- Reading level: 12+ years
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Wednesday Books (15 January 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 125014454X
- ISBN-13: 978-1250144546
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 3.5 x 24.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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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.
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The Gilded Wolves is a story about a group of acquaintances turned friends who are ready to walk toward the same goal through their personal motivations and are ready with their individualistic personalities and talents to tackle anything that comes in between. It's as easy to fall in love with the characters as it is to breathe. The fast pacing will be keeping you on your toes because the answers to "what's gonna happen next?!" will excite you and once you do get to know what happens, you'll either be all the more excited or bawling--and both in a good sense.
A ton of research must have gone into this because the puzzles are indecipherable but totally understandable, and the fusion of history with mystery is stunningly executed. Each character has their own set of strengths and weaknesses that collectively make the story only stronger with every witty dialogue, funny conversation, and flirty exchanges. The writing is one of the bestest aspects from the long list of best aspects and the simplicity in the narration while it also intrigues the reader is pleasing.
The book is a great execution of diversity: Laila is Indian; Zofia is Jewish, Polish, and autistic; Enrique is Filipino, Spanish, and bisexual; Hypnos is black and gay; and the other two, Severin and Tristan are just as amazing as the other squad members if not more. The romance is impeccable with the precise amount of tension and non-acceptance of love for each other.
I would recommend this to everyone looking for a squad to love until your last breath while the squad takes on the most exciting tasks that will also propel their character arcs to be defined, that will also make you laugh, cry, and swoon, that will also make you want to pick up the next book in the series instantly.
Oh, what can I say about The Gilded Wolves that the world already does not know! The magic used is Forging - chota saans - a small breath - breathing life into a thing so that it becomes a vibrant, mobile, magical being for some time.
The story goes thus: 4 houses, one fallen, one erased, the House of Vanth, and 2 alive, House of Kore with its matriarchal head and House of Nyx with Hypnos as patriarchal head. Severin wants his House of Vanth back. He is obsessed with stealing back artifacts belonging to his erased house and creating problems for the Order of Babel which regulates the houses. Along with his gang Laila, Enrique, Tristan, Zofia, Severin is the master planner and aquisitionist until Hypnos coerces Severin into locating the Babel Fragments in return for his Inheritance.
The characters were unique in their culture and their past, their talents galore and mind blowing, their loyalty to each other immense, their camaraderie had my heart blossoming with warmth, the dialogues crisp and humorous added to their complexity. The tinge of attraction was sensuously woven and hinted at.
Every subplot was well thought of, every puzzle had its diagram, the visuality of it added more to the amazing wonder which resulted in awe and got me wondering about the mind of this extraordinary author.
The story was a slow burn fantasy gradually building up speed and brought with it my shadows of niggles. I wanted certain parts to move faster especially when the scene demanded that tension. The worldbuilding was immense and complex, so that took a few chapters to get everything plotted in my brain.
Roshani Chokshi has Forged her book, breathing life into her writing so that each word is a living vivid echo of the soul both hers and the characters who come alive under the power of her pen.
A lyrical prose with descriptions far beyond the known which speaks to the soul, echoing the knowledge of the past into the lures of the present. One needs to read it to experience the ancient music and folk-tales weaved into the backstory of her characters. Diversity being the norm, Forging being the method, science being the base, it was simply beautiful to see the amalgamation of chemistry with magic.
If you listen carefully and read it with your heart, you would see the song notes swaying in the gentle breeze as you turn each page... Beauty of a timeless prose!!
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The Gilded Wolves has one of the best casts of characters I’ve come across. I love how each character has their own personality, set of skills, and way of perceiving in the world. Chokshi excels at creating characters whose cultural and sexual identities are incredibly important to them. Identity is the driving force behind all of their motivations and heavily influences how they see themselves. Séverin is obsessed with reclaiming his birthright and isn’t afraid to take dangerous risks in order to do so. Though a natural leader, he isn’t always honest with himself and holds the faulty belief that if he can just become patriarch, he’ll have everything he’s always wanted. Tristan is Séverin’s closest companion, having grown up in a number of foster homes alongside him. Tristan is more interested in his pet tarantula than his adopted brother’s schemes, but they are both fiercely protective of one another. Laila is in her element when she is either in the kitchen baking or taking care of others. Masquerading as a courtesan becomes incredibly resourceful as she is able to gain access to places that would otherwise be closed off to Séverin and his crew. Laila’s past is the most mysterious. Save for Séverin, no one knows of her ability to read memories tied to objects. This gift, or perhaps more aptly a curse, is tied to her origins that even she doesn’t quite understand.
