Set in a darkly glamorous Paris, the book follows a charismatic but cursed heir of a massive fortune as he plots to steal one of three ancient and powerful artifacts of fate. He and his crew will navigate the elite gatherings of secret occult societies, traveling through Paris’ catacombs where they must confront their worst secrets as well as a destiny they never imagined.
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Emily’s Review: 4 Stars
The Gilded Wolves follows the antics of Séverin Montagnet-Alarie, a treasure-hunter, and his band of friends as they obtain (steal) antiquities that belong to the Order of Babel. That is, until the Order seeks his help and offers him a prize he simply can’t refuse: the right to his inheritance. Set in Paris, 1889 the book takes place in a gothic and twisted version of our world. This world has an interesting mix of science and magic. Roshani Chokshi is a very talented author and that really shines through in this book.
I loved all the action scenes in the book. They were fun, suspenseful and just genuinely well written. I can honestly say that I was never bored reading this story, between the action scenes and the lore of the world I was invested. The magic/science system was very cool. It is very unique and not really something we have seen before. Roshani Chokshi did a really great job of mixing together different mythologies and religions to create this system.
This book is told from 4 POV’s: Séverin, Leila, Zofia, and Enrique. Usually I am not a fan of multiple POV books but in this case it is needed. You get a better grasp of the story seeing through the eyes of these characters because they are all vastly different. This book has no shortage of diversity so seeing how each of the characters deals with society and the struggles they go through is so important. Zofia, Enrique, and Leila are my favorites (Zofia is #1 though) but Séverin and two other important characters, Tristan and Hypnos, fell short for me. I think I was expecting Severin to be a certain way and was disappointed when he was not. Tristan and Hypnos are two characters that came off immature to me. The way they acted felt weird and exaggerated, it just did not sit right with me.
As I mentioned above, this book is full of diversity. But on top of that it deals with themes of feminism, queerness, and racism (in 1889 society and how the characters deal with it). The book handles all these topics well so if this is something you look for in books I would recommend it.
The reason this book is only a 4 Star for me is because the magic system and lore of the story was a little difficult to grasp. I did not really understand it until about halfway through the book but even now I am still confused about some things. It is a very complex story so you really have to pay attention to every detail mentioned. The other reason that this was not a 4 Star for me was that some of the characters felt a little immature to me and a lot of the humor fell flat. Sometimes the book seemed to read as if it was meant for younger audiences but then there would be times where it seemed to read for older audiences. It went back and forth a lot.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to see where the next book will take Séverin and the gang.