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The Gilded Wolves: A Novel (The Gilded Wolves, 1) (vuoden 2020 painos)

– tekijä: Roshani Chokshi (Tekijä)

Sarjat: The Gilded Wolves (1)

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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.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Gilded Wolves: A Novel (The Gilded Wolves, 1)
Kirjailijat:Roshani Chokshi (Tekijä)
Info:Wednesday Books (2020), Edition: Reprint, 416 pages
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**This review and more can be found on my blog Love at First Write**

I was given an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

For context, I have previously read Chokshi’s hilarious mythological book, Aru Shah and the End of Time, so I had a lot of expectations going into reading this! If you’re looking for a historical heist, this is the novel for you! Séverin Montagnet-Alarie has been exiled from a powerful order and spends his time taking back what’s his: the items of his inheritance that were taken form him upon exile. A job gone south forces him to take a commissioned job: stealing a Forged (magical) item from The Order he was kicked out of! Séverin and his talented crew get into higher stakes than ever before as relationships form and break under the pressure.

Set in 1889 Paris, the environment of the book and the outfits of the characters are absolutely fabulous- I’m sure so much research went into this book! The best part for me was that we were given a group of 6 characters, and they were equally given screen-time and were all well developed with personal histories and motivations. That’s hard to do in one initial book and I was blown away. I didn’t realize how attached I was to the character’s plots until I started rooting for [certain things] to occur. Our exiled hotel owner, a biracial friend from the past (a current Order-member), a biracial bisexual historian, an Indian dancer with a powerful touch, a genius engineer with a debt to pay, and our exile’s brother with the ability to Forge flowers.

The bisexual representation in particular was done quite tastefully, showing the character’s interest in multiple people and their past struggles with religion and family. As someone who identifies as bisexual, I was shocked and pleased to see this realistic experience in this novel, especially since the novel has only been marked as Historical Fiction and Fantasy so far. It’s nice to see an LGBT character in a book that doesn’t revolve around their sexuality. Going further, this character’s commitment to a person was just that, choosing a person to be with and not ‘choosing a gender’. Unfortunately, the latter happens too often, so I am over the moon about this character!!

Of course, this book ends with prophesized action ahead, and a big twist- I can’t wait for Séverin and the crew’s next adventure! ( )
  Nikki_Sojkowski | Aug 26, 2021 |
It’s probably a 3.5 but I’m rounding up to 4.

Roshani Chokshi is a beloved author and I always felt bad for not being able to get through three of her previous books. It was especially sad because all of them were based on Indian mythology, but her very lyrical purple prose was very hard for me to understand. After The Gilded Wolves was announced, it remained on my radar only because of its comparisons to SoC and the heist element and I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to read it. But we chose it as our Stars and Sorcery Book Club February BOTM and I’m so happy that this book was much easier to read.

The setting is Paris 1889, on the verge of the opening of Exposition Universelle and I think the author did a good job of bringing the city to life. We experience it in all its sparkly glory, the excitement about the World’s Fair, the exotic cabarets, the glittering parties and beautiful clothes etc. But underneath it all is the ugly truth - the effects of colonialism, racism and anti-Semitism; one of whose horrifying manifestation was the “Negro village” at the fair (which was apparently visited by 28 million people). When the author’s note says “History is a myth shaped by the tongues of conquerors”, I realized how evident it is in the history books we read and how the reality is so different when we read it from the perspective of a marginalized (in this case colonized) person. I liked that the author was able to show us all sides of Paris at the time and not just the glossy version. To this historical world, she adds the biblical story of the Tower of Babel, the Order of Babel which controls the tower fragments and a lot of the power in the world behind the scenes, and the magical ability of Forging. Even though I didn’t completely understand the magic system or it’s rules and limitations, the objects that the characters forged were quite fascinating to read about. I hope it’ll be explained much more in the upcoming books.

I really appreciated that the author decided to let go of some of her metaphorical writing style, otherwise I would have never finished this book. The descriptions of the city, the forged objects, the clothes and the amazing gardens are lush and beautiful. The pacing is a little uneven at times and mostly slow, but I wasn’t bored at all and finished it in just two sittings. While the planning for the heist can be slow and sometimes not explained properly, the heist scenes itself were very action packed and suspenseful and I really enjoyed them. The author also used a lot of Egyptian mythology, various historical puzzles, some mathematical hurdles to overcome and I really commend her ability to integrate all of them seamlessly into the story. I also liked that the author only hinted at possible romances in this one and I’m looking forward to how they will develop in the next book.

