Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
From New York Times bestselling author Roshani Chokshi comes a novel set in Paris during a time of extraordinary change–one that is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous desires…
No one believes in them. But soon no one will forget them.
It’s 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.
To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood.
Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history–but only if they can stay alive.
About: The Gilded Wolves is a young adult historical fiction written by Roshani Chokshi. It was published on 1/15/2019 by Wednesday Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, hardcover, 400 pages. The genres are young adult, historical fiction, and fantasy. This book is intended for readers ages 12 to 18. It looks like there will be a second book to this duology, per Goodreads. According to the publisher’s website, Wednesday Books is “a crossover, coming-of-age imprint for the insatiable reader.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Gilded Wolves on 1/14/2019 and finished it on 2/24/2019. (Please disregard my reading date. I was having a major reading slump and got a bad cold so it shouldn’t decide whether I love this book or not by the date). This book is definitely an excellent read. I enjoy the humor between the characters. I like that bit of forbidden love, or just the characters forbidden themselves from it happening again even though both enjoyed each other’s company. I like their stolen looks and thoughts of longing for each other. Zofia and Enrique’s worries are relatable and I like reading their views most. The puzzles and riddles are interesting as well as their knowledge of facts.
This book is told in the third person point of view following Severin, the last heir to House Vanth, a line of House that was declared dead 10 years ago. His hobby is acquisition, stealing auction antiques that originally belonged to House Vanth. He wants his House alive again. Another view is Laila. She is working with Severin on his acquisitions because she’s in search of an ancient book. She has a special gift, through her touch, she could know an object’s secret history. She’s also a cabaret star L’Enigme and a baker of divine cakes. The third view is Enrique, a historian. He’s out helping Severin to steal this compass that supposed to have a secret map hidden in it but experience an unexpected delay. The fourth view is Zofia, a forger of metals and one who loves math. The fifth view is Hypnos, a young heir to House Nyx. He wants the Horus Eye and contracts Severin and his team to obtain it for him in exchange to having Severin’s inheritance restored. The story is divided into seven parts.
Gilded Wolves is very well written and complicated at the same time. There are different foreign languages in this book with characters from different backgrounds. There are different types of magic happening in this story. The historical discussion and world building of Forging is not easy to understand for me. I thought forgeries are fake replica stuffs but how can interior designs, clothing and everything describe in this book are made through forgeries, including forgeries of the mind and metal. It makes this new magic interesting and complicated to read all the same. I do like the 7 deadly sins that taught Severin to become who he is today. There’s that bit of necromancy if you are into it. There’s a lot going on in this book and I do recommend everyone to read it.
Pro: humor, longing for each other, diversity, magic, intelligent characters, 7 deadly sins,
Con: complications of Forging world building
I rate it 4.5 stars!
About the Author:
Roshani Chokshi is the New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen, A Crown of Wishes, Aru Shah and the End of Time, and The Gilded Wolves. (Photo provided by publisher and info obtained from St. Martin’s Press’ website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Wednesday Books for inviting me to host a blog tour. I appreciate the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.