Today’s my stop on the Blog Tour hosted by the wonderful The Write Reads for The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey! I’ve actually started this book, but there’s no way I’m going to finish it before the tour is over, so I’m going to also post my first impressions somewhere in this post.
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First Impressions: As of writing this, I’ve read the first 100 pages of this book, and I am loving it so far. Unfortunately, there is no way I’m going to be able to finish the book and write a review before this tour is over, so my full review will hopefully be up in a few weeks.
So far, I’m very intrigued by the world that this book takes place in. I’m curious about the history behind the Blue and the Red, and I want to know more about why the Red is forbidden. I’m loving the dual points of view, and I’m curious about how they’re going to come together because right now they feel very separate. As far as the characters go, I am loving Cam, Julia, and Lucas, and I’m looking forward to learning more about them.
About the Book (From Goodreads): 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.
About the Author (From the Author’s Website): Josie is the author of nine self-published novels plus short stories. She is currently working on a range of fantasy and historical fiction projects (both adult and YA), for which she is seeking representation. Ultimately, she hopes to be a hybrid author, both traditionally- and self-published.
After finishing her degree in Literae Humaniores (Classics) at the University of Oxford, Josie wasn’t sure what to do with her life.
She slogged through a brief stint working for an investment bank in London during the 2008 credit crunch, then converted to law and qualified as a solicitor specialising in intellectual property. She worked at a law firm for five years before moving to a UK-based international publisher in 2016. Whilst she loved law, in the end she didn’t love it quite as much as writing, which she now does almost full time.
Josie lives in Oxford with her husband and two cats (Sparky and Gussie), who graciously permit human cohabitation in return for regular feeding and cuddles. The resulting cat fluff makes it difficult for Josie to wear black, which is largely why she gave up being a goth. Although the cats are definitely worth it, she still misses her old wardrobe.