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    This book is over and all I m left with is a fucked up sleep schedule and 100crushes on fictional characters that I don t have time for.Everything I knew about The Gilded Wolves fascinating premise led me to believe that it s going to dig in the talons of sentimentality and vibrate in the chambers of my heart and awaken my soul from a slumber that was far, far too long I m a sucker for tightly knit bands of outcasts and a good heist book, and I m completely confident in stating, without This book is over and all I m left with is a fucked up sleep schedule and 100crushes on fictional characters that I don t have time for.Everything I knew about The Gilded Wolves fascinating premise led me to believe that it s going to dig in the talons of sentimentality and vibrate in the chambers of my heart and awaken my soul from a slumber that was far, far too long I m a sucker for tightly knit bands of outcasts and a good heist book, and I m completely confident in stating, without an ounce of hyperbole, that this is one of the most fun books I ve ever read So, what s this book about Trouble often comes to those who make it and S verin Montagnet Alarie, a French Algerian wealthy hotelier and part time treasure hunter, has carved for himself twice as many paths to trouble.Ten years ago, the Order of Babel the all too powerful secret society of Paris denied S verin s claim as heir of House Vanth and declared their line legally dead But the Order s decision is holding every hallmark of a lie, and for years, they luxuriated in seeing S verin s dream shatter, and him hobbled and lamed, foundering in the shards of his broken hopes.When Hypnos young heir of House Nyx offers S verin the chance to restore his lost inheritance in exchange for turning his acquisitions skills to a mythical and possibly dangerous object belonging to the Order, S verin s mind flashes before him an alternate history of his own life, in which he settles in for a lifetime of saying fuck you to the Order His future now seems to have thinned to a point of destiny, and it had a name revenge But one can only get so far on thoughts of vengeance alone Enrique , a brilliant Spanish Filipino historian who waslike a textbook that occasionally remembered how to be an active member of society and who, like me, is one of those people who are so sarcastic with you which could only mean that they re unapologetically flirting with you or you really annoy them and they can t stand you Zofia , a Jewish Polish mathematician with a rare magical affinity who was arrested for arson and expelled from the University and who, also like me, has a massive fear that no one actually likes her, rather everyone is just politely tolerating her hoping she d leave them alone me projectinglikely than you d think Laila , an Indian made up girl with an ability to read people s history while holding an object of their possession, baker extraordinaire and the epitome of what a mom friend is Tristan , kind of a botanical specialist and who is a very recluse sort of person, and just wants to be left alone with his gigantic pet spider And even Hypnos himself, the young heir of a French aristocrat whom people were quick to underestimate because they only ever see the dark of his skin and consider him less than they are But as it is often the case, underestimation only happens to one s greatest peril.Six huge nerds One impossible heist slash treasure hunt The outcome could either be a dream or a death sentence Paris drags out its secrets, and S verin soon learns the things that could be taken away in a heartbeat, all in the pursuit of power When you are who they expect you to be, they never look too closely If you re furious, let it be fuel, S verin said, looking each of them in the eye Just don t forget that enough power and influence makes anyone impossible to look away from And then they can t help but see you The Gilded Wolves reminds me of Six of Crowsif a root of this book had tapped down into a hidden pool of poison and drunk, then fed on bitter smoke and vengeance and a williness to do violence that had never been known before In other words, The Gilded Wolves is definitely less lethal but it s spectacular in its own cruel cleverness and beauteous, dark, and enthralling in its own unique way.The Gilded Wolves is a magical take on an ever compelling theme, with just enough riddles and conundrums to entertain the history and science geeks but not so much to turn off the fantasy naysayers And best of all, it s inclusive, diverse, feminist, and wonderfully queer I found myself filled to the brim with gratitude coiling into every moment of admiration for Chokshi s craft gratitude for agency, nuance, complexity, inclusiveness, representation, mingled with awe at the way she draws on a wealth of meticulously detailed research to flesh out the characters surroundings, and never falters in the balance between the necessity of telling a story, and the indulgence of making it a pretty story by imbuing it with the lush, descriptive language for which Chokshi has become known.I could also write gushing praise about the deep undercurrents that make this book transcends a mere story about cool magic and perilous quests into something so muchAbout the straightforward discussions of slavery, exploitation, colonialism and colorism, about how fascinating is the book s twining of religion, capital and enchantment, about the depth, loneliness and longing of the characters their longing to be called what they want to be called instead of simply falling into what they were given at birth , about how S verin s, Enrique s and Hypnos biraciality is the book s warm, glowing heart, about their weariness of grasping at smoke and trying to connect glimpses of their history together, of wanting to belong to both sides of their heritage and being denied one or both of them About how effortlessly interlaced all of the aforementioned is with the presence of magic What no one tells you is that even when you decide which world you will live in, the world may not always see you as you would wish Sometimes it demands that you be so outrageous as to transcend your very skin You can change your name Your eye color Make yourself a myth and live within it, so that you belong to no one but yourself Everything in this book delighted me, from the characters endearing wit and multidimensionality to the plot that manages to be twisty and thorny without being unduly complex or overpowering yes, sometimes the tension of the story gets inevitably lost, but I love how Chokshi cleverly replaces it with the slow unfurling of all the weasley half truths and lies that are propping up the shambles of the characters lives to the supporting interlopers, and antagonists who are textured enough to feel real in the moment, and especially to the way this book hews to all my favorite romantic tropes the slow burn enemies to they re actually not that bad to friends