one of the main characters. It felt too rushed and not very believable. Once I got over that though, I felt that they were a good pairing. I’ll have to see in the next book whether I truly like them.
If you want to read a totally different vampire story, I really recommend this book.
At the start of the story there’s a lot of information that is needed to process. We learn the Blue is the only uncontaminated area and humans can’t venture out as they’ll be contaminated and will be left there to die.Julia’s parents left and never returned. Julia becomes an unwilling attendent,to Lucas,a young Noble.A Noble is a vampire as they are the ones ruling the city. Julia was very reluctant to be an attendent in the first chapter but then she wanted her blood to be taken. She fell in love with Lucas really quickly and the romance wasn’t very believable. I liked both Lucas and Julia as separate characters but the romance came out of nowhere. I feel it needed more time to develop.Throughout the whole book, I was cringing at the romance. By the end though, I was okay with their romance and i’m keen to see how it’ll develop.
I was really fasinated by learning about the Weeper virus and how it turns vampires mortal. I found the backstory to be very interesting and loved how it was told. It wasn’t confusing to me and I understood it mostly.
We follow Cameron who is looking for the lost Queen.I really liked him, and that he was willing to find Emmy to the ends of the Earth. He’s a centuries? old vampire but hasn’t lost his humanity completely.He feels remorse for killing the old man accidently and keeps remembering it consantly. The journey aspect of his story was very good. I found it intersting to find out how the places he visited used to look like and how he remembers them.I liked his relationship with Felix and how it developed. It was a slow burn and I really enjoyed it. I didn’t guess that Felix was a former silver even though it was glaringly obvious. I’m eager to see how this revelation will effect his relationship with Cam.
This leads me up to the point that I still don’t understand who are the ‘good’ guys and ‘bad’ guys. I don’t think they are as they are morally grey areas. I was left guessing who was on Cam’s side and I’m still not sure who is. Maybe I didn’t read between the lines.I feel like everyone has their own agenda and are ‘good’ guys in their own eyes. I’m excited to see how it will all play out in the next book.
I had a feeling that the ‘God’ who was frozen was the one who silvered with Emmy. He wakes up and I’m really excited to see what he’ll do. After finishing the book, I realised that he is one of the main characters from the first series. I thought it was about different characters that showed up , but didn’t realised it was about Emmy and Sol. This makes me want to read the first series and as I have the first book,I’m definity going to be reading it!
I can’t wait to read the next book and continue the journey!
Have you read this book? What was your favourite aspect of the book?