The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves #1) by Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: Wednesday Books (January 15, 2019)
Print Length: 388 pages
Audiobook Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
Audiobook Narrator: Laurie Catherine Winkel, P.J. Ochlan
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.
While The Gilded Wolves had many attributes to make it a run away success, much in the style of Leigh Bardugo’s beloved Six of Crows duology, a handful of issues ended up making it a disappointment.
Firstly, the lyrically whimsical way Chokshi crafted her book was absolutely stunning. I am not usually one for flowery diction, as I think it tends to muddle down otherwise solid books, but Chokshi almost made the language a character in its own right, which definitely made it stand out among a sea of SoC comparisons. However, I did find that the plot could be incredibly confusing at times, leading to world building that lacked a clear vision within the overall premise. Also, there is a lot of math in this book which, for someone who studied in humanities, greatly disconnected me due to a lack of understanding.
On that note, I did rather enjoy the diversity that Chokshi put into her characters. Each favoured a different culture, which only added to the rag-tag-ness of the group. My favourites of the group had to be Zofia and Tristan, given that they are both sassy and somehow unwavering loyal at the same time. Also, if you aren’t a fan of romance in your YA fantasy novels then this book is for you. While it is hinted that two characters have had relations in the past, and could very well blossom again in future installments, this book is romance lite compared to others in the genre.
While it seems like, from the above review anyways, I wont be continuing on with the series there was one more redeeming factor that has me teetering the edge of purchasing the sequel, the explosive ending. While I wont spoil which character meet a tragic end, I can tell that the death is going to lead the remaining wolves down a treacherous path of guilt, grief, and revenge, all reasons in my mind to keep on keeping on.
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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And those are my thoughts on The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves #1) by Roshani Chokshi. Have any YA fantasy recommendations you think I should check out? Leave them as a comment below and help my TBR grow.