to are we lovers now romance sprinkled with intense polyamorous vibes , and while we ve all heard of one sided unrequited love, this book raises you two sided unwanted love when both characters are deeply in love with each other but both are disappointed in themselves and are like, really them really I loved it Am I pretty asked Enrique, plucking at his fake beard and patting his hands over his jowls, wrinkles and age spots Be honest Pretty is a stretch Let s call you striking Or impossible to look away from Oooh Like the sun I was thinkingalong the lines of a train wreck The ending abruptly throws the veracity of most of the earlier narration into doubt, which was kind of dislocating but in a thrilling sort of way I finished this book with the feeling of having raced through a labyrinth and found only dead ends a labyrinth with no solution The Gilded Wolves is definitely setting up interesting hooks for future installments and I m genuinely excited to see where and how the story unfolds If you ve never yet read a book by Roshani Chokshi, this would be a great place to start.ARC kindly provided by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review wishlist blog twitter tumblr


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    History is a myth shaped by the tongues of conquerors. From the Author s NoteWell Chokshi has really stepped up her game with this book It s like Six of Crows mixed with the best bits of a Dan Brown book In short, it s full of friendship, scheming, and lots of puzzles to solve.I began reading The Gilded Wolves with some trepidation My multiple attempts to read the author s past work led to me complaining about a disconnect with her flowery, poetic writing style In this book, the descrip History is a myth shaped by the tongues of conquerors. From the Author s NoteWell Chokshi has really stepped up her game with this book It s like Six of Crows mixed with the best bits of a Dan Brown book In short, it s full of friendship, scheming, and lots of puzzles to solve.I began reading The Gilded Wolves with some trepidation My multiple attempts to read the author s past work led to me complaining about a disconnect with her flowery, poetic writing style In this book, the descriptions are vivid and opulent, but she loses a lot of the synesthetic metaphors, making it a muchenjoyable read for me It s Paris 1889, during the Exposition Universelle a world s fair that featured grand operas, displays of locomotives, the largest diamond in the world at the time and a Negro village A human zoo This is not fantasy Much of this book is the real history of Paris in all its sparkly ugliness Into this very real setting, comes a tale of the divine art of Forging an art whose power is believed to come from the broken pieces of the Tower of Babel.S verin Montagnet Alarie is a thief and the son of a French father and North African mother He s also the heir to the dead House Vanth, if only the Order of Babel would accept him and grant him his inheritance S verin s pursuit of what is rightfully his leads him on a hunt for a Horus Eye, which is said to reveal the location of a Babel fragment To do so, he will of course need the help of his diverse band of allies.And can I just say I loved them Each and every one Tristan S verin s sweet brother a lover of plants and animals, especially his tarantula Goliath He s such a lovable goof Laila A feisty Indian dancer and part time pastry chef The chemistry between Laila and S verin sizzles, and we soon learn that there s history between them that they are both trying to forget Zofia One of my two favourite characters She is Polish, Jewish, and a genius I think it s also implied that she might be autistic, too, as she struggles to understand jokes and human behaviour in general, but is great with numbers and solving the puzzles Hypnos S verin s childhood rival Hypnos is dark skinned, unapologetically queer and absolutely hilariousOh no, shiny things, moaned Hypnos, clapping his hands to his heart My weaknessEnrique Ah, and my other favourite character Enrique, my love He s bisexual and mixed race Filipino and Spanish and is just the kind of perfectly snarky, funny, smart character I love Plus, he s a history buff, so evenyay I love them all.Also, The Gilded Wolves is a smorgasbord of mythology In fact, it s main weakness might be that it sthan a little convoluted and dense There s four third person perspectives, and the codes and puzzles bring in a mix of Greek mythology, Biblical mythology, Chinese cleromancy, mathematics, andIt makes a certain kind of poetic sense to have so many different mythologies, though, given the Babel story.I think the bombardment of various mythologies is tempered somewhat by the dazzling and very enjoyable dialogue It is especially fun when Zofia and Enrique bicker They are both so smart, but in very different ways, and it is amusing to watch the back and forth of Zofia being dry and literal and Enrique being sarcastic and snarkyWhat proof did you have What was your research Superstition Stories, said Enrique, before adding just to annoy her A gut instinctIt s a very interesting read, both fun and packed full of history lessons Unlike the author s other books, this one stays low on the romance and high on the scheming and politics But if that disappoints you, don t worry With lines like this, romance cannot be too far awayThat boy looks like every dark corner of a fairy tale The wolf in bed The apple in a witch s palmshivers CW Racism antisemitism abuse.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube


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    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Sometimes the only way to take down what had destroyed you was to disguise yourself as part of itMost of you know that Roshani Chokshi is one of my favorite authors I loved both The Star Touched Queen A Crown of Wishes with my whole heart and soul So, I knew when she was writing a brand new series, about a found family completing heists and solving puzzles, that I wouldn t be able to resist once I got ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Sometimes the only way to take down what had destroyed you was to disguise yourself as part of itMost of you know that Roshani Chokshi is one of my favorite authors I loved both The Star Touched Queen A Crown of Wishes with my whole heart and soul So, I knew when she was writing a brand new series, about a found family completing heists and solving puzzles, that I wouldn t be able to resist once I got my hands on an ARC And friends, this was such a treat to read This is a historical fantasy set in alternate 1889 Paris, France, and in this alternate world, children will manifest magical powers by the age of thirteen And there are two different kinds of magic the magic of mind and the magic of matter There is also a very powerful secret society, that goes by the name of the Order of Babel, and it used to be made up of four houses, but two