The Gilded Wolves (B&N Exclusive Edition)

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by Roshani Chokshi

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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: 217
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 2.40(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 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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Pens-and-Parchment 5 days 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!
Mjnorman 15 hours ago
Roshani Chokshi does it again! Gilded Wolves is beautifully written, evoking strong imagery and expressive relationships. Like in Star-Touched Queen and Night and Death, the plot feels organic — the perfect balance of world building, action and character development. As always, Chokshi is a pleasure to read. Set in the aristocratic circles of Paris, ancient magic flows freely, and one man is on the hunt to reclaim his family’s prestige. Cut off as a magical founding family, Séverin has remade himself into a businessman and thief. Spending his time reclaiming magical heirlooms, Séverin and his friends seem unstoppable...that is until the powerful Order of Babel task Séverin with a dangerous, yet lucrative mission. If all goes well Séverin May reclaim his inheritance, if not, certain death!
JollyRogerBooks 16 hours ago
Right after ending the book: MY HEART! I NEED BOOK 2 NOW! HOW COULD ROSH DO THIS TO US! MY HEART!!!! Okay , let's take some deep breaths and go about this calmly. The GIlded Wolves is an absolute delight to read with all the beautiful descriptions and imagery that Chokshi is becoming known for. Combine Roshani Chokshi's descriptive writing with the granduer and mystery of Paris and you've got one beautiful story. Forewarning, i did listen to the audiobook so i was truly transported to Paris with all the accents and descriptions. Sidenote: if you listen to this audiobook your thoughts will have a french accent for the rest of the day. In The Gilded Wolves we are introduced to a crew that is ready to treasure hunt and is no newbies at it either. They work together on Acquisition jobs when not working at Severin's hotel Le Den* *clarification as i did listen to the audio, i have no idea how to spell anything but the 6 MC's names because that is on twitter. We have Severin who runs the hotel and is the blood heir to House Vanth of France in the Order of Babel that stems from the Bible Story around the Tower of Babel. In France there are two other Houses, House Nyx and House Kore whom deny that Severin should be the next Patriarch of House Vanth and instead declared House Vanth dead. He is set on finding the perfect artifact to bribe the Order of Babel to redo the inheritance test and let him take back the title. He is joined by friends and allies he has found along the way. Joining him is probably one of my favorite characters, Zofia who is A FEMALE ENGINEER who i believe is a bit autistic, or whatever it is where sarcasm and those type of jokes seem to go over her head. BUT A FEMALE ENGINEER!!!! HELL TO THE YEAH!! THis girl is my heart and how she sees the world with math and wnating to invent is beautiful. If Zofia is my heart , then Tristan is my joy. A precoius snowflake who loves plants and animals more than anything except Severin his brother in everything but blood. THis man is absolutely precious and must be protected. Enrique is an absolute delightful, sarcastic historian and i will STAN this man for ever. He will occasionally be the voice of reason and puzzle things out with Zofia. Layla is the Mom Friend to the T who also won't hesitate to call you out on your Bull. She has your best intentions at heart. SHe also is a fabulous baker. The Fabulous 5 are in the middle of an acquisition heist when the patriarch of House Nyx, Hypnos a very flamboyant man, "hires" them to acquire a specific artifact that will help locate a mythical artifact and promises to re-administer the inheritance test for Severin. QUITE a few hijinks and dedutions happen throughout the story as you explore Historical Paris into a fascinating story that is building up a larger arc for a Trilogy. The characters have great personal ARCS but still have room to grow in the next few books as well. Another amazing story by ROshani Chokshi and great opener for the Gilded wolves trilogy.
taramichelle 17 hours ago
The Gilded Wolves was such a fun, enjoyable read! It was a great heist story that kept me intriguing throughout. I loved trying to figure out all of the clues, it was so fun to see how they worked out (and really impressed me with the amount of research Chokshi must have done). It took me a bit to get into the story but that was entirely due to my mood and not at all due to the book itself. I also absolutely loved the diversity in this book! I really wish that I’d had more like this one growing up. The banter between the characters was so witty, I laughed out loud multiple times. I’m also so, so excited to see where the sequel goes, I loved how both a larger mythology and mystery were introduced in this book. Overall, The Gilded Wolves was dark, beautifully written, and a joy to read. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Dalai-Momma-Drama 22 hours ago
Enamored with this book just by reading a sample of it a few months ago...I was excited to finally go on the full journey. Severin, Laila, Enrique, Tristan, and are going to be glad to have met these amazing book characters. A well crafted story...interesting characters....the beautiful and intricate writing style...I can't say enough praise about all of it. Well worth the wait...the journey into this world is so full of symbolism and strength and power. much going on. Yes at times it could get confusing....but believe me when I say it all comes together and it's what makes this complexity of all these things so intriguing. Wonderful read worth reading....
