The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)
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) Details

TitleThe Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 15th, 2019
PublisherWednesday Books
ISBN-139781250144546
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction

The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1) Review

  • شيماء ✨
    January 1, 1970
    This book is over and all I’m left with is a fucked-up sleep schedule and 100 more crushes on fictional characters that I don’t have time for.Everything I knew about The Gilded Wolves’ fascinating premise led me to believe that it’s going to dig in the talons of sentimentality and vibrate in the chambers of my heart and awaken my soul from a slumber that was far, far too long. I’m a sucker for tightly knit bands of outcasts and a good heist book, and I'm completely confident in stating, without This book is over and all I’m left with is a fucked-up sleep schedule and 100 more crushes on fictional characters that I don’t have time for.Everything I knew about The Gilded Wolves’ fascinating premise led me to believe that it’s going to dig in the talons of sentimentality and vibrate in the chambers of my heart and awaken my soul from a slumber that was far, far too long. I’m a sucker for tightly knit bands of outcasts and a good heist book, and I'm completely confident in stating, without an ounce of hyperbole, that this is one of the most fun books I've ever read! So, what's this book about? Trouble often comes to those who make it and Séverin Montagnet-Alarie, a French-Algerian wealthy hotelier and part-time treasure hunter, has carved for himself twice as many paths to trouble.Ten years ago, the Order of Babel—the all-too-powerful secret society of Paris—denied Séverin’s claim as heir of House Vanth and declared their line legally dead. But the Order’s decision is holding every hallmark of a lie, and for years, they luxuriated in seeing Séverin’s dream shatter, and him hobbled and lamed, foundering in the shards of his broken hopes.When Hypnos—young heir of House Nyx—offers Séverin the chance to restore his lost inheritance in exchange for turning his “acquisitions” skills to a mythical and possibly dangerous object belonging to the Order, Séverin’s mind flashes before him an alternate history of his own life, in which he settles in for a lifetime of saying “fuck you” to the Order. His future now seems to have thinned to a point of destiny, and it had a name: revenge. But one can only get so far on thoughts of vengeance alone…✨ Enrique , a brilliant Spanish-Filipino historian who was more like a textbook that occasionally remembered how to be an active member of society and who, like me, is one of those people who are so sarcastic with you which could only mean that they’re unapologetically flirting with you or you really annoy them and they can’t stand you.✨ Zofia , a Jewish Polish mathematician with a rare magical affinity who was arrested for arson and expelled from the University and who, also like me, has a massive fear that no one actually likes her, rather everyone is just politely tolerating her hoping she’d leave them alone. (me? projecting? more likely than you’d think!)✨ Laila , an Indian made-up girl with an ability to read people’s history while holding an object of their possession, baker extraordinaire and the epitome of what a mom friend is.✨ Tristan , kind of a botanical specialist and who is a very recluse sort of person, and just wants to be left alone with his gigantic pet spider.✨ And even Hypnos himself, the young heir of a French aristocrat whom people were quick to underestimate because they only ever see the dark of his skin and consider him less than they are. But as it is often the case, underestimation only happens to one’s greatest peril.Six huge nerds. One impossible heist slash treasure hunt. The outcome could either be a dream or a death sentence. Paris drags out its secrets, and Séverin soon learns the things that could be taken away in a heartbeat, all in the pursuit of power. “When you are who they expect you to be, they never look too closely. If you’re furious, let it be fuel,” Séverin said, looking each of them in the eye. “Just don’t forget that enough power and influence makes anyone impossible to look away from. And then they can’t help but see you.”  The Gilded Wolves reminds me of Six of Crows. If a root of this book had tapped down into a hidden pool of poison and drunk, then fed on bitter smoke and vengeance and a williness to do violence that had never been known before. In other words, The Gilded Wolves is definitely less lethal—but it’s spectacular in its own cruel cleverness and beauteous, dark, and enthralling in its own unique way.The Gilded Wolves is a magical take on an ever-compelling theme, with just enough riddles and conundrums to entertain the history and science geeks but not so much to turn off the fantasy naysayers. And best of all, it’s inclusive, diverse, feminist, and wonderfully queer. I found myself filled to the brim with gratitude coiling into every moment of admiration for Chokshi’s craft: gratitude for agency, nuance, complexity, inclusiveness, representation, mingled with awe at the way she draws on a wealth of meticulously detailed research to flesh out the characters’ surroundings, and never falters in the balance between the necessity of telling a story, and the indulgence of making it a pretty story by imbuing it with the lush, descriptive language for which Chokshi has become known.I could also write gushing praise about the deep undercurrents that make this book transcends a mere story about cool magic and perilous quests into something so much more—about the straightforward discussions of slavery, exploitation, colonialism and colorism, about how fascinating is the book's twining of religion, capital and enchantment, about the depth, loneliness and longing of the characters: their longing to be called what they want to be called instead of simply falling into what they were given at birth, about how Séverin, Enrique and Hypnos’s biraciality is the book's warm, glowing heart, about their weariness of grasping at smoke and trying to connect glimpses of their history together, of wanting to belong to both sides of their heritage and being denied one (or both) of them. About how effortlessly interlaced all of the aforementioned is with the presence of magic. “What 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.” Everything in this book delighted me, from the characters’ endearing wit and multidimensionality to the plot that manages to be twisty and thorny without being unduly complex or overpowering—yes, sometimes the tension of the story gets inevitably lost, but I love how Chokshi cleverly replaces it with the slow unfurling of all the weasley half-truths and lies that are propping up the shambles of the characters’ lives—to the supporting interlopers, and antagonists who are textured enough to feel real in the moment, and especially to the way this book hews to all my favorite romantic tropes: the slow burn enemies-to-they’re-actually-not-that-bad-to-friends-to-are-we-lovers-now romance (sprinkled with intense polyamorous vibes), and while we’ve all heard of one-sided unrequited love, this book raises you “two-sided unwanted love” where both sides are deeply in love with the other but both sides are disappointed in themselves and are like, “really?? them?? really?” I loved it. “Am I pretty?” asked Enrique, plucking at his fake beard and patting his hands over his jowls, wrinkles and age spots. “Be honest.”  “‘Pretty’ is a stretch. Let’s call you ‘striking.’ Or ‘impossible to look away from’.”  “Oooh. Like the sun?”  “I was thinking more along the lines of a train wreck.” The ending abruptly throws the veracity of most of the earlier narration into doubt, which was kind of dislocating but in a thrilling sort of way. I finished this book with the feeling of having raced through a labyrinth and found only dead ends—a labyrinth with no solution. The Gilded Wolves is definitely setting up interesting hooks for future installments and I'm genuinely excited to see where and how the story unfolds!If you've never yet read a book by Roshani Chokshi, this would be a great place to start.ARC kindly provided by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | TUMBLR
