The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves #1) By Roshani Chokshi [ARC Review]

The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)RELEASE DATE: January 15, 2019
AUTHOR:
 Roshani Chokshi
GENRE: 
Young-Adult, Historical Fantasy, Mystery, Magic.    
PUBLISHER:
Wednesday Books
SUMMARY:

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.

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MY REV (Copy)

*ARC Received from the publisher Via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

“Wolves were everywhere. In politics, on thrones, in beds. They cut their teeth on history and grew fat on war.”

Six Of Crows meets National Treasure in this new YA historical fantasy novel set in an alternative 18th century Paris. This was my second book by Roshani Chokshi and I really liked it but sadly I can’t say it was as epic as Six Of Crows. I don’t want to compare this  book with another but there’re some similarities that I couldn’t ignore. And also I had a hard time connecting with the characters and story in the beginning. It felt like I was reading a second book in a series. It would’ve been great if the story started before the group was formed. This book is full of solving puzzles. Although it lacked in some aspects, it’s still worth a read and I’ll look forward to the next book.

In this alternative world of 18th century Paris magic exists. There is a powerful society named Order of Babel which safeguards magical babel fragments around the world. In France, there are four houses that safeguards the west’s babel fragment. One house was already fallen and another house’s line died without a heir which left only two houses House Nyx and House Kore. Séverin Montagnet-Alarie is a treasure hunter, wealthy hotelier and last heir to House Vanth. Ten Years ago, the Order had declared the line of House Vanth dead even though he was alive. When a powerful aristocrat from the order of babel seeks his help in exchange for restoring the house Vanth and declaring him as the heir, Séverin couldn’t resist. He agrees to the deal. In order to find the lost artifact, he needs a band of experts- An engineer named Zofia who has a debt to pay,  A biracial historian Enrique who can’t yet go home, an Indian dancer Laila who has a dark past, and finally the Gardner Tristan whom  Séverin considers as his little brother. Together they all use their skills and knowledge to find the lost artifact.

This book has an interesting set of diverse characters who has their own individual agendas. Séverin was the mastermind behind the team whose only goal was to restore his family house and his status as the heir. He’s very protective of his group but I didn’t liked the way he treated Laila sometimes. He desires her but he don’t want to give into his feelings because he’s afraid that she might become a distraction from his goal. I really liked Laila! She’s a skilled dancer from India who has her own agenda. She’s looking for an ancient book which holds all her answers but she needs Séverin’s help. I almost forgot to mention that she loves baking. Laila and Séverin has some history and they try to deny each others feelings and there’s a lot of sexual tension between them. Their relationship reminded me so much of Kaz and Inej from SOC. Zofia is a jewish and Polish. She has a bit OCD and anxiety problem. Numbers are her only coping mechanism. She  loves her little sister Hela whom she left behind. She wants to earn enough money so that she could get her into a medical school. Enrique, another biracial character who’s half Spanish and half Filipino. He also seems to be bisexual because he was attracted to both male and female. He’s pretty funny and one of my favorite characters in this series. His dream was to become a part of the Ilustrados inner circle but he was rejected because of his face color.  Hypnos is a black guy with charming personality. He’s another queer character who has the hots for Enrique. I totally ship them both! Tristan was totally sweet and fun. He loves his Pet Tarantula named Goliath. He likes Gardening plants and making strange poisons. He and Tristan consider each other as brothers. They’re very protective of each other.

The plot was pretty good but the execution could’ve been a little bit better. The first half seemed a bit confusing and it took some time for me to connect to the story, the characters and the world. I loved the diverse aspect. This book is not really an action packed novel as SOC but it still makes an enjoyable read filled with mystery, danger, and adventure. The pacing was even throughout.  It’s mostly focused on solving puzzles and finding lost artifacts. If you’re not into that, then this might bore you. For me, the characters were the major highlights of this book. The writing was beautiful and not too flowery. The book was written in multiple POV’s. The world building seems to be great, but honestly I didn’t paid much attention to it.

Overall, this was a good start to a new series. Despite issues, I really enjoyed the characters and the plot. There’s not heavy cliffhanger at the end but the last surprising twist will sure give the readers anticipation for the next book.

Recommend it?
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I highly recommend this book if you’re into historical fantasy, mystery, and diverse reads. If you’re expecting another Six of Crows novel then this might disappoint you. It’s not really a complete heist novel like SOC, this was mostly about finding lost artifacts by solving lots of puzzles.