Jolie 1 days ago
The Gilded Wolves showed up on my radar a few months back. When I read the blurb, I had a “meh” reaction and almost didn’t accept the review request from the publisher. At the time, my reading/review schedule was busy. Even though the book was due to be published in January, I didn’t think I was going to be able to read it. Then I reread the blurb and my “meh” reaction turned into a “Hmmm“. Since I had a few books scheduled for review in January, I decided to accept the review request. Let me tell you, I am so glad that I did. This has to be one of the best books I have read this year. This was a beautifully written book. The author took her time building up the characters backstories while progressing with the main storylines. Any other book would have me sitting here and complaining about it. But not here. It worked. The author separated the backstories by having them in italics. What I liked also is that there was no confusion when that happened either. That alone made this book an enjoyable read for me. I liked that the main characters were fleshed out and they were diverse. Enrique was from the Philippines and was mixed race. He was Filipino/Spanish. Laila was from India. Zofia was Jewish and from Poland. Hypnos was White and Black. Severin was Middle Eastern and White. I enjoyed reading how each culture was different and how everyone meshed together. I also liked how the author chose to bring up sexuality in the book. The century that the book is set in wasn’t known for being tolerant of homosexuality or bisexuality. So to have Enrique be bisexual was awesome. His attraction to both Hypnos and Zofia was written beautifully. He wasn’t ashamed at being attracted to both men and women. Which was fantastic. I didn’t like Severin when he was first introduced in the book. He came across as cocky and careless. As the book went on, I did start to like him. All he wanted was to bring his House back and to be its Patriarch. Which is why I was surprised when he did what he did at the end of the book. I liked Laila. She was the heart and soul of the group. The relationships that she forged with everyone was prevalent throughout the book. I was surprised and intrigued by her backstory. I am wondering what is going to happen to her when she turns 19. Her hidden ability was amazing. Zofia was odd but I liked her. She was brilliant. Her nickname of “the phoenix” fit her. I wanted to cry when she was remembering her years at the university. The way she was treated by both her classmates and teachers was horrible. I don’t blame her for doing what she did (even though it was by accident). Enrique was one of my favorite characters in the book. For the reasons, I stated above. Also because he told it like it was to Severin. He was also brilliant. The history he knew blew me away. Tristan touched my heart. From the beginning of the book, I could tell there was something wrong. The abuse that he suffered by Wrath broke him. He reminded me of a small child at points in the book. Because of that, I thought he job as a poisoner was odd. But he was brilliant. He was also obsessed with spiders. He devotion to Goliath was touching. Creepy, but touching. The plotline with Severin and his quest to get his House back was fascinating. I liked that Egyptian mythology was used in the book. At times, the book reminded me of an Indiana Jones movie. I love it when a plotline keeps me guessing and this one definitely did. The secondary plotlines enriched th
spellbindingstories 2 days ago
Ever since I heard about The Gilded Wolves, it became one of my most anticipated releases of 2019. Not only do I adore Roshani Chokshi’s writing, but I also love books with an ensemble cast of characters (especially when said characters are going on a heist!!!). First, I’ll talk about what makes this story great. I think the highlight of the entire story is the characters. Each individual felt unique, but also like a puzzle piece or part of a whole. They each have such colorful backstories that allow readers to easily grow attached, but when they are placed alongside one another, the characters automatically seem to fit and come together as a single unit. I never once doubted their love or loyalty to one another. It was as evident and tangible as the book I held in my hands. Their pure belief in one another marked this story’s characters as ones easily loved and remembered. It’s so hard to choose which character is my favorite, because I love them all, but if I was forced to choose, it would have to be a tie between Zofia and Enrique. Not only did I love their individual personalities, but I also loved their personalities in tandem with one another. When they work or even joke alongside one another, they’re an undeniable duo. I’m really interested in seeing how their relationship will develop in the future, an aspect that will likely haunt me until I’m able to get my hands on book 2. Another great aspect of the story is the setting. Though this story takes place around an actual historical event in history, the fantasy element makes it distinctive. It felt like something that could’ve easily been overdone or underdone, but Chokshi found the perfect balance. It felt like the characters were simultaneously in Paris and in a fantasy world yet to be discovered. Overall, a job well done. Now, to briefly mention what made this story a four-star read instead of five… I hate to say it, but the beginning of this book was slow and confusing. I mean, I was invested, but I had to re-read almost everything several times in order to understand completely. It was only until I was half-way through the story that I felt myself being sucked into the plot. Don’t get me wrong, the story is amazing and the backstory is a necessary matter to draw out and explain in detail. However, the fact that it stalled the level of my interest initially, because of how much effort it took to organize the characters and plot, definitely didn’t work in its favor. This book is definitely one to check out. I am stocked for a sequel!