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  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    History is a myth shaped by the tongues of conquerors.- From the Author's NoteWell. Chokshi has really stepped up her game with this book. It's like Six of Crows mixed with the best bits of a Dan Brown book. In short, it's full of friendship, scheming, and lots of puzzles to solve.I began reading The Gilded Wolves with some trepidation. My multiple attempts to read the author's past work led to me complaining about a disconnect with her flowery, poetic writing style. In this book, the descrip History is a myth shaped by the tongues of conquerors.- From the Author's NoteWell. Chokshi has really stepped up her game with this book. It's like Six of Crows mixed with the best bits of a Dan Brown book. In short, it's full of friendship, scheming, and lots of puzzles to solve.I began reading The Gilded Wolves with some trepidation. My multiple attempts to read the author's past work led to me complaining about a disconnect with her flowery, poetic writing style. In this book, the descriptions are vivid and opulent, but she loses a lot of the synesthetic metaphors, making it a much more enjoyable read for me. It's Paris 1889, during the Exposition Universelle - a world's fair that featured grand operas, displays of locomotives, the largest diamond in the world at the time... and a "Negro village". A human zoo. This is not fantasy. Much of this book is the real history of Paris in all its sparkly ugliness. Into this very real setting, comes a tale of the divine art of Forging - an art whose power is believed to come from the broken pieces of the Tower of Babel.Séverin Montagnet-Alarie is a thief and the son of a French father and North-African mother. He's also the heir to the dead House Vanth, if only the Order of Babel would accept him and grant him his inheritance. Séverin's pursuit of what is rightfully his leads him on a hunt for a Horus Eye, which is said to reveal the location of a Babel fragment. To do so, he will of course need the help of his diverse band of allies.And can I just say I loved them? Each and every one.💫 Tristan - Séverin's sweet brother; a lover of plants and animals, especially his tarantula Goliath. He's such a lovable goof.💫 Laila - A feisty Indian dancer and part-time pastry chef. The chemistry between Laila and Séverin sizzles, and we soon learn that there's history between them that they are both trying to forget.💫 Zofia - One of my two favourite characters. She is Polish, Jewish, and a genius. I think it's also implied that she might be autistic, too, as she struggles to understand jokes and human behaviour in general, but is great with numbers and solving the puzzles.💫 Hypnos - Séverin's childhood rival. Hypnos is dark-skinned, unapologetically queer and absolutely hilarious. “Oh no, shiny things,” moaned Hypnos, clapping his hands to his heart. “My weakness.”💫 Enrique - Ah, and my other favourite character. Enrique, my love. He's bisexual and mixed race - Filipino and Spanish - and is just the kind of perfectly snarky, funny, smart character I love. Plus, he's a history buff, so even more yay. I love them all.Also, The Gilded Wolves is a smorgasbord of mythology. In fact, it's main weakness might be that it's more than a little convoluted and dense. There's four third-person perspectives, and the codes and puzzles bring in a mix of Greek mythology, Biblical mythology, Chinese cleromancy, mathematics, and more. It makes a certain kind of poetic sense to have so many different mythologies, though, given the Babel story.I think the bombardment of various mythologies is tempered somewhat by the dazzling and very enjoyable dialogue. It is especially fun when Zofia and Enrique bicker. They are both so smart, but in very different ways, and it is amusing to watch the back-and-forth of Zofia being dry and literal and Enrique being sarcastic and snarky. “What proof did you have? What was your research?”“Superstition. Stories,” said Enrique, before adding just to annoy her: “A gut instinct.” It's a very interesting read, both fun and packed full of history lessons. Unlike the author's other books, this one stays low on the romance and high on the scheming and politics. But if that disappoints you, don't worry. With lines like this, romance cannot be too far away: “That boy looks like every dark corner of a fairy tale. The wolf in bed. The apple in a witch’s palm.” *shivers*CW: Racism; antisemitism; abuse.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. “Sometimes the only way to take down what had destroyed you was to disguise yourself as part of it.” Most of you know that Roshani Chokshi is one of my favorite authors. I loved both The Star-Touched Queen & A Crown of Wishes with my whole heart and soul! So, I knew when she was writing a brand-new series, about a found family completing heists and solving puzzles, that I wouldn’t be able to resist once I got my ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. “Sometimes the only way to take down what had destroyed you was to disguise yourself as part of it.” Most of you know that Roshani Chokshi is one of my favorite authors. I loved both The Star-Touched Queen & A Crown of Wishes with my whole heart and soul! So, I knew when she was writing a brand-new series, about a found family completing heists and solving puzzles, that I wouldn’t be able to resist once I got my hands on an ARC. And friends, this was such a treat to read. This is a historical fantasy set in alternate 1889 Paris, France, and in this alternate world, children will manifest magical powers by the age of thirteen. And there are two different kinds of magic; the magic of mind and the magic of matter. There is also a very powerful secret society, that goes by the name of the Order of Babel, and it used to be made up of four houses, but two houses took over ten years ago. And by doing so, they made a very big mistake claiming the heir of one of those fallen houses as dead. “Turning into ghosts is not what the dead deserve.” ➽ Séverin - Biracial (Algerian & French). For sure the leader of the group, who wants nothing more than to keep his crew safe and out of harm’s way. But he is on a mission to reclaim his true inheritance that was stolen from him with lies ten years ago, because he gets an offer than he couldn’t possibly refuse. ➽ Laila - Indian (ownvoices), dancer, who is dealing with a lot of grief and a lot of anxiety over her past. She has the magical (matter) forging ability to touch any object and read it to know everything about it. And she desperately needs Séverin’s plan to work. ➽ Tristan - White, and Séverin considers him his little brother, because they moved around a lot together in foster care. Also, Tristan loves his pet tarantula, Goliath, more than anything, but he’s still my favorite little gardener/botanist. ➽ Zofia - On the Autism spectrum, Jewish, Polish, has anxiety, and a lot of her actions (in my opinion, as someone who has OCD) feels like she may also fall on the OCD spectrum. She finds comfort in numbers, needs to have things in their rightful place, and is willing to do any and everything for her little sister that she was forced to leave behind. Zofia also has magical forging abilities of the mind.➽ Hypnos - Black, queer (probably pan, maybe bi, and maybe even non-binary), heir of a French aristocrat but know he is also a descendant of slavery. His story line is a little rough at first, but you soon realize that he considers Séverin a brother to him, and honestly? Hypnos ended up being my second favorite character. Also, he made me giggle so much that my tummy hurt. ➽ Enrique - Biracial (Filipino (ownvoices) & Spanish), queer (he is either bisexual or pansexual, but I’m not sure my heart can take reading about a half Filipino, pan character because it is all I’ve ever wanted in literature!) But, this character meant a lot to me. I am not sure I’ve ever read specifically about a biracial Filipino dealing with cultural erasure on both sides of their heritage before. I mean, this book is literally people trying to erase cultures from history, and Enrique is literally a historian, but seeing people make comments about his looks and biraciality just really hit home for me on a really personal level. I completely realize that there comes an immense privilege with being white passing but reading this book and feeling how real and hurtful it is when people disregard you and erase you because you don’t fit in their stereotypical mold of what a half Asian person should look like, but they also never let you forget that you’re not fully white. Yet, also not feeling like you truly fit in because of your lighter or more westernized features, even if they comment about it in a way that they believe is positive and a compliment. And Enrique also has to deal with people thinking that Asian people are interchangeable and thinking that their cruel and ignorant words are acceptable to say. I loved all the characters in this book, but Enrique just felt like the character I’ve been searching for for a very long while and he just really encompassed so many things that I hold inside myself every day. His character just meant a lot to me, and I will cherish him forever and always in my heart.