Monday, July 8, 2019

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi


The Gilded Wolves
by Roshani Chokshi
Published by St. Martin's Press
384 pages


Plot: 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.  (2019, Goodreads.com)



Review:  In The Gilded Wolves, we find an interesting twist to the Tower of Babel story, which meshes both magic and technology and set in the late 1880s in France.  I must admit it was a bit confusing at times to keep up with how forged magic worked, but eventually, you get the gist of it.  The story is told through multiple POVs, which worked well since it is a heist-type plot.  The characters were diverse and interesting, and I enjoyed seeing the story through their different perspectives.  It definitely adds depth to their personalities and makes their interactions more dynamic.  

Severin and Laila's romance was turbulent at times, and I think Chokshi did a great job building the tension between them.  You can't help but root for their happily ever after. Zofia and Enrique are an interesting duo and I'm curious to see what's in store for them in the next book.  I want to learn more about each of their backgrounds, and I hope we do as the story continues. Hypnos was a likable character but tended to act rather childish at times.  But, his personality was uniquely his and his behavior was consistent throughout the story.  Tristan's character was not as developed as I would have liked.  I think the most memorable thing about him was that he liked spiders and constantly worried about his tarantula getting fed.  However, the ending did provide some insight into this.

Roshani Chokshi is probably one of my favorite authors.  Her writing style is always so beautiful and has that poetic touch to it.  I've read her Star-Touched series and can't recommend it enough. To me this story was a Six of Crows meets Indiana Jones- a heist mixed with historical fiction and magical artifacts.  I am looking forward to the next book in this series!

*A DRC was given for an honest review.

Rating:  4 Hearts!
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