There are a lot of themes that are explored in this book which show the importance of highlighting marginalized voices when stories are told. We see that while colonizers revel in their might by putting on display all the wealth, artifacts and people they have stolen from far away lands, the affected people are traumatized by their profound loss of history and culture for generations to come. Their cultures become exotic objects, used for entertainment, without any context of their historical significance. We also a lot of commentary about the issues that biracial characters face - on one hand, not being accepted in one community because of being white passing and hence losing out on a significant part of their heritage; on the other hand, having to play into the stereotypes of their heritage, so that they can be visible and invisible at the same time among the elite. While the author also discusses sexism and anti-Semitism, I felt very affected by the colonialism discourse and I’m very grateful to the author for showing us the uglier side of history.

The characters are obviously what drew me to this story, and I’m so sad because I felt quite underwhelmed by them. Severin is the French-Algerian aristocrat who badly wants his birthright restored and all his planning is with that goal in mind. He is the defacto leader of the group, smart and cunning and slightly selfish, and while I understood his motives and appreciated him for giving work/home to the other members of the gang, I never felt his connection with most of them. Tristan is the one he is most protective of and I felt that I never got to know him better. Tristan loves his plants and his tarantula Goliath, is very skilled at Forging and seems like a soft hearted boy, but I never got a sense of what he wanted.

Leila is an Indian immigrant and I could relate to her the most for obvious reasons. Her backstory is very painful but she is extremely strong and skilled and knows exactly what she wants. Even though she hates her talent which has such spiritual meaning to her being used as entertainment, she is ready to use all her capabilities to achieve her goals and protect her friends. She is also the defacto mother of the group, always making sure everyone is fed and holding them all together even when circumstances are dire. Zofia is the most adorable character and I loved reading her POV. She is a Jewish girl from Poland and has to face the worst form of antisemitism. However, she is a Forging genius who finds comfort in her lab and in numbers but feels very vulnerable in social situations. I can’t wait to see where the author takes her story next.

Enrique is a Spanish-Filipino historian and another favorite of mine. I have a soft spot for history nerds in general and his fascination with history and languages and puzzles really impressed me. He also wants to do a lot for his country which has been oppressed by the Spaniards but finds it difficult to be a part of the community and contribute because of his white passing looks. I really felt his pain and despair and his will to still find a way to help despite the obstacles. On the other hand, Hypnos is a black french aristocrat who is a loner and just wants to a part of this friend group. To move in the aristocratic circles seamlessly, he also has to behave unconcerned about his Haitian slave heritage and that really pains him. Both Enrique and Hypnos are bi/pan but while Enrique comes across as hesitant about expressing his desires, Hypnos is much more flamboyant and I loved their hilarious conversations and developing dynamic.

To wrap it up, I have to say that if you want to enjoy this book, please go into it with an open mind and leave your love/bias for Six of Crows out of the picture. This book is really impressive in terms of its themes and representation and it will definitely affect any reader. I just couldn’t totally connect with the characters, which meant that the revelations at the end didn’t feel very effective. But I’m also excited to read the next book, which it looks like will take place in Russia. Give this book a chance and I promise, you will find something in it that will totally wow you and leave you with a lot to ponder. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
Blog Review: https://trishadoeseverythingbutstudy2.wordpress.com/2021/01/01/my-december-in-bo...

4.5 stars, rounded up to 5

I really loved it, but felt it would have been better a standalone. Or maybe that the sequel groundwork could have been laid more thoroughly, and subtly, because the sequel plot feels really forced here.

My favourite characters were not whom I expected them to be. I had expected to really love Severin and Laila, like I did Kaz and Inej, but my favourites were Zofia and Enrique. I'm not sure why, but they were the ones I was really invested in. I kinda wanted Zofia to end up alone, and Enrique with Hypnos, but by the end I was so confused that I'll take a polyamorous relationship between the three of them and I'll be happy.

I loved Zofia's POVs a lot....POVs with neuroatypicalness have always appealed a lot to me, and I felt that Zofia was somewhere on the autism spectrum. If you can't tell, I love Sherlock fanfics, and I loved The Rosie Project, and it's just really interesting to see the world from a perspective that's not exactly new, or different, but maybe more pronounced than the way I do.