(Breathtaking art(s) by Nicole Deal!)And this ragtag group of misfits come together and create something so beautiful that I hardly have words to describe it. This book heavily talks about colonization. And even though the heart of this novel is about a found family who unconditionally loves one another, the soul of this novel is about cultural erasure and how important it is to keep the traditions and history from your culture, no matter who tries to make you believe that theirs is superior. And this book really puts an emphasis of the terrible acts people will commit while saying that it’s for or because of a higher power. “But the greatest thief of all was the Order of Babel, for they stole more than just objects . . . they stole histories” But all these characters feel like a tier above the rest of what YA has to offer. They feel so real, their pain feels so raw, and you just want to protect them all at all costs. Roshani really is a master word weaver and I can’t help falling in love with every story she puts into the world. She is also the master of romance, and I was swooning extra hard for two people in this. (Also, the set up to book two will probably be the death of me!) As for the other romantic relationship, Roshani is either going to completely slay me with the love triangle or give me everything I’ve ever wanted with a polyamorous relationship. Lord, hear my prayers. Also, because I don’t think I mentioned this above, a good portion of this book is set at a hotel called L’Eden where the crew lives and develops new advancements to help them with their missions. I know I’ve already gushed pretty hard over this book, but I love books that are set in hotels and inns so much, and it was just such an unexpected treat. Then again, Roshani always writes the best settings and my heart fell completely in love with a poisonous greenhouse in this story, too.Overall, I just really loved this one. I am sure many people will compare The gilded Wolves to a mix of Six of Crows & The Da Vinci Code upon release, and I think that’s valid, bu I think it has its own unique spin, too. The cast is diverse and lovable, the writing is lush and beautiful, the themes are important and heartfelt, and the story is captivating and unputdownable. If you like a story with secrets and mystery, filled artifacts and puzzle solving, with a little romance and funny banter, then I completely recommend picking up The Gilded Wolves upon release.Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.Content and trigger warnings for colonialism, cultural erasure, and racism (always challenged and in a negative light), blood depiction, mention of past suicide, loss of a loved one, bullying in the past, abandonment, anxiety attacks, mention of a stillbirth, and depictions of grief. Buddy read with Kristi, Mel, Amy, Caidyn, Lily, & Alex! ❤
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  • jessica
    January 1, 1970
    this book is serving some major ‘six of crows’ meets ‘the da vinci code' realness and i had no idea that was something i needed in my life until now. gosh, with a story this good, where do i even begin? the massive cast of diverse and interesting characters who have each made their way into my small heart? the intricate and highly thought-out plot that constantly delivers twists and turns at every corner? the effortless and gorgeous writing which paints a historically stunning world filled with this book is serving some major ‘six of crows’ meets ‘the da vinci code' realness and i had no idea that was something i needed in my life until now. gosh, with a story this good, where do i even begin? the massive cast of diverse and interesting characters who have each made their way into my small heart? the intricate and highly thought-out plot that constantly delivers twists and turns at every corner? the effortless and gorgeous writing which paints a historically stunning world filled with delicious food, breathtaking sights, and cunning individuals? this story is the ultimate treasure hunt and X marks everything i love about it. and sure, no matter how much i rave about this, it isnt without its problems. there are some massive info dumps that take some effort to sort through, the acute focus on details can make the writing seem dense (and even confusing) at times, and there are some inaccuracies with the french translations. but once you get past those minor hiccups, this story has sooo much to offer. i honestly feel that, with this book, roshani chokshi has finally come into her own and made the transition from queen to goddess. i am so glad this was signed on as a trilogy because i cant wait to see where this story goes and how its built upon. and i have a strong feeling i am not going to be disappointed. ↠ 4.5 stars
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  • Roshani Chokshi
    January 1, 1970
    1/15 Edit:It's here!!! It's been almost 3 years since this trilogy first sold, and I still can't quite believe it's finally on shelves. So many people have touched this book and helped forge (ha ha) it into the story that it is today. This book demanded so much of my heart and taught me some much-needed lessons in story and craft. If there's other writers reading this, know that I 100% understand that sometimes the hardest thing about finishing a story is knowing when to let it go. The beauty of 1/15 Edit:It's here!!! It's been almost 3 years since this trilogy first sold, and I still can't quite believe it's finally on shelves. So many people have touched this book and helped forge (ha ha) it into the story that it is today. This book demanded so much of my heart and taught me some much-needed lessons in story and craft. If there's other writers reading this, know that I 100% understand that sometimes the hardest thing about finishing a story is knowing when to let it go. The beauty of story is that it goes on to live different lives with different readers, and I hope this book finds a home in your heart. I fell in love with this nerdy crew and their world back in 2015, and I wrote the best book I could at the time. It may not be the easiest read to sink into, but I hope the readers who give it a chance find themselves wrapped up in dazzling adventures. I can't wait to share their journeys with you in books 2 and 3! And for those of you who have been with me since The Star-Touched Queen or found my work because of Aru Shah and The End of Time...thank you thank you thank you. 12/18 All of our characters have now been revealed! Follow the link below to meet Enrique, Tristan, Hypnos, Zofia, Laila, and Séverin!https://twitter.com/Roshani_Chokshi/s...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)https://twitter.com/Roshani_Chokshi/s...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.https://twitter.com/Roshani_Chokshi/s...12/10 Update: 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...5/7 Update: 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...5/2 Update: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!https://www.pinterest.com/rchoxi91/th...
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  • Sabaa Tahir
    January 1, 1970
    I read the first chapter of Gilded Wolves and was like "ok, I need to clear like 2 days because once I start this, I won't be able to put it down." AND SO IT WAS. Roshani perfectly balances the stories of Severin, Laila, Zofia, Enrique and Tristan, taking us on an unrelenting adventure through and alternative Paris filled with magic and intrigue and power-hungry families. And the descriptions of food! And clothes! The fight scenes! The romance! I felt like I was living in this world, and am sort I read the first chapter of Gilded Wolves and was like "ok, I need to clear like 2 days because once I start this, I won't be able to put it down." AND SO IT WAS. Roshani perfectly balances the stories of Severin, Laila, Zofia, Enrique and Tristan, taking us on an unrelenting adventure through and alternative Paris filled with magic and intrigue and power-hungry families. And the descriptions of food! And clothes! The fight scenes! The romance! I felt like I was living in this world, and am sort of grumpy that I'm not, to be honest. One thing that stood out to me was the originality of the characters within their own identities--as marginalized characters who are dealing with issues that marginalized characters *would* deal with in real life--but in a historical fantasy. It's not often that you see that, and Roshani handles it beautifully, particularly as concerns Enrique and his half-Spanish, half-Filipino heritage. His longing to be part of a full-blooded Filipino group is explored with great skill. And now...the wait for Book 2. Urgh. Write faster, Roshani, write faster!
