Book Review: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Published in 2019 by Pan Macmillian Australia

Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy Fiction.

Page Count: 386

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Pan Macmillian Australia:

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.

Uncorrected Proof provided by Pan Macmillian Australia in exchange for an honest review – all thoughts are my own.

My Review:

This book was honestly so awe inspiring, full of such a rich backstory with history that is just so breathtaking and leaps from the past and present, intertwining perfectly.

And with such a stunningly diverse cast of main characters, too! Each given their own voice and backstory, I felt so attached to them from the word go and I was honestly trying to stretch this book out as much as I could, for not wanting to say goodbye to the characters! Tristan, Enrique, Laila, Zofia…Severin! I honestly felt like I was in each of their mindsets as I got to read about them, I felt like I could feel their longing and emotions; Laila, with her sassy self and baking skills (we have flashbacks to her earlier life in India, how she came to be, as it were, and it made me ache!) I just wanted to give her a big hug and I love how fiercely protective and like a Mother Bear she is to Zofia and Tristen (ach!), and how she made Zofia come out of her shell more, always wanting some of the former’s baked goods, and oh, just Laila’s scenes with Severin, I was floored with the fangirling feels!

When I started reading this and was introduced to our narrators, I felt a slight likening to one of my other favourite YA Heist series Six of Crows: namely because, just like the latter, The Gilded Wolves is full of rich and vast settings, and our narrators have found a kinship based upon coming together where tragic circumstances surrounded them (and I dare not elaborate for fear of spoilers), but I love how they all came together and I could feel how deep their friendship for one another was – I feel like each character brought something so vivid to this story, coupled with Roshani Chokshi’s breathtaking quest of a story, where I could not even predict once what was happening- only that I hoped everyone could be safe and happy (*cries*), this is a story that should have a place on everyone’s bookshelf.

And I, for one, am already anticipating what is in store next in this glorious series!

Happy Reading,

Brooklyn.

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