And so I really loved Zofia. And I also was shipping Hypnos and Enrique from their first meeting, but I really would have preferred zero love triangle. I'm tired of love triangles and someone getting hurt.

Severin I was liking till that part where he said that to Laila, and that was just unforgivable. I really loved Laila, bring an Indian, it's really rare to see great Indian origin character in fantasy, and I did like Aru Shah and the first book, though I still haven't read the rest of the series, I remembered loving Roshani Chokshi's writing in that, and this one didn't disappoint.

Once we move on from the characters, I don't think there's a little in this. This plot was....I really didn't get why they were doing the things that they were doing sometimes.

And Tristan just.....Tristan and me just did not vibe, and I had like zero reaction when he died. Yeah I was a bit surprised he died so quickly, but we didn't have have a POV for him....and literally did not care a lot for him.

I went back to characters didn't I?

I'm onto plot now I promise.

Plot: I have no idea. I just don't. A lot of the twists were really obvious and underwhelming, but I did enjoy them

The part I might have liked the most in this was the interaction between different mythologies and cultures and puzzles....and I loved the science and math stuff we had in this too. In short I really liked the explanations.

I loved this, and I will be reading on because I loved the characters. Plot-wise this could have ended in this book and it might have been better. I recommend it to anyone who likes Six of Crows, awesome characters, doesn't mind the lack of coherent plot at times, and obvious plot twists. ( )
  trisha_tomy | Jun 1, 2021 |
Buddy read with Laura, Naomi, and Bhavya!

I love this story and the characters so much! Can’t wait to get to the next one! ( )
  Akacya | Feb 28, 2021 |
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I couldn’t put this book down! It was itching me to get the book in my hands every time I put it away for some time. I needed to move on with the story. If you haven’t read it already, please do so!

It’s 1889 Paris. The city is about to host Exposition Universelle, an event that breathes new life into the streets of the French capital. People from all over the world are gathered in the city of light to witness first handed all the new inventions and magical items that are going to be put on display. Along side with the new and revolutionary, ancient secrets are coming into light and artifacts are being hunted down.

Treasure hunter and wealthy hotelier Severin Montagnet Alarie and his trusted companions are in pursue of such ancient artifacts. He has made an oath to himself, to find and acquire all the artifacts that once belonged to his family. He and his friends are working on well prepared and planned such acquisitions, because, wealthy as he might be, he doesn’t want ti draw attention to himself by openly looking after these artifacts.

After the last acquisition he is contacted by the ever powerful Order of Babel. He is offered with an agreement. Help the Order with their mission and in return get his true inheritance. This is an offer he cannot easily decline, but also his team mates will get something out of it as well, so it should be a win win situation for all. That’s if they manage to stay alive…

So, here is a new favorite squad I was so glad to meet! Severin is the leader of the group, the heir to House Vanth, which no longer exists, after Severin was refused his heritage. He is half French and half Algerian, so he knows about being different. Tristan is his brother in arms, his best friend, one he knows very well and for a long time. Together they have been through some rough time. He is also an engineer. Then comes Laila who is a gorgeous Indian girl with a skill in baking and an astonishing power in her palms. The other girl of the squad is Zofia, a Jewish Polish extremely intelligent person with very little experience in interpersonal relationships. Enrique is the last to fill a spot in this squad. He is also biracial, half Spanish and half Filipino and he really want to fit in with his Filipino part. He is a brilliant historian who has a great sense of humor and a troubled heart. By the end of the book he is torn between two different persons of different sex.

When the squad meets the Order of Babel, one more person comes to add to the squad. Hypnos is the patriarch of House Nyx, a black aristocrat who loves fashion as well as boys. He has a wonderful sense of humor too and he seems to consider Severin a friend. He really wants to be part of the squad and he soon becomes acquainted with everyone.

The plot is full of magic and adventure. A number of puzzles was used throughout the story that made it all the more interesting to read. The puzzles were used to show the characters’ way of thinking as well as their ability to work as a team. There was also magic in different forms and different aspects and it felt so good to read something so different and so familiar at the same time. And that ending! This surely explained one part of the story, but it left questions on others. Thankfully the second bo ( )
  GeorgiaKo | Dec 1, 2020 |
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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.

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