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  • ✨ jamieson ✨
    January 1, 1970
    He thought of the stories he'd heard growing up about the underworld. The tale of Orpheus, who looked behind him and lost everything. He wouldn't be that. He would descend and ascend, and lose nothing but a handful of time. I. AM. DEAD. Friends, I have no words to describe how much I loved this book. (But also? I have too many words please scream with me??) This was such a fun historical fantasy, and I ADORED the cast. You know when you just instantly fall in love with every single character . He thought of the stories he'd heard growing up about the underworld. The tale of Orpheus, who looked behind him and lost everything. He wouldn't be that. He would descend and ascend, and lose nothing but a handful of time. I. AM. DEAD. Friends, I have no words to describe how much I loved this book. (But also? I have too many words please scream with me??) This was such a fun historical fantasy, and I ADORED the cast. You know when you just instantly fall in love with every single character .. like you just know you would throw yourself in front of a bus for them .. yes that. Also, THE OTP TO END ALL OTPS. I CANNOT even speak about how much I adored Laila and Severin as a ship! The angst! the drama! And that all the angst and drama seemed so real and not just annoyingly manufactured. URGH. I ADORE THEM. This is one of my favourite books of 2019, I know it already even though it's January. I have so much to say and I just don't know how to physically use my fingers to type out the words to fully encapsulate how I feel about this book ... so I'm doing a spoiler free review then a rambly I NEED TO TALK ABOUT THIS section at the bottom (you'll know when the spoilers are coming don't worry. ALRIGHT, HERE WE GO. “Wolves were everywhere. In politics, on thrones, in beds. They cut their teeth on history and grew fat on war.” The Gilded Wolves is such a high energy romp through a really intricately wrought Parisian historical-fantasy setting. The magic system and world is so fresh, and I haven't read anything much like it. (Seriously .. what is with all the Six of Crows comparisons? They're nothing alike). The world has this perfect blend of history, magic and technology which I loved. Think something like the world in Timekeeper or maybe The Diviners. Historical fantasy is quickly becoming one of my favourite genres and this book absolutely reminded me why - it is SO fun to have something magical set in a historic time period - and 1889 Paris is one I've never read from before. Most importantly, The Gilded Wolves features such a beautiful six person ensemble cast, who immediately won me over with their charm and hilarity. I LOVE the found family trope and this book does it so well!! I also loved the established relationships - characters who are in past relationships or have known eachother for a while. For me it was really nice to jump into the middle of a group instead of going through all that "meet up/meet cute" stuff which often feels tedious to me. And as far as found families go, this one is ADORABLE. I loved all their interactions and banter, if you live for characters literally just talking to eachother and giving eachother shit you will LOVE THIS. All in all we follow six main characters: ➵ Séverin: my SON !!! The leader of the group. He was the head of a powerful house, but his inheritance was stolen and now he wants it back. Definitely the protective father figure of the group, I liked how messy he is at times and that he definitely isn't perfect. Looking forward to where his character goes next. ➵ Laila: I ADORE HER. She was probably my favourite character. Laila is Indian and has the ability to read the history of objects. She is ADORABLE, I loved how she is the mum friend, but also she totally owns her sexuality and is super confident. My queen. That scene of her dancing, ended me. A hot bitch, please punch me in the face. ➵ Tristan: Sweetie who loves his giant spider, botanist who has the ability to grow giant gardens and is Severins best friend/adopted brother. Oooh his character is SO interesting to me (cannot get into too much without spoiling!) but my thought and expectations about him get getting all twisted up and I LOVED IT. Definitely not what you expected going in. ➵ Enrique: Spanish-Filipino historian and probably bisexual. Absolute nerd trying his best to interact with people and doing .... okay? He didn't have as much background as some of the other characters, but I loved how he interacted with the Filipino revolutionaries and I'm excited to see where his character arc goes next. ➵ Zofia: Okay full honest .. I don't know how to feel about her yet but I also feel like I could ADORE HER IN TIME. She is a Jewish-Polish girl who loves math and struggles with social interaction but also she just wants to be loved!! someone love her !! She has a rare magical gift and is overall pretty cool but I just didn't feel as attached to her as some of the others oop. ➵ Hypnos: I AM KIN WITH THIS MAN. What an angel! Hypnos is my other favourite charater alongside Laila. Recommends drinking wine when things are going wrong because "it won't help, but at least you won't remember" so in fact, extremely relatable. Loves fashion and is dramatic as hell, but also just wants a pal. I would die for him, too precious too pure. He is a French aristocrat, leader of the powerful House Nyx, he is black and gay. “Am I pretty?” asked Enrique, plucking at his fake beard and patting his hands over his jowls, wrinkles and age spots. “Be honest.” “‘Pretty’ is a stretch. Let’s call you ‘striking.’ Or ‘impossible to look away from’.” “Oooh. Like the sun?” “I was thinking more along the lines of a train wreck.” I am gonna be real and say this is not a perfect book. At times the worldbuilding and magic system was a little confusing for me .. but overall I loved this book and loved reading it so much I don't care. I mostly rate books based on enjoyment and sometimes you enjoy a book so much you can ignore it's little faults. That is how I felt about The Gilded Wolves. It made me fall so in love with the characters, and I had such a fun fun time reading it I just honestly don't care. What I also love about this book is I KNOW I could reread it (and soon!), and books I know I can enjoy more than once always are the ones I love most. Quick rant: what is WITH all the soc comparisons? The only similarity is having a six person cast and heist elements both of which were ... not invented by Six of Crows?? Personally I think it does this book a disservice to compare it to Six of Crows when they're SO DIFFERENT and not even the same genre/magic system/character tropes or anything. URGH. Do better reviewers. “When you are who they expect you to be, they never look too closely. If you’re furious, let it be fuel,” Séverin said, looking each of them in the eye. “Just don’t forget that enough power and influence makes anyone impossible to look away from. And then they can’t help but see you.” The Gilded Wolves is such a fun book! The cast is adorable, and the ending has set up book two in such a huge way, I can barely wait. This book is solid throughout, action packed, and doesn't have a single dull moment. The character relationships, angsty ship and dramatic last 100 pages really elevated this book for me and I cannot tell you how much I TRULY adored it. I think there is something for everyone here, and I really think if you enjoy books with angsty romance, found families, heist elements, or mythology based/historical fantasy elements and setting YOU NEED TO READ THIS. THIS IS THE END OF THE SPOILER FREE REVIEW SCROLL DOWN TO SEE MY SPOILER THOUGHTS AND READ ME SCREAM LETS TALK ABOUT SHIP FEELINGS AND HOW IM SUFFERINGThat ship ..... folks, when you know you KNOW and what I know is that if Roshani Chokshi had smashed me in the face with a spade it would have been less painful then what I just read. OMFG I LOVE LAILA AND SEVERIN?? First of all, how nice to have a ship with actual HISTORY. Wow that is refreshing. I was so bored of the "meet cute now they need to kiss in the next three hundred pages". it's boring and kills tension. I loved their dynamic, like omg, how everytime she comes into the room Severin is SHOOK. And that scene where she's dancing?? Wow I died. AND OM THE END. We're gonna get the shares a bed trope, I'm living. I loved how mature they seemed to, like it was nice to have a couple that had had sex and it isn't this Big Dramatic Thing. (Like ok it is, but not bc they think sex is dramatic but because of all the Other Stuff happening). Urgh, their dynamic kills me I love them. Everytime they had a scene together I was screaming. ALSO ALL OF SEVERINS THOUGHTS AND JOKES ABOUT SLEEPING WITH HER ...... LORD. Laila and Severin the angsty ship to end all others ??? Like, thanks Roshani for murdering me I love it??OKAY THE END. I definitely think Severin has to be part of the Fallen House for sure, which is interesting. I wonder if there is gonna be like an anti-hero plot or something for him? I kinda hope not, but I feel it Could happen? And it may be interesting if it did. Also .. Tristan. I was soo shook with the bird thing at the end. Idk how to feel about him now, I think I definitely need to reread and pay more attention to him. I am definitely interested to see what else comes about him in the next books. FINALLY .. HYPNOS/ZOFIA/ENRIQUE? I kinda liked Hypnos and Enrique more but also I'm hoping for a polyam ship? But urgh, when Zofia saw them kissing my heart broke for her. But Hypnos is my MANS, I would really die for him so whatever makes him happy .. I'm on bored for it. And I just liked his dynamic with Enrique throughout the whole book lmao. OKAY IF U HAVE ANYTHING ELSE TO TALK ABOUT IN THE COMMENTS .... LETS GO IM READY
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  • Hamad
    January 1, 1970
