The Gilded Wolves (B&N Exclusive Edition)

The Gilded Wolves (B&N Exclusive Edition)

by Roshani Chokshi

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Overview

From New York Times bestselling author Roshani Chokshi comes a novel set in Paris during a time of extraordinary change—one that is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous desires...

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.

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ISBN-13: 9781250237132
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 01/15/2019
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 7,390
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 2.40(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

ROSHANI CHOKSHI is the New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen, A Crown of Wishes, Aru Shah and the End of Time, and The Gilded Wolves.

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Anonymous 2 days ago
My impressions based not he first 26 pages from Bookish First: Very Intriguing and Really Liking It! Writing: The book is very well written. I liked how to book started off with a quote and an intriguing bit of information about the world. I am a big fan Roshani Chokshi's writing. I find it lyrical and beautiful. She describes things using all the senses which really draws me in. Plot/Story: This book seems very inventive. I like that it is set in the late 1800 in Paris. It is a very interesting setting to have the book set in. It immediately is intriguing by giving a little snippet of the world before the prologue even starts. It explains this new world of Houses and heists and leaves me wants to find out at the end of this sampler. And did I mention the magic? It's intriguing and I can't wait to find out more about how it all works! Characters: There is a large host of characters and I absolutely love how diverse they all are. I am interested to find out more from each of them. I was immediately draw to Lila for her strength and fun demeanor. Severin seems very driven and I wonder if this will work out to his advantage. Zofia was also very interesting to me for the way the other characters view her. It seems like there might be a disconnect between how they view her and how she views herself and I would like to find out more about this.
Pens-and-Parchment More than 1 year ago
Rating: 4.5 stars Please consider getting a copy of this amazing book if you enjoy: - clever puzzles - art history - Six of Crows level banter and friendship - All things French - Fancy parties that may end in death - Moving floors and treasure hunting a la National Treasure - Giant rolling balls of fire (see Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom for reference) - Romance that definitely wants to make you pass out - Exploding walking sticks - Lovable boys - Lovable tarantulas - An ending that makes you want to sue the author for not having the sequel immediately Even if none of those speak to you, I can guarantee that there's something for everybody in this gorgeous historical fantasy that is sure to be one of my favorites of the year!
Anonymous 11 days ago
THE GILDED WOLVES is an action-packed adventure, in a lush, deadly world. Chokshi creates characters with interesting dynamics and compelling backstories, who all shine on the page. Severin and Laila's dynamic in particular was strongly rendered. The plot moves at a lightning fast pace through Gilded Age Paris. The magic system is interesting, and Chokshi makes a compelling commentary on stolen magic and the colonialism inherent to the time period. Every caper feels fun, with the appropriate stakes. At times, the book could stand to slow its pace. And at times, the plot twists became a bit convoluted (especially in the third act). But I'm more than willing to forgive this, because it doesn't seem to bog the book down. This is a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last line! I can't wait for the sequel and to see what Chokshi imagines next.
SevenAcreBooks 17 days ago
Paris in 1889 is a dazzling backdrop to any story, but add in a magical heist and it becomes breathtaking. Séverin Montagnet-Alaire was set to lead the House of Vanth until his birthright was taken from him. Dismissed by the other great Houses, Séverin creates his own fortune with his lavish and successful hotel, and by stealing back what rightfully belongs to him. He and his crew of unlikely treasure hunters set out to reclaim the magical artifacts belonging to the House of Vanth, as well as creating trouble for the ruling order over all the Houses of France, the Order of Babel. When another House leader offers Séverin the opportunity to reclaim his rightful place as head of his House, Séverin leads his team onto a dangerous journey that will test everyone’s skills and loyalties. This book has an amazing cast of characters and their magical, or forging, abilities are fascinating. There’s Laila, born stillborn but crafted into a new body by magicians, has the ability to read all objects, except those forged, with her touch. Zofia, a socially awkward and completely genius engineer, has a tendency to magically start fires and cause explosions. Tristan with his love of insects, especially large spiders, and his ability to forge incredible flowers. Enrique with his love of history and his disappointment at being unable to forge. All members of Séverin’s team and bound to him through magical contracts. The group is such a tight knit family that completely accepts one another for who they are and without judgement. The world building within this story is incredible. The magical ability to forge dictates your place within a family and within society. The way the character’s outfits and costumes can change with a sweep of a hand would be incredible to see on the big screen-or you know, the t.v. screen because it would be a great series. The story is fast paced with with plenty of action to keep the pages turning. Political intrigue, mysterious artifacts, magical abilities-it’s all so amazing. I loved this story and I’m looking forward to what will come next in the series.