One of my favorite things about this group of characters is the witty dialogue and no one exemplifies this more than the young historian Enrique. From the get-go, he had me in stitches. His humor is always a breath of fresh air and I really like that Chokshi’s doesn’t sacrifice the rest of his character for the sake of comedic relief. Enrique not only has a passion for history, but for his country’s freedom. The Philippines has been under Spain’s thumb for the last 300 years and Enrique wants to be part of helping his country gain independence. Zofia is more adequate when it comes to making bombs than making friends. Some of the most rewarding scenes in this one involve Zofia and Laila. The latter shows incredible patience, slowly helping Zofia come out her shell. The final character is the enigmatic Hypnos, the young patriarch of House Nyx, who was once childhood pals with Séverin. Hypnos is both arrogant and charming. Though regarded as more of an enemy at first, Hynpos feels draw to Séverin and his friends, to their camaraderie, for there’s no denying that Hypnos’s easy smiles actually hide a loneliness underneath.
If you like fantasies rooted in history, Chokshi’s latest novel is the one for you. Chokshi pays close attention to detail, bringing not only her characters, but this world to life. It took a little bit of time for me as a reader to be comfortable moving through this intricate world, but once I did, it was one I wasn’t quite ready to let go of with the closing pages. Forging was an aspect that I really wanted to explore more of. There are individuals in this world able to manipulate matter and the mind, the latter of which is highly regulated as it includes the ability to control minds and create illusions. The former takes on many forms, including the ability to manipulate metal and stone into different forms, even lifelike creatures.
If you like tragic heroes, found families and impossible heists, Roshani Chokshi’s The Gilded Wolves is one you don’t want to miss. I’ll be spending the next year eagerly anticipating the sequel and reeling from this one’s gut-punch of an ending.
“I don’t want to be their equals. I don’t want them to look us in the eye. I want them to look away, to blink harshly, like they’ve stared at the sun itself. I don’t want them standing across from us. I want them kneeling.”
Luckily, Roshani is just as delightful of a storyteller as I anticipated she would be, because I was captivated from the beginning and found myself head-over-heels in love with this series by the end. The writing is so much fun, full of hilarious, laugh-out-loud banter and sweet, tender moments (I swear I highlighted half the book), and the heists and puzzles craft an air of endless suspense and intrigue.
Even better, the characters in this story are some of the best I’ve ever met. They are all incredibly complex and real, and you’d be hard pressed to dislike any of them because they all have such lovable quirks and bits of their personalities. I never get tired of a good “squad” and this little gang of misfits has to be one of my new favorites! Oh, and there is a romance in this book that has some of the best romantic tension I have EVER read in YA (without ever being even remotely explicit).
In fact, can we just stop right here and talk about these characters? Because, honestly, I tried writing this review without taking some time to gush over each of them individually, and I just couldn’t do it.
→ Séverin 💀 half-Algerian, clever, criminal mastermind, total grump-butt in the best way
→ Laila 🍰 Indian, #squadmom, baker extraordinaire, sweetest and most loving little ball of sunshine ever, has a beautiful story arc regarding the importance of dance in her culture/homeland
→ Zofia 🔬 Jewish, Polish, autistic (and so well-done, written with such obvious care and research), scientist/genius, wickedly funny, probably my actual favorite??
→ Enrique 📜 Filipino/Spanish, queer, adorable, pouty, historian, has endless internal monologues about feeling erased, suffering racism/microaggressions, etc., made me cry a million times
→ Tristan 🕸 precious soft little bean, has a pet tarantula he never shuts up about, needs to be protected and cared for at all costs
→ Hypnos 💎 black, queer, doesn’t always have the best motives but is generally the actual softest, killer taste in fashion
I have only one complaint about this book, and honestly, I loved the story overall so much that it pains me to even include this: I struggled with the world-building for quite a while. You’re kind of dropped right into the action from the get-go, and you’re forced to catch up on the run, which I normally love, but this world is just so intricate and has such a large-feeling magic system that I feel I would’ve benefited a bit from being given more of a primer before launching into the main plot.
I actually have heard a few friends say it feels like this book needs a prequel novella in order for the world-building to fully function, and while I don’t agree that it’s entirely necessary, I do think it would be an AMAZING addition if Roshani ever chose to follow that route later on.
Minor complaints aside, though, The Gilded Wolves still feels like an easy 5-star read for me because I adored the characters so much and had such a tremendous amount of fun with the adventure and obstacles that really come into play in the second half. I cherish these characters so much, and in the two weeks it’s now been since I finished reading, this story has only grown more and more dear in my heart. I am beyond excited for the sequel and can’t wait to see what Roshani will do to indubitably wreck my life as the saga continues.
Ultimately, I’d recommend this to any fans of historical fantasy, “squad” groups, and lovable, diverse characters, as well as readers who don’t require a tremendous amount of back-story or a slow pacing in fantasy. I also wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone who enjoys fun, flirty or otherwise humorous banter in their books.
Pros: Prose, lush setting, eventual character development, twists.
On second thought, I'm bumping this one up to four stars. The diverse cast was at least interesting enough for the sequel. If I want to read the sequel, I should at least rate it four stars for overall impression.