    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription “Half of winning, my dear wallet, is simply looking victorious.” 🌟 This was one of my most anticipated books for the year and given how much I love Six of Crows, I thought I would love this one! My problem is that I wanted something as awesome as SoC and not another milder copy of that book.🌟 I have been searching and asking and reading reviews since I started this and it looks readers are divided into two groups; one This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription “Half of winning, my dear wallet, is simply looking victorious.” 🌟 This was one of my most anticipated books for the year and given how much I love Six of Crows, I thought I would love this one! My problem is that I wanted something as awesome as SoC and not another milder copy of that book.🌟 I have been searching and asking and reading reviews since I started this and it looks readers are divided into two groups; one group can not notice the similarity and one group can not Un-notice the similarity to SoC!! I belong to the second group.🌟I think the book itself is good but even if we put comparisons aside, it still has some problems that I am explaining next.🌟 The world building was good which is why I am starting with it and I know there will be many improvements and revelations in the next book.🌟 The plot was different from SoC which was good. I haven’t read many heist books but I guess they will always have some common things in between and the author added her touch to this kind of stories!🌟 Now the problematic part which was the writing style and characters. While Roshani has a good style and it could be captivating, it was confusing at many points and I found that I was not the only one confused by this as many of the reviews I found mentioned this!🌟 The characters were not bad, but I felt that Séverin was like Kaz and Laila was like Inej. But they were not as well written. I have a friend who keeps telling me that Kaz is one son of a Gun but Séverin and the rest of the crew here were not as cool and relatable as the crew in SoC! I wish I liked them more because I would have enjoyed the book heaps more.🌟 Summary: I didn’t want to compare this book to SoC but unfortunately I was doing that while reading the whole 464 pages and found many similarities. To be honest though, maybe because it is a heist story and there must be some common themes. I enjoyed some parts and I may do a re-read later before going into book 2. I was just waiting for that moment where everything clicks in but the book ended and I didn’t get it! I am sure the book will have many fans and 5 stars ratings though!🌟 ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    "If I cannot move heaven, I will raise hell."-VirgilHello friends, and let me welcome you to my review of my favorite fantasy novel of the year.... err of 2019? Whichever way you look at it, The Gilded Wolves is the type of read where after turning the final page your jaw hits the floor, and then days later, when you've semi-recovered, it's all you want to talk about with anyone you come in contact with. My husband is sick and tired of me bringing it up over and over, constantly trying to work t "If I cannot move heaven, I will raise hell."-VirgilHello friends, and let me welcome you to my review of my favorite fantasy novel of the year.... err of 2019? Whichever way you look at it, The Gilded Wolves is the type of read where after turning the final page your jaw hits the floor, and then days later, when you've semi-recovered, it's all you want to talk about with anyone you come in contact with. My husband is sick and tired of me bringing it up over and over, constantly trying to work through what I think will happen in the sequel and why Roshani thought she could earn my trust, make me fall in love with this gang of cool kids, and then rip my heart out like it was nothing. "His father had not allowed him to call her mother, and in public she referred to him as "Monsieur Severin." But at night... when she snuck into his room to sing his lullabies, she always whispered one thing before she left: I am your Ummi. And I love you."The amount of research that went into making this book feel believable, coupled with own voices storytelling, made this one of my favorite fantasy novels of the year... even though this one doesn’t come out until next month! I loved it so much that I’ve pre-ordered the hardcover for my personal collection, and I don't do that frequently. Many people have been comparing this to Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, and I can see why considering this is another teenage fantasy heist novel and there is a bunch of kids who have been through some tragic stuff brought together, but in my opinion the similarities end there. This is a story that stands on its own two legs, with its own magic system, atmosphere, and unique qualities that make it compulsively readable. "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."The plot here is so complex; it begins with a bit of world building that segues nicely into some of the characters' history without giving away too much. Each of the characters have suffered some sort of ill fated prejudice, some of which are discriminations that are felt in the real world, and some which are "made up" but can also be attributed to real issues in a metaphorical sense. I won't go into detail due to spoilers, but one particular character's back story was both heart-wrenching and disturbing; it was a grotesquely beautiful and unique combination of emotions that invoke a wide array of feels. The author touches on some difficult, yet timely issues, and manages to portray them in a historical fantasy setting while keeping a very believable beat to the well paced plot."Lust is safer than love, but both can ruin you."One of my favorite aspects of The Gilded Wolves was the fact that the romance was subtle, but deep. Sometimes I need a good lusty YA novel, but this was so much more. The portrayal here is sensual, poetic, and luxurious, and by the end I wanted to slap someone and was left with a deep craving to find out what would happen next. After having the pleasure of meeting Roshani at the Goodreads Power User Summit last year, I knew I wanted to pick up one of her books, and I'm so privileged to have led off with this one. If you enjoy YA fantasy that is rich in culture and well-researched history/mythology, you don't want to miss out on The Gilded Wolves. "I think the greatest power is belief, for what is a god without it?"*I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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  • destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
    January 1, 1970
    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 a 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! ♥
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  • Helena of Sparta ✰
    January 1, 1970
    I heard that there is a Jewish character in this and I am HERE for that representation!!! 😍😍😍
  • C.G. Drews
    January 1, 1970
    This was a glittering and lush and overwhelming story of heists and grandeur and DEVASTATION. All the chill things. Actually hold up, hold up, this is the least chill book ever. It's set in the 1800s in Paris, with MAGIC and artefacts, and the most adorable and flamboyant cast ever. I just...[clenches fist] love them so much ugh.➸First things first...the plot is a WHIRLWIND.I get why people compare it to Six of Crows but it had more of an Ace of Shades vibe to me?! There are heist plot lines, bu This was a glittering and lush and overwhelming story of heists and grandeur and DEVASTATION. All the chill things. Actually hold up, hold up, this is the least chill book ever. It's set in the 1800s in Paris, with MAGIC and artefacts, and the most adorable and flamboyant cast ever. I just...[clenches fist] love them so much ugh.➸First things first...the plot is a WHIRLWIND.I get why people compare it to Six of Crows but it had more of an Ace of Shades vibe to me?! There are heist plot lines, but it's about Severin trying to regain his title of one of the 4 most powerful Houses (he was like disgraced and thrown out), so he's stealing back his artefacts. And then he gets roped into stealing the Eye of Horus for Hynos in return for his inheritance back. It has the found-family aspect that we all freak out over in SoC so I get the comparisons there too!! But it was like SO much National Treasure meets glittery Parisian aesthetic and I LOVED that.➸ The characters are the light of my little softly beating heart.THE C H A R A C T E R S. omg look at them go, the little flamboyant sassy pockets of delight. The absolutely MADE the book for me and I enjoyed all of their narrations. The only thing my eye is twitching about is that their backstories didn't make a lot of sense. (Like who gave Severin the money to run this flashy hotel?!)✧ Séverin: he's the leader of this motley crew, the disgraced heir, the thief and schemer. He chews cloves which is, um, disgusting dude. But I guess he doesn't get toothaches? I loved how openly protective he was over his KIDS, especially Tristan!✧ Laila: She is tHE MUM FRIEND and Indian and I love her so much. She's a enigma dancer + a baker (she always has sugar in her hair which is adorable if a little itch idk + and when she touches something, she can read its story. Helpful tbh. She and Severin have a torrid "WE KISSED ONCE BUT WE DON'T LOVE EACH OTHER!!" lie going on. ✧ Enrique: our BI NERD SON whom we love dearly. He is equal parts dramatic and an absolute NERD and will geek out over history and cry when they smash said history to get at the clues (aka: he is the person who would've beaten Indiana Jones to death with an umbrella). I freaking love Enrique he is a gift. He's also Spanish/Filipino. ✧ Zofia: ok I do appreciate the autistic rep here!! She is a total stereotype but not an *offensive* one so WE TAKE WHAT WE CAN GET. (Although once again OCD traits are confused with autism traits but aaaaanyway.) She's the math genius, the explosionist, the engineer who got thrown out of school. Laila just keeps feeding her cookies the whole time and it's adorable. (She's Jewish too.)✧ Tristan: the family bABY and they all coddle him it's so so adorable. He's the youngest (16) and has pet spiders and loves plants.✧ Hypnos: he's the half-sort-of-antagonist who lures them into working for him, but his entire aesthetic is GLITTER PARTY BISEXUAL PRETTY KING and I love him so. He just wants friends!!! He's like blackmailing them basically but! !!! to get !!! friends!!!I loved their dynamics and how they had sass and connection and the glib and serious conversations were so balanced. MY FAMILY <333 ➸ However...I was confused.I was really really really confused. Like I love this book, and I fully cannot WAIT for the next one (see tHE FINAL CHAPTER adkslf that revelation has me like 0_0). But the magic system, the world, the actual plot at times...I was just so confused. I do better with intense puzzles on audio, so I will reread via that before bk 2. But it zapped a lot of the enjoyment for me. I literally couldn't sum up the plot in my first point without rereading the back cover again. I'm just ???? It could be me. Could be how the book was (not) explained.Overall!? This is a shiny book of puzzles and magic, of complex tight-knit characters, and thievery with super high stakes. I loved it even though I'm not really sure what just happened.
