The Gilded Wolves

The Gilded Wolves

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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.
Publisher: New York : Wednesday Books, 2019
Edition: First Edition
Copyright Date: 2018
ISBN: 9781250144546
125014454X
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number: Y CHOKSHI, R

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MelifluousView Jun 02, 2019

Severin's desire to care for the band of friends he has put together fuels his already strong desire to be reinstated as the head of one of the houses of a secret society. Each character brings something unique to the table with some magic or intelligence that makes his band of thieves extraordin... Read More »


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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 27, 2021

“The Gilded Wolves” is the first book in Roshani Chokshi’s series. This book is about Séverin as he strives to gain back his true inheritance. The concept was very unique! I’ve never read a book anything like this one before. I loved the inclusiveness and how it had diverse characters. I especially enjoyed reading about all the characters. I also loved how there’s a mix of mythologies as there’s Greek mythology along with some Biblical references. There’s a lot of scheming, and the whole book was written wonderfully. It will definitely keep you on your toes! However, I did feel that there was too much going on at one point, but it dialled down soon after. The beginning of the book was a bit confusing because it was mainly focusing on past events. I felt a little lost at that part. I would recommend this to history buffs and science lovers because of the large amount of history, math and science included in this book. But this is still perfect for fantasy readers too! There are also hints of romance, and it was very emotional! Overall, it was a very original book with funny, loveable characters, but some parts were complicated and a little difficult to read. I’d rate this a 4.5 out of 5 stars. -@India_ink of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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Arthur_of_Camelot
Jan 08, 2021

For this review, I want to emphasize that every single character gets shit on and loses their narrative arc. No one makes any progress or development by the end of the book. Several characters reverse their previous development that they'd spent the whole book building up. One character dies from a Knife Hat. I'm not marking just the fact that it happens as a spoiler, because it is so goddamn stupid, any potential reader needs to understand how Bad this ending is before devoting time to this book.

The first 90% was excellent, had character development, heist shenanigans, found family, good interesting ships, would have been a 5 star read. The last 10% deliberately and systematically undid all of that, like lining up cupcakes at a kid's birthday party, letting everyone get through the song, and then staring the child directly in the eye while throwing each cupcake on the ground and stomping on it.

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blue_wolf_4641
Oct 17, 2020

This was good! But it was a lot like six of crows, overwhelmingly so, you get a lot of similar archetypes with the characters. Its fast paced, which I liked, but there are a few confusing parts - though not so many that you can't follow the plot. There's representation, which is nice. Severin's backstory is low key confusing, and he's like a watered down Kaz Brekker. However, I immensely enjoyed Laila, Zofia, and Enrique, Laila especially. It's well written although the puzzles are overwhelming and solved a bit too quickly for my taste, like it takes two paragraphs of historical references I don't understand and then there's a somewhat disjointed solution. But in conclusion, I would recommend it! It's really good - my view was tainted by having read Six of Crows beforehand and constantly comparing it to that

“History is a myth shaped by the tongues of conquerors.”

In an alternate 19th century Paris, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie is on a mission. In order to restore honor to his family’s House, he must retrieve a priceless artifact. To complete this task, Séverin recruits a mismatched group of misfits so that he may restore his family’s name.

Boasting beautiful worldbuilding, and endearing cast of characters, and a heist story worthy of “Six of Crows” or Indiana Jones, “The Gilded Wolves,” is an immersive YA fantasy that is not to be missed. Blending elements of historical fiction, fantasy, and mystery, Roshani Chokshi weaves a lush tale of family—both blood and found. Perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Shelby Mahurin.

There are many good things about The Gilded Wolves. It's brimming with diversity, snark, lush writing, and lightheartedness. But for all it does well, it ended up being a "meh" book to me, for a few reasons.

This book follows a band of ragtag thieves in an alternate history Paris where magic exists in the form of Forging. There are four major magical political Houses, and only certain people have access to Forging magic, which comes in different varieties, such as mind or matter manipulation. Séverin, Laila, Tristan, Zofia, and Enrique have a long history of acquisitions - thievery and the like - and they find themselves caught up in a search for a particular artifact called the Horus Eye in 1889. Their search involves puzzles, mathematics, magic, and all the fun that a heist brings, with a band of diverse characters who care about each other in such interesting ways.