thegeekishbrunette 27 days ago
There has been a lot of hype for this book before and after its publication date but for me it just fell a little short in certain areas. The beginning chapters were quite hard to follow when it came to the plot. If I remember correctly, it wasn't until Chapter 3 where I started to piece things together as to what they were trying to steal or even how any of the characters were connected. The beginning was certainly filled with action but it lacked in explaining and this happened quite often throughout the book especially when it came to different mythologies that are included in the plot. The characters in this book a quite diverse and in a way reminded me of the gang from Six of Crows. They are sarcastic, charming, and of course they are planning a serious heist. They are all unique and come from interesting backgrounds, some backgrounds covered more than others. One of the things I liked about the writing style was the different PoVs for each chapter. When it is done right it is a great way to see the plot from different perspectives. Another thing I liked about the writing was how lyrical it was at times. Overall, it was a decent read but it just wasn't really for me. I didn't connect with the characters and it was hard to get into the plot from the beginning. I think many will enjoy this book especially if they love Six of Crows or like the movie National Treasure.
ZenithMeridian 3 months ago
First I would like to state that I read a 30-page excerpt of this book through bookishfirst and this review is based on that initial reading. Gilded Wolves should automatically appeal to someone like me; magic and an 'Ocean's 11' style heist mixed with some decent YA tropes should be as entertaining as it comes but there was something just, off about this experience. With only the basic introductions to characters, I have to say...I see little difference in personality or rationale behind their future actions. I know the heist was done since the opening bit of 'history' pretty much seals that in before the start of the actual narrative but there is still something fundamentally missing for me. Maybe there was more details and character development further along in the book ( dear gods I hope so,) but for right now, the first 30 pages were a struggle for me to get through let alone differentiate between all the characters. In addition, there is no real world building in this first part of the book which makes the world seem covered in fog. Yes I know it is set in France but the time period? Alternate timeline? Magical? It is hard to tell in the first 30. My guess is that the characters are developed more throughout the book but that I would be left hungry for more details about the world they inhabit.
stemandsequins 3 months ago
I was so disappointed in this book. This was actually one of my most anticipated reads this year, I even have 2 copies of it! I ended up after several attempts at getting into the book by reading it, giving up for the audiobook from the library. I didn't actually get remotely into the book until about 50% in (way too late). The characters all seemed too similar to me so I didn't really connect with them. Séverin and Zofia are the only ones I can even remember after just finishing this a few days ago. Even with the audiobook I sort of zoned out of it while listening so can't even remember much of what was happening. I know most people love this book so it's probably just a personal writing style that didn't work out for me. The characters didn't grab me and the stakes weren't high enough for me to care what happened so I was mostly bored..... I haven't read a book by Roshani before so this may just be her style and not for me. I'll continue this series though when the next book comes out. Sometimes I end up loving a series once I read the second book and I'm really hoping that's the case here.
MeganLeprich 4 months ago
Thank you so much to St. Martins Press and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I've been slowly easing myself into books I wouldn't normally read and I was very excited when I received his novel. I heard that it is reminiscent of Six of Crows and even though I haven't read that book yet it's definitely on my TBR list. I have heard many great things about the author and her past works so I was immediately intrigued by this one. This book is set in 1889 during the Exposition Universalle which is a fair that features displays of cars, diamonds, and a human zoo. While this book tended to lean more towards historical with a touch of fantasy, I still really enjoyed it and the characters. I got a little confused at times as the characters were building up and what their relationships were with each other but as I got further into the book it made more sense. There was a few areas of massive information dumps that I had to slowly read to not get confused (spoiler alert, I still did) but overall this was a really great book. I absolutely love the cover and how the author was so detailed in everything. The only complaint I have is the ending, that was an interesting cliffhanger and now I feel I have to read the second book in the series to figure out what the heck is going to happen next.
