A Magical New Series
The Gilded Wolves is National Treasure meets Six of Crows in 1800’s Paris, brought to life with Roshani Chokshi’s vivid, lush world-building and humour. Filled with magic, fireballs, cakes, tradition, heists and the aristocracy, this book was ABSOLUTE PERFECTION and I loved every minute of the week I read it through.
Before I go into everything I ABSOLUTELY LOVED about the book, there were two things about it all that bothered me a little:
1. The world was a little difficult to get used to. There’s this huge information dump at the beginning, which I see now at the end was necessary, but it was a lot to process at the time.
2. It was also a little hard to understand and see the ciphers and clues that were unveiling themselves through the book. Treasure hunting has been a visual medium until now, and despite the illustrations that were there, it took a little getting used to and wrapping my hear around.
THINGS I LOVED IN THE GILDED WOLVES:
1. I LOVED THE PLOT. The storyline, the execution and all the twists and turns were SO BRILLIANTLY CRAFTED and the story was just stunning. I loved France, the food, the palaces, the Forging, and all the six characters we got to know through the book.
2. Which brings me to how much I LOVED Severin, Laila, Tristan, Zofia, Enrique and Hypnos. I LOVED getting to know this little family, surviving and deviously planning acquisitions across Paris, each with their own goals and motivations. They were such brilliant characters and reading through the story through their different points of view was constant fun.
3. Laila and Severin’s individual stories were STUNNING. I loved how Severin’s seven fathers were named after the seven deadly sins and his motivations behind everything. Laila’s origins were so heart-breaking and I loved that her Indian-ness came into 19th century Paris, especially the very concept of Bharathnatyam.
4. The inventions, especially from Zofia and Tristan’s experiments and Laila’s culinary marvels were SO MUCH FUN TO READ ABOUT. There were so many ingenious things happening at all points and I honestly can’t do it justice by describing them here.
5. The dialogue was ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS. I especially loved Hypnos’ airs and fancies as he tried to become a part of the group.
6. THE ENDING WAS ABSOLUTELY SHOCKING AND AFTER READING THE LAST PAGE, I HONESTLY DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF ANYMORE.
Would I recommend this book? YES! The Gilded Wolves is a magical piece of artistry that I loved every minute of and I can’t recommend it enough!