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The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Release date: January 15th, 2019
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Genres: Young adult, fantasy
No one believes in them. But soon no one will forget them.
It’s 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.
To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood.
Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history–but only if they can stay alive.
I have been putting off writing this review for a while now. Why, oh why, is it so hard to write a review for a book you loved? All I want to write is “I LOVED IT. READ IT NOW.” and add a bunch of hearts around it and push it on as many people as possible. However, that’s not really much of a review and I need to start getting better a doing this.
I requested and read The Gilded Wolves over a year ago, but just recently finished a re-read in preparation for the release of its sequel, The Silvered Serpents, in September. I seriously have the worst memory and need to re-read in order to remember key plot details and characters. Anyway, I absolutely loved this book both times I read it! Roshani Chokshi is a fantastic author who writes in such a beautiful and almost lyrical way. Her words seem to jump off the page and into my heart. I was completely hooked after the first few pages and honestly couldn’t stop reading. I finished this book the first time by staying up late into the night. I didn’t mind suffering the next day at work because it was such a delight.
The standout part of this book was its diverse cast of characters. Yes, the book was about a heist, but the characters and their lives were really what took center stage. I’m all about character-driven stories and I think that’s why I enjoyed reading The Gilded Wolves. The characters were really well written, fully formed, believable and imperfect. Plus, they were so much fun! I adored their hilarious banter and tender moments with each other. Oh, and there’s some well written romantic tension that just builds and builds as the story progresses. I’m a sucker for books that take this route and I can’t wait to see what happens in book two!
While I thought that the book was amazing, I did have a few issues with the world-building. The first few chapters were largely dedicated to the mythology of the Houses and the magic system. The first time I read the book I’ll be honest and say that the whole world was kind of confusing. I just couldn’t wrap my head around it. The second time around was different and everything was very clear to me. However, this was probably because I had already experienced the world before and could properly imagine what was being explained to me in my head.
I don’t want to write too much and give away key details about the plot and characters. If you haven’t read The Gilded Wolves drop what you are reading and do it now! You won’t be disappointed with the fast-paced story, loveable characters and magical world. I especially recommend it to fans of the Six of Crows duology and readers of Chokshi’s previous novels.
Now, I just need to wait until September for the next installment. *sigh*
About the Author
Roshani Chokshi is the author of commercial and critically acclaimed books for middle grade and young adult readers that draws on world mythology and folklore. Her work has been nominated for the Locus and Nebula awards, and has frequently appeared on Best of The Year lists from Barnes and Noble, Forbes, Buzzfeed and more. Her New York Times bestselling series includes The Star-Touched Queen duology, The Gilded Wolves, and Aru Shah and The End of Time, which was recently optioned for film by Paramount Pictures.