fictivelyreading 4 months ago
The cover of THE GILDED WOLVES is stunning, and so are its first pages. And the blurb bit that introduces the Four Houses is haunting and perfectly sets the tone for the rest of the book. Truly a read you'll not be able to put down. The writing is so rich you'll find yourself sitting next to Severin and marveling at the dangers happening around you. Compasses, secrets, spilled champagne...all of it is amazing and I can't wait to pick this book up. I'm so glad I had the chance to check out the first chapters of this book. I'm going to pick up a copy of THE GILDED WOLVES this weekend and put it on my book club's reading list! I can't wait for everyone to read it with me and talk about Laila and Severin!
TheWolfandBooks 5 months ago
What Did Work: The world-building, the characters, the setting, and the time period. I felt like everything was fairly original and interesting! Basically, Séverin was cut out of his rights as heir to House Vanth. The other Houses include House Nyx, House Kore, and the Fallen House. Séverin, we’re told, is the last of the Montagnet-Alarie line. This leads him to steal artifacts from his own House as well as gets sucked into a mission that upon succeeding Hypnos will help perform a correct blood test that would reveal him to be the true heir. The characters felt more like teenagers than SoC in a good way. Their dialogue and actions felt more natural for their age and it was much easier to imagine them that way. Currently, my favorite character is Zofia. I hope by the next installment I expect my attachment to this group will only grow. “…they said that dear grew in places unlit by knowledge. Perhaps if she had more knowledge, then she would not know fear.” I’m disappointed that some people are calling this a watered down version of Six of Crows. I feel like the surface level comparison simplifies, even erases, the complexities of each individual character. There’s beautiful representation, the commentary on colonization, and the struggles of being biracial and feeling like you have to choose a side just because you look like one race more than the other. So while it starts off feeling all too familiar, the representation is just SO MUCH BETTER. The authors each had two different tones in mind. I feel like TGW is more of a lavish, low-stakes, but plot-driven historical fiction fantasy, while SoC is a more character-driven, gritty, and arguably high-fantasy. I do wish Roshani Chokshi hadn’t made it so familiar knowing the risk of readers making surface-level comparisons. What Didn’t Work: Being thrown into the magic system. I literally had to write a glossary while reading this. Other readers say they felt like there was info dumping. Info dumping is when the writing is over-explanatory or the details you need aren’t naturally weaved into the story. I actually felt the opposite? It was more that there wasn’t enough explanation for me. The Villain. He and the antagonists were so underwhelming and I felt like the entire story lacked a sense of urgency because of it. Though I have a feeling the sequel will give us more backstory. The Ending. Not only did it feel rushed, I was a tad underwhelmed. I was also disappointed in how/which characters die. The Gilded Wolves is a brilliant, complex historical fiction fantasy that draws a closer resemblance to either the Da Vinci Code or Indiana Jones more so than Six of Crows or Oceans 11. Historical-fiction is outside my comfort zone, but I value how the author enriches the story with the nuance she gives to the diversity and adding her own fresh spin on multi-POV heist stories. Despite a few bumps in the beginning, this book is SO worth reading!
Sunshine1006 5 months ago
Séverin Montagnet-Alarie is a treasure Hunter and maybe more. When he is asked by the Order of Babel to find an artifact, he hopes to find something very important to him, his inheritance. He has recruited people with certain skills to help him. Each is as different as the other, but each special. Laila is important to Séverin in more than one way. Is she too different to love? This book is a treasure in it's own right. I loved it . Twisted is the first word that came to my mind, but in a good way. Can't wait to see what happens in the next book. I received this book from Net Galley and St. Martin's Press for a honest review. I voluntarily read this book.
