The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)by Published 15 Jan 2019
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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.
The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1) Reviews
I'll preface this review by addressing the giant literary elephant in the room. Yes, the comparisons to A Six of Crows are legitimate and at times startling. However, there is a huge difference between the two books. A Six of Crows is leagues ahead of this book in the enjoyment factor. Now that that's out of the way, I'm going to review this book on it's own merits with no further comparisons to other books.
This story is said to be set in Paris in 1889, however, the world conjured up by the author certainly does not lend to a feeling of times past. Actually, I got futuristic vibes if anything. That critique aside, the scenes as described by the author are vivid and easily summoned up in the imagination of the reader
There are six characters in this story, none of which I found terribly engaging, nor did I feel like I really got a sense of who they were. While told in alternating chapters between these players, I often forgot which POV I was reading because nobody seemed to have their own unique voice.
This story movies fast, too fast in my opinion. The story surrounding this world left me feeling like this was the second book in a series and I never read the first installment.
I found myself confused most of the time. I needed more clarity involving the mythology in this story. I kept having to go back and re-read pages desperately trying to figure out what was what. I finally got to the point where I just didn't care anymore.
The cover is no doubt gorgeous but the title is a mystery to me. There was mention of some characters wearing wolf masks but, unless I missed it, it was never explained why they wore them.
I would classify this book as a fantasy adventure that is surely to appeal to a wide variety of audiences. As for me, not so much.
2 Stars ⭐⭐ for the impressive prose.
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
12/18 All of our characters have now been revealed! Follow the link below to meet Enrique, Tristan, Hypnos, Zofia, Laila, and Séverin!
12/12 Ready for a look at our third character reveal? Meet Hypnos, Patriarch of House Nyx. Not sure what to say about this ultraglam goof. I love him? But he's terrible? Don't let him near your boyfriend. (Artwork by the brilliant @NicoleDealArt)
12/11 The second character reveal from The Gilded Wolves is now LIVE! Meet Tristan, a gardener extraordinaire & also that little brother who says "LOOK WHAT I FOUND" and thrusts a bunch of writhing insects in your face while cooing at them. *shudders*. (Artwork by @NicoleDealArt <3)
Gotta love the fuzzy tarantula, Goliath, just chilling by his feet.
The first of The Gilded Wolves character reveals is now LIVE! Meet Enrigue, resident historian and linguist who makes most decisions based on what he gets to eat. I totally relate. Artwork by Nicole Deal. All week we'll be revealing character art so if you don't follow already, make sure to head over to my Instagram stories! https://twitter.com/Roshani_Chokshi/s...
So excited to reveal THE GILDED WOLVES cover on EW! Along with an excerpttttt. Woohoo! I hope you guys love it <3 http://ew.com/books/2018/05/07/the-gi...
THE GILDED WOLVES COVER REVEAL GOES LIVE NEXT MONDAY (May 7th)!!! Keep a close eye on social media.
I am RIDICULOUSLY excited to share THE GILDED WOLVES with you guys in Winter 2019!!! I'll be updating this space fairly regularly to share news :)
THE GILDED WOLVES grew out of my love for treasure hunt stories like DAVINCI CODE and TOMB RAIDER, and my fierce love of the dynamics between ensemble casts and found family. Recently, I saw something ridiculously gorgeous that I can't wait to share with you guys, but in the meantime you can peruse the Pinterest and feast your eyes on the prettyyyy!
it's rare for me to find a book whose world i wish to inhabit. THE GILDED WOLVES is just that kind of novel. everything about it leaps off the page, from the carefully constructed narrative to the wonderful cast of characters, spanning across the globe, from all walks of life. truly this is one of the most richly diverse books i've ever read.
roshani has written one of my favorite YAs of 2019. it's a delight for all the senses.
The setting is Paris, 1889, and the world is a strange and industrious place, run by Forgers and curators of fantastical items. Séverin is a treasure-hunter with a crew, and he’s looking to find the item he needs to be reinstated in his rightful place, to receive the inheritance taken unfairly from him—but the item will come at a cost, and he and his team will need to overcome many obstacles to retrieve it.
