Book Review: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Monday, January 21, 2019

Title: The Gilded Wolves
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Series: The Gilded Wolves #1
Publication Date: January 15th 2019

Synopsis: "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, Severin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Severin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. To find the ancient artefact the Order seeks, Severin 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 artefact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive."

My thoughts: I mean, you just have to read the synopsis above to get even a little bit intrigued, really. At least, for me, I was completely drawn in the first time I read that description last year and realised that I was going to be waiting for this release with barely-bated breath.

And it did not disappoint.

This is a fiery, fast read, with puzzles being solved, relationships going rocky and fulfilling all the angsty-romance desires your heart could hold, and of course action scenes where people nearly die, because what would a heist book be without those?

I have to say that the story was really interesting, but the characters were what kept me hooked. Severin and his team are really fascinating, and well-developed. I found sometimes I wanted a little more - I feel like this book could stand to be about 200 pages longer so I could get to know the characters a little better, so that the 'happenings' in the book hit a little harder, but I also understand that Chokshi is building up for future books in the series. The ending in particular makes me really excited to see where this is going!

I think, overall, I really enjoyed this read, but I just found myself wanting more from everything: more from the characters, a bit more from the plot, and more from the setting and exploration of the Exposition Universelle, for example. But if Chokshi leaves me wanting more for this book, then I can't wait to see what's in store for the next one.

{I received a review copy of this book from Pan Macmillan in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!!!}

A favourite line from the book: '"Think about what this could mean for us. It could bring us everything we wanted."
Enrique dragged his palm down his face. "You know how moths look at a fire and think, 'Oooh! Shiny!' and then die in a burst of flames and regret?"
"Right. Just checking to be sure."'

You would like this book if: you like heist books with a delicious touch of fantasy; you enjoy angsty romances where the ground is always shifting.

Tea to drink while reading this book: Laila would probably serve you some delicious biscuits to have with your tea - I would suggest a gentle black tea, Orange Pekoe perhaps.

Rating:  7.5/10

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