ForTheLoveOfReading 5 months ago
• Title: The Gilded Wolves • Author: Roshani Chokshi • Series: The Gilded Wolves Book 1 • Pages: 570 • Genre: YA Historical Fantasy • Rating Out of 5 Stars: 4.5 “Don’t capture their hearts. Steal their Imagination. It’s far more useful.” My Thoughts: Where to even begin… Do I start with the beautifully lyrical writing? The cultural rep? The historical and mythology rep? I could go on and on about how many boxes this book ticked for me. I finished it then immediately started it over again and read it in one sitting because I was not ready to leave this world yet. The second read through was just as fun as the first. There are two types of people in the Gilded Wolves. People who can work a type of magic called “Forging” (people who work the elements of the earth to create different objects though there are a few who can work with people’s minds.) and those who cannot. Most of the cast of characters we encounter have some type of Forging affinity. Those that do not have more than enough personality and interesting skill sets to make up for their non-magical abilities. I find there is a nice balance in the way the tradeoff between Forge magic and learned skills are used to progress the story. There is representation galore in Gilded Wolves! Chokshi takes a very diverse cast of characters and fits them together to show that everyone can work together regardless of gender, race, sex, orientation or status in society. Will they always agree, no, of course not. But they all realize that together they can accomplish far more then on their own. Everyone has something they can bring to the table. But as they are each other’s strengths; they are also their weaknesses. We see many examples of this throughout the book. Our setting is quite daring as well showing us the ugly beauty that was Paris during the Exposition Universelle at the start of “The Beautiful Age” of France. Where the lines decadence and degeneration were often blurred. Antisemitism, Xenophobia, mistreatment of the poor was a big issue then that Chokshi does not shy away from. Her subtle touches on cultural genocide using myths, faiths and practices from across the globe and through time continue to add more depth to an already incredible story. I think there’s a bit of something for everyone. If you like science, there’s all kinds of alchemy, botany, engineering to be found. If you like history there’s plenty of cultures from Greek, Egypt, Babylonian, etc. You like fantasy? There’re magic artifacts, wielders, and traveling mirrors. You like mystery? You’re working your way to uncover what happened with a disinherited heir, two fallen houses, stolen items, more than one characters secret past... You like riddles? There’s puzzles and riddles the group must solve to find the answers they seek. You like romance? Yep, it’s got that to. Some issues I think people may have is that some of the mathematical themes or not so well-known cryptograms may go over some people’s heads. The story does tend to come across as progressing very quickly in places. With such a large cast some POV’s can get a little lost. I do wish we that more of the city itself was used. We get beautiful descriptions of the places the characters are in but with so few used, the world felt a little cramped at times. That aside I still really enjoyed this book.
KeepOnBooking 5 months ago
I absolutely loved these first few pages. I was immediately sucked into the story. I love the way magic works in this version of Earth. I love how it's considered to be a gift from God (or the Gods depending on what culture you're dealing with). I love how it's called Forging and involves the ability to create things. Even if you don't want to call it magic, that's what it seems like to me. I was entranced with the idea of Severin trying to get back the items stolen from House Vanth. I'm also slightly infuriated that a House with a clear heir was declared dead. I would love to have the full story behind why that happened. I honestly can't wait to get a copy of this book and read the entire book. I really need to know what happens.
katie_bookwise 7 months ago
Yesss!!! This book is a seductive wonder, and honestly I have no idea why people keep comparing it to Six of Crows because the similarities are... rather minimal. Both heist books? Yes. Both morally-grey groups of teenagers? Also yes. But beyond that, they're both excellent books and I adore them. The Gilded Wolves is a story about a boy why *really* wants the inheritance he was denied several years previous and his friends/employees of his hotel/people who have just kinda fallen in with him somehow are there to help him do it. Every one of these characters is beautiful and precious and needs hugs and pastries and maybe an explosion or two for general excitement. The world- an alt-Paris, circa the Exhibition Universelle- is gorgeous and rich and, as I said before, seductive. It draws you in and envelops you. It was a liiiittle bit confusing at times, perhaps, but the Houses meshed nicely and I need more information asap. The CLIFFHANGER destroyed me and I'm not. over. it. Also, Cait from PaperFury's description of Hypnos as a "glitter party bisexual" is perfect and I can't improve upon it. PICK UP THIS BOOK. You won't regret it. and if any more people say it's exactly the same as Six of Crows and thus boring, send them to me. i'll fight them myself. bc no
BlotsofInk 7 months ago
hi, so who allowed roshani chokshi to end a book like that ladies, gentlemen, buddies beyond the binary, I am pleased to expose Roshani Chokshi for clearly a god in human form and tricking us all. there is NO way on earth a mere human, a mortal, a non-divine being could have written a novel as beautifully as she did!!! (in case you were wondering, I am not okay.) Along with Roshani’s amazing writing, the crew in this book had the most amazing banter, ever. Their group dynamic is what I strive to have. “Tristan and Hypnos admired my outfit,” she said, resting her hand on her hip. “No compliment from you?” “I didn’t have a chance to look,” he said… “Too busy avoiding certain death. It’s terribly distracting, you know.” Trigger & content warnings for colonialism, racism, stillbirth, death of a loved one, mental torture, almost-dismemberment, graphic depictions of blood, cultural erasure, parental neglect, and mention of suicide. (As always, you can contact me if you would like more information on any of these.
