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: 476
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 3 months 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!
Elena_L 10 hours 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 19 hours 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?”
TheLiteraryPhoenix 10 days ago
The Gilded Wolves is a steampunk novel, set in an alternate Paris. There’s magic and the Great Houses guarding a secret. There are girls made from clay, consciousness, and bits of the dead. There’s dancers and secret doors and giant spiders and secrets. I really couldn’t ask for more from a novel. The adventure here is thick and fascinating and it was an easy read. Simply put, I loved it. There are multiple POVs in this novel. My personal favorite was Zofia. She’s the closest thing to a budding mad scientist I’ve seen in a YA novel, and she immediately makes my list of all-time favorites. But if inventing and instability isn’t really your thing, there’s also the vengeful heir, the character a little too obsessed with creepy crawlies, the society defect, the actress, and the researcher. I thought some character stood out more than others, but they are all varied and interesting. If you’re looking for relationships, widely cast books like this always bring a rush of different love stories. There’s a forbidden/rejected love story filled with tension. There’s well-meaning flirtation that goes awry. There’s a M/M relationship that I will just let you lovelies guess at until you read the book yourself. The setting of Paris embraces the best of the city, but not the sites you would expect to see. I personally was thrilled to see the catacombs embraced as a setting, as well as the Expo. Chokshi flawlessly weaves her forging magic in with the turn of the century city, bustling with possibility. You get an excellent sense of the richness of this world. I found it really easy to slip into the story because of how vibrant the world was with mythology and possibility. And I haven’t even begun to talk about the adventure. This is one of those plots that is just go-go-go. I can’t help but to compare it to Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. The setting and characters are very different, but the feel has the same thrill and romance and dance between danger and that adrenaline rush of success. I really have nothing but high praise for this book – it was a highly enjoyable read, and it set up the ending perfectly that I am itching to know what is going to happen next. The Gilded Wolves has the same spirit as Six of Crows and I think that it will be well-received by Bardugo’s fans.
alyssama121 11 days ago
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* The Gilded Wolves started off a little slow for me, but there was so much information and world building to get into! You’re thrown into it and have to figure out what’s going on and how everything works. Once everything was put in place and I understood what was going on, it was an exciting read full of action and intrigue. I love that Chokshi doesn’t leave us hanging with the characters, either. Her plot is super intriguing, but her characters are just as good! I loved learning about each of their backstories and was fully invested in each of their story lines in a rather quick amount of time. The novel is told from each of their viewpoints, which I really appreciated. It was nice to see others’ perceptions of each other and then understand what’s really going on with each character. Along with the plot, they also have surprising reveals and intrigues just going on internally, which is a really nice parallel and nicely brings the story together. And it’s really easy to switch from each voice because the characters are quite diverse and each have very unique qualities. The setting really can’t be beat; you’re dealing with an alternate fantasy world set in the late 1800’s in Paris. It’s just so cool, and then Chokshi throws a heist on top of it. The stakes are incredibly high and it just makes for a compelling read. I kept turning page after page and was fascinated by how magic works in this world–it’s very well thought out. While the main conflict mostly resolves itself, I was wanting more at the end. I get that that’s how series work, but I SO MUCH WANT TO READ BOOK 2! I’m very excited to read the next book now that I feel like I have a handle on how the world works, so I can dive right in and just enjoy the story. Definitely recommend for alternate history fantasy lovers!
JReppy 13 days ago
4.5 stars. The story was so intriguing that I read the book in a night. I want the book to be made into a movie so the vivid characters and scenery can come alive. I like the diversity of the main characters in appearance, background, talents, and weaknesses and the fact that they all have secrets. The mixture of science, math, history, religion, nature, and "magic" (for lack of a better word) is great. I like that the book utilizes historical events and religious beliefs and events to advance the plot and explain the current circumstances. In particular, the story utilizes the biblical story of the Tower of Babel. It was also nice that scientific inventions and principles and mathematical principles were key to solving some of the puzzles/mysteries that confronted the main characters. Although the six main characters are not equals in terms of status and power, I appreciated that all of them made major contributions and that the success of the group in their endeavors could not have happened without all of them. I liked the use of the seven deadly sins as the nicknames/identities of Severin's foster fathers and the fact that he learned lessons from each of them, even the worst/cruelest ones. While all six main characters are appealing in their own way, Zofia is one of my favorites because the reader gets to witness more emotional growth/self-confidence. I am glad I had the opportunity to read a copy of the e-book via NetGalley and I look forward to the next book in the series.
