Saturday 19 January 2019

Book Review: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi (YA/Historical/Fantasy)

Title: The Gilded Wolves
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Wednesday Books/Pan Macmillan

Publication Date: 8 January 2019
Review Copy from Publisher

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.

There are so many things to love about The Gilded Wolves: a fun and fascinating premise, good world building, wonderful characters (diverse in so many ways), and beautiful, lyrical prose. I was certainly captivated. The only reservation I had was that the book became overly dense at times. The story and puzzles drew from so many different mythologies, I felt it was more complicated than was frankly necessary. Not to the point where it was unfathomable--I never got lost or confused--but I was pulled out of the action a few times as my brain worked through the symbolism. It certainly ended on a cliffhanger, with a surprising revelation, and I would definitely be keen to read on and see what happens to the characters next. 4.5 stars.

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