acuneo 3 days ago
Rating: 4.5 stars Thank you to Bookish First and Wednesday Books for providing me a copy to review! This in no way affected my opinion. This was my first experience with Chokshi’s writing and I can’t believe what I have been missing! This story was everything that I love. Found Family! Friendship! Lovable Characters! Heists and Treasure Hunts! The shining jewel of the book is the characters. They are diverse, quirky, and Chokshi made me really care for them. Severin is basically the MC though all of the characters get there own POV and side not they are all amazing. I never groaned because it was *that* character’s chapter. He is the last descendant of the lost Vanth House and his end goal is to gain the position of Patriarch that has been denied to him. Thus in his quest to regain his title he has collected an eclectic group of friends. Severin’s brother, Tristan, is uses Forging (magic? misunderstood science?) techniques to create these amazing gardens and owns a huge tarantula, Goliath. There is Lalia, an amazing baker and dancer, looking for an ancient book that will help her understand her existence. Oh, and she can touch items and read the memories tied to them. Then there is Enrique, who is a historian who you are never sure if he is sarcastic or serious. Zofia is my favorite character. She is an engineer/chemist/mad scientist who sucks at anything social, so basically me. Oh and she loves to set things on fire and can strike a match using her teeth which I would still like an explanation on how she can do that! And then there is Hypnos, who is the Patriarch of House Nyx and he tricks Severin into helping him find the Horus Eye. I was wary of him as he seemed like he would be quick to stab them in the back but I slowly warmed up to him. The story moves quickly and there were many times when I did not want to stop reading, even though I had to because responsibilities. It is largely a treasure hunt with heists and confusing clues. I loved how Chokshi included these little bits of facts like Fibonacci’s sequence and Ortolans. It really helped to bring the book to life. There were three things that made me annoyed and this would have been a five star read for me if it was not for these points. First, what was with Severin and his Seven-Deadly-Sins fathers. I kind of get what Chokshi was doing with it but I don’t understand it. I know that she wanted to add to Severin’s backstory but I felt like the book could have done without it. This is a bit of a spoiler but I hated the ending with Severin and Lalia. THEY BOTH ARE IN LOVE WITH EACH OTHER SO WHY WON'T THEY JUST SAY IT. I understand that Severin was not in a good place (I am trying to limit the spoilers here) and pushed her away because he was in pain. But why did she have to propose to become his mistress to be welcomed back in his life??? I understand that Lalia does benefit by having a lover as it adds to the drama of her life as a dancer but it felt cheap for Chokshi to do this. I think that Lalia and Severin should have made up in a different way. Lastly, the whole bit with the villain was confusing. I don’t know if I was me but I found it hard to follow what was going on with them, especially during the boss fight at the end.