BookPrincessReviews 14 days ago
This book showcases the power of Roshani Chokshi’s magical, charming, and enchanting writing – I had no clue what was going on most of the time, but I was still enthralled. She made a captivating cast of misfits that were endearing and oh so very charming, and when I was lost on what was going on in the world, I would just bask in their greatness. Seriously, there is no doubt that Chokshi is a queen of YA. Her writing is always stunning. She has such a way with words, and it’s always lush and captivating. It’s like you’re reading a gold bar or something. This book is no different. Her lyrical, beautiful prose shines through, and it never gets to be too much. My biggest issue was the world building. I just didn’t fully get it. I would think I got it, but then something would pop up and I’m like, no, nope, I don’t got it. I am still confused on the whole idea of Forging – which is the basic magic system in the book. I was trying to talk about this with Sha, and I would just throw out words like Horus Eye and Babel Fragment and Sha was like, what are those, and I’m over here like…IDK IDK IDK. And I should have knownnnnnnnnnn. I’m not entirely sure if there was just not enough time dedicated to the world explanation in the beginning or it was just too confusing of a world for me, but I just felt things would pop up, have a moment explanation, and then gone again with the wind. And I was just stuck in a constant state of confusion. However, the world building that I did understand was interesting and fascinating. I love the setting in France, and the historical fiction pieces infused with the mythology of the world was intriguing. Chokshi created such a cool world, and I did feel like I was immersed in a whole new world. The characters were the shining stars for this book for me. The core characters Severin, Zofia, Enrique, Laia, and Hypnos were so intricate, dynamic, and amazing. They had so many facets to them, and I just wanted to stay with them for such a long time. They reminded me of the Six of Crows gang, and if you love them, you’ll definitely see shades of them in these characters. I can’t even quite pick a favorite character, because they were all so intriguing and complex. When they were apart or together, it didn’t matter because they were going to be amazing either way. The pacing was pretty good as well. For it being a pretty large book, it moved pretty decently. There were some parts that it went so high speed, and I loved that. Also, I had some bigger issues with the ending. I felt like there was a random plot twist that seemed confusing? And happened with a character that I never fully understood? It just…I felt so weird. And then the other little things at the end felt the same to me, too. 3 crowns and a Belle rating! This would have been rated so much higher if I knew what was going on and had understood it a bit better – because trust me, I did love love love some moments.
SecondRunReviews 18 days ago
What an amazing story! Great world building. Compelling characters. One heck of a cliffhanger. Can't wait to read book 2!!
