A Magical New Series // ARC Review: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Title: The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves #1)
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Publication Date: 15th January 2019
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Part of a Series?: Yes, Book 1/2 of the Gilded Wolves Duology
I Got A Copy Through: Macmillan Intl (THANK YOU!)
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Blurb Description: Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.
Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.
To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can't yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.
Together, they'll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.
The Gilded Wolves is National Treasure meets Six of Crows in 1800’s Paris, brought to life with Roshani Chokshi’s vivid, lush world-building and humour. Filled with magic, fireballs, cakes, tradition, heists and the aristocracy, this book was ABSOLUTE PERFECTION and I loved every minute of the week I read it through.

MY THOUGHTS:

Image result for the gilded wolvesBefore I go into everything I ABSOLUTELY LOVED about the book, there were two things about it all that bothered me a little:

1.       The world was a little difficult to get used to. There’s this huge information dump at the beginning, which I see now at the end was necessary, but it was a lot to process at the time.

2.       It was also a little hard to understand and see the ciphers and clues that were unveiling themselves through the book. Treasure hunting has been a visual medium until now, and despite the illustrations that were there, it took a little getting used to and wrapping my hear around.

THINGS I LOVED IN THE GILDED WOLVES:

1.       I LOVED THE PLOT. The storyline, the execution and all the twists and turns were SO BRILLIANTLY CRAFTED and the story was just stunning. I loved France, the food, the palaces, the Forging, and all the six characters we got to know through the book.


2.       Which brings me to how much I LOVED Severin, Laila, Tristan, Zofia, Enrique and Hypnos. I LOVED getting to know this little family, surviving and deviously planning acquisitions across Paris, each with their own goals and motivations. They were such brilliant characters and reading through the story through their different points of view was constant fun.

3.       Laila and Severin’s individual stories were STUNNING. I loved how Severin’s seven fathers were named after the seven deadly sins and his motivations behind everything. Laila’s origins were so heart-breaking and I loved that her Indian-ness came into 19th century Paris, especially the very concept of Bharathnatyam.

4.       The inventions, especially from Zofia and Tristan’s experiments and Laila’s culinary marvels were SO MUCH FUN TO READ ABOUT. There were so many ingenious things happening at all points and I honestly can’t do it justice by describing them here.

5.       The dialogue was ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS. I especially loved Hypnos’ airs and fancies as he tried to become a part of the group:

“There was a fireball and the ground broke and we thought Tristan and Enrique were dead.”“What?”“Tristan is fine,” soothed Laila. “He’s upstairs now, standing guard.”“Did you say fur ball?” asked Hypnos. “Like a puppy? How endearing.”“She said fireball.”
“Oh. That is decidedly less endearing.”

6.       THE ENDING WAS ABSOLUTELY SHOCKING AND AFTER READING THE LAST PAGE, I HONESTLY DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF ANYMORE.


Would I recommend this book? YES! The Gilded Wolves is a magical piece of artistry that I loved every minute of and I can’t recommend it enough!

Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi is the New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen and A CROWN OF WISHES. Her middle grade debut, ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME, released April 3, 2018 from Disney/Rick Riordan Presents. Her next young adult novel, THE GILDED WOLVES, is slated for Winter 2019. Chokshi's work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Shimmer, and Book Smugglers. She was a finalist in the 2016 Andre Norton Award and the Locus Top Ten for Best First Novel. Her short story, "The Star Maiden," was longlisted for the British Fantasy Science Award.

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