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
Any of you who have been here a while will have seen my review of The Gilded King and will know that I had very high hopes and expectations for the second installment of the trilogy.
Well the day has arrived! I finally got to read more, and I am so very happy. Josie Jaffrey’s writing is an absolute pleasure to read. This series perfectly toes the line between humorous and serious, bouncing between moments of pure fear where blood runs in the streets and moments where a group of highly trained vampiric soldiers see someone flirting with their friend and suddenly remember that important thing they had to do somewhere, anywhere else. Each character is fleshed out and made real with their own ways of speaking and behaving, their own motivations, fears and weaknesses. In short, these stories just make me happy, and in the second installment of Jaffrey’s dystopian vampire trilogy my love for Felix the rugged woodsman remained strong, and Julia – already wonderful in her own right – secured her position as an absolute hero by fearlessly shooting a vampire in the face with a crossbow.
“She knows her own mind, and she doesn’t need you to make it up for her.”
The Silver Queen picks up just moments after The Gilded King left off. Red and Blue have collided with bloody and devastating consequences. Chaos reigns supreme as contamination threatens the tenuous order of things, and as the Nobles fight over their claims to blood and power, Julia and her fellow humans can hope only to survive. Julia is really the star of this book. Without Lucas acting as her vampiric protection, she fends for herself with determination and strength. In a world where blood is the ultimate currency, Julia takes her perceived weaknesses and turns them into strengths. Nobody will expect the fragile young serving girl who struggles to walk wearing shoes to be dangerous, and that knowledge is what she uses as armour.
“Neither of them was paying the slightest bit of attention to her, probably because neither of them actually considered her a threat. In the circumstances, it wasn’t difficult to take a moment to sight the crossbow correctly…”
Continuing with the dual storylines, stretching towards each other through the contaminated woods, Julia’s fight for her life is juxtaposed against Cam’s fight for somebody else’s. Deep in the mountains lies Emmy, the kidnapped Queen of the Silver. He has hunted for his friend for centuries, and now he has found her no man or woman, Silver or not, will stand between them. But years chained away in the shadows have left Emmy hollow and tortured. What they have taken from her, she will take back, with teeth and death and blood. An army marches towards the Blue City, and the Invicti fight to reunite their monarchs before war decimates them all. Without blood, without an army of their own, they have to get back to the Blue – but do they all have the same goal?
“He wanted to scream.
He wanted to cry.
But instead he stuffed the monster down inside himself and pushed his fist against his stomach to keep it there, while he prayed for sleep.”
The pacing of this story is well-maintained throughout, and I loved watching the two tales I’ve been following for so many pages approach one another and collide as the story progressed. The juxtaposition between the strictly maintained city and the wildness of the Red made it easy to recall who was where doing what without be having to flick back and forth, and most of the notes I took while reading it are things like ‘Sexy German flirting’ and ‘Julia literally cut their attacker up so he’d heal slower what a hero’ as opposed to me keeping tabs on timelines. We meet more of the Invicti as the fight for Emmy takes off into the Red, and this has only cemented my need to read the series before this (I’ve been dropping some pretty heavy handed hints about potential Christmas presents), they trained together for centuries, but so many years of stagnant peace in the Blue means they have forgotten much of the urgency of battle and must re-learn how to fight for their lives in a world where they have been the unchallenged top of the food chain for so long.
I love this series, and I’d highly recommend it! With action, romance, political plotting and supernatural fights for dominance, there’s something in there for everyone!
Overall rating: 📖📖📖📖📖5 books out of 5
A copy of The Silver Queen was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.