Kaci1019 3 days ago
The characterization in The Gilded Wolves is superb. This book is full of multiple perspectives which is brilliant, because it not only allows us to see through the eyes of each character, but to see our favorites from new angles. Each of these characters have their own pasts, their own talents. They have their own personal missions, combined as a team for one epic quest. Set in this historical Paris setting feels both luxurious and almost forbidden. It's not just back alleys, it's decadent hotels the Eiffel Tower. This book is as bright and brilliant as Paris is at night.story is well-written and the world building is phenomenal! I absolutely love the history and how it connects to the Tower of Babel. There are lots of action scenes that are exciting and will keep you wanting to read more. There were a few points of the book that dragged a bit, but the story was mostly face-paced and gripping. The ending leaves you with more questions to be answered, and some big ones at that! I am really looking forward to the sequel.
gelm 3 days ago
Not as Good as it Could Have Been I received an ARC of this book from BookishFirst. The summary given of the book did not do it justice at all. I enjoyed the beginning of the book when the characters were being introduced and their backstories were being given, but the rest of the book just dragged. I felt that some scenes gave too many details where others did not give enough details. I almost did not finish this book, but for some reason I really wanted to know how it ended. The ending was disappointing with almost all the characters enduring some sort of heartbreak. I know the author was trying to set up for the next book in the series, but she did it so that I was not at all interested in reading the next book. I will not be reading the sequel.
Sylira 4 days ago
The Gilded Wolves is about a band of charming misfits, each with their own set of skills, working together to hunt down some ancient artifacts. The heists were fun to read about and full of intense scenes. I really loved the main cast of this book this, especially Séverin. He's so smart and intriguing. If you loved Six of Crows, you'll definitely enjoy this book! The one thing I did not like about this book was the ending. It was a little jarring and it felt like it came of nowhere. The twist wasn't done as well as well as it could have been. However, I do look forward to the next book and seeing how it will all develop. Also that cover? Is so pretty! I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it! It really suits the lush and gorgeous feel of the story.
Monnie777 4 days ago
This is a fast-paced book. You get sucked right into the story and don't want to stop reading. I like how we switch people telling the story throughout the book. It is at times to hard to remember that all the people in this story are under the age of 20 because they act and talk well beyond their years. This story takes place in Paris near the turn of the century but with magic. I'm not really sure how to describe Forge but to call it magic. This is a fun adventure that had a lot intellectual writing and I'm really looking forward to the next book. *I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.*
hufflepuffilicious_books 5 days ago
I received an ARC of the book from the publisher for an honest review Set in an alternate Paris in the late 1800s where magic reigns, this book follows six teenagers as they attempt to find various magical artifacts that will eventually help their leader, Severin, reclaim his birthright. The characters are diverse, come from many different backgrounds, and are well-developed. Although, they seem to act a little older than teenagers most of the time. They also really reminded me of the crew from Six of Crows. The story is well-written and the world building is phenomenal! I absolutely love the history and how it connects to the Tower of Babel. There are lots of action scenes that are exciting and will keep you wanting to read more. There were a few points of the book that dragged a bit, but the story was mostly face-paced and gripping. The ending leaves you with more questions to be answered, and some big ones at that! I am really looking forward to the sequel.
Sabrina207425 5 days ago
I absolutely loved The Gilded Wolves. The story is set against the backdrop of 1889 Paris and features the recently constructed Eiffel Tower and upcoming Exposition Universelle. This enchanting tale blends genres as a heist storyline is enriched by a world of extraordinary abilities where select individuals can “forge” matter (either liquids, solids, or gases) or the mind. Forging involves a scientific and magical manipulation or influence as real flowers are coaxed to life from strips of silk and portals are created from gilded leaves and liquid silver mirrors. The Gilded Wolves features an ensemble cast you will undoubtedly fall in love with. Each of the main characters has a well-developed backstory that is revealed as the point of views alternate by chapter. I do not always love having such a variety of POVs, but Roshani has given each of them such a distinct and charming voice that it is a pleasure to experience the scenarios from their varying viewpoints and ways of analyzing situations. This book balances devotion to others with ambition for the self, history with fantasy, and calming, decadent descriptions with action packed suspense. What an amazing beginning to a new trilogy. I can’t wait for the next installment.
Librarian_V_Reader 5 days ago
Librarian: If you're looking for a book to use for a teen book group or one to use for a battle of the books competition, this is a great choice. It has a little bit of something for everyone. Mystery, Adventure, Fantasy, Humor. There's plenty for all sorts of readers to enjoy, and enough actual meat to encourage all sorts of debate and discussion. Plus, it's by an author who is definitely on the rise, so it's likely to be in demand by many readers. I would definitely encourage teen librarians to snap this one right up. Reader: So much fun. This book is part fantasy, part historical fiction, part heist story, non-stop action. The story drew me right in and didn't slow down. I loved the ride, and I can't wait until the next one comes out. Because, man, that cliffhanger. I need to know what happens next.
