Thank you so much to Wednesday Books (Macmillan) for asking me to be a part of this blog tour! Roshani Chokshi is one of my favourite authors (I devoured all of the books in her The Star-Touched Queen series), and when I found out about this book, I just knew that I had to read it! Plus, I’m back into fantasy now and the 19th century is one of my favourite time periods to read about! Keep reading to see what I thought of The Gilded Wolves, and for a chance to win a hardcover of the book if you live in the U.S.!
Title: The Gilded Wolves
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Wednesday Books (Macmillan)
Published: January 15, 2019
A digital copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
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 first observation when I started reading The Gilded Wolves was that it was all quite different from the other works by Roshani Chokshi that I’ve read (all of the The Star-Touched Queen books). Not only is the historical period (1800s) and location (Paris, France) different, but the style in which the book was written is too. I found that the The Star-Touched Queen books were written in a more lyrical style and the atmosphere was very otherworldly and mystical. The Gilded Wolves, while also containing magic like the other books, feels a lot more rooted in our our physical world as we know it. Well, except for—as I mentioned—the magic. I found the magic system in this book to be interesting and commendably different from other magic systems that I have read about. I know that believable magic systems are complicated to create, and I always appreciate when an author takes the time to make their system stand out from others—especially since there are so many magic systems already out there!
Another thing that I liked about The Gilded Wolves was the characters. I tend to find most friend groups in books to be annoying. But I found that I really really liked how these characters were portrayed, and how they interacted. There was so much great banter! And, also, the amount of representation in this book was phenomenal! There was an excellent amount of diversity in the main cast, and it didn’t feel like it was forced! Sometimes books add diversity just for the sake of it, and readers tend to catch on. But, with The Gilded Wolves, it was done seamlessly and without ulterior motive. I also liked that this was a heist book. I love heist plots, and this one definitely kept me engaged and biting the nails of one hand while I held the book with the other. And lastly, the romance! And … that is all I can say without rambling and spoiling everything. So, needless to say, I highly recommend The Gilded Wolves and cannot wait to see what will happen next with the plot and with Chokshi’s amazing cast of characters!
Roshani Chokshi is the New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen and A CROWN OF WISHES. Her middle grade debut, ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME, released April 3, 2018 from Disney / Rick Riordan Presents. Her next young adult novel, THE GILDED WOLVES, is slated for Winter 2019. Chokshi’s work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Shimmer, and Book Smugglers. She was a finalist in the 2016 Andre Norton Award and the Locus Top Ten for Best First Novel.
Thank you to Wednesday Books (Macmillan) for hosting this giveaway!
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