Book Review – The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

gilded wolvesNo one believes in them. But soon no one will forget them.

It’s 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood.

Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history–but only if they can stay alive.

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Yes, yes, yes. Questing for lost treasure? YES. Secret, probably evil, societies? YES. Diverse and queer cast with awesome friendships? HELLS YES.

OMG I loved basically everything about this book. The cast were fantastic. It did take me a little while to warm up to a couple of them but I loved each and every one on the end. Especially Zofia, my little science nerd confused by social interactions, and Hypnos, who is just fabulous on every scene he’s in. Their group is goals, because their friendships are just amazing.

The whole concept of the Tower of Babel, the fragments, the houses, and the eyes of Horus really spoke to me. Plus there were secret passages, and a secret group out to get the secret society, and twists and turns, and just SO MUCH JOY.

It’s so well written, with a mystery inside the fantasy world, and a wonderfully complex magical system.

The ending nearly killed me. For so many reasons. And made me desperate for book 2. I will definitely be putting that on the top of my pre order list! 4.5 well deserved stars.

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Buy The Gilded Wolves from Amazon UK.

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