The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey

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The Gilded King
Cover of The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey
Author(s) Josie Jaffrey
Published June 25, 2018
Publisher Silver Sun Books
Genre(s) Fantasy
Age group Young Adult


The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey is a young adult fantasy novel, originally published on June 25, 2018. It is the first book in the Sovereign series.

Trigger Warnings

Author-Provided Warnings

The following content warnings are listed on the author's website:

  • Post-apocalyptic setting; humanity has been mostly wiped out by a virus that turns them into zombie-like creatures. Small communities of humans are isolated from the abandoned outside world, which is considered contaminated.
  • General warning for violence.
  • General warning for blood/gore, including blood drinking, description of injuries, zombie-like creatures, dead bodies.
  • One of the main settings is a city controlled by vampires where humans are considered servants/slaves. Issues of power disparity/class divide/consent under slavery discussed briefly.
  • No racism, no homophobia (main character relationships are F/M and M/M), no ableism, no animal cruelty (other than calling an ornery horse a ‘bastard’), no misogyny.
  • No sex; some kissing (teen appropriate).
  • Some swearing (up to and including ‘fuck’ but not frequent).
  • Blood drinking as sexual/pleasurable behaviour; sometimes violent (only off page).
  • A side character in abusive relationship (violent and controlling partner; victim attempts to minimise). Abuse discussed but not seen on page; victim’s wounds treated and emotions discussed (not in detail).
  • Brief ritual involving cutting baby’s palm.
  • People (including children) kept in cells long term.

Additional Trigger Warnings

  • Child death
  • Domestic abuse
  • Death
  • Torture
  • War

Representation

An asterisk (*) indicates that the author openly identifies with that identity.

  • Gay main character

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