houses took over ten years ago And by doing so, they made a very big mistake claiming the heir of one of those fallen houses as deadTurning into ghosts is not what the dead deserveS verin Biracial Algerian French For sure the leader of the group, who wants nothingthan to keep his crew safe and out of harm s way But he is on a mission to reclaim his true inheritance that was stolen from him with lies ten years ago, because he gets an offer than he couldn t possibly refuse Laila Indian ownvoices , dancer, who is dealing with a lot of grief and a lot of anxiety over her past She has the magical matter forging ability to touch any object and read it to know everything about it And she desperately needs S verin s plan to work Tristan White, and S verin considers him his little brother, because they moved around a lot together in foster care Also, Tristan loves his pet tarantula, Goliath,than anything, but he s still my favorite little gardener botanist Zofia On the Autism spectrum, Jewish, Polish, has anxiety, and a lot of her actions in my opinion, as someone who has OCD feels like she may also fall on the OCD spectrum She finds comfort in numbers, needs to have things in their rightful place, and is willing to do any and everything for her little sister that she was forced to leave behind Zofia also has magical forging abilities of the mind Hypnos Black, queer probably pan, maybe bi, and maybe even non binary , heir of a French aristocrat but know he is also a descendant of slavery His story line is a little rough at first, but you soon realize that he considers S verin a brother to him, and honestly Hypnos ended up being my second favorite character Also, he made me giggle so much that my tummy hurt Enrique Biracial Filipino ownvoices Spanish , queer he is either bisexual or pansexual, but I m not sure my heart can take reading about a half Filipino, pan character because it is all I ve ever wanted in literature But, this character meant a lot to me I am not sure I ve ever read specifically about a biracial Filipino dealing with cultural erasure on both sides of their heritage before I mean, this book is literally people trying to erase cultures from history, and Enrique is literally a historian, but seeing people make comments about his looks and biraciality just really hit home for me on a really personal level I completely realize that there comes an immense privilege with being white passing but reading this book and feeling how real and hurtful it is when people disregard you and erase you because you don t fit in their stereotypical mold of what a half Asian person should look like, but they also never let you forget that you re not fully white Yet, also not feeling like you truly fit in because of your lighter orwesternized features, even if they comment about it in a way that they believe is positive and a compliment And Enrique also has to deal with people thinking that Asian people are interchangeable and thinking that their cruel and ignorant words are acceptable to say I loved all the characters in this book, but Enrique just felt like the character I ve been searching for for a very long while and he just really encompassed so many things that I hold inside myself every day His character just meant a lot to me, and I will cherish him forever and always in my heart Breathtaking art s by Nicole Deal And this ragtag group of misfits come together and create something so beautiful that I hardly have words to describe it This book heavily talks about colonization And even though the heart of this novel is about a found family who unconditionally loves one another, the soul of this novel is about cultural erasure and how important it is to keep the traditions and history from your culture, no matter who tries to make you believe that theirs is superior And this book really puts an emphasis of the terrible acts people will commit while saying that it s for or because of a higher powerBut the greatest thief of all was the Order of Babel, for they stolethan just objectsthey stole historiesBut all these characters feel like a tier above the rest of what YA has to offer They feel so real, their pain feels so raw, and you just want to protect them all at all costs Roshani really is a master word weaver and I can t help falling in love with every story she puts into the world She is also the master of romance, and I was swooning extra hard for two people in this Also, the set up to book two will probably be the death of me As for the other romantic relationship, Roshani is either going to completely slay me with the love triangle or give me everything I ve ever wanted with a polyamorous relationship Lord, hear my prayers Also, because I don t think I mentioned this above, a good portion of this book is set at a hotel called L Eden where the crew lives and develops new advancements to help them with their missions I know I ve already gushed pretty hard over this book, but I love books that are set in hotels and inns so much, and it was just such an unexpected treat Then again, Roshani always writes the best settings and my heart fell completely in love with a poisonous greenhouse in this story, too.Overall, I just really loved this one I am sure many people will compare The gilded Wolves to a mix of Six of Crows The Da Vinci Code upon release, and I think that s valid, bu I think it has its own unique spin, too The cast is diverse and lovable, the writing is lush and beautiful, the themes are important and heartfelt, and the story is captivating and unputdownable If you like a story with secrets and mystery, filled artifacts and puzzle solving, with a little romance and funny banter, then I completely recommend picking up The Gilded Wolves upon release.Blog Instagram Twitter Tumblr Youtube Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.Content and trigger warnings for colonialism, cultural erasure, and racism always challenged and in a negative light , blood depiction, mention of past suicide, loss of a loved one, bullying in the past, abandonment, anxiety attacks, mention of a stillbirth, and depictions of grief Buddy read with Kristi, Mel, Amy, Caidyn, Lily, Alex