 

MY RATING:
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[3.5/5 Stars]

So, What do you think of this book? Have you read it yet? Do you Plan to read it?
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23 thoughts on “The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves #1) By Roshani Chokshi [ARC Review]

  1. Kayla @ Books and Blends January 12, 2019 / 2:48 am

    Great review Raven! I’m glad you still enjoyed it even though you had some problems with it. I’m waiting for my library to get this one in stock.

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  2. Denia Reads. January 12, 2019 / 2:48 am

    Oh I did read this book and I loved it. I have a review on it too, and what’s funny is that we both compared it to Six of Crows lol

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions January 12, 2019 / 4:51 am

      I’m glad you loved it! Yeah, some characters and relationships are so similar to SOC and not to forget that tragic scene at the end.

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  3. Sionna (Books in Her Eyes) January 12, 2019 / 4:36 am

    YES!!! Thanks for your review! I’m even more excited to start reading it, but now I know not to think of Six of Crows ^_^
    BTW did you see the news that Netflix will be making the Grisha books including Six of Crows?! 😀

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions January 12, 2019 / 4:44 am

      Hope you enjoy it! Yeah, I’ve heard about it and I’m super excited!!!! 😀 I really hope they don’t mess it up! 😁

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  4. Kay Wisteria January 12, 2019 / 5:18 am

    The diversity sounds so amazing and I’m so down for anything like Six of Crows ❤ ❤ great review! I can’t wait to read this one!!

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  5. confessionsofayareader January 12, 2019 / 5:57 am

    Great review! I loved this one. I haven’t read SOC yet, so it probably helped that I wasn’t able to compare the two.

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  6. Marie January 12, 2019 / 1:43 pm

    Lovely review, Raven! I get the confused feeling at first, I felt it too, especially when it came to connecting and understanding the world, but my love for the characters was there from the start 🙂
    I’m glad you overall enjoyed it! 😀

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions January 18, 2019 / 2:13 am

      Thank you, Marie! Even though it wasn’t my favorite read, it does have some pretty interesting characters and I can’t wait to know more about them! Hope the second book is even more better! 🙂

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  7. stephaniesbookreviews January 12, 2019 / 9:26 pm

    I have to say a Six of Crows meets National Treasure comparison has me intrigued. I’m glad you enjoyed this one, though it looks like it could’ve been a little better for you. I might give this one a try in the future. Great review!

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  8. The Candid Cover January 14, 2019 / 7:02 pm

    I have been on the fence about this book. While I am intrigued by the concept and that gorgeous cover, I am just not sure if it is for me. I didn’t know that it is part of a series, so maybe I will wait until the next book comes along before I make a decision. Lovely review! 🙂

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions January 18, 2019 / 2:22 am

      Thank you! Yeah, it couldn’t be read as a stand-alone like her other series. If you’re looking for a good fantasy read with great diverse aspect then I highly recommend this book. I hope you enjoy it if you decide to give it a shot! 🙂

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  9. ariellereads January 14, 2019 / 8:28 pm

    Ohhhh my GOSH. What you said about it feeling like a second book is so spot on it’s crazy. I really couldn’t put my finger on why I didn’t connect right away and I think you are 100% right. They had so much history and banter and I just felt like I didn’t *get it* you know?! Lol I don’t know why but that made me so happy. I almost felt guilty about not liking it as much but now I think I know why!

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions January 18, 2019 / 3:32 am

      I’m glad you agree with me! Yeah, this book really felt like a second book in a series! It wasn’t easy to connect with the characters when they have some history that we didn’t know much about. Let’s hope the second book is much better than this one! 🙂

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  10. Beware Of The Reader January 15, 2019 / 1:27 am

    Excellent review but too bad this is not as good as you expected …. I love Roshani Chokshi and waited to read your review here….maybe I’ll wait.

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions January 18, 2019 / 3:36 am

      Thank you, Sophie! This wasn’t really a bad read! So many people compared it with the six of crows so I had set pretty high expectations on it otherwise I would’ve loved it. The characters were very interesting!
      I hope you enjoy it when you finally get around to it! 🙂

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  11. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer January 16, 2019 / 11:17 am

    Great review Raven. I’m on the fence about this book, especially with the Six of Crows reference. I’m just not a fan of heists in general. Not my favorite trope. Thanksfo4 your honest opinion. ❤️😩

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions January 18, 2019 / 3:39 am

      Thank you, Dani! There aren’t many heists in this book! It felt more like a National treasure movie! I think you might enjoy this book if you go in with low expectations! 🙂

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