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  • Renée Ahdieh
    January 1, 1970
    THIS. BOOK.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.
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  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    January 1, 1970
    Hey friends!Want to win an ARC of Gilded Wolves? I'm hosting a giveaway on my Instagram (@reverieandink) for that along with all the other lovely books you see pictured here! Be sure to check it out :)
  • Kiki
    January 1, 1970
    After The Star-Touched Queen, Roshani Chokshi could write me a threatening letter in yellow crayon and I'd still be foaming at the mouth for more.
  • Felicia
    January 1, 1970
    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 auth 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.
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  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Here is the January Owlcrate Box. Click on link below picture to see the goodies. THE GOODIES LINK
  • Warda
    January 1, 1970
    Six of Crows, you said?Take my money, I said.
  • brain cell
    January 1, 1970
    “it wasn't his intellect that made him unwanted. it was his face."“he used to pray that when it came to attraction, his body would just choose between men and women, and not both. it was his second-oldest brother, bound for priesthood, who told him that god made no mistakes in crafting their hearts. enrique still hadn’t quite parsed out his own relationship to faith, but what his brother said had made him stop hating himself.”hi i love enrique and i will do anything to secure him with life-long “it wasn't his intellect that made him unwanted. it was his face."“he used to pray that when it came to attraction, his body would just choose between men and women, and not both. it was his second-oldest brother, bound for priesthood, who told him that god made no mistakes in crafting their hearts. enrique still hadn’t quite parsed out his own relationship to faith, but what his brother said had made him stop hating himself.”hi i love enrique and i will do anything to secure him with life-long happiness and prosperity. i loved all the other characters too but since i only have a single brain cell i could only focus on one xx
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  • Tatiana
    January 1, 1970
    Everything about this novel is detailed and yet shallow. The story needed A LOT of polishing before its publication. I blame the editor of this work as much as the author. Roshani Chokshi needs to work on not info-dumping so much, first of all, and on making all the backstory/mythology organic to the rest of the narrative. She needs to give her story and characters time and room to develop, instead of hastily moving from one action/info-dump to the next. The author does have the imagery/flowery Everything about this novel is detailed and yet shallow. The story needed A LOT of polishing before its publication. I blame the editor of this work as much as the author. Roshani Chokshi needs to work on not info-dumping so much, first of all, and on making all the backstory/mythology organic to the rest of the narrative. She needs to give her story and characters time and room to develop, instead of hastily moving from one action/info-dump to the next. The author does have the imagery/flowery writing down, a la Laini Taylor's, but doesn't have Taylor's skill of making her world feel cohesive, full and real, and the flow of her story seamless and effortless. Elaborate descriptions of dresses or bushes or desserts will take you only so far. A lot of problems with pacing and plot structure here. And I am not even addressing the Six of Crows-shaped elephant in the room.DNF.
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  • Azrah
    January 1, 1970
    I want to read this, but I recently read Six of Crows and I know that if I read this now, I'll spend the whole time comparing them : /
  • Nastassja
    January 1, 1970
    *I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*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 officially addicted to the Gilded Wolves!Roshani Chokshi holds a special place in my heart. From the mome *I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*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 officially addicted to the Gilded Wolves!Roshani Chokshi holds a special place in my heart. From the moment I read her Star-touched Queen, I knew her prose was for me. When I read A Crown of Wishes I knew it's true love. Though The Gilded Wolves is nothing like its predecessors in style and writing, it proves that Roshani's talent is limitless and she is capable of many wonderful magical things.The Gilded Wolves is a story about Severin - the exiled heir of a dying House of Vanth. To earn back his inheritance Severin has to find and give to the omniscient Order of Babel society one ancient artifact they have been looking for. But to do so Severin requires a help of five different friends who have their own stakes in the game and their motives are not as simple as it seems. Together with his team of outcasts, Severin will have to penetrate powerful secret societies, to stop one ancient force from resurrecting, to stalk Paris's catacombs and not to lose their lives or hearts in the process. To give more information about this book would be a crime as it gradually unravels its secret nooks and hidden passages giving any reader a hell of a shock in the end and making you cry for the next installment. Well, this is what true adventures are made of.The Gilded Wolves reminded me of Six of Crows but the comparison is only in the setting: we have a team of outcasts and a heist to complete. Add to that magic and humor and you have a similar recipe to Six of Crows. But rather than common topic, books are nothing alike. The Gilded Wolves is a story in its own right, having a unique voice, you will not forget after finishing the book.I absolutely adored a cast of characters. They have diverse and unique voices. For sure you are going to pick your favorite characters and couples, but all of them working together as a team was so endearing that they became one of the cutest book families I've encountered in a book. My heart aches for all of them.As I mentioned before The Gilded Wolves is very different from Roshani's previous books. This story lacked the prose author is so famous for in her previous works. There were no lengthy but beautiful descriptions and imaginative epithets. Some people like to adhere to it as purple prose, but for me, it's just the beauty of language. The Gilded Wolves are more restraint in language but no less imaginative and complete in the richness of a word. And when Roshani uses some of the epithets to describe characters and their feelings, those words bloom and fill whole passages with possibilities beyond imagination.The only problem I had with the book was infodump at the beginning and lengthy descriptions of science and mechanical actions that can go on for pages and often confuse more than enlighten. Don't get me wrong, I am a nerd and adore smart characters and this book has plenty of them. But when you read a book you build all images in your head and some things were so confusing it was hard for me to imagine them properly. I would highly recommend The Gilded Wolves to those readers who love similar to Six of Crows stories, but unique in their own way, with rich diverse characters and a mystery worth dying for or at least worth turning the last page and crave for more. Heist, secret societies, friendship, star-crossed lovers, humor - a perfect remedy from Autumn melancholy. Highly recommended!
