Review: The Gilded Wolves

The Gilded Wolves
By Roshani Chokshi
Published January 15, 2019 by Wednesday Books

The Gilded Wolves is an exciting historical fantasy. Set in Paris in 1889, it’s got an interesting blend of magic and science.

Severin Montagnet-Alarie runs a hotel and hunts for treasures. He should be the head of Gilded Wolvesa powerful magical family, but he’s been cheated out of his inheritance. He has a plan to get his house back, and he works with his foster brother Tristan, who is a plant specialist; Laila, a dancer/pastry chef; Zofia, a scientist; and Enrique, a historian, on a major heist plan. Things don’t go exactly as planned, and Severin and his colleagues end up having to work with the head of another house, Hypnos.

I tend to enjoy books about rag-tag bunches of people on a quest, so this one was right up my alley. I loved the interactions between all of the characters. It’s also a very diverse group. Severin, Hypnos, and Enrique are biracial, and Laila is Indian. There is also gay and bisexual representation, and one of the characters seems to be autistic. The Parisian setting was really well done, and the opulence of the time really comes out the writing.

Where the book didn’t work quite as well for me was the magical system. There’s a lot of information thrown at the reader, and I’m not sure I fully got the concept of the Order of Babel. There are a few info dumps and some math, at which point my eyes started to glaze over. It didn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy the book, but there were times where I felt a bit confused and I probably needed to go back and reread some of the earlier chapters, but who has time for that.

Overall, The Gilded Wolves was very entertaining, and I think it will appeal to fans of Six of Crows.

I received an ARC from Amazon Vine.

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