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Book Review: The Blood Prince by Josie Jaffrey

The Blood Prince is one of my most anticipated reads of 2019! After reading The Gilded King and The Silver Queen, the first two books in The Sovereign Series, I was hooked and could barely wait to get my mitts on the final instalment. Luckily for me I didn’t have to wait too long and the wonderful Josie Jaffrey kindly sent me the ARC for the conclusion of her dystopian trilogy. So, today I’m share my thoughts on this newly published novel, I hope you enjoy reading it!

Synopsis

The price of freedom is always paid in blood.

The sovereigns of the Silver have awakened, but the Queen is a fractured shell of the woman Cam remembers. He hopes to put her back together by finding her son, the missing prince. At least, that’s what he tells his friends when he leaves for the Red.

Back in the Blue, Julia’s old tormentor Rufus is hounding her at every turn. She’s sick of feeling powerless, but she has a plan that will bring the Nobles to their knees.
All she needs is blood.

The Blood Prince is the final book in Josie Jaffrey’s Sovereign trilogy, set in a dystopian Europe where vampiric Nobles control the last remnants of the human race

Review

The Blood Prince picks up where The Silver Queen left off as the sovereigns search for their lost son begins. With scant detail about the lady who promised to deliver the Prince back to the Blue, Cameron vows not to rest until he finds him and implementing his plan to change the world upon his return. Heading back out into the Red with his partner Felix, Cameron soon discovers that things have changed in the short time he has been away and the forests are now overrun with deadly weepers as well as a host of enemies of an unknown quantity. His mission is tantamount to looking for a needle in a haystack, so will Cameron find the Prince or will his journey be futile?

Like Cameron, Julia has her own  plan to change the world for the better, but to do so she will also have to venture out into the Red to bring back the weapon she needs. The question though is can she survive long enough to see her plan through to completion?

I’ve been contemplating for days about how I can write a review that will do this book justice and my only conclusion is just to write from the heart. The Blood Prince is an action packed, yet perfectly paced tale that had me squirming on the edge of my seat throughout – in a good way! It’s filled with so many twists and turns that at times I felt the helplessness of the situations just seep off the page, often unable to see how a conclusion would play out. I particularity loved how many of the characters motives were unclear and found myself suspicious of everyone right until the end, not knowing who was double-crossing who.

As the finale of a trilogy it was wonderful to have plenty of character development thrown in amongst the action as often in other books I have found this somewhat lacking as a series progresses. Josie has ensured that her characters have been written in such a fully rounded way that left me feeling satisfied without any of those annoying lingering questions. Having said that I have learnt from reading the previous novels that Josie is the master of surprise and The Blood Prince certainly finished with a huge twist that I certainly didn’t see coming, possibly leaving the door a jar for another series?

The Sovereign Series has been an absolute pleasure to read from start to finish, despite not being my usual genre. The unique dystopian world Josie has created sucked me in immediately and I have been at her mercy until the concluding sentence, hooked and desperate to see what would happen to her wonderfully created characters. She is an extremely talented author whose writing style has quickly earned her a place as one of my favourites. Her fabulously detailed descriptions allow me to vividly picture each and every scene and setting, transporting from my sofa into the world of her imagination. I hope that Josie’s books get the recognition they deserve her talent is epic!

I highly recommend this series to everyone, even if it may not be your usual read as it’s completely unique and unlike anything I have read previously. You do however need to read them in order as for me they don’t really work as standalone books.

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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.

To find out more about Josie and her books visit her website or give her a follow on social media; TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Purchase Links: The Gilded King*The Silver Queen*The Blood Prince*

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**I was gifted a copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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