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    4 5 Full review on my Blog The Dacian She Wolf As always, I have a mean confession to make I started this book because of the pretty coverThe Gilded Wolvesby Roshani Chokshi is, what we call in Romanian, a stru oc milThat means the book is an ostrichcamel JK It means it is a weird mixture of things a hybrid, if you want me not to me so plastic in expression I can t seem to remember the word in English to express the same energy the word stru oc mil has, but I know that there i 4 5 Full review on my Blog The Dacian She Wolf As always, I have a mean confession to make I started this book because of the pretty coverThe Gilded Wolvesby Roshani Chokshi is, what we call in Romanian, a stru oc milThat means the book is an ostrichcamel JK It means it is a weird mixture of things a hybrid, if you want me not to me so plastic in expression I can t seem to remember the word in English to express the same energy the word stru oc mil has, but I know that there is such a word and if you are kind enough to share the knowledge with me I d be grateful.Now coming back to my ostrichcamel theory, I just want to say that this book is an interesting mixture of childish action and brilliant information that I somehow love hated Maybe hate is a too strong word Maybe I ll replace that with didn t like So, I didn t like the fact that even though the action is omnipresent, it was a bit confusing because of the writing style and also childish if you look from aelaborated point of view But I did like it because even though the action was so simple, it was packed with acomplex way of thinking and with very accurate historical and mathematical facts that in some ways blew my mindDon t capture their hearts Steal their imagination It s faruseful In fact, I do agree with that because it seems like this book s basis There is an interesting mixture, as I said, of facts and actions that makeuse of the imagination of a reader than of their wonder.The mathematical logic of this book seems to be flawless, but this is my personal opinion, as a maths scared kid that has no idea how numbers work You can elaborate on the theory that 2 2 3.45 and give me three complex looking arguments and I ll agree with you and think of you as a genius beyond the complexity of this planet.Okay, now, let s see what kind of myths, symbols and legends are being broken down here.This myth of the Babel Tower together with the symbol of an Eye of Horus is brought into a secret society thingy that tries to protect that very Babel myth The Eye of Horus holds the sight of fragments from the Tower Quite tangled huh Dare I say all this happens in 19th century France or shouldn t I bring it to you like that on myths in the full review Pretty interesting so far, don t you think Another interesting thing is the composure of the characters Every single one of them is an outcast with a sad or even terrifying background story.All the characters are well anchored both in the present and also in the past and this makes them somehow real in an unreal worldYou are real, my girl, for you are loved The best part about them though is not their stories, but the cultural diversity that links them together It is so heart warming to read about a homogeneous cultural group of outcasts don t you think S verin the leader of the group, the heir of House Vanth, stripped from his title because of his origins he was half French and half Algerian Tristan S verin s brother in soul if not in blood, a weird boy with a passion for plants and tarantulas Laila a marvellous, gorgeous and fabulous Indian girl with a terrifying story and an equally terrifying power in the palms of her hands, S verin s love interest and tbh mine too because she is a QUEEN Zofia a Jewish Polish introverted genius who s smarter than most of the people on the planet but has severe issues with expressing her feelings to be completely honest, I somehow affiliate with Zofia and that makes her character a bit easier for me to handle Hypnos the rightful heir of House Nyx, a half French, half black Haitian drama queen with a great sense of fashion and also of humour that I ve come to love, love, love Enrique the Spanish Filipino historian of the group, with a wicked sense of humour and a brilliant mind who also appears to be bisexual which makes my ship o meter explode because I don t know with whom do I ship himCompletely honest now, I wasn t expecting them to be so diverse and so gorgeous together, but here they are And I d love for you to agree with me Unity in diversity says a well known motto and this book seems to be all about it After all, how can one plan world domination without the help of those who share the same intrinsic desireBut first, where s the wine I can t discuss the end of civilisation without wineBook inspired


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    DNF pg 37UPDATE I decided I m just going to straight up DNF this I didn t get very far but I just don t think this is a book for me I think the concept is so cool but unfortunately the writing style didn t mesh with me I got about 40 pages into this and just felt very confused, especially since I ve heard such rave reviews I m not DNFing, I m just going to try again next month because I don t think this will help me to get out of my reading slump right now


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    The world has a shit memory It will never pay its debts unless you force its hand Ahh Where to start Where to begin Maybe I should just go for blunt honesty and say it like it is I could bite myself for not reading this sooner What was I even thinking to procrastinate for so long This book was already on My Book List 2019 and it took me until 2020 to read it Which is actually sort of typical me lol Still, if we stick to honesty I ve to admit that I m kind of torn about havingThe world has a shit memory It will never pay its debts unless you force its hand Ahh Where to start Where to begin Maybe I should just go for blunt honesty and say it like it is I could bite myself for not reading this sooner What was I even thinking to procrastinate for so long This book was already on My Book List 2019 and it took me until 2020 to read it Which is actually sort of typical me lol Still, if we stick to honesty I ve to admit that I m kind of torn about having read The Gilded Wolves Why is that so Well, on the one hand I loved those characters and their diversity The plot was so much fun and I adored the puzzles and the fact that this book kept me on my toes and forced me to pay attention to what was happening In some way The Gilded Wolves felt like the unknown lovechild of Dan Brown s Angels Demons and Leigh Bardugo s Six of Crows With a dash of its uncle Indiana Jones and a pinch of its aunt Ocean 11 mixed into it XD Plus, let s not forget about the tension that oozed from every single one of those pages All those six characters have a painful past they d rather forget and want to go into a bright future instead And boy, is Chokshi a master at playing their weaknesses in order to build up tensions XD Just amazing 333On the other hand I find myself faced with a huge disadvantage now I read the first book, loved it and now I ll have to wait until the end of 2020 until I ll be able to read the next instalment Which is just cruel I mean after THAT ending _ ADFKADKFAKSJFDLKASDFJASKD I need answers and I need them soon So I ll finally get myself a NetGalley account Yes, I m THAT desperate to get my paws on a copy and hopefully my wish for an ARC will be granted I m crossing all my claws here lol This said, let s begin with my fangirl rant feast You can find the extended version including my infamous category The relationships ships of my review here I know why I got a blog Because