Title: The Gilded Wolves
Position: Book One in The Gilded Wolves series
Author: Roshani Chokshi
No 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.
People like to compare The Gilded Wolves to Six of Crows. Some people might even say that it’s too similar to Six of Crows. I see that, and I felt like these books had so much in common, sometimes maybe even too much, but you know what? I really don’t care. I was also quite confused throughout much of this book and didn’t quite understand the worldbuilding, but, once again – I don’t care. I really enjoyed this book and want more.
It’s hard to review a book where I feel like I should give it a lower rating for various reasons – I don’t understand the magic system; how did everyone come together in the past; wait, what were they trying to steal? – but still really enjoyed. The characters, the humor, the relationships, and the interesting (but still really confusing) world all make me want to give this book at least four stars, but I’m going with my gut instinct of 3.5 stars simply because I am still so confused.
I really don’t want to know how many times I’ve said “confused” and “confusing” in this review – it can’t be a good sign of a writer.
Anyway, there are so many things that are the same or very, very similar to Six of Crows, from the humor and the diversity (although I would argue that this is much more diverse and has some #ownvoices diversity as well, since the author is Filipino and Indian) to the heist and the way they’re a found family whose headquarters is some kind of hotel/betting den/something like that. Some people might not like how similar things are, but I honestly don’t mind, because the similarities were mostly things that I loved about the Six of Crows series, so I was happy to have more.
So, this was a bit of an odd review, because I loved this book despite many problems, including the fact that it took me a really long time to read this and sometimes had trouble reading more than a couple chapters at a time. I’m definitely excited to see more from this series, and hopefully it’ll take all the things I enjoyed and work on the things that led to a good-but-not-great rating, like the CONFUSION.
There, I’m done using that word and all its family.