BlotsofInk 7 months ago
hi, so who allowed roshani chokshi to end a book like that ladies, gentlemen, buddies beyond the binary, I am pleased to expose Roshani Chokshi for clearly a god in human form and tricking us all. there is NO way on earth a mere human, a mortal, a non-divine being could have written a novel as beautifully as she did!!! (in case you were wondering, I am not okay.) Along with Roshani’s amazing writing, the crew in this book had the most amazing banter, ever. Their group dynamic is what I strive to have. “Tristan and Hypnos admired my outfit,” she said, resting her hand on her hip. “No compliment from you?” “I didn’t have a chance to look,” he said… “Too busy avoiding certain death. It’s terribly distracting, you know.” Trigger & content warnings for colonialism, racism, stillbirth, death of a loved one, mental torture, almost-dismemberment, graphic depictions of blood, cultural erasure, parental neglect, and mention of suicide. (As always, you can contact me if you would like more information on any of these.
books2readilse 7 months ago
“History is a myth shaped by the tongues of conquerors” My first Roshani Chokshi read was definitely a thrilling ride. The world she shaped is a very unique and spellbinding. I truly appreciated all the details, however the details were also confusing at times. The story takes place in 1889 Exposition Universelle in France. A place where new technologies are emerging. A place where beyond the glamour, ugly and forgotten things took place as well. History does not always unveil the macabre things that happened among the glam. The story is told in different POV’s through the eyes of a few characters, these characters all have a dark past that they are either trying to run from or change. We see the secrets that make up the tale. The main character Severin is a smooth talking, secretive and manipulative person. He has an agenda that rules most of his actions, to reclaim his fallen and stripped titles as one of the main house leaders. He enlists a team of friends who are going to help him reclaim his house and his titles through what they call acquisitions, a fancy word for stealing antiques that hold secrets. These friends are from different parts of the world and they each hold a unique secret ability that Severin wants to use to his advantage. I do believe he cares for his friends, but it is no secret he hope they will ultimately help him in his grand scheme. When one of the other house members enlist the team to help him secure a valuable piece from another house leader Severin is trapped in helping him, but his true wants may be at arms reach with this acquisition. The success of the plan will hold their fate. This novel was so detailed and different that it did often leave me feeling confused for the first half of the novel. I see why a story like this needed to be set up and crafted, but with all the detail I missed a lot of character and plot development to descriptions and explanations. I later learned that this is going to be a trilogy and I can appreciate the set up more. I am curious to see where all the character development goes into the next novel, especially because the ending leaves you wanting more. I give this novel 3.5 stars as it was a challenging read and it only hooked me towards the end.
