The Gilded Wolves by Roshani ChokshiThe Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

The Gilded Wolves

byRoshani Chokshi

Hardcover | January 15, 2019

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*AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER*

From New York Times bestselling author Roshani Chokshi comes The Gilded Wolves, a novel set in Paris during a time of extraordinary change--one that is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous desires...

No one believes in them. But soon no one will forget them.

It's 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood.

Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history--but only if they can stay alive.

ROSHANI CHOKSHI is the New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen, A Crown of Wishes, Aru Shah and the End of Time, and The Gilded Wolves.
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Title:The Gilded WolvesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.55 × 6.68 × 1.37 inPublished:January 15, 2019Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:125014454X

ISBN - 13:9781250144546

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprising This was a slow start but once you get into it, it's pretty interesting! It reminds me a lot of Six of Crows, but in Paris with historical aspects.
Date published: 2019-02-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from DNF after reading 120 pages I received a copy of this book via BookishFirst in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! Well, I'm pretty disappointed that this turned out to be a DNF for me. I've been looking forward to this book for a while (since 2017 when I discovered the author was working on it). Unfortunately, while I thought the concept very interesting, there was a lot of forefront content that I just didn't want to read about. More important even than that point, comes my issue with the lack of setting. While atmosphere is certainly present, I had a very difficult time understanding where I actually was. This is a historical fiction set in France. While there were many, many finer details given, I could not grasp where I was supposed to be in this late 1800's locale. This era fascinates me, in almost any setting in the world, so I was very disappointed when I couldn't get a clear picture of where I was, where the characters were, and how the settings intermingled. I felt that there was a lot of filigree without a good base coat. The last main issue I had with this book was how the characters were portrayed. Naturally, we want to fall in love with characters in a book we decide to explore. But, I couldn't help to feel as though these characters, and my "love" for them, was being forced down my throat. There were a few times that I chuckled at their interactions, as there where characteristics I liked about each from this group and how they complimented one another. Each line of dialogue was formed in a way that felt like it was trying too hard, though. I'm sure many people will love these characters. For my tastes, it did not suite. I've loved everything else that I've read by this author, so it was disappointing that I didn't enjoy it more. No matter what, there are some wonderful aspects about this book, but overall, it wasn't for me. Since this is a DNF read, I will not be assigning a star-review.
Date published: 2019-01-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wanted to like it more I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did; ultimately I'd say if you're interested in reading it, then go for it, but it's not one that I'll be actively recommending to my friends/family. Jokingly described by the author as "National Treasure but with hot people," it certainly delivers in that regard, and I enjoyed the puzzle/clue aspects that were based in history and mathematics. However, the overall pacing felt slow, and by the end all the high-action points had muddled together in my mind to the point where I had forgotten about some of them. It was also difficult to keep track of what was happening overall during complicated action sequences. The "gang of misfits" cast will inevitably draw comparisons to Six of Crows, especially since there is a heist element to The Gilded Wolves. While the Wolves cast is diverse and fairly interesting, it fails to reach the heights achieved in Six of Crows - I didn't develop strong emotions of any kind toward any of the characters, and I would've liked to see more into the mindset of Séverin and Laila, who are positioned as the leading POVs. Enrique, Zofia, and Hypnos were most interesting to me, while Tristan seemed to exist solely to aid in Séverin's characterization. The Forging magic was initially intriguing, with details about how users had to understand the physical composition of the item they're trying to influence (like Tristan having an affinity for the water within plants). However, it quickly devolved into a catch-all for imbuing any and every item with magical properties. The twist ending (literally, last sentence) failed to excite me, though there are some interesting setups for book 2, including a faux romance and the chance to move the story out of France.
Date published: 2019-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review *Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are honest and my own.* It didn’t manage to make me cry, but it did manage to slowly break my heart, so that’s something. I’m not really sure if I’m okay, and I probably shouldn’t be writing this right after finishing it, but I’m doing it anyway because I make good choices. Speaking of not making good choices, prepare to meet the main cast who are all just trying their best. And their best barely keeps them alive throughout most of this. Still, I love them all so much. I just want to give them all a hug and protect them forever. If anything happens to Enrique or Hypnos in particular I’m going to riot, but they’re all still such complex (and very broken) characters. If I were to compare The Gilded Wolves to another book it would definitely be Six of Crows. There is a heist, a diverse crew of 6, plus a bunch of other similarities that are **super spoilery**. The only thing I will say is that The Gilded Wolves is sort of like Six of Crows’ more glamourous and less broody cousin in that it isn’t quite as gritty. I still definitely recommend it if you’re in need of something to fill the Six of Crows shaped hole in your heart, but keep in mind they’re not the same book; they’re just similar. Speaking of Six of Crows, The Gilded Wolves had a similar kind of unconscious effect on me. Less in a I cannot stop thinking about this book (though that happens to be case at the moment because I’m theorizing) way, more in a I was reading it and completely got lost in it to the point where when my dad set down diner I looked up in confusion. The Gilded Wolves also fed my love of history and math (don’t worry, everything to do with numbers is well explained if you aren’t a huge fan of math). My love ancient history and mythology knows no bounds, so the many references to it made me very happy. I will say that if you aren’t a big history/mythology person that some of the references might not make complete sense. I could see things mentioned and pass over them because I had prior knowledge of those things, so it didn’t affect me personally.  However, the part I see there being a potential issue with is that while these things are explained to an extent, you might feel like you don’t fully understand what’s going on without any prior knowledge. I did not expect that twist at the end, and now my mind is reeling. What does this mean for so many things? I picked up on some stuff and figured out the meaning of the honeybee, the bone clock thing, and something else that even when spoken about vaguely is spoilery well before the text made the reveal, but that’s probably because I watch way too much Murdoch Mysteries. All this is to say I need book 2 right now, followed closely by book 3. Overall, The Gilded Wolves spoke to the nerd in me and I love it for it, earning it 5 out of 5 stars.
Date published: 2019-01-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Mini review on GR! Mini review: DNF Trigger warning: Murder and physical violence. I received this E-ARC via St. Martin's Press and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I didn't give much thought to this book. Simply heard about it and requested it. It didn't work for me. The beginning was not interesting. I didn't understand anything nor did I care too. When we got to the main characters I didn't care about any of them. This is a personal thing. Still recommend.
Date published: 2018-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Beautiful Writing in a Magical New World Thank you so much to the author and publisher for the ARC. I'm so excited to watch Roshani visit the TBR and Beyond Facebook group but that in no way influenced my review. HOLY HELL THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING! As I guessed I would, I freaking loved the writing of this book! It's not the same romantic fairytale feel that The Star-touched Queen gave me but still very Chokshi's writing. Chokshi has this insane ability to write such such flow and beauty that it gives me chills. The characters, world and plot were so freaking interesting and drew me in immediately! Its not overly detailed but I got enough of the world to understand this book and I want more! More of the science-magic inventions, more of the mixture of cultures-religions-histories