ARC Review: The Silver Queen by Josie Jaffrey

ARC Review: The Silver Queen by Josie JaffreyThe Silver Queen by Josie Jaffrey
Series: Sovereign #2

Published by Josie Jaffrey on October 17th 2018
Also by this author: The Gilded King (Sovereign, #1)
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 292
Format: ebook
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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.

I was really excited when Josie Jaffrey mailed me asking I wanted to review her second book in the Sovereign series. I loved The Gilded King and I knew The Silver Queen would be an enjoyable read. Since this is the second book, if you haven’t read the first one yet, this review might contain minor spoilers.

The characters are now familiar and their alliances become apparent throughout the book. The two sides are clear now and war is brewing. Cameron is out to save his queen, while Julia tries to survive the changes in the Blue. I like where the story is going. The air of mystery is lifting, alliances are clear and a war has started. Jaffrey knows how to keep a strong pace even when there are larger time jumps. She’s an excellent storyteller who knows how to use the tools at hand. Be prepared to read deep into the night to finish the book.

The storyline of Julia and Cameron have finally crossed, which is a good development. It does make the alternating perspectives harder to do. In one of the last chapters, the points of view switch halfway through the chapter. It was needed and made sense, but it did feel a little awkward compared to the rest of the book. Maybe it was better to have two small chapters to keep the consistency of the alternating perspectives.

I still loved The Silver Queen. Emmy, the queen of the silver, is back, and how. She reminds the silver around her why she is queen. I love how she’s written. Strong, but still vulnerable. Most women in the Sovereign series are strong in their own way, but Emmy is different. Maybe because she already had power before she was a real character, maybe not. She clearly knows what she has to do to remind others of their place without being backhanded about it, like some of the others. I’m looking forward to seeing how Emmy grows in the third book.

I give The Silver Queen a 4,5 stars. I don’t think it’s as good as The Gilded King, but that has to do with the mystery. All of the mystery that was built up in the first one, is now resolved. Only one remains, but I think I might have figured it out. I’m definitely looking forward to the next one.

The Silver Queen will be out October 17th. Check out the book trailer below.

About Josie Jaffrey

I have always written stories, but it wasn’t until I started the first book in the Solis Invicti series in 2014 that I really became obsessed with writing. I love to read, particularly where the escapism of the story is enhanced with an element of fantasy or science fiction. For me, writing is simply an extension of that journey, but I get to decide what happens next (though it’s amazing how often the characters seem to decide for themselves what I’m going to write!).

These days, bookishness has expanded to fill my life. I write novels and short stories (mostly Young Adult and Paranormal Romance), I blog and vlog about writing and the publication process, and I run a book review website called The Gin Book Club, which posts monthly video reviews.

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