Title: The Gilded Wolves
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Series or Standalone?: The Gilded Wolves #1
Publishing Date: 15 January 2019
“No one believes in them. But soon no one will forget them.
“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.”
- child abuse/neglect/domestic abuse
- character death
- parental death
- torture (non-graphic)
- autistic Jewish girl character
- Indian girl character
- bi/pan Filipino Spanish character
- mixed-race characters
Before even starting this review, I have to say this: stop comparing this book to Six of Crows, they are nothing alike! The heists aren’t even the same, nor are the team/family dynamics! Just stop, and stop being disappointed when two books with one sliver of a theme in common are *gasp* different!
*ahem* Now that that’s done… The Gilded Wolves is a wonderful book, and I had so much fun reading it!
The synopsis/overview of the book is a bit hard to explain, but I’ll try my best. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi takes place in Paris, right around the time of the Exposition Universelle (1800s). However, an organization exists called the Order of Babel, which dabbles in magic and magical relics.
Keeping this in mind, Séverin and his crew are known to steal relics and examine them. However, one of the people in the order ends up blackmailing him and his crew in order to steal/acquire a specific relic. In order to do so, the crew must pull off a heist they’ve never done before.
Lemme tell you, I had a lot of fun reading this. It was a quick read, with the plot moving pretty steadily (for me, at least), but there was still a good amount of time spent on the characters and the relationships between each of them. And y’all!! There’s my fav trope!!! Found family! I was so excited to see how each character interacted with one another, and what each of their backstories were (though I do wish there was a bit more backstory on everyone, but! that’s what another book is for, lol). I do have to say, though, that I was a bit confused by Tristan’s motivations. It didn’t really inhibit my enjoyment of the novel, but I wished there was a clearer reason for certain things that he does throughout the novel.
Also??? Can we talk about how perfect Zofia, Hypnos, and Enrique are? I really hope that they [redacted] [redacted] because that would be absolutely lovely. I just love their interactions with one another (and everyone else’s, to be honest).
One of the downsides, though, was the world-building. I was a bit confused about what the Order of Babel actually was, and how everything fit together. I was able to piece enough of it together for it to make sense, and it might have been just because I was reading it so fast. But I felt like it could have been described in a less confusing way. However, again, it didn’t take too much away from my reading enjoyment.
Overall, while the world-building was a bit hard to follow, I still really liked The Gilded Wolves, and I can’t wait to read the e-ARC of the sequel I got via Netgalley. 🙂
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