I’d been meaning to read Roshani Chokshi’s work for quite some time, and when I heard about The Gilded Wolves, I immediately knew I wanted it to be my introduction to her stories. I’m a big fan of historical fantasy, especially stories set in real places but crafted very differently from what those places actually were in that setting, and I’m a sucker for a good heist story with lovable characters, both of which were facets Gilded promised to deliver.
→ L I K E S :
“I don’t want to be their equals. I don’t want them to look us in the eye. I want them to look away, to blink harshly, like they’ve stared at the sun itself. I don’t want them standing across from us. I want them kneeling.”
Luckily, Roshani is just as delightful of a storyteller as I anticipated she would be, because I was captivated from the beginning and found myself head-over-heels in love with this series by the end. The writing is so much fun, full of hilarious, laugh-out-loud banter and sweet, tender moments (I swear I highlighted half the book), and the heists and puzzles craft an air of endless suspense and intrigue.
They might owe him their service. But he was the one bound to them. He was the one who would always be left behind.
Even better, the characters in this story are some of the best I’ve ever met. They are all incredibly complex and real, and you’d be hard pressed to dislike any of them because they all have such lovable quirks and bits of their personalities. I never get tired of a good “squad” and this little gang of misfits has to be one of my new favorites! Oh, and there is a romance in this book that has some of the best romantic/sexual tension I have EVER read in YA (without ever being even remotely explicit).
And though they were not all his tales, he saw himself in them: pushed to the corners of the dark. He was just like them. As solid as smoke and just as powerless.
In fact, can we just stop right here and talk about these characters? Because, honestly, I tried writing this review without taking some time to gush over each of them individually, and I just couldn’t do it.
→ Séverin 💀 half-Algerian, clever, criminal mastermind, total grump-butt in the best way
→ Laila 🍰 Indian, #squadmom, baker extraordinaire, sweetest and most loving little ball of sunshine ever, has a beautiful story arc regarding the importance of dance in her culture/homeland
→ Zofia 🔬 Jewish, Polish, autistic (and so well-done, written with such obvious care and research), scientist/genius, wickedly funny, probably my actual favorite??
→ Enrique 📜 Filipino/Spanish, queer, adorable, pouty, historian, has endless internal monologues about feeling erased, suffering racism/microaggressions, etc., made me cry a million times
→ Tristan 🕸 precious soft little bean, has a pet tarantula he never shuts up about, needs to be protected and cared for at all costs
→ Hypnos 💎 black, queer, doesn’t always have the best motives but is generally the actual softest, killer taste in fashion
→ D I S L I K E S :
He whispered the words Pride spoke every time he went to repossess an object: “I’ve come to collect my dues.”
I have only one complaint about this book, and honestly, I loved the story overall so much that it pains me to even include this: I struggled with the world-building for quite a while. You’re kind of dropped right into the action from the get-go, and you’re forced to catch up on the run, which I normally love, but this world is just so intricate and has such a large-feeling magic system that I feel I would’ve benefited a bit from being given more of a primer before launching into the main plot.
“When you are who they expect you to be, they never look too closely. If you’re furious, let it be fuel.”
I actually have heard a few friends say it feels like this book needs a prequel novella in order for the world-building to fully function, and while I don’t agree that it’s entirely necessary , I do think it would be an AMAZING addition if Roshani ever chose to follow that route later on.
→ F I N A L THOUGHTS :
Minor complaints aside, though, The Gilded Wolves still feels like an easy 5-star read for me because I adored the characters so much and had such a tremendous amount of fun with the adventure and obstacles that really come into play in the second half. I cherish these characters so much, and in the two weeks it’s now been since I finished reading, this story has only grown more and more dear in my heart. I am beyond excited for the sequel and can’t wait to see what Roshani will do to indubitably wreck my life as the saga continues.
→ RECOMMENDING TO… :
Ultimately, I’d recommend this to any fans of historical fantasy, “squad” groups, and lovable, diverse characters, as well as readers who don’t require a tremendous amount of back-story or a slow pacing in fantasy. I also wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone who enjoys fun, flirty or otherwise humorous banter in their books.
All quotes come from an advance copy and may not match the final release. Thank you so much to Wednesday Books for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Buddy read with Kaleena & Scrill! ♥
Update: I HAVE JUST BEEN APPROVED FOR THIS ONE??! ON NETGALLEY???!!!!!
Why does this sound similar to Six of Crows?!
I am not complaining though...