ISBN:9781719204866. 25th June 2018.
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 going to come down. The only question is what side you’ll be on when they do.
I had been eyeing this up for a little while, so when Josie offered to send me a copy I was ecstatic. Due to a mixture of the heat and bad health I owned it for about two weeks before I finally picked it up, but oh my gosh. I devoured it the moment I did. The Gilded King didn’t even take me 24 hours to read and I LOVED it. I have been telling anybody who will listen how much I love and recommend it.
I thoroughly enjoyed the different take on vampires, the not too distant future in which TGK takes place, the random little words and phrases in the relevant tongues. I actually really had fun with that last part, searching up translations, only to find out it’s a sneaky way to swear without cussing too much.
TGK takes place from two point of views. Cam, a silver and Julia, a human who serves the silvers. Both very different characters, but they compliment each other well. I worried a little that this book was going to do that whole love-triangle thing, but I was pleasantly surprised. Most of the relationships are pretty healthy, and I loved watching them grow.
The plot lost me for about a chapter. This was the only issue I had with the entire book to be honest. It quickly rightened itself though. I loved that each chapter was approximately 15 pages long, which means I could steadily work my way through without worrying about having to wait to long if I had to pause (such as for eating). The pace of this book was pretty much constant throughout, and that always pleases me.
I loved seeing from each point of view, how the world around the characters works. What different social rankings mean for each person and how it affects their relationships with the others. The were so many well written characters that I want to know more about. I’m also curious about the science behind the way things are in TGK’s world.
I am so looking forward to book two!
I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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