Deniareads 19 days ago
4.5/5 Stars Exquisite. This book is exquisite. That's the word that comes to mind as soon as I finished this book. I loved it. Roshani Chokshi did so good and this coming back novel, I'm in love. The Gilded Wolves is more of a Six of Crows meets Grim Lovelies and I was very impressed by it. If you've seen my profile picture in any of my book social media you would see that the book that I hold in my hand is Six of Crows, which is to say that I love that series. When I started reading this book and saw that it was written in the different point of views of the different characters in the book, I saw the immediate pattern of Six of Crows. However, where Six of Crow was dark and sinister, The Gilded Wolves was dark but in a more subdued way. The Gilded Wolves is set in the late 1800s in Paris, France. Here we follow the stories from the point of view of five different characters, well, four mainly, but we get a sneak peek of a different character at the end. Severin, Laila, Enrique, Zofia, and Hypnos. These characters are brought together because they were lost looking for something that each of them couldn't find on their own. That's why Severin forms a team of sorts and with each of the other's abilities, they can come together to reach their unified goal. The writing quality was a ten out of ten. I have to give that to Roshani, her writing was beautiful. Throughout her whole story, you get pulled out into the world that she creates and you don't get lost. Everything makes senses. Despite the different points of view, you never get lost, you understand everything that she's playing out in the story. The Character development was alright. I wished she would've delved deeper into the emotions of some of the characters. For example, the character Tristan. I felt like there was so much missing from him that we didn't know. Like the thing with the birds (If you read the book, then you'll know what I'm talking about). I don't know, I just feel like her characters, all of them, were a little bit standoffish, not just in the book, but even to us readers, if that makes any sense. The character that I related to the most had to be Laila. She's adorable and strong in ways that the others are not. Her qualities and personality really sparked my interest and I like how much she moms everything. I'm always the mom of my group of friends, so I really liked her. The intellectual depth of this book blew me off. Like Roshani did such great research, and I'm not sure if she went to Paris to do actual research for this book, but this story really grabs France essence and I love it. While reading the book I felt like I was the one with Severin and the girls running down the streets of Paris instead of reading a book. I feel like this book is very original in its essence, but when it comes to the way the story was portrayed I felt like it really compared to Six of Crows, and I haven't read Grim Lovelies yet to really compare it to that, but I have a feeling that they are about similar patterns. Anyways, I would recommend this book to anyone 12 years old and older. If you liked the Sic of Crow series. Grim lovelies, for all of you squad-loving people. This is a squad you'll want to be a part of.
OwlishReader 20 days ago
This is an intricate young adult fantasy with some historical fiction elements. This book also, weirdly, has a sort of Da Vinci Code feel to it. Or maybe it's just me, but I'm not mad at it. I enjoyed the complexity and diversity of the main characters. I was invested in the plot from start to finish. For me, this was kind of like magic meets historical mystery meets the Great Gatsby in Paris. And it was great. My only issue was how complex the magic system was. At first I felt like I had been thrown in with little explanation about what was going on. There were too many elements thrown at me too quickly, which made it difficult for me to get into the story at first. Once I had my bearings I was able to really enjoy the story. This was definitely one of my most anticipated releases of 2019, and it did not disappoint!
The-Clever-Reader 24 days ago
The prologue to this book alone will draw you in! The story is a lot of fun and the array of characters makes it even more enjoyable. I don't remember the last book I read that was set in this historical french style and it was really refreshing. I loved that each POV comes from a different background and contributes a different perspective of the events going on to create a clear description of the world around them! I think Roshani did a wonderful job of building complex characters whose combined abilities make for the perfect team! The themes in this YA fantasy also contribute to the story in ways that other YA Fantasy hasn't done very much of recently and I think that it will really resonate with readers. I can't wait to read book two!
DeediReads 24 days ago
“Make yourself a myth and live within it, so that you belong to no one but yourself.” The Gilded Wolves is an exciting, pull-off-an-impossible-heist-to-save-the-world story with multiple POVs. So, basically, if you liked Six of Crows, this is for you. The premise is the Order of Babel, an organization that has existed throughout history and protected the world’s Babel fragments, which give society the power to Forge (basically, create via magic). It’s said that the Babel fragments originated with the biblical Tower of Babel, give a piece of God’s creation powers to those who possess an affinity for it, and pretty much allow society as they know it to exist. Threaten the fragments, and you threaten society. In the book’s present-day, there are two families belonging to the Order who protect the West’s Babel fragment — but there used to be four. The “fallen house” tried to get too close to God, too powerful, and so they were pretty much taken down by the rest of the families as punishment. And then there’s Severin’s house, which was taken from him and declared heirless when he was a kid. Now, along with four others, Severin needs to get his house/status back and pretty much save the world from an unknown enemy who’s apparently after the West’s Babel fragment. I loved that all the characters were so diverse, including in nationality, religion, and orientation. They all have rich backstories and important plots. The writing truly made you care about them, which is also what’s so great about Six of Crows. I did feel like there were some things in this book that were explained a little too conveniently, discoveries that were played off as natural conclusions but felt kind of like a long shot, and a bit of a rushed climax. It also came with alllllll the cheesy YA lines, my favorite being that Severin’s eyes were “the color of sleep” with the ability to recall “nightmares or dreams.” (I still love it though.) So not the best writing I’ve ever read, but still really exciting and engaging, and I can’t wait to read the next one!