QuirkyCat 5 days ago
Gilded Wolves is the first novel in a new series of the same name by Roshani Chokshi. Honestly, this is the first novel I’ve read by her and I wish I had found her sooner. Her writing style is exquisite and I never wanted the book to end! The novel is one part fantasy, one part steampunk, and one part heist. There are also a couple of romantic subplots, which is a bonus. The characters that carry the plot are incredibly well written. Each one of the expanded cast is unique, from the way they act and dress to what their passions and motivations are. Gilded Wolves takes place in Paris, 1889. But the Paris is this novel is very different from the one written about in history books. Here the elegance of the city is transcended thanks to the forging abilities of the people that live within it. Forcing is very similar to magic, though it is somewhat more specific and specialized. Each character we’ve seen with a forging ability has had an affinity for one particular material. Some forge metals, others paper, yet others the mind. One last thing worth commenting on before I begin my actual review: The cover. I honestly think this is one of my favorite covers so far. Admittedly I am partial to the deep green used, but it’s more than that. Even the cover speaks of elegance and fantasy all in one. It’s a perfect representation of the novel. I honestly think I loved almost every moment of Gilder Wolves; even the twists that were designed to make me cringe. It was all so beautifully written. The writing felt like it flowed from one scene to the next, slowly building up the tension. What really made this novel, in my opinion, were the characters. Originally we were introduced to five main characters. With time we’ve given the impression that a sixth might join the group (the jury is still out on that one). Six characters is a relatively large cast, especially before considering the number of secondary characters that are involved. But despite that, I never had a moment of trouble telling each one of them apart. Their way of thinking, speaking, and acting were all so clear and distinct. The best part of these characters was their varied backstories and reasons for being involved. I’ll confess that I think they did the best job with the true main character, Severin. Each of his chapters started with an italicized backstory focused on one element in his past. All those moments were tied together with a common theme. It was brilliant and I found myself looking forward to those moments. The rest of the characters fit their backstories well. Each one had a painful past, but they also had the drive to keep them going, and I respect that so much. Chokshi did a wonderful job of making these characters feel so painfully human at times. The writing style allowed us to do more than just see what drove each character. At a certain point, it became impossible to avoid seeing the faults in these characters. The human faults, that is. Their obsessions, their weaknesses, their fears. All those elements were slowly revealed with time, but in the end, they all came into play as well. It was brilliantly done. As for the plot…it was as intense as it was breathtaking and heartbreaking. The convoluted nature of their missions helped to obscure the true goals of those behind each scenario, leaving us at the edge of our seats. It became quickly evident that there was more going on here than meets the eye. I enjoyed watching the plot unravel, as it showed a unique l
Anonymous 5 days ago
This book is like Six of Crows, but even better. Every single character makes me fall in love with this book even more. There's Severin, Tristan, Laila, Zofia, Hypnos, Enrique. Each one has their own amazing personality and carefree ways and hilarious moments and serious faces. This book has history, mythology, suspense. The only problem was the little romance. As I'm a sucker for romance, that was a little issue for me. So that's the minus one star. But even with that little annoyance, I fell in love with this book. I happen to love this author and would read any of her books. But this one goes even beyond. The characters and setting and politics kept me up all night. I can't wait for the second book in this series!
WeezieL 5 days ago
Won paperback ARC from First of all, the cover is breathtaking! Do not buy the e-book, buy the gorgeous hardcover edition! It's one of the prettiest I've ever seen. This was my first Chokshi novel, I'm ashamed to say. I own her Star-Touched Queen duet but I have not read it yet. I will be putting it at the top of my TBR list now! Even those covers are beautiful! The magic in this book was very unique and interesting. Also a little confusing. Something about Babel Fragments and Forged items and mind vs matter affinities. It was explained at the very early stages of the book, which was good but then I kind of forgot how the magic worked by the time I awas halfway through. It was all just magic to me! I sped through this book once I started reading it! I liked all of the characters, even the bad ones. They were very well fleshed out and I think Zofia is my favorite. And the romance was swoon-worthy. This is definitely a 2019 must-read. Put the sequel in my grubby hands NOW! I cannot even wait to see the sequel's cover!!
