Published: January 15, 2019
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Read as: US Hardcover, OwlCrate edition
Average Goodreads rating: 3.75
My rating: 4
From New York Times bestselling author Roshani Chokshi comes The Gilded Wolves, a novel set in Paris during a time of extraordinary change—one that is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous desires…
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.
Make yourself a myth and live within it, so that you belong to no one but yourself.
Pardon me while I fangirl quietly in my corner. It takes quite a bit to get me worked up but, boy this book got me worked up. In a good way. I went into this book with pretty much no expectations and ended up falling in love.
I’m going to keep this review relatively short so lets get to it.
I love how varied the may cast of characters were. They all had very different yet carefully defined personalities and that is something I love. So many of the books I’ve read recently have had cookie cutter characters. Same personalities just slapped onto different names with vaguely different backstories. I hate that and it typically makes me either DNF a book or give it a very low rating. I want my characters vivid and unique and Chokshi certainly delivered on that.
The magic system in this book was quite simply just fun. It isn’t overly complicated and intricate while still being interesting and unforgettable. Because there weren’t carefully defined rules to the magic that gave it room to grow and change. One of my pet peeves is when a magic system is set and given specific parameters then, as the story progresses, those parameters are broken or ignored for the sake of a convenient plot point. The Gilded Wolves avoided this by making the magic system fluid and open for change.
If there is anything I would say negative about this book it is that there is a LOT going on and 388 pages isn’t enough space to give all of these battling plot points the space they deserve. By the time you as the reader get immersed in whatever the characters are up to they are already moving onto another Big Thing. It made the read feel like a bit of a whirlwind which is not altogether a bad thing but I would have enjoyed a bit more detail here and there.
As a whole I very much enjoyed this book. There is action, adventure, a fun magic system, and distinctive characters. As soon as I closed it I immediately wanted to read the next one which is expected to publish in January of 2020. If you have been on the fence about this one I would say give it a shot! I finished this book several days ago at this point and I am still thinking about it and that is usually a sign of a pretty darn good read.