Publication date: January 15th 2019
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.
*I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Everywhere he looked, he was surrounded by gilded wolves. And for whatever reason, it made him feel perfectly at home. Wolves were everywhere. In politics, on thrones, in beds. They cut their teeth on history and grew fat on war. Not that Séverin was complaining. It was just that, like other wolves, he wanted his share.
I am officially addicted to the Gilded Wolves!
Roshani Chokshi holds a special place in my heart. From the moment I read her Star-touched Queen, I knew her prose was for me. When I read A Crown of Wishes I knew it’s true love. Though The Gilded Wolves is nothing like its predecessors in style and writing, it proves that Roshani’s talent is limitless and she is capable of many wonderful magical things.
The Gilded Wolves is a story about Severin – the exiled heir of a dying House of Vanth. To earn back his inheritance Severin has to find and give to the omniscient Order of Babel society one ancient artifact they have been looking for. But to do so Severin requires a help of five different friends who have their own stakes in the game and their motives are not as simple as it seems. Together with his team of outcasts, Severin will have to penetrate powerful secret societies, to stop one ancient force from resurrecting, to stalk Paris’s catacombs and not to lose their lives or hearts in the process.
To give more information about this book would be a crime as it gradually unravels its secret nooks and hidden passages giving any reader a hell of a shock in the end and making you cry for the next installment. Well, this is what true adventures are made of.
The Gilded Wolves reminded me of Six of Crows but the comparison is only in the setting: we have a team of outcasts and a heist to complete. Add to that magic and humor and you have a similar recipe to Six of Crows. But rather than common topic, books are nothing alike. The Gilded Wolves is a story in its own right, having a unique voice, you will not forget after finishing the book.
I absolutely adored a cast of characters. They have diverse and unique voices. For sure you are going to pick your favorite characters and couples, but all of them working together as a team was so endearing that they became one of the cutest book families I’ve encountered in a book. My heart aches for all of them.
As I mentioned before The Gilded Wolves is very different from Roshani’s previous books. This story lacked the prose author is so famous for in her previous works. There were no lengthy but beautiful descriptions and imaginative epithets. Some people like to adhere to it as purple prose, but for me, it’s just the beauty of language. The Gilded Wolves are more restraint in language but no less imaginative and complete in the richness of a word. And when Roshani uses some of the epithets to describe characters and their feelings, those words bloom and fill whole passages with possibilities beyond imagination.
The only problem I had with the book was infodump at the beginning and lengthy descriptions of science and mechanical actions that can go on for pages and often confuse more than enlighten. Don’t get me wrong, I am a nerd and adore smart characters and this book has plenty of them. But when you read a book you build all images in your head and some things were so confusing it was hard for me to imagine them properly.
I would highly recommend The Gilded Wolves to those readers who love similar to Six of Crows stories, but unique in their own way, with rich diverse characters and a mystery worth dying for or at least worth turning the last page and crave for more.
Heist, secret societies, friendship, star-crossed lovers, humor – a perfect remedy from Autumn melancholy. Highly recommended!