dang all I managed to write about were the six main characters sniff Word limits will be the death of me, you re allowed to write that one my gravestone T_T The Characters Welcome to the Palais des R ves , where dreams come true and spoilers become reality P If you don t want to be spoiled I d advise you not to mingle with the crowd It s a fair warning and in your best interest Mark my words before you decide to linger XD S verin The LeaderHe was deception steeped in elegance, from his sharp smile to his unsettling eyes S verin s eyes were the precise color of sleep sable velvet with a violet sheen, promising either nightmare or dream Chokshi definitely has a way with words I could imagine S verin so well and in my mind he s drop dead gorgeous drools Still, his habit of chewing cloves might be a turn off lol Not that I don t like cloves, I really like the taste and the smell, but only in small doses The way S verin popped them into his mouth it must have tastedthan just intense Not that I d fantasize about kissing him Nuhu not me P Anyway His character kind of reminded me of Gansey especially the habit of chewing on something With Gansey it was mint leaves though and he definitely was not only the leader of the group but also some sort of responsible father figure I hated to find out about his and Tristan s childhood and I think he might have named his foster fathers after the seven deadly sins My buddy and I gave that a lot of thought and we eventually decided that they had other real names and S verin only called them like that in his mind Would be such a typical S verin move XD Also from all the characters in the book he was probably the most driven and torn To be shunned by his family and to be denied his legacy wounded him deeply and I have no idea what will happen to him in the next book I just hope he won t go all dark side _S verin closed his eyes It wasn t about enough Tristan would never understand He had never felt the pulse of an entirely different future, only to see it ripped from his grasp and smothered in front of him He didn t understand that sometimes the only way to take down what had destroyed you was to disguise yourself as part of it Memories unsettled him He hated the thought that he might have missed something, and he didn t want time warping how he remembered things because he didn t trust himself to remember without bias And he needed to Because only then, only with absolute impartiality, could he detect where he had gone wrong Laila L nigmeShe hated seeing someone hold an empty plate and always thought everyone was hungry She knew everyone s secrets even without having to read their objects At the Palais des R ves, she turned that radiance into an allure that earned her star billing and the name, L nigme The Mystery Laila was such an intriguing character She s Indian, can read the history of objects kinda reminded me of Tessa Grey and is some sort of a sexy mother hen Oh well, that sounded kinda wrong but it s still true somehow lol I think what I m trying to say is that she cares about everyone and treats the crew like they are her children XD I mean there s a really domestic side to her She bakes for her friends and listens to their troubles yet at night she s L nigme and dazzles the crowd at the Palais des R ves She s a temptress and no one seems to beensnared by her than S verin XD Just like with all of the other characters there s something dark lurking in her past though, and to say this surprised me would be putting it mildly As I understand it, she was a stillborn and forged into living with the help of the lives of a cygnet and a jungle cat Which explains her dark fur like hair and her black eyes Apparently beings who are forged into life like that don t live longer than 19 years or so though, so that s the main reason why she s trying to stay away from S verin and working on finding a cure And boy do I hope that she finds one She s way too young and too precious to die and her love to S verin definitely needs a decent chance to thrive Not that they are on good terms right now Damn _ Also did anyone notice that Laila literally means Born at night in some cultures If that s no suitable name for her I dunno PShe didn t want to glide through life, unfeeling She wanted to know everything while she could She didn t want the ghosts of thresholds not crossed hanging over her She didn t want one night She wanted a chance Her mother s voice rang in her ears Don t capture their hearts Steal their imagination It s faruseful Enrique The historianWhen he realized he didn t have the talent, he chose to study the subjects that felt closest to Forging history and language He could still change the world maybe not with something as dramatic or grand as Forging, but inintimate ways Writing Speaking Human connection I admire that boy so much Enrique is not only a revolutionary bisexual Spanish Filipino he could be pan too but judging by his thoughts I think he s bi but also an ardent historian 3 And I loved that mixture It made him a really interesting character and even though he obviously isn t all too good at socializing he still had a great humour and an even quicker mind That man is the full package and I was so there for it XD Unlike the other members of the crew he didn t have any Forging powers but he made up for it with his sharp wit, resourcefulness and seemingly infinite knowledge I really would have loved to readabout him, especially at the ending Because damn, was it too much to give usinfo Chokshi left us completely in the dark about what happened to him, Hypnos and Zofia which is so NOT OKAY I need answers diesThere were Forged dragons out of myths from the Orient, Sirenas with heavy lidded eyes, bhuts with backwards feet And though they were not all his tales, he saw himself in them pushed to the corners of the dark He was just like them As solid as smoke and just as powerless Nothing but a symbol repeated Enrique quietly People die for symbols People have hope because of symbols They re not just lines They re histories, cultures, traditions, given shape Zofia The phoenixA month later, ten students locked themselves in the lab with her Again came the sounds, smells, laughing The other students didn t grab her They knew the barest touch like a feather trailed down skin hurt herCalm slipped out of reach no matter how many times she counted backward, or begged to be let go, or asked what she had done wrong Zofia is my precious, skilled phoenix She s Jewish Polish and totally socially awkward I really liked that she s so shy and can get completely absorbed in her work It s kind of endearing and I always thought of her as the little sister of the group I could picture her standing in her lab while she created new things, completely forgetting about the cookie Laila brought her Apparently she was a victim of mobbing at the university and I despised her classmates for violating her that way They might not have physically hurt her but they used her