What gets me about this one is that I felt like I couldn't follow the story, which honestly never happens to me. Something would be happening and I'd flip the page and go ??? Did I miss something? Maybe this is partly me (I was in the middle of my library practicum when I started this book, so my brain wasn't at 100% capacity) but I also think it's the writing. As wonderful as Roshani's detail is, and as lush as her descriptions can be, I felt like she didn't provide enough detail for me to sink my teeth into when it came down to the actual scenes themselves. It seemed to me that there were gaps in between something happening and the reaction the characters had, or they'd react to something that I didn't recall happening. This sounds weird, but it's really how it felt; like there were some things happening off-page that then made everything over-complicated and hard to follow.

And with the mythology at play here, I also felt like I needed more. I needed to know more about the magic system and how it worked and how it could be accessed, and by whom. Sometimes something would happen and I'd go "huh" and then move on, but I don't like questioning those basic, foundational questions about the world I'm in. It was a lot of adjustment to make right from the get-go and not enough world-building for my liking.

However, with that said, I did enjoy the ride. The characters are the heart of this story and I absolutely loved them. The representation of such a multitude of cultures and abilities was just so fulfilling. This is the kind of fantasy novel we need more of in this area, where characters come from everywhere and where that history is woven into their stories in such fascinating ways.

So, take the good with the bad with this one, I suppose. It's a fun romp, but it broke down for me when I really considered the plot. The characters are wonderful, but the plot left me scratching my head and wondering if I'd missed something.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Mar 24, 2020

A heist fantasy set in Belle Époque France with anti-colonialism themes? Yes, please.

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littlebadbooks
Mar 20, 2020

Rating: 3/5

I don't read many heist books- the closest to heist book that I've ever gotten to is Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn and THAT isn't much of a heist book as much a book about revolution- and I guess they aren't really my cup of tea, but this book was enjoyable to read. Sometimes it was a little difficult to follow: specifically, the descriptions of some of the more fantastical scenes/locations. Getting down to the nitty gritty, this book primarily kept me engaged due to the fact that I really enjoyed quite a few of the side characters. It was a decent read, but not something that really stood out to me. It didn't make me want to find more heist books and devour them- get me? Anywho, let's go on with the review!

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SUMMARY
It's 1889 Paris, and you're following a group of teens who are professional thieves. Their leader? Severin, a young man who was denied his right as a House heir once his parents passed. Ah, and that's right- there are major "houses" of magic forgers (think of them as nobility with magic) who guard Babel fragments (super strong and possibly destructive sources of power from which forging magic came from) and are subject to the policing of the magic police, the infamous Order. Severin and the crew then go on the adventure of a lifetime as they find out about an artifact which may have the location of a Babel fragment, which may give Severin enough leverage to get his house back. While on the adventure, the crew encounters some curve balls as Severin's old friend Hypnos joins the search for his own ends, and another, more malevolent crew arises in their own search for the fragment, leading the team to deal with successfully pulling off a heist while dodging the order AND having to save the world from the forces of evil.

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What I liked
1. A diverse group of likable characters - one on the spectrum, lgbtq rep, minority rep.
2. A fast-moving plot line with plenty of action
3. An interesting magic system blending magic and machine
4. Setting descriptions were pretty fantastical and awesome

What I didn't Really Like
1. Main character and love interest- while I liked their back stories, I felt like they were not as likable as side characters like Zophia or Enrique. In addition, their love/hate relationship felt like it was a little forced and took away from the story. The fact that I wasn't very interested in these two really put a damper on my wanting to continue the book, unfortunately.

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And there you have it, let me know what you all think!

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SKL24
Feb 25, 2020

started once, but put it down. will revisit someday

MelifluousView Jun 02, 2019

Severin's desire to care for the band of friends he has put together fuels his already strong desire to be reinstated as the head of one of the houses of a secret society. Each character brings something unique to the table with some magic or intelligence that makes his band of thieves extraordinary. I loved Laila best, but each person's story was compelling, and together they made me long for the next chapter.

JessicaGma May 27, 2019

It was alright but I have to agree with SylviaWvong that this sort of conceit has been done before and perhaps a bit better - maybe a sequel will reveal more. There needed to be a touch more charctertisation here.

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