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  • Megan ☼
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Wednesday Books via Netgalley in exchange for my honest thoughts and review.I really wanted to love this one. The premise and tone were right up my alley, and I just about combusted with excitement when I found out I was approved for an ARC.The only thing I really liked was how diverse the main cast was. Half of the characters are PoC, and at least two are LGBT+. I've heard that one of the characters is on the autism spectrum, but I'm not familiar enough with autism to feel comfo ARC provided by Wednesday Books via Netgalley in exchange for my honest thoughts and review.I really wanted to love this one. The premise and tone were right up my alley, and I just about combusted with excitement when I found out I was approved for an ARC.The only thing I really liked was how diverse the main cast was. Half of the characters are PoC, and at least two are LGBT+. I've heard that one of the characters is on the autism spectrum, but I'm not familiar enough with autism to feel comfortable making a claim that one of the characters is autistic. So while this novel wins major diversity points, that's about where my enjoyment ended.Conceptually, The Gilded Wolves is pretty unique. But the execution is just messy. This reads so much like a second book. There were too many prior events and too many previously-established relationships that I felt like I was missing key elements needed to read this book.We're all thinking it, so let's just say it: the characters are the thrift store version of the Six of Crows characters. If you're writing a YA fantasy heist book, you can't avoid being in conversation with the SoC duology, no matter how we all want to separate new heist books from it. But the similarities between The Gilded Wolves characters and the SoC characters are just too uncanny to dismiss.Séverin and Laila are so similar to Kaz and Inej that I can't help but think it must be intentional. While the rest of the main cast felt more original, still they share too many similarities with the SoC characters. I understand some character tropes can't be avoided when writing heist story, but then I look at the Ocean's # movies and wonder why those characters don't feel similar to the SoC characters, despite being involved in a heist. Clearly, Chokshi is borrowing, whether intentionally or not, from the SoC duology.But regardless of the similarities, ultimately Chokshi's characters are flat. Their motivations are confusing (again, this feels like a second book) and their backstories don't feel tangible enough to warrant their actions. Despite the mature tone and themes the novel tried to capture, the characters and their relationships felt juvenile. Their banter especially reflected this. It came off as childish and try-hard, without any of the natural ease I've seen other authors accomplish.The info-dumping in the beginning was insane. Every time any vaguely new idea would come up, the entire scene would screech to a halt for at least a paragraph of exposition. It absolutely killed the pacing in the beginning. Yet despite all the info-dumping, I'm still confused on how the magic system works and how the Order of Babel is arranged.I love it when a book feels especially ~aesthetic~, because it usually contributes to the novel's tone or world-building. The Gilded Wolves focuses heavily on aesthetics, but without actually contributing anything of substance. While of course there are outliers, most of the time the descriptions were aesthetics for the sake of aesthetics, without establishing any meaningful world-building and setting a certain tone. It made the novel feel bloated with description.This novel reads to me like Chokshi was trying so hard to be different from SoC that she just took on way too much. None of the elements shine - not the characters, not the plot, not the writing, NOTHING except the diversity. I think publishing books with diverse characters by authors of color is extremely important, and so for that reason alone I am supremely glad this book exists and will be read by people that finally get to see themselves reflected by the page. But besides that, The Gilded Wolves isn't a compelling novel.And that ending? Oh boy. It was drama for the sake of a second book, and didn't feel warranted at all.
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  • Amy (libraryofamy)
    January 1, 1970
    "Half of winning is simply looking victorious." Never before have I wanted to DNF a book with less than 50 pages left, but there's a first time for everything.The Gilded Wolves was by far one of my most anticipated new releases of the year. I mean, a heist book with magic, set in 19th century Paris? It sounded like my entire aesthetic rolled into one. But, unfortunately, this book had a lot of aspects that just did not click with me.Before I get into what I disliked, let me talk about the thing "Half of winning is simply looking victorious." Never before have I wanted to DNF a book with less than 50 pages left, but there's a first time for everything.The Gilded Wolves was by far one of my most anticipated new releases of the year. I mean, a heist book with magic, set in 19th century Paris? It sounded like my entire aesthetic rolled into one. But, unfortunately, this book had a lot of aspects that just did not click with me.Before I get into what I disliked, let me talk about the things I did like! First off, I appreciated the diversity in this book, and the incredible way that Chokshi discussed different prejudices and how characters had to deal with them during the time period. We had a Jewish character, biracial characters, bisexual characters, etc. I thought they were all represented beautifully and I loved getting to read from those points of views. I really enjoyed that and thought that the diversity was incorporated in a beautifully organic way, and not like the author was trying to check off boxes. I also liked the characters, though I'm going to talk about my issues with them in a second. Despite my to-be-discussed gripes, I thought they had good dynamics between each other which made for some good banter and heartwarming moments.Another good aspect of this book was the romance(s). I love me some angst and I thought it was done well here. The promises made between the two main love interests at the end for the sequel definitely do intrigue me. There's also a potential M/M/F love triangle, and though I feel zero chemistry between the main point of the love triangle and the girl, I definitely ship the two boys together. So that's something I enjoyed and look forward to exploring more if I decide to read the sequel.But besides those things... I really did not like the book. Let's talk about why!Firstly, the plot and world-building were a mess for me. I could barely follow what was happening, and I feel like Chokshi just did not explain things well at all. It was very info-dumpy and I felt like a lot of things were left vague or just explained in a way that went over my head. I had a hard time understanding and visualizing the magic system, and I found myself totally lost with the plot. The pacing was also weird and the Big Moment was so ridiculously anti-climactic that I just felt like it had been a waste of time. Also, the villain(s) were so random, uninteresting, and under-developed. A HUGE pet peeve for me. Basically, I spent this whole book just barely following everything that was going on, and it felt like a chore. By the end, I found myself skimming or not paying attention to what I was reading because I felt frustrated and had begun to lose interest about halfway through. Like I said, I nearly DNF-ed this book despite having only 50ish pages left! Skimming and DNF-ing so far into a book is unheard of for me, so I was definitely disappointed.The other major issue I had with the book was with the characters. Yes, I said I liked them. But you know why? Because almost all of them are exactly like the dregs from Six of Crows. Severin is Kaz, Laila is Inej with sprinkles of Nina, Enrique/Hypnos are Jesper, and Tristan is so obviously Wylan. The only character who seemed to be a little bit unique was Zofia, but I could draw parallels from SoC characters to her as well, she's just not a blatant copy like the others are. Even the character development, where we would get flashbacks or several pages of backstory, was exactly like what Bardugo did in Six of Crows for character development. Once I made the connection, my enjoyment of the story took a sharp decline, and I couldn't make any sort of connection or attachment to the characters because of it. Once I lose interest in characters (because I prefer good characters over a good plot), the whole story is lost for me. It's unfortunate, but it's how I feel.Overall, I just didn't like this book at all. I spent nearly the entirety of the book confused and annoyed, so I didn't actually get to enjoy the story. I also thought there was a total missed opportunity with the setting being in Paris. Yes, we did visit some major landmarks in the city, but I never once felt the magic that encompasses being in Paris. There was a real opportunity for whimsy there and it was just... totally missed. This whole book was a missed opportunity, to be totally honest! It just felt like Chokshi wanted to recreate Six of Crows with minor changes and hope the same audience that felt enraptured by SoC would find the same feeling again here. But for me, it just really doesn't work.If you loved this book, then I'm super happy for you. I wanted to love this book so much but it just didn't work out. If you disagree with me, that's totally fine! I may pick up the sequel because it's going to be set in Russia (and I just love Russia a whole lot), but I'm not sure. Hopefully the story goes in a new direction and Chokshi improves her story-telling in the sequel, because this world and these characters definitely have potential! But sadly, The Gilded Wolves was just not for me. Sigh.