insecurity and aversion to touch to taunt and mentally abuse her and that s just horrible My poor little girl Don t hurt my Zofia or I ll defend her like a lion grrr Zofia is really great at maths too and her and Enrique were such a great team it was a pleasure to watch them figure out things together I always had Beckett and Castle in mind when they threw their knowledge and ideas at each other Just perfect lol I can t help but wonder what happened to her after Tristan s death though I mean Hypnos and Enrique kissed and judging by the hints that were dropped, to witness their kiss caused her to withdraw from the world again Which is such a shame _ I really liked that she began to open up and I d hate for her to be alone sends hugs to ZofiaWhat it could do did not seem within human grasp, but that was the thing about numbers They weren t like people, who could say one thing and do another They weren t like riddles of social mannerisms or conversations Numbers never lied She was reminded of all that she could not detect All that she could not do She could storm into a room, but she could not command its attention through charm She could face herself in the mirror, but she could not spark imaginations with her face Zofia stepped back She should stay in the world she knew And not reach for one she did not Tristan The BotanistHis love and his fear and his own cracked mind made it easy to convince him that betraying you was saving you Tristan was such a surprise I mean he was clearly the crew s baby brother who loved his tarantula Goliath and thought up little miniature gardens before he actually created them and made them a real and living thing He was such an adorable boy and even though he shared his rather dark and twisted childhood with S verin it seemed like he got out of it just fine Well, at least it seemed like it To be honest there was always something that troubled me about him and the words of Joux Roubert certainly didn t make it any better The birds that disappeared from the garden I knew there was something wrong with it Hellz I certainly didn t expect it to end like that though O_o Sweet, precious, little Tristan did WHAT OMG I really would have loved to find out why he did that but I guess now we ll never know Or we might find out in the next book I hope we do because that ending left such a huge question mark over my head and the fact that we never got Tristan s POV makes it even harder to fathom why he would have done such a thing Also is it just me or was it some sort of bad omen that Tristan never got his own POV XDWhat I m hungry What about you, Tristan What do you want This, Tristan said quietly Just this Hypnos The PatriarchHe knew the other boy s skin, a deep umber like the rain soaked bark of an oak tree He knew the textured hair cropped close to his head Even knew his strangely colored eyes, a blue so pale they looked like panes of frost At first Hypnos was no part of the crew but I ADORED that boy the moment he appeared His first meeting with S verin and Enrique was so amazing I couldn t help but fall head over heels for him I loved his flair for the dramatic and his quirky and strangely innocent even though he s pretty good at threatening people nature He s an adorable walking and talking disaster and all I wanted wasXD It s kind of strange that he s the Patriarch of House Nyx but I m sure he has skills and responsibilities we never even got to see Just like with Tristan we didn t get a Hypnos POV well only that short chapter at the ending and I can t wait to read his thoughts Let s hope we ll get to see them in the next book Also Hypnos seems to be bi Just a guess here because he showed obvious interest in Enrique but also sort of charmed Zofia Maybe that was just my imagination though and he s actually gay and only loves to flatter pretty women lol I suppose I won t know until I read The Silvered SerpentsWhat s going on here said Hypnos, his voice rising as a bizarre grin spread across his face, is that you care for me We re all friends We re friends going to save another friend This is this is amazing I had to choose, and perhaps the Order forced my hand in this But what no one tells you is that even when you decide which world you will live in, the world may not always see you as you would wish Sometimes it demands that you be so outrageous as to transcend your very skin You can change your name Your eye color Make yourself a myth and live within it, so that you belong to no one but yourself Conclusion The Gilded Wolves was everything I craved for and wanted to read I loved to watch this story unfold, I adored the characters, their world, the diversity and all those puzzles And I really, really, REALLY want to read the next book lol A huge thanks goes to my partner in crime Miri the Book Dragoness for reading this book with me I enjoyed our discussions and I can t wait for your comments on the second book Let me live vicariously through you P


  7. says:

    I read the first chapter of Gilded Wolves and was like ok, I need to clear like 2 days because once I start this, I won t be able to put it down AND SO IT WAS Roshani perfectly balances the stories of Severin, Laila, Zofia, Enrique and Tristan, taking us on an unrelenting adventure through and alternative Paris filled with magic and intrigue and power hungry families And the descriptions of food And clothes The fight scenes The romance I felt like I was living in this world, and am sort I read the first chapter of Gilded Wolves and was like ok, I need to clear like 2 days because once I start this, I won t be able to put it down AND SO IT WAS Roshani perfectly balances the stories of Severin, Laila, Zofia, Enrique and Tristan, taking us on an unrelenting adventure through and alternative Paris filled with magic and intrigue and power hungry families And the descriptions of food And clothes The fight scenes The romance I felt like I was living in this world, and am sort of grumpy that I m not, to be honest One thing that stood out to me was the originality of the characters within their own identities as marginalized characters who are dealing with issues that marginalized characters would deal with in real life but in a historical fantasy It s not often that you see that, and Roshani handles it beautifully, particularly as concerns Enrique and his half Spanish, half Filipino heritage His longing to be part of a full blooded Filipino group is explored with great skill And nowthe wait for Book 2 Urgh Write faster, Roshani, write faster


  8. says:

