We are officially kicking off the PH Blog Tour of The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi.
Before anything else, I would like to say thank you to Raf of The Royal Polar Bear Reads for letting me co-host with him. Also, to our very kind friends from Macmillan for granting our request. (Note: This does not affect my opinion of the book)
So without further ado, here’s my honest review of The Gilded Wolves.
Title: The Gilded Wolves
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Publication Date: January 19, 2019 by Wednesday Books
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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.
Roshani Chokshi is the New York Times bestselling author of Aru Shah and the End of Time, The Star-Touched Queen, A Crown of Wishes, and The Gilded Wolves. Her work has been nominated for the Locus and Nebula awards, and her books have appeared on Barnes and Nobles Best New Books of the Year and Buzzfeed Best Books of the Year lists. Chokshi lives in Georgia, but doesn’t have much of a Southern accent. Alas.
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The Gilded Wolves is set in Paris 1889 and tells the adventure of Séverin and his crew in collecting artifacts the Order seeks.
Séverin, heir and last of the Montagnet-Alerie line, L’Eden hotel owner, is cold but gentle and antsy but protective to his friends. He is intelligent and very professional at work. Though at times his heart is distracted by a dancer. I like Séverin because his past experiences taught him many things in life. Tristan is Séverin’s brother but not by blood. He has the ability to Forge liquid and plants. He is artistic, skillful and very protective to Séverin. I am saddened that I did not get reading Tristan’s POV because I want to know many things about/from him. Laila, dancer at Palais des Rêves, and works at Séverin. She’s responsible for spying and reading one’s memory by Forging an object. Laila is talented, alert and quick-witted. What I like about her is that she cares and loves her friends. And she is like the sunshine that motivates them. Enrique, on the other hand, is Séverin’s historian. He is Filipino-Spanish that went to Europe to study, who does not have the ability to Forge, but made sure to study and be excellent in history. Enrique is observant, knowledgeable and warm-hearted. I like how he strives for acceptance from Illustrados that he thinks is essential. Also, I love how Enrique accepted hisself, his identity. Zofia is Séverin’s engineer that has rare Forging affinity and obsesses with mathematics. Of all characters, Zofia is my favorite because of her flat affect and innocence. Also, I like her perseverance to finish her task and her willingness to try new things for the sake of accomplishing her assignment. Incidentally, I always invest my feelings every time Enrique and Zofia banters because I think they are charming together. They are both intelligent, developed a formidable partnership and have dried humor. Hypnos is the young heir and patriarch of House Nyx. He is gorgeous, cunning, affectionate and sincere. I like Hypnos’s personality because he seems easy going but deeper is persistent and longing for friends.
The Gilded Wolves is superbly written that let me create images in my mind. The plot is intriguing, world building is great that is absolutely engaging. This book additionally allows me to grasp and explore many things from ancient history to mathematics to bomb formulas to decoding and solving riddles on my own. Furthermore, I like how diverse the characters are. They possess distinctive personalities, and it’s not terribly hard to interpret them. Plus, I appreciate the idea about Forging affinities. It is the ability to Forge or manipulates objects and utilizes them as weapon, like possessing magic, but it is not. Twists are unexpected, sensational and heartbreaking.
This book taught me things about love, friendship, acceptance, forgiveness and protecting someone special by sacrificing oneself.
Overall The Gilded Wolves is a page-turner, exceptional, captivating and should earn a movie deal. It will be definitely astonishing to see this book in theaters soon. Highly recommended if you love fantasy, thriller and mind-blowing riddles!
“There were so many wants inside him that he doubted there was room for blood in his body.”
“…but that was the problem with happiness. It blinds.”
“Slow and painful death is far better than getting it over with quickly, sure.”
“He didn’t understand that sometimes the only way to take down what had destroyed you was to disguise yourself as part of it.”
“some knowledge is not meant to be known”
“Being loud in one life allowed her to be quiet in others.”
“Sometimes the pain was a reminder of where she was…who she was…and what she wanted to be.”
“If you get in the way of a woman’s battle, you’ll get in the way of her sword.”
“When you are who they expect you to be, they never look too closely.”
“Don’t capture their hearts. Steal their imagination. It’s far more useful.”
“…fear grew in places unlit by knowledge”
“The world has a shit memory. It will never pay its debts unless you force its hand.”
“People die for symbols. People have hope because of symbols. They’re not just lines. They’re histories, culture, traditions given shapes.”
“But no one tells you is that even when you decide which world you will live in, the world may not always see you as you would wish. Sometimes it demands that you be so outrageous as to transcend your very skin. You can change your name. Your eye color. Make yourself a myth and live within it, so that you belong to no one but yourself.”
“Never underestimate the human capacity for betrayal.”
“No one motivates you better than yourself.”
“Lust is safer than love, but both can ruin you.”