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The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
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The Gilded Wolves

by Roshani Chokshi

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An ousted monarch and his team of genius misfits embark on a dangerous treasure hunt that might cost them their lives.

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Why I love it

Lily Philpott
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Here is a short list of things I love in my YA fantasy: a widely diverse cast of characters, a unique magic system, rollicking adventure, and pointed criticism of colonialism. Roshani Chokshi's The Gilded Wolves delivers on all counts.

The Gilded Wolves follows a group of talented misfits—led by the ambitious Séverin—on a treasure hunt for a magical artifact that could alter the future of civilization. Racing through an alternative Belle Epoque France suffused with beautiful but cruel magic, Séverin and his accomplices wrestle with real-world issues of race and privilege and the fantastical threats that haunt their society.

This book is beautifully written, and I loved falling headfirst into its sumptuous descriptions of magic: silk and velvet gowns that transform into weapons; luminous flowers that react to moonlight; statues that come to life to track down thieves. Chokshi’s vivid imagination is out in full force on the page, and I savored every small detail she wove into the story. The Gilded Wolves is the perfect read for the winter season, and I highly recommend it for anyone looking for an escape into a shining new world.

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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, 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.

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614 ratings
  • 42% Love
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  • 11% Dislike
  • Pasadena, CA

    I love books in Paris. They’re always imaginitive and beautiful. This book was gripping and adventurous and makes you want to explore all the mysteries about the city of Paris to uncover the legends.

  • Zumbrota, MN

    Adored the 1889 World's Fair setting, the science-y magic system, the fascinating characters (esp Zofia), and all the riddles! Such an interesting world and exciting heists--can't wait for the sequel!

  • Hinesburg, VT

    A great setting for this well written story. So many different aspects to look at & figure out. I’m really excited for the continuation & what may happen with the characters. You just never know!

  • Kansas city , MO

    As soon as I finished this book I googled the author and the next book in the series. Holy cow, this was great! Magic, intrigue, Indiana Jones meets James Bond level heists. Just a great read.

  • Dacula, GA

    This book provides some much needed insight into the lives of marginalized people in 19th century Europe while simultaneously giving us a fast-paced heist story and an unforgettable magic system.

  • Webberville, MI

    If you like six of crows, you might want to check this out. It's so good! Heists are always fun, but add magic and found family and persistent friends and I'm gone. Can't wait for the next one!

  • SANTA CLARA, CA

    Loved this! Loved the way magic worked in this book. While some things were predictable, I felt that the story still had you wondering what if all along. Can't wait for the next in the series!

  • Mesa, AZ

    It was hard to get going because of the old world language. But wow! I am so happy I kept going. What an amazing story! I was totally hooked on it and fell in love with all the characters!

  • Urbana, IL

    I already loved Roshani Chokshi before reading this, but I fell in love with her writing even more with this book. If you like Six of Crows-esque stories and awesome rep, pick this book up!

  • Laflin, PA

    I really enjoyed the characterizations in this book, they really felt real. I will say, I would have preferred to know before starting that it was the beginning of a trilogy.

  • Westwood, CA

    Roshani Chokshi creates compelling characters, intriguing plots and puts a great story together. It did not feel incomplete. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.

  • McLean, VA

    Loved the characters and their complex backgrounds as well as the world that was build around Forging. So fantastic! Wished I had known going in that it is first in a series.

  • Camden, SC

    Really fun fantasy adventure/quest with a French flair. Recommended if you liked "Enchantée" (aka "All That Glitters") by Gita Trelease or "Six of Crows" by Leigh Bardugo.

  • Nanuet, NY

    If “group of young misfits go on heists and save the world” is your favorite YA niche, this book is for you. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next in the series.

  • Baltimore, MD

    The characters of this book are riveting. You want to know more about them because the author only gives hints. The plot is great and twists right when it needs to.

  • Charlottesville, VA

    Loved this so much more than the last book I read by Chokshi! The cast was great, loved the banter, everyone's quirks. Can't wait for the next one!

  • Austin, TX

    Definitely looking forward to the next installment. A surprising story that pulls you into caring about the characters and their fates, right away.

  • Brooklyn, NY

    This book definitely had your mind going at times but at the same time informing you about little information you may or may not have known.

  • Apex, NC

    Fantastic characters and a fun plot. I’m eagerly awaiting book 2! If you like Six of Crows or The Da Vinci Code, you will enjoy this book.

  • Danville, PA

    Fun, action packed story with a refreshing take on magic. Magic-punk is a new favorite YA genre. Even if I just made it up.

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