    this book is serving some majorsix of crowsmeetsthe da vinci coderealness and i had no idea that was something i needed in my life until now gosh, with a story this good, where do i even begin the massive cast of diverse and interesting characters who have each made their way into my small heart the intricate and highly thought out plot that constantly delivers twists and turns at every corner the effortless and gorgeous writing which paints a historically stunning world filled with this book is serving some majorsix of crowsmeetsthe da vinci coderealness and i had no idea that was something i needed in my life until now gosh, with a story this good, where do i even begin the massive cast of diverse and interesting characters who have each made their way into my small heart the intricate and highly thought out plot that constantly delivers twists and turns at every corner the effortless and gorgeous writing which paints a historically stunning world filled with delicious food, breathtaking sights, and cunning individuals this story is the ultimate treasure hunt and X marks everything i love about it and sure, no matter how much i rave about this, it isnt without its problems there are some massive info dumps that take some effort to sort through, the acute focus on details can make the writing seem dense and even confusing at times, and there are some inaccuracies with the french translations but once you get past those minor hiccups, this story has sooo much to offer i honestly feel that, with this book, roshani chokshi has finally come into her own and made the transition from queen to goddess i am so glad this was signed on as a trilogy because i cant wait to see where this story goes and how its built upon and i have a strong feeling i am not going to be disappointed 4.5 stars


  9. says:

    Apparently, this is the first in a TRILOGY YAY WellI m pretty disappointed with that ending Surely Chokshi could ve chosen a better cliffhanger to make us anticipate the next book Eh, oh well I still really loved this This book was pretty confusing at times, in regards to the world building, but the character development, and their relationships with one another, were where the book truly shined My absolute favourite characters were Zofia, Hypnos, and Tristanwhich definitely attribu Apparently, this is the first in a TRILOGY YAY WellI m pretty disappointed with that ending Surely Chokshi could ve chosen a better cliffhanger to make us anticipate the next book Eh, oh well I still really loved this This book was pretty confusing at times, in regards to the world building, but the character development, and their relationships with one another, were where the book truly shined My absolute favourite characters were Zofia, Hypnos, and Tristanwhich definitely attributed to me not enjoying the ending and you know what I m referring to, if you ve read it Honestly, for all the Six of Crows esque marketing, this book had very little in common with it If anything, it wasIndiana Jones meets the DaVinci Code The heists wereintricate here and there was nonstop action, enthralling me as I turned page after page Also, there were puzzles and maths While Leigh Bardugo s Six of Crows builds up to the heist as the story progresses, this was a series of different ones, which definitely made for ainteresting read, in my opinion It kept bringing me back for , even though I took a lifetime to read it I felt like some of the diverse representation was evengratuitous, at times While I appreciated it s inclusion, it came acrossas a variety of character tropes, rather than giving us important context as to their backgrounds Laila is the only who seemed to be truly defined by her Indian background The one I was most excited for, Zofia, a Jew, was ultimately disappointing because I would never have known she was Jewish if it had not been explicitly stated multiple times Naomi Novik s Spinning Silver provides much better representation in that aspect because being Jewish was actually a big part of who she was as a person Here, it seemed to beof an additional character trait, simply included to develop her backstory Zofia never once referenced her actual faith, just the prejudice she was subjected to from her former classmates I was hoping for a bitthan this _ _ On apositive note, I adored this smorgasbord of mythologies Abrahamic, Greek, EgyptianI loved it all In addition, the Forged sphinxes reminded me a lot of Rachel Caine s Great Library series, which was definitely a bonus The lyrical writing style was also lovely, but never overwhelming I really did enjoy this book and shall definitely be picking up the sequel next yearbut my excitement for it has lessened a bit, unfortunately, due to the ending of this instalment Hopefully, the sequel shall provide the closure that I desire I m definitely looking forward to giving the Star Touched Queen duology a go, as well


  10. says:

    He thought of the stories he d heard growing up about the underworld The tale of Orpheus, who looked behind him and lost everything He wouldn t be that He would descend and ascend, and lose nothing but a handful of time I AM DEAD Friends, I have no words to describe how much I loved this book But also I have too many words please scream with me This was such a fun historical fantasy, and I ADORED the cast You know when you just instantly fall in love with every single characterHe thought of the stories he d heard growing up about the underworld The tale of Orpheus, who looked behind him and lost everything He wouldn t be that He would descend and ascend, and lose nothing but a handful of time I AM DEAD Friends, I have no words to describe how much I loved this book But also I have too many words please scream with me This was such a fun historical fantasy, and I ADORED the cast You know when you just instantly fall in love with every single character like you just know you would throw yourself in front of a bus for them yes that Also, THE OTP TO END ALL OTPS I CANNOT even speak about how much I adored Laila and Severin as a ship The angst the drama And that all the angst and drama seemed so real and not just annoyingly manufactured URGH I ADORE THEM This is one of my favourite books of 2019, I know it already even though it s January I have so much to say and I just don t know how to physically use my fingers to type out the words to fully encapsulate how I feel about this book so I m doing a spoiler free review then a rambly I NEED TO TALK ABOUT THIS section at the bottom you ll know when the spoilers are coming don t worry ALRIGHT, HERE WE GOWolves were everywhere In politics, on thrones, in beds They cut their teeth on history and grew fat on war The Gilded Wolves is such a high energy romp through a really intricately wrought Parisian historical fantasy setting The magic system and world is so fresh, and I haven t read anything much like it Seriously what is with all the Six of Crows comparisons They re nothing alike The world has this perfect blend of history, magic and technology which I loved Think something like the world in Timekeeper or maybe The Diviners Historical fantasy is quickly becoming one of my favourite genres and this book absolutely reminded me why it is SO fun to have something magical set in a historic time period and 1889 Paris is one I ve never read from before Most importantly, The Gilded Wolves features such a beautiful six person ensemble cast, who