Cleverdragonreading 5 days ago
Prepare yourselves because Roshani Chokshi does it again. This book has her signature, decadent, luscious writing that helps you imagine the most beautiful world. Paris is a glittering, dangerous city where our characters are all diverse with different drives and needs propelling them. I loved this little band of misfits and just want to give them all hugs and take care of them. There are four points of view in this book, each distinct and unexpected. The plot was very evenly paced, with multiple heists and exciting moments, along with moments of downtime with tea and cookies. I can't wait to see the puzzles in physical book format. This is one to get your hands on straight away before Severin comes to steal it from under your nose!
StephWard 5 days ago
4.5 Stars 'The Gilded Wolves' is the first novel in a fantastic new young adult historical fantasy series that will have readers begging for more. I absolutely loved this book and even though I expected to liked it - I didn't think I'd adore it this much. I can't really think of any negatives for me, except for the fact that it took me a little bit to get into the story. I'm a huge francophile, so once I was inside this exceptional alternate Paris I didn't want to come back out. The world building was amazing with the author leaving no detail undone. Everything was perfectly described and the book had tons of vivid imagery, which brought this magical world to life right in front of my eyes. We have a group of main characters for the novel: Severin, Tristan, Laila, Zofia, and Enrique. I loved getting to know each of them throughout the story. They each had unique personalities and traits to set them apart and I liked getting to know their backstories. They all played well off each other and worked great as a team and as individuals. One interesting thing was that the author chose to write the book from different character's viewpoints in alternating chapters. I thought this was a fantastic idea and fit well with the story line and feel of the novel. I liked getting to see the story through different eyes and figure out how each fit into the narrative. The plot wasn't anything hugely unique - but you can't really find anything that is anymore. The espionage, intrigue, and politics were all fascinating and kept you on your toes about what was going on in the story. The author put her own touches on the story and made it her own and something completely fresh and new. I'm so excited that this is the beginning to a series because I definitely need more time with these characters and inside their amazing world! Very highly recommended for fans of YA, historical, fantasy, and spy fiction.
ShesGoingBookCrazy 5 days ago
I received a copy of this book via BookishFirst in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! Well, I'm pretty disappointed that this turned out to be a DNF for me. I've been looking forward to this book for a while (since 2017 when I discovered the author was working on it). Unfortunately, while I thought the concept very interesting, there was a lot of forefront content that I just didn't want to read about. More important even than that point, comes my issue with the lack of setting. While atmosphere is certainly present, I had a very difficult time understanding where I actually was. This is a historical fiction set in France. While there were many, many finer details given, I could not grasp where I was supposed to be in this late 1800's locale. This era fascinates me, in almost any setting in the world, so I was very disappointed when I couldn't get a clear picture of where I was, where the characters were, and how the settings intermingled. I felt that there was a lot of filigree without a good base coat. The last main issue I had with this book was how the characters were portrayed. Naturally, we want to fall in love with characters in a book we decide to explore. But, I couldn't help to feel as though these characters, and my "love" for them, was being forced down my throat. There were a few times that I chuckled at their interactions, as there where characteristics I liked about each from this group and how they complimented one another. Each line of dialogue was formed in a way that felt like it was trying too hard, though. I'm sure many people will love these characters. For my tastes, it did not suite. Since this is a DNF read, I will not be assigning a star-review.
