The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

No one believes in them. But soon no one will forget them.

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The Gilded Wolves – Roshani Chokshi

The Gilded Wolves

by Roshani Chokshi

(The Gilded Wolves #1)

Hardcover, 388 pages
Published January 15th 2019

The Gilded Wolves – Roshani Chokshi

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The Gilded Wolves – Roshani Chokshi

CORINA’S REVIEW

AUDIOBOOK

 

The Gilded Wolves had great potential.

Besides having a great cast, with diverse, interesting and distinctively different characters, the story on its own had this mystery vibe going that reminded me of The DaVinci Code with its hidden codes and secret meanings. All throughout the book this group of six friends were on a treasure hunt in one way or the other. They were always having to plan a heist, or figuring out how to get out of predicament. I really enjoyed that aspect of the story.

Some of the more intricate layers in the story felt overly dramatized. And one relationship in particular didn’t make much sense, and I certainly didn’t feel like the big plow up was needed. It could have been handled differently. Instead of a natural tension, it felt artificial and over the top.

The author definitely took a certain duology as an inspiration, because there were too many parallels to be a coincidence. And it’s no surprise that The Gilded Wolves fell short compared to the original.

But most of all what irked me was that Séverin and his crew never seemed to have the upper hand in this adventure, it felt like they were always one step behind everyone else. That’s not something I enjoyed and it didn’t fit with the overall depiction of Séverin. I expected masterful executions, being prepared for all eventualities, and coming out on top in the end.

Now the audiobook left me feeling divided.

The female narrator did a wonderful job, with the narration as well as the voices who all had french accents. But the male narrator made my life miserable. His diction made the book sound as if it was written in really short sentences, and his way of reading sounded very abrupt almost staccato. It was one of the worst arrangements yet.

ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.

 


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The Gilded Wolves - Roshani ChokshiNo 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.


MEET THE AUTHOR

Roshani Chokshi is the New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen and A CROWN OF WISHES. Her middle grade debut, ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME, released April 3, 2018 from Disney/Rick Riordan Presents. The sequel, ARU SHAH AND THE SONG OF DEATH is slated to release April 30, 2019. Her next young adult novel, THE GILDED WOLVES, is slated for January 15, 2019. Chokshi’s work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Shimmer, and Book Smugglers. She was a finalist in the 2016 Andre Norton Award and the Locus Top Ten for Best First Novel. Her short story, “The Star Maiden,” was longlisted for the British Fantasy Science Award.

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