Anonymous 9 months ago
*This review is based on an e-ARC edition provided by the publisher via NetGalley. These are my honest opinions.* In my opinion, the setting and world-building of The Gilded Wolves are the novel’s greatest strengths. It feels like we are in France – but not. A crew of six sets out on a quest to retrieve an ancient artifact central to the preservation of the civilized world. It’s 1889, and Paris is on the verge of the World Fair. It’s a time of glittering parties, but also a time filled with darkness. And this Paris has magic! It is an interesting idea to center the story around “Babel Fragments,” objects that are imbued with God’s power to create things. And Chokshi adds many creative details that contribute to her fictional France. In this world, people have the ability to “Forge” – the power that allows humans to create artistic magical gardens or to give inanimate objects, such as stone animals, lifelike qualities. Every forged object or creature is also built with a fail-safe called a somno that will put the creation to sleep. There are secret workshops hidden behind mirror-like doors that turn transparent, called Tezcat doors. There is actually a powder called “mirror powder” that allows a person to look exactly like another person for a few minutes. This Paris also has mnemo bugs, which are Forged beetles that can record images and sound and project them like holograms. Another interesting – but creepy – addition is the Phobus Helmet, which plays the wearer’s nightmares on a loop. The characters are OK. I didn’t feel drawn to them very strongly. Severin is the leader of the quest and also the lost heir to House Vanth. Severin is part Algerian and deeply wants to protect his crew members, who are like family to him. But I couldn’t get over how much of a jerk he is to Laila near the end of the book. I found Zofia to be one of the more interesting characters. She functions as the crew’s “engineer.” She seems to be a touch Autistic, and she is superb with numbers. Zofia also has the ability to forge metals and enjoys blowing things up. (She can light a match with her teeth!) Tristan is like a brother to Severin. He has a Forging affinity for liquid matter, particularly the liquid in plants; as a result, he can create extravagant gardens. In my opinion, he is a bit too fond of Goliath, his pet tarantula, which often generates jokes. Unfortunately, I think the emphasis on Goliath is a bit distracting from the mature atmosphere that the author seems to be going for. Enrique is the crew’s “historian.” He excels at puzzles and is very knowledgeable about ancient civilizations. He is part Filipino, and he often brings a nice touch of humor to the group’s conversations. He wields a cool walking stick that has a light bomb attached to the end. Hypnos is the patriarch of one of the other Houses – House Nyx. He is wealthy and spoiled, and he is the person who recruits the team members for the mission (by tricking Severin into it). He is crafty and sly, but it seems that he just wants a family to be a part of. Laila is a wonderful dancer of Indian descent. Her stage name is L’Enigme! She is passionate about baking desserts, and she also has the power to read an object’s history. She can see what the objects once witnessed. Like other reviewers have mentioned, I agree there is too much stuff packed into the book. There is quite a lot going on, including Laila's side quest, POV switching, and several love triangles.
smweston 9 months ago
3.5 Stars. I finished this a few weeks ago, but this was a book that I needed to take my time to collect my thoughts. Let me start with what I absolutely loved about this book; the characters. The characters are so lovable and diverse - and we get a peek into each of their thoughts. I can't say enough good things about Severin, Tristan, Lalia, Enrique, Sofia, and Hypnos. I fell in love with each and every one of them. (And I loved the tension between Severin and Laila even if I was screaming at them to just get with each other by the end!) However, the plot just has too much going on. There were several times that I forgot it was set in the 1800s until a small detail, like Sofia's hoop skirt, would throw me off. The narration also gets confusing as it seems to not really be distinctly first person or third person. Also, this doesn't really feel like a heist book to me, even though it's being marketed as such. That's not a positive or negative in my opinion, as I still love it, but I just felt like the plot's concentration wasn't so much on pulling off this elaborate heist as introducing the characters. Overall, I liked this and am excited for the rest of the trilogy. Thanks to BookishFirst and Wednesday Books for the ARC in exchange for my honest review!
EmilieSG 9 months ago
I would probably give this book 3.5 stars. It was a good historical YA Fantasy and hard to put down. A team of misfits in an alternate Belle Epoque Paris work to stop a faction of madmen from gaining access to a piece of the ancient Tower of Babel. This group of friends uses their unique talents to plan a heist to rival "Ocean's Eleven" in order to keep the ancient artifact away from those who would misuse its power. The world-building is very good, the characters are likable, and the plot is very original. That being said, I did have a few problems with the book. One, I really would have liked more elaboration on the backstory of the characters. Many important things happen to them before the actual book begins, and while these events are related in flashbacks, I think more attention could have been paid to these things. It really would have added to the story. Two, the "mythology" of the story was explained, but this is another area in which more detail could have enhanced the book. Three, the story is narrated by several different characters, and while this is well-done, at times it got confusing and I did have to go back an see which point-of-view we were looking through at the time. Perhaps the author could have varied the voices a bit more to make it easier to identify. Lastly, the climax of the book seemed rushed, and then the resolution/ending seemed very drawn out. The last several chapters just really served to set up the second book in the series. I would have liked a more definite conclusion instead of a lead-in to Book Two. All that being said, the author had an original story and deftly created a world that drew me in as a reader. The sights, smells, tastes, and feelings were expertly described. The various characters each had idiosyncrasies, backstories, and personality traits that were relatable. I did enjoy this book, but it almost seemed like the author wanted to do so much that many things were glossed over when they deserved more time. The fantastical story, the mythology and world-building, the decadence of the time, the puzzles/science/ math, the themes of colonialism, marginalization, isolation, being "the other," all deserved more attention than they received just because there was not room in the book. If it could have been tightened up and perhaps had less going on I would have given it a higher rating. I would still recommend the book to anyone who enjoys caper/heist stories, YA, Fantasy, and History.
