The Blood Prince

the blood prince

 

Author: Josie Jaffrey

First Published: 20 February 2019

Rating: 4.5 stars

 

 

 

“”…Why Don’t we write the ending instead, about a girl who wants to save her people, and a knight who’ll defy his King do what’s right. We could make that our fairytale. We could make it mean something, Lucas'”

 

I will start by saying that I was given an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own. Thank you so much to Josie for sending a copy my way! 

Also this is the conclusion to the series, I will try and keep my review as spoiler free as possible but just be wary if you haven’t read the first one.

P.S you should The Gilded King and The Silver Queen they are all kinds of awesome!

 

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.

 

This is a fantastic conclusion to the series! But, at the same time, I still want more from these characters. Josie Jaffrey has left the world open for another series —maybe just my wishful thinking.

I love that we get to see the story from both Julia and Cam’s point of view. As they travel, we see more from this world. Each book in the series has the world expanding beyond the gates of The Blue. It mimics the crumble and decline of the city.

Julia and Cam’s world is falling apart. The Blue is no longer the shiny, imperial city it was in The Gilded King. The glimmer is gone. It uncovers the class gap that has always divided The Silver and the humans. It’s harrowing to see the humans of The Blue. They walk around as though on autopilot, clinging to better days. They lost their last sliver of hope. The King is awake and they have found The Queen, however, nothing has changed. Slavery and corruption are still common practice.

My love for these characters has only grown. They have gone through hell and back. Cam and Felix’s relationship is everything. The pair gets the ending they deserve. It makes me so happy.

I was really not a fan of the whole love triangle that was forming around Julia. I did understand that this new love interest highlights that Julia has outgrown her position as a meek servant girl. Also, that she’s growing away from the sweet, young love she had with Lucas. I got that all but I still didn’t like it, mostly because I’m not a huge fan of the trope.

I was not expecting the identity of the Blood Prince. While Josie has expertly sprinkled in hints throughout the series and pointing to a few characters I was still surprised when the Prince was revealed. Especially given the lengths the Invicti went to find him. He is The Blue’s last hope. He might be able to right the wrongs of the city his parents created.

There’s no doubt that The Blood Prince is a beautiful conclusion to this series. Josie leaves the series off on a hopeful note. Change can happen. When it does happen it feels far sweeter than any fairy tale or dream you could imagine. I’m so thankful that Josie reached out to me and gave me the chance to explore The Red and The Blue. I love this series, and I don’t generally enjoy dystopian fiction. I highly recommend!

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