Book Review

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi | Book Review

“Fear grew in places unlit by knowledge”

The Gilded Wolves follows five characters. Severin, Leila, Enrique, Zofia and Tristan.

Severin is the leader of the small crew, each with a unique ability or specialty.

As a child his title and place among the Order of Babel was snatched from him. He wants his family’s place restored.

In order to do this the small crew must help Hypnose. He is already among the patriarchy and has hired them to steal an artefact for him, after which he swears to restore Severins place among the order.

But of course, nothing is as simple as it seems.

My Thoughts

Okay, so I completely understand why people DNF this book.

The amount of exposition at the beginning is a lot to get through. To the point you’re unsure as to what’s happening because everything is given with a background and a history lesson.

These things may have been useful however, it was very much thrown at the reader all at once.

I persevered because I thought the characters were funny and I could see a plot coming together, which seemed of interest to me.

This book is like The Da Vinci Code meets Six of Crows / The Final Empire. It’s been years since I’ve read The Da Vinci Code however, I remember that book also included puzzles and symbolism.

All of the characters are basically con artists, all with their special set of skills and honestly, give me more books like this.

The ending was disappointing however, I have to keep reminding myself that there is another book coming out.

My favourite characters are Enrique and Zofia. The story is divided into each characters perspective however, these were the characters I enjoyed most.

I sincerely hope there is a better ending for these two overall. I hope there’s a better ending for all of these characters if I’m being perfectly honest.

There was one moment in this book where I should have been sad however, while I was a little, it was so overshadowed by a moment just previous which I was already annoyed about. It stole the focus and didn’t allow me to fully appreciate, or be emotionally invested in, the following scene. So that was frustrating.

The end itself was one thing after another, and I hate when books do that. A satisfying ending doesn’t mean that no one will pick up the sequel.

I did really enjoy this book overall, I loved the characters and the storyline. I hope the next book has less exposition and a more satisfying ending.

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