Friday, December 21, 2018

#ARC Review: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: January 15th, 2019

Format: egalley*

My Rating: 1/2

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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.
I was a little unsure about this novel from Roshani Chokshi, mostly because I am SUPER picky when it comes to historical fiction. I'm not really into Regency or Victorian era books, so when I saw that this one took place in 1889, I was really skeptical that I was actually going to enjoy it. However, Chokshi's awesome writing and her ability to craft a awesome alternate history world put my fears at rest.

I say that this novel is alternate history because in this world there are people who can do this thing called "Forging" and it's basically a way to manipulate objects or people's minds! Love it! The book is essentially a heist plot, because we are dropped in the middle of a heist right off the bat and are introduced to Severin and his band of misfits that all live in his hotel L'Eden. Some reviewers thought they needed a little more about the world building in this one, but I didn't mind that Chokshi dropped me right in and made me figure it out along the way. For me it made it more interesting to me. I liked reading the unraveling of the Order of Bable and how Severin wanted to take back what was his.

My favorite part about this book was how diverse all the characters were. I loved that there were a few mixed race characters in this, as well a woman of color in here. No surprise here, this is Chokshi writing here, but all the characters just came across so genuine to me. I think that Zofia read like she may be on the Autism Spectrum, and I think that was done very carefully and respectfully. I also really loved Zofia's and Laila's relationship with each other. Laila was a truly interesting character and was basically the Mother Hen to everyone, which I loved. She really cared about the crew, and I loved that in her relationship with Zofia she took the time to understand how she viewed things. Like when she leaves Zofia three dresses to wear for an event and she tells her that the last one has a lot of stitching Zofia can count if she got nervous. That attention to detail to a friend's emotions was so important, and it just really made me love their friendship.

I loved the plot and the idea of stealing artifacts from the people in power. The crew gets a lot more than they bargain for when they uncover what is really happening. I believe this is going to be a series because there has to be another book after that last line! I might be a touch mad at the author for leaving me hanging like that!

Overall, I really liked this book. I'm only not willing to give it a five star rating because I do feel like at parts the pacing was a little slow and there were parts where I was bored. These were really minor, so I still really recommend it. I do want to also mention that while this book is considered YA, to me it read more like an adult novel. So if you are looking at this for a teen in your life, I would recommend it for an older teen. I think if you liked Robert Jackson Bennet's Foundryside or Silvia Moreno-Garcia's The Beautiful Ones, then this books is for you!

*I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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