Rebecca_J_Allen 5 days ago
A heist, a unique magic system & a found family comprised of diverse characters! For me, it was a must read! Voicy writing and tight dialogue pulled me into the story of Séverin and his crew from page one. The characters are each larger than life, yet someone you’d love to hang out with whether over one of Laila’s mouth-watering confectioneries or while Tristan feeds his pet tarantula crickets. Some of the characters have magical powers and the magic system is both unique and quite complicated. I found myself at once amazed by their abilities and feeling a bit like they were too super-human, tilting the scales in their favor. Luckily, the bad guys are equally overpowered, keeping the tension high. The heist plot is of full of high-stakes action and surprising twists. A page-turner. This book will appeal to fans of both heists and fantasies. I requested an advanced reader copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 5 days ago
Set in an alternative Gilded Age Paris where there are four houses in power, this book brings together five uniquely talented young people who need to work with each other to save civilization from collapse. At first, these unlikely allies are only looking for ancient artifacts to benefit their own agendas, but when they find out that the Fallen House is trying to find and awaken the Babel Fragments in order to destroy and remake civilization, they must decide to put their lives on the line to stop these evil people from committing unspeakable horrors. This first book in a new series will follow Severin, Laila, Zofia, Tristan, and Hypnos as they hunt for important artifacts and end up in danger along the way. I enjoyed this book overall, with some reservations. The writing was exquisitely descriptive, making me want to experience this alternative Paris myself. The cover is so beautiful as well and helped me envision parts of this world. The characters were well drawn and easy to sympathize with. I found myself laughing and crying several times as they went through difficult and dangerous circumstances together. The heist that occurred was so interesting that I couldn't stop reading. I didn't care for the profanity, didn't agree with some of the views presented, and at times the violence was a little too descriptive for me. Other than that, I will be looking forward to reading the next book, and I recommend this book to older teens and anyone who enjoys a good adventure story. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Bookish First program. A positive review was not required, and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.
LeighKramer 5 days ago
This is Six Of Crows meets Ocean’s Eleven meets The Librarians, with a dash of Indiana Jones. If that doesn’t reel you in, I don’t know what will. The Gilded Wolves is a historical fantasy set in 1899 Paris centered around a crew of friends. In this world, the Order of Babel rules. Some people are divinely gifted with Forging affinities, allowing them to change or enhance creation. But as you might suspect, not all is well in this world. There’s the Fallen House, which no one will talk about. There’s a House without an heir. And, oh, there’s the way the Order doesn’t always act in everyone’s best interests. Enter Séverin, the denied heir of House Vanth, who delights in reclaiming the items sold off from his House and tracking down Order items for those who will pay him. He’s assisted by Zofia, Laila, Tristan, and Enrique, each of whom bring a great deal to the table. Séverin believes the Order falsified his inheritance test because he’s biracial (Algerian-French) and there was already a mixed race patriarch (Hypnos of House Nyx, who had a Black mother and French father.) Séverin wants nothing more for House Vanth to be restored. This leads to a treasure hunt for items which will allow him to blackmail the Order but his quest for a compass leads him in an entirely different direction. The rest of the novel is part treasure hunt, part heist and I could not get enough of it. I don’t want to say much more about the plot but suffice it to say, you’re going to want to talk about it. The real star is the group of friends. All of the details and interactions show how well they know each other and care for one another. The different dynamics, such as who was closer to who, was fascinating to watch, as well as see what love stories might emerge, if any. (I was especially here for the unrequited but maybe requited longing.) I also loved how badly Hypnos wanted to be part of their group and how this aspect of the plot developed. I would be remiss if I didn’t point out how seamlessly diverse the cast of characters is. Laila is Indian and bakes by day and dances as L’Enigme by night. Enrique is Spanish-Filipino and likely bisexual—I fully geeked out on his character because he’s a historian and symbolist and I can’t get enough of symbolism. Zofia is a neurodiverse, Polish, and Jewish math whiz. Tristan is white and has anxiety and has somewhat of a codependent relationship with his tarantula Goliath but can do amazing things with plants. Laila and Zofia were especially strong female characters, which was refreshing to see when it comes to a heist plot. While Séverin’s obsession with getting his House restored is what gets them into a pickle, each person has a vested interest in the plan succeeding. They test themselves and each other and this made for some wonderful character development. I cared so deeply about each one of them. There’s such a great sense of humor throughout, no matter the stakes. This was a suspenseful read, to be sure, but more than anything else it was fun. The ending makes for an incredible set up for book two and I cannot wait to see where Chokshi takes us next. CW: racism, colonialism, death of a loved one, grief, references to past bullying, past child abuse (neglect, mental, emotional), anxiety attacks Disclosure: I received an advanced copy from BookishFirst in exchange for an honest review.
marongm8 5 days ago
Such an enticing novel with a romantic mystery twist. Every chapter was engaging in a time period of 1889 where gangster crime is at its beginning. Some parts however were somewhat predictable but it made up for incorporating unexpected turns and surprises to keep the story more exciting. This story was also the 1889 Paris version of Indiana Jones where three people come together to find an ancient artifact with all at stake. The story is so enticing and adventurous that it was hard to stop reading. That is why we give this book 5 stars.