Series: The Gilded Wolves #1
Published by Wednesday Books on January 15, 2019
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
Source: Netgalley, Publicist
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.
MY RATING: 4 stars
The Gilded Wolves is a masterful YA Fantasy by Roshani Chokshi, author of The Star-Touched Queen and Aru Shah and the End of Time.
This book is set in 1889 Paris featuring a wonderfully diverse cast of characters reminiscent of the band of misfits from Six of Crows and a spectacular heist à la National Treasure with twists and puzzles like that of a Dan Brown book. IT’S EPIC!
Roshani Chokshi has a beautiful, flowery writing style that completely won me over. Written in multiple POVs, The Gilded Wolves is brimming with imagery and laced with wit! That being said, I feel like it may overwhelm some readers. The first quarter to a third of this book is a massive info-dump, especially while the world is built and the intricacies of the fantasy elements are explained. Readers get a lot of description and background right from the go. I caution readers to not be scared off by it, though. The story is imaginative and fun and worth it!
We get the good, the bad, and the ugly, given the point in history in which this story is set and the types of lives people of various backgrounds led then. I applaud Roshani for giving us great, diverse characters with vivid histories. I definitely loved all of the characters, but Séverin is a freakin doll — I adored him!
Overall, I really enjoyed The Gilded Wolves and recommend it to YA Fantasy fans who enjoy poetic writing and a loaded cast!
*Thanks to the BookSparks, Netgalley, and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of this book. Please note that it, in no way, had an effect on my opinion or review.
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