I’ts a New Year and today is my first book review post of 2019 and what a cracker it is! I’d like to thank the wonderful Josie Jaffrey for sending me a copy of The Silver Queen to read and review. This YA book is the second instalment of Josie’s Sovereign Series and one of my most anticipated reads, after being drawn in and becoming enthralled by her previous offering. I hope you enjoy my review!
About The Book
The last city on Earth is contaminated. Now blood is the only thing that can wash it clean.
Julia is trapped inside the Blue as the Nobles fight over the few humans who are still alive. When the dust settles and she finds herself shackled to a new master, she knows she must escape or die.
Meanwhile, Cam has gathered a handful of comrades and is on his way into the Red to rescue his queen. But not all of his friends can be trusted, and not all of them will make it back alive.
The Silver Queen is the second book in Josie Jaffrey’s Sovereign trilogy, set in a dystopian Europe where vampiric Nobles control the last remnants of the human race.
After reading and reviewing The Gilded King a few months ago I’ve been so excited to have the opportunity to read the second book in Josie’s Sovereign Series. The Silver Queen jumps straight back into the thick of the action where The Gilded King left off; with the contamination of the Red having seeped into and over run the Blue. No longer a safe haven, the Blue has seen significant human loss limiting the uncontaminated blood supply the Noble vampires need to survive and the resulting fights that ensue threaten to destroy the city.
Cam has a fresh lead on the whereabouts of their Queen, Emmy, and gathers the The Invicti army to journey out into the Red on a rescue mission. They need to return Emmy to the city as soon as possible as a last-ditch attempt to waken King Sol and save the world they know.
Julia and her friend Claudia have survived the contamination, but with Lucas gone she knows if she stays in the Blue the only thing that awaits her is certain death. Instead she decides to risk everything and head out into the Red, a move just as risky as staying, thanks to the roaming contaminated weepers beyond the city walls. Once she leaves she knows she can never return, but will she survive out in the Red alone?
I really don’t want to give too much away, but this book had me hooked from the first page, drawing me in and rendering me unable to put it down. Mirroring The Gilded King it’s written from two POV’s, alternating chapters between Julia and Cam’s stories. Between the two we learn so much more about the Red in this second instalment which filled in a lot of blanks giving me a much greater understanding. I also loved reading about the developments of the budding romantic stories that run concurrently with the action I’d also like to commend Josie for her inclusion of an LGBT love interest, something I’d like to see more authors doing.
Julia is the true star of this book for me though as her character really comes into her own. Transforming from a seemingly weak server into a strong, independent female protagonist, she faces the odds head on emerging triumphant. Having seen glimpses in the first book of her grit and determination, it’s been wonderful to read and follow her transformation into the kick-ass character she becomes in this instalment.
The Gilded King was my first Josie Jaffrey read and it’s safe to say I have fallen in love with her writing style. Her words have an incredible way of drawing you into the Dystopian world’s she has created, using highly descriptive language which allows you to be transported into the thick of the action. The pacing of the story is perfect, not too fast so that it’s lacking detail, but fast enough to keep you hooked throughout. The Silver Queen finishes with a twist and an unexpected Cliff-hanger which I have been pondering for days! Luckily for me The Blood Prince is due for release next month, so I don’t have too long to wait until I get my next fix and I literally can’t wait!
Whilst I highly recommend this book, I do feel that to understand it it’s imperative to read The Gilded King* first as in my opinion it doesn’t really work as a stand-alone.
About The Author
Josie lives in Oxford, England, with her husband and two cats. When she’s not writing, she works as a lawyer, specialising in intellectual property and commercial law. She also runs a video book review club, The Gin Book Club, through her website.
The Solis Invicti series (a prequel series to the Sovereign series) is available now.
The Silver Queen is available to purchase from Amazon*