ARC Review: The Gilded Wolves – Roshani Chokshi

The Gilded Wolves
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 a copy of The Gilded Wolves from Netgalley. Roshani Chokshi is one of my favourite authors, and thus I automatically had to request it.

This book is #ownvoices.

I wa so so so excited about this book. I love Roshani Chokshi’s writing. It’s illustrative, it’s beautiful, it’s descriptive.

Once again the area where Roshani excels is her characters, and their detailed developments. They really feel like real people, with dreams, aspirations, and faults. I loved the portrayal of the multiracial character, as he went through several experiences that were similar to mine, and it’s always nice to see that one is not alone in these experiences.

Unfortunately, the story didn’t hold me in its grasp, as much as other Roshani Chokshi books have.

Another thing that did disappoint me was that it took quite a long time for the book to get started. I felt like half of the book was more setting the scene and it was a little too long. This also result in me feeling like the book was unfinished and not complete, I didn’t like the too open ending. I feel like this book felt more like an introduction to a novel, than a novel in itself.

The Gilded Wolves is a lovely book, however if you’re new to Roshani Chokshi’s writing, I would recommend The Star-Touched Queen, The Crown of Wishes, or Aru Shah and the End of Time.

Trigger warning: violence, child abuse, murder, death.

3 stars

Are you going to read The Gilded Wolves? Have you read any of Roshani Chokshi’s books?

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