Kaleena 25 days ago
"Everywhere he looked, he was surrounded by gilded wolves. And for whatever reason, it made him feel perfectly at home. Wolves were everywhere. In politics, on thrones, in beds. They cut their teeth on history and grew fat on war. Not that Séverin was complaining. It was just that, like other wolves, he wanted his share." I am a sucker for historical fantasy, and The Gilded Wolves delivers an action-packed story with a diverse cast of characters that I treasured with every ounce of my being. A secret society that pulls the strings of society (Illuminati?!)? Hunting for artifacts? Magic and technological invention when the world was on the cusp of Industrialism? Heck. Yes. If you are in the mood for an adventure with a precious found family, this book might be for you! It's Paris, 1889. The world is at the brink of the Industrial Revolution, but there is another kind of technology that goes back way further. "The art of Forging is as old as civilization itself," and is the magic system of the book. Those born with the ability manifest it by their 13th birthday and can either influence the mind or matter. "To those blessed with a Forging affinity, it is an inheritance of divinity [...T]o Forge is not only to enhance a creation, but to reshape it." The former is heavily regulated by the Order of Babel, but "all Forging is bound by three conditions: the strength of the artisan's will, the clarity of the artistic goal, and the boundary of their chosen mediums' elemental properties." The Order's taking of culturally significant artifacts and assimilating folk beliefs are a powerful and nuanced allusion to colonialism. Where this story truly shines is with its characters. The Gilded Wolves is told in the perspectives of four main characters: Séverin, Laila, Enrique, and Zofia. The fifth part of their crew is Tristan, and they work together to help Séverin get what is needed to claim his true inheritance. While they each are looking for something themselves, they never expected to form a family of their own and each of them express anxiety at what the future holds when their goals are achieved. "It'll be 'like dreaming' you said. As 'easy as sleep!'" "Nightmares are part of sleeping." "Is that a joke?" Honestly the banter between the characters is absolute perfection and everything that I want in my friend groups. Can I enlist myself into their friend group? I will help feed Goliath. *shudders* Power and race play an important role to the diverse characters of this book and their positions within the world they live in. Each of the main characters has something about them that outwardly alienates themselves from their cultural identity, whether it be their religion or their mixed heritage. These assumptions and misunderstandings are all brought to the fore when fake identities are provided which directly challenge their identities: a Filipino is given an Chinese identity, a classically trained bharatnatyam dancer is told she will be a nautch dancer. This blatant insensitivity is addressed and called for what it is - offensive - but sadly brushed aside as they realize that playing into the prejudices of others will allow them to blend in and go unnoticed, thus continuing the system of oppression. I really appreciated this quiet and nuanced discussion on racism and power dynamics. full review:
patricia_s 25 days ago
This was an amazing an funny read, I loved everything involved in this book. I recommend it a lot. This is the first book that I read from Roshani and her writing style is so cool, I adored it. The characters and world was amazing, I really connected with the book and his characters.
bjneary 26 days ago
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press and Wednesday Books for the advance reader copy The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi in exchange for an honest review. From the first page, Roshani Chokshi held me captive with her drama and taut suspense as she worthily worldbuilds France in 1889 as well as the science, math, magic, and mythology in this sweeping tale of chasing one’s birthright, stealing treasures, and keeping close to those you love/work with. Not only is the plot full of intrigue, tension, and drama, the characters are strong and believable. I could not stop turning the pages. Severin, Tristan, Laila, Enrique, and Sofia work well together with their different abilities but they also have secrets too ---I am not a fan of Hypnos and think there is more we will learn about him. Toward the end, I was put off by Severin in his treatment (separately) of Tristan and Laila. I was not fond of the ending either and that said, the readers deserve MORE redemption, closure, hope, and happiness and less horror, heartbreak, and evil in Book 2, please.
Mjnorman 28 days 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 28 days 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 28 days 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 28 days 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 28 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 29 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 30 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 30 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 months 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 3 months 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.