immediately won me over with their charm and hilarity I LOVE the found family trope and this book does it so well I also loved the established relationships characters who are in past relationships or have known eachother for a while For me it was really nice to jump into the middle of a group instead of going through all that meet up meet cute stuff which often feels tedious to me And as far as found families go, this one is ADORABLE I loved all their interactions and banter, if you live for characters literally just talking to eachother and giving eachother shit you will LOVE THIS All in all we follow six main characters S verin my SON The leader of the group He was the head of a powerful house, but his inheritance was stolen and now he wants it back Definitely the protective father figure of the group, I liked how messy he is at times and that he definitely isn t perfect Looking forward to where his character goes next Laila I ADORE HER She was probably my favourite character Laila is Indian and has the ability to read the history of objects She is ADORABLE, I loved how she is the mum friend, but also she totally owns her sexuality and is super confident My queen That scene of her dancing, ended me A hot bitch, please punch me in the face Tristan Sweetie who loves his giant spider, botanist who has the ability to grow giant gardens and is Severins best friend adopted brother Oooh his character is SO interesting to me cannot get into too much without spoiling but my thought and expectations about him get getting all twisted up and I LOVED IT Definitely not what you expected going in Enrique Spanish Filipino historian and probably bisexual Absolute nerd trying his best to interact with people and doing okay He didn t have as much background as some of the other characters, but I loved how he interacted with the Filipino revolutionaries and I m excited to see where his character arc goes next Zofia Okay full honest I don t know how to feel about her yet but I also feel like I could ADORE HER IN TIME She is a Jewish Polish girl who loves math and struggles with social interaction but also she just wants to be loved someone love her She has a rare magical gift and is overall pretty cool but I just didn t feel as attached to her as some of the others oop Hypnos I AM KIN WITH THIS MAN What an angel Hypnos is my other favourite charater alongside Laila Recommends drinking wine when things are going wrong because it won t help, but at least you won t remember so in fact, extremely relatable Loves fashion and is dramatic as hell, but also just wants a pal I would die for him, too precious too pure He is a French aristocrat, leader of the powerful House Nyx, he is black and gayAm I pretty asked Enrique, plucking at his fake beard and patting his hands over his jowls, wrinkles and age spots Be honest Pretty is a stretch Let s call you striking Or impossible to look away from Oooh Like the sun I was thinkingalong the lines of a train wreck I am gonna be real and say this is not a perfect book At times the worldbuilding and magic system was a little confusing for me but overall I loved this book and loved reading it so much I don t care I mostly rate books based on enjoyment and sometimes you enjoy a book so much you can ignore it s little faults That is how I felt about The Gilded Wolves It made me fall so in love with the characters, and I had such a fun fun time reading it I just honestly don t care What I also love about this book is I KNOW I could reread it and soon , and books I know I can enjoythan once always are the ones I love most Quick rant what is WITH all the soc comparisons The only similarity is having a six person cast and heist elements both of which were not invented by Six of Crows Personally I think it does this book a disservice to compare it to Six of Crows when they re SO DIFFERENT and not even the same genre magic system character tropes or anything URGH Do better reviewersWhen you are who they expect you to be, they never look too closely If you re furious, let it be fuel, S verin said, looking each of them in the eye Just don t forget that enough power and influence makes anyone impossible to look away from And then they can t help but see you The Gilded Wolves is such a fun book The cast is adorable, and the ending has set up book two in such a huge way, I can barely wait This book is solid throughout, action packed, and doesn t have a single dull moment The character relationships, angsty ship and dramatic last 100 pages really elevated this book for me and I cannot tell you how much I TRULY adored it I think there is something for everyone here, and I really think if you enjoy books with angsty romance, found families, heist elements, or mythology based historical fantasy elements and setting YOU NEED TO READ THIS THIS IS THE END OF THE SPOILER FREE REVIEW SCROLL DOWN TO SEE MY SPOILER THOUGHTS AND READ ME SCREAM LETS TALK ABOUT SHIP FEELINGS AND HOW IM SUFFERINGThat ship folks, when you know you KNOW and what I know is that if Roshani Chokshi had smashed me in the face with a spade it would have been less painful then what I just read OMFG I LOVE LAILA AND SEVERIN First of all, how nice to have a ship with actual HISTORY Wow that is refreshing I was so bored of the meet cute now they need to kiss in the next three hundred pages it s boring and kills tension I loved their dynamic, like omg, how everytime she comes into the room Severin is SHOOK And that scene where she s dancing Wow I died AND OM THE END We re gonna get the shares a bed trope, I m living I loved how mature they seemed to, like it was nice to have a couple that had had sex and it isn t this Big Dramatic Thing Like ok it is, but not bc they think sex is dramatic but because of all the Other Stuff happening Urgh, their dynamic kills me I love them Everytime they had a scene together I was screaming ALSO ALL OF SEVERINS THOUGHTS AND JOKES ABOUT SLEEPING WITH HER LORD Laila and Severin the angsty ship to end all others Like, thanks Roshani for murdering me I love it OKAY THE END I definitely think Severin has to be part of the Fallen House for sure, which is interesting I wonder if there is gonna be like an anti hero plot or something for him I kinda hope not, but I feel it Could happen And it may be interesting if it did Also Tristan I was soo shook with the bird thing at the end Idk how to feel about him now, I think I definitely need to reread and payattention to him I am definitely interested to see what else comes about him in the next books FINALLY HYPNOS ZOFIA ENRIQUE I kinda liked Hypnos and Enriquebut also I m hoping for a polyam ship But urgh, when Zofia saw them kissing my heart broke for her But Hypnos is my MANS, I would really die for him so whatever makes him happy I m on bored for it And I just liked his dynamic with Enrique throughout the whole book lmao OKAY IF U HAVE ANYTHING ELSE TO TALK ABOUT IN THE COMMENTS LETS GO IM READY


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