Magdalyn_Ann 9 months ago
A heist, a band of misfits, a stolen inheritance and Bond-levels of gadgets. What's not to love about The Gilded Wolves? Well... The whole concept was what made me desperately want this book. Plus, Roshani Chokshi’s previous books were a smash hit–so that means The Gilded Wolves had to be great too, right? Not so much. When I was reading, I just felt lost a lot of the time. I didn’t quite understand the “magic” system presented in the book, and it felt a little flimsy at best. The characters were a shining aspect to the book; I loved the diverse and interesting crew, and I was interested enough in them alone to keep reading. I just kept finding myself constantly shunted out of the story due to the lackluster worldbuilding and the ever-present deus ex machina that came up at every turn. There were some interesting points that felt skated over, and few things were ever really delved deeply into. The writing itself felt forced and stiff, and the occasional French words tossed into a conversation that was otherwise written in English just made it seem like the characters weren’t speaking in French at all…in a story about (mostly) French natives. I was never invested in the heist, and there never truly felt like there had been any sort of tension. I dreaded picking up the book to finish it, but I was determined and far enough in that I couldn’t just DNF it. It felt like a slog just to get through it, despite the intriguing concept and the hope that maybe it’ll explain something at some point instead of just this vague teasing of information hidden somewhere in the story. All in all, it wasn’t a terrible book. I’ve read and reviewed some pretty bad ones in my time, and The Gilded Wolves wasn’t one of those. It had plenty of room to expand and be better, but there was some great prose and the characters were the shining stars of the whole ordeal. But it’s not something I’d be willing to read again.
HowUsefulItIs 9 months ago
This book is definitely an excellent read. I enjoy the humor between the characters. I like that bit of forbidden love, or just the characters forbidden themselves from it happening again even though both enjoyed each other’s company. I like their stolen looks and thoughts of longing for each other. Zofia and Enrique’s worries are relatable and I like reading their views most. The puzzles and riddles are interesting as well as their knowledge of facts. This book is told in the third person point of view following Severin, the last heir to House Vanth, a line of House that was declared dead 10 years ago. His hobby is acquisition, stealing auction antiques that originally belonged to House Vanth. He wants his House alive again. Another view is Laila. She is working with Severin on his acquisitions because she’s in search of an ancient book. She has a special gift, through her touch, she could know an object’s secret history. She’s also a cabaret star L’Enigme and a baker of divine cakes. The third view is Enrique, a historian. He’s out helping Severin to steal this compass that supposed to have a secret map hidden in it but experience an unexpected delay. The fourth view is Zofia, a forger of metals and one who loves math. The fifth view is Hypnos, a young heir to House Nyx. He wants the Horus Eye and contracts Severin and his team to obtain it for him in exchange to having Severin’s inheritance restored. The story is divided into seven parts. Gilded Wolves is very well written and complicated at the same time. There are different foreign languages in this book with characters from different backgrounds. There are different types of magic happening in this story. The historical discussion and world building of Forging is not easy to understand for me. I thought forgeries are fake replica stuffs but how can interior designs, clothing and everything describe in this book are made through forgeries, including forgeries of the mind and metal. It makes this new magic interesting and complicated to read all the same. I do like the 7 deadly sins that taught Severin to become who he is today. There’s that bit of necromancy if you are into it. There’s a lot going on in this book and I do recommend everyone to read it. Pro: humor, longing for each other, diversity, magic, intelligent characters, 7 deadly sins, Con: complications of Forging world building I rate it 4.5 stars! ***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Wednesday Books for inviting me to host a blog tour. I appreciate the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest. xoxo, Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com for more details
LibaryInTheCountry 10 months ago
