Fantasy, Historical, Young Adult

[Review] The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

tgwThe Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: Wednesday Book (Jan 15, 2019)
Series: The Gilded Wolves #1
Advanced Reader’s Copy provided by Macmillan USA International

Blurb:
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.


Ever since I picked up Roshani Chokshi’s The Star-Touched Queen, I knew that Roshani Chokshi would be an auto-buy author for me. I love her writing—I would even go as far to say that I savoured every morsel of goodness that is her lovely prose—and there’s definitely something about her stories that just enchants me, endlessly. It is no surprise that The Gilded Wolves is one of my most-anticipated books of 2019 and I still can’t believe that I am lucky enough to receive an ARC of this magnificent tome.

She knew all the carefully cobbled pieces of him. He was deception steeped in elegance, from his sharp smile to his unsettling eyes. Séverin’s eyes were the precise colour of sleep—sable velvet with a violet sheen, promising either nightmare or dream.

Marketed as Tomb Raider meets Ocean’s Eleven, Roshani Chokshi’s new series is a far-cry from her previous two novels, The Star-Touched Queen and its companion novel, A Crown of Wishes. However, I was hugely impressed and instantly mesmerised by the allure and opulence of The Gilded Wolves the moment I read the first page.

The Gilded Wolves is everything I expected and more because there’s such magic embedded into the pages of the book and I believe that Roshani Chokshi very well poured her heart and soul into writing the story and creating a world of decadence and mystery. The setting is absolute perfection and I believe that Roshani Chokshi is born to write for the senses, from the atmospheric descriptions of Parisian building to the humorous banter between the characters, I was beyond fascinated by what The Gilded Wolves had in store for me.

Don’t capture their hearts. Steal their imagination. It’s far more useful.

I don’t wish to spoil The Gilded Wolves for you, but you should definitely psych yourself for a heart-stopping adventure—from treasure hunting to magic wielding—just know that you are in for a wonderful, thrilling surprise. In many ways, the characters in The Gilded Wolves reminded me of the much-beloved ones from Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows duology and fret not, both books are gems in their own way—if you loved Six of Crows, The Gilded Wolves should be mandatory reading for you, just saying. But really, you should. For reals.

The Gilded Wolves features an amazingly diverse and inclusive cast of characters, therefore it’s not just an action-adventure story that’s filled with mystery and intrigue, but I liked that it was character-driven as well. There’s Séverin who’s very much the leader of the pack and he’s the one who’s got the mysterious past and aloofness of Mr Darcy, but he’s very much a secret softie and I love him very much. There are two women of colour, Laila who is a fantastic baker and master of the art of dance and seduction, and Zofia, an inventor-slash-genius who is on the autism spectrum. So we have two women who are badasses in their own ways! Not to forget, a lovable cinnamon roll that is Enrique who is a queer Filipino scholar. The smol bean of the group, Tristan, who must be protected at all costs.

Kisses were not supposed to be like this. Kisses were to be witnessed by stars, not held in the presence of stale death. But as the bones rose up around them, Laila saw fractals of white. Pale constellations of bone. And she thought that, perhaps, for a kiss like this, even hell would put forth its stars.

Moving on, let’s talk about the magic system in The Gilded Wolves which was different from what I expected. I liked that the book featured a concept called Forging, in which heirs from different Houses have the ability to Forge artefacts, which was interesting to read about. Plus, there are lots of mind-boggling puzzles and riddles which are frankly, so fun to read about. Who needs Angelina Jolie running around with dual pistols and kicking ass when you’ve got a band of unlikely heroes?

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If you’re looking for a spell-binding heist story, look no further because The Gilded Wolves is lush, enchanting and captivating from the first get-go. Roshani Chokshi’s writing shines through like the opulent gems and magnificent artefacts found in the story and it is always a treat to read her books, because it draws you in from the first page and it builds itself to a glorious crescendo before ending on a high note. The Gilded Wolves is not to be missed!

Séverin’s seventh father was Lust.
Lust taught him that a broken heart made a fine weapon, for its pieces were exceptionally sharp.

The quotes were taken from the ARC and are subject to changes in the finished copy.

1 thought on “[Review] The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi”

  1. Wonderful review, Kevin! <3 I'm so, so happy to hear you enjoyed this book so much – I also got lucky enough to read it and I loved it so, SO much just as well. These characters were SO great <3

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