ARC review: The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves #2) by Roshani Chokshi

Published September 22nd 2020 by Wednesday Books


Returning to the dark and glamorous world of her New York Times instant bestseller, The Gilded Wolves, Roshani Chokshi dazzles us with another riveting tale as full of mystery and danger as ever.

They are each other’s fiercest love, greatest danger, and only hope.

Séverin and his team members might have successfully thwarted the Fallen House, but victory came at a terrible cost ― one that still haunts all of them. Desperate to make amends, Séverin pursues a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumored to grant its possessor the power of God.

Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into icy heart of Russia where crystalline ice animals stalk forgotten mansions, broken goddesses carry deadly secrets, and a string of unsolved murders makes the crew question whether an ancient myth is a myth after all.

As hidden secrets come to the light and the ghosts of the past catch up to them, the crew will discover new dimensions of themselves. But what they find out may lead them down paths they never imagined.

A tale of love and betrayal as the crew risks their lives for one last job.

My rating:

**ARC is kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

You can’t finish a book like that and expect me to wait for a whole year to read the next part!

For the millionth time, I want to praise Roshani Chokshi’s talent! She has this special way with words that just goes to my bloodstream and spreads through my veins straight to my heart. She is a Goddess of Words, I swear!

The Silvered Serpents is more mature and intense than its predecessor. The stakes are higher and our band of misfortunate characters are changed due to the events of The Gilded Wolves. They are darker now, more burdened, and it feels in every word and thought, how desperately they are trying to come back to normal. But their obsessive pursuit for the Power of God holds them in its grip. Would it bring them absolution or would it become their ruination?

I have to say that for the whole time I was reading this book, the feeling that I am not reading a young adult book never left me. I mean, it’s for sure is a good feeling, and I am happy our characters are not 16 y.o. teenagers (looks at Six of Crows). It feels that the mood became darker, and the literal and figurative cold in the story was pressing its freezing tips on my back. I felt how desperate Severin, Laila, Enrique, Sofia and Hypnos felt, how lonely despite been together.

The way Roshani builds up layers of mythology, creating one untied world of wonder, with scary creatures as well as with the marvellous ones. It’s unique and fascinating to follow her genius, exploring the icy wilderness of Russia in this part. As a Russian myself, I have to say I was completely satisfied with the way Russian culture was portrayed in the book.

I don’t want to give anything of the plot away because this instalment holds quite a few revelations that will make readers gasp, and I am here to entice you to dive into them but not to reveal them beforehand. Just wait and see for yourself how this giant snowball will melt, revealing its secrets. I for sure enjoyed the process and can’t wait for more!

A highly enjoyable continuation of The Gilded Wolves, full of love, danger, and hope!

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