The Gilded Wolves is a wonderful, powerful and imaginative story, teeming with representation for marginalized groups and with a superb cast of unforgettable characters. With lush descriptions and thought provoking narratives, I was swept into the world of Belle Époque Paris. Roshani does a wonderful job of painting a world teaming with life, while shining a strong light onto those who pay for other's privileges. This book is PERFECT for fans of Six of Crows. If you are in dire need of #squadgoals and heists, this is the book for you. I absolutely adore how these characters work together, how each has their own specialty and their backstories - particularly what brought them into Séverin's life. Séverin is the heir to a fallen House. Disgraced and forgotten, Séverin is a highly complex character whose main goal is the gain back everything he's been denied. You will find yourself regularly charmed by and frustrated with him. He is my next favorite character of 2019 and I was constantly LIVING for his POV chapters in this book. Enrique hit close to home for me, as my grandfather emigrated to the United States from the Philippines in the 1920s. I adore his character immensely, his dry humor and constant exasperation with his compatriots, and support him 110%. Laila is her own mystery and a tantalizing one at that. Battling with her identity and feelings, she is probably the strongest personality of this book and the glue that holds everyone together. Serious #momfriend over here. Just don't tell her I said that. Zofia is too damn smart for her own good. No really, her character represents several groups rarely featured in fantasy literature. As the mother of an autistic child, I loved Zofia's narrative and analytical mind. Roshani did a great job of portraying Zofia and I cannot wait to see her discover more of herself in the sequel. Tristan is so lovely and sweet, I loved everything he brought to the page and how everyone seeks to protect him while all he wants is to feel useful. His relationship with Séverin is so important for the story and a driving force for much of the future plot. While I certainly loved the plot of this and the world Roshani has created - I was absolutely ravenous for one of the romance subplots. It was so angsty, with history and wanting and I swear I was absolutely riveted every time these characters interacted with each other. I cannot wait to see where their relationship goes in the sequel - which has a fantastic set up in that regard as well. Additionally, there are other romantic subplots hinted at in this including possible gay and bisexual feelings and I am just HERE FOR IT. These characters are still discovering their sexual identity and I am readily holding their hand through it all. I SUPPORT YOU. My only complaint is that some of the historical and scientific descriptions can be a little lengthy and hard to follow. However, I loved the almost "treasure hunt" like vibe to this and easily looked past these instances. Overall, this book opens a rich and vibrant world with a dark underbelly, unexpected twists and suffering, and is truly a statement piece for those under the heel of colonialism, racism and prejudice. The book ends with a captivating set up for the second book that will have you screaming from the rafters and dying for more! Review copy provided by the St. Martin's Press/Wednesday Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Elena_L 10 months ago
"The Gilded wolves" is a fantasy novel set in 1889, Paris and centers around Severin - in order to reclaim his inheritance, he and his crew go on a quest to find some important magical artifact. Chokshi creates a complex and fantastic world with magical elements and well-developed settings. The characters were diverse and completely distinctive - I connected with each one of them and specially loved Zofia for her wisdom and stilness when facing adversities. Although in the beginning the storyline could sound a bit overwhelming due to the amount of information, it was wonderfully crafted with beautiful writing. Furthermore, the chapters told in different POVs were engaging and allowed me to have a deep look into each character. The final pages made my jaw drop and I am so excited for more. "The Gilded wolves" is a mix of "Da Vinci Code" and "The invisible library" series and it was a good step to start reading Roshani Chokshi. I recommend!
Mel-Loves-Books 10 months ago
“Kisses were not supposed to be like this. Kisses were to be witnessed by stars, not held in the presence of stale death. But as the bones rose around them, Laila saw fractals of white. They looked like pale constellations and she thought that, perhaps, for a kiss like this, even hell would put forth stars.” The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi is overall a beautifully written interesting story. The beginning for me was very confusing and it did take a bit of push through on my part to keep reading to understand what was happening and who the characters were. In the end though I am very glad I stuck with it. It has amazing characters, and the story is fascinating. The ending is very much a set up for a second book, and that kind of irks me, but it did work because I now dying for the second book which I know I will buy as soon as it is available. I give the book 4 stars. “I think the greatest power is belief, for what is a god without it?”