The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
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.
The Gilded Wolves was high on my most anticipated list of 2019. Because of this, I got a bit worried that I hyped it up in my head a bit too much. Luckily, I ended up loving the book.
What I loved most about The Gilded Wolves were the characters. I absolutely loved all of them and will talk about them more in a bit. I also loved the puzzles, many of which were numbers. If you’re not a fan of numbers, this might not be a great thing for you. But I loved all of it. Some of the heist parts were a bit odd and sloppy, but I felt like those got so much better as the book went on. I enjoyed the setting and the writing was beautiful.
“Everywhere he looked, he was surrounded by gilded wolves. And for whatever reason, it made him feel perfectly at home. Wolves were everywhere. In politics, on thrones, in beds. They cut their teeth on history and grew fat on war. Not that Severin was complaining. It was just that, like other wolves, he wanted his share.”
Severin runs a hotel and was thought to be an heir to one of the houses of the order. But when the test was run, he was told he wasn’t. Because of this, he plans on proving the truth and getting his house back. He has a group of friends to help him. One of the things I loved about Severin’s chapters were the beginning stories of his fathers. Each one was named after a deadly sin and he explained what he learned from them.
Laila is dancer from India. I don’t want to get into her story too much because you find out a bit later why she is helping Severin. She is looking for a book and the reason is pretty big. I loved Laila. She and Severin hooked up once, but then decided against it again. But there is so much sexual tension between them. They both have feelings that they try to deny.
Tristan was raised with Severin as his brother. He works with plants and spiders. His love for his pet tarantula was so sweet. Severin is very protective of Tristan.
Zofia is Polish and Jewish. She seems to love fire and numbers. It seems that she might be a bit autistic and/or OCD. Zofia struggles with feelings and emotion. She doesn’t really get jokes. She counts everything and needs things to be in specific order. Certain fabrics bother her and she’s not big on touching. She is so smart with numbers and I really loved her character.
Enrique is Filipino and Spanish. He’s also bisexual. At least I believe bisexual. The book mentions his attraction to both males and females, but doesn’t really get into details. I’ve seen multiple people say bisexual, but I hope we find out exactly at some point. Enrique knows everything about history and he’s so funny. He is definitely one of my absolute favorite characters. He’s definitely attracted to Hypnos, but he also started having some feelings for Zofia.
Hypnos is the heir to one of the other houses. He’s a bit bad, but I ended up loving him. He was hilarious and sarcastic. And it really felt that he was lonely and just wanted friends more than anything.
The banter between the characters was great, as was the love they had for each other. I definitely felt like they were family and they would do anything for each other. The book was very character heavy, but there were also multiple puzzles and heists, plus all the history of The Order. The last 40 or so pages really got me and the ending was pretty big. I am very much looking forward to the next book.
I buddy read this with Melanie and Melanie. It was my first time buddy reading and I enjoyed having conversations with them about the book every day. Thank you to the publisher and Melanie for sending me a physical copy for review, too. Roshani will be joining TBR and Beyond for a live chat in January and I can’t wait.
I gave this book 5 stars. I almost went 4 1/2, but my love for the characters pushed it up. I could ignore the little things that weren’t perfect. (Quote taken from ARC, so it may change before final publication.)
You can purchase The Gilded Wolves from Amazon for a great price right now. (This link is an affiliate link, so I do make a very small amount from each sale that helps with my blog costs.) I have my copy ordered and can’t wait to see the finished book.
Have you read The Gilded Wolves? Is it on your TBR?