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  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    January 1, 1970
    When we revise the horror and sanitize the grotesque, we risk erasing the paths that led us here. History is a myth shaped by the tongues of conquerors.4.5 stars that I'm almost tempted to round up because it's been AGES since I genuinely enjoyed a YA Fantasy novel! Upon starting, The Gilded Wolves promised me a lovable set of diverse characters, a compelling plot combined with fascinating mythology and wow, it sure delivered. I fell in love with every one of Roshani Chokshi's words and I cannot When we revise the horror and sanitize the grotesque, we risk erasing the paths that led us here. History is a myth shaped by the tongues of conquerors.4.5 stars that I'm almost tempted to round up because it's been AGES since I genuinely enjoyed a YA Fantasy novel! Upon starting, The Gilded Wolves promised me a lovable set of diverse characters, a compelling plot combined with fascinating mythology and wow, it sure delivered. I fell in love with every one of Roshani Chokshi's words and I cannot wait to dive into this world again. Truly a blessing. RTC. PS. As a Montmartre offspring, I couldn't help but think about the day when I learned that my Monoprix - on Bld de Clichy - used to be that particular cabaret : - L'Enfer¯\_(ツ)_/¯ don't ask me, i don't know eitherCW - racial slurs, antisemitism, graphic violence, death
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  • Sunny ✨wordslikefury✨
    January 1, 1970
    You mean...a really diverse book set in the late 1800s Paris with a bunch of misfits going on a heist??? It's basically an alternate version of Six of Crows and I LOVE IT!It's been a while since I've read a book where literally every single character somehow found their way into the mushy lovey dovey part of my heart. I mean it. Every. Single. Character. They were all wonderfully diverse (racially, sexually, and religiously). And they're all perfectly imperfect. Roshini Chokshi finds ways to in You mean...a really diverse book set in the late 1800s Paris with a bunch of misfits going on a heist??? It's basically an alternate version of Six of Crows and I LOVE IT!It's been a while since I've read a book where literally every single character somehow found their way into the mushy lovey dovey part of my heart. I mean it. Every. Single. Character. They were all wonderfully diverse (racially, sexually, and religiously). And they're all perfectly imperfect. Roshini Chokshi finds ways to incorporate racism, sexism, religion, and history all into this one book, and displays how it affects each character differently. It takes place in Paris during a time where not all people were accepted into society for being different. Of course you will come across the slow burn romance and witty commentary that Chokshi always incorporates into all her stories. I would't say this is as fast paced as Six of Crows is, but if you enjoyed that book, then you'll most likely enjoy this one. Just don't go into it expecting it to be like Leigh Bardugo's work. You'll be sorely disappointed. The two books are both enjoyable pieces of works that just share similar vibes. Received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Nick
    January 1, 1970
    This sounds exactly like something I would read.
  • Nasom
    January 1, 1970
    Full Review This book is a mixture of religion, history, math and science which was both interesting and confusing What I liked - The plot is unique from your typical ya plot. It’s inspired by the biblical story of the Tower of babel. It’s basically about a group of misfits in France, I believe, who collaborate to find a precious artefact that needed to be kept safe because of the dangerous thing it can reveal about the babel fragments. - the characters: Like alot of other people have said, the Full Review This book is a mixture of religion, history, math and science which was both interesting and confusing What I liked - The plot is unique from your typical ya plot. It’s inspired by the biblical story of the Tower of babel. It’s basically about a group of misfits in France, I believe, who collaborate to find a precious artefact that needed to be kept safe because of the dangerous thing it can reveal about the babel fragments. - the characters: Like alot of other people have said, they reminded me of SoC. - We have the ‘leader’ Severin who lost his birthright and was promised to get it back if he found the artefact. We have Laila, who has a secret and has her own purpose apart from finding the artefact. She’s like the mother of the group, always feeding them and making sure they’re okay. Then there is Tristan who is like the baby of the group. He and Severin kinda grew up together and they’re basically brothers! There is Enrique, who is the historian and also the flirt of the group , there is Zofia, an awkward, math nerd who is great at solving logical problems but terrible at anything social related. Lastly, there is Hypnos, who is the outsider and a part of the elite society, ‘the order of babel’, but he’s half black so he doesn’t fully belong. I loved the interaction between the characters and they had some funny moments. - I liked the fantasy elements; A few people are blessed with affinities that I think has to do with the tower of babel. There is matter (solid, liquid) and there is mind affinities. People that have these affinities can forge items that contain them so this book had alot of animated objects which was pretty cool. There is also a character that can ’read’ items by touching them, meaning she can tell the history of the item; who used it, what it was used for, etc. What I didn’t like - To say I was confused alot is an understatement. I was lost from the beginning. Overall, I knew what was happening in general but it was the little details I was confused about. This book had alot of puzzles that needed to be solved and I found myself having to read the same pages over again just so I can make sense of how the puzzles are being solved. Some of them included math theories which I found myself zoning out to bc its math… Like I said above, the book mixed alot of subjects (religion, math, fantasy, history, etc) so it was sometimes a burden to read about how they all related to each other. As I am writing this review, I’m starting to even forget how some plot points went about. General Commentary There isn’t really romance in this, but it was kinda hinted at. Two of the characters had some type of romantic past but it’s kinda complicated now lol. I found that I didn’t care about romance in this and was more interested in the friendship so the lack of romantic love didn’t bother me. Overall, it was a good book, albeit rather confusing and yes I would recommend if you liked six of crows. It’s like the less savage version of that. Pre-reading I got approved for this some days ago and let me not lie, I was surprised because I forgot I even requested it lol (I requested it like months ago). Hopefully, it's good!!
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  • Katie.dorny
    January 1, 1970
    This definitely reminded of six of crows but in the best way possible! And a little of the gentlemans guide to vice and virtue with the diverse characters and dialogue. Very sassy and I was here for it.I have read the first Aru Shah book before by this author, I honestly never would have known they were the same has I not checked her author profile after finishing this novel.I loved it, I was a bit apprehensive with people’s reviews but I enjoyed it immensely. The plot, the crackers, the dialogu This definitely reminded of six of crows but in the best way possible! And a little of the gentlemans guide to vice and virtue with the diverse characters and dialogue. Very sassy and I was here for it.I have read the first Aru Shah book before by this author, I honestly never would have known they were the same has I not checked her author profile after finishing this novel.I loved it, I was a bit apprehensive with people’s reviews but I enjoyed it immensely. The plot, the crackers, the dialogues, the characters FLAWS I loved everything.I need a second book ASAP please.
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  • Candace Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    I’m going to have to come back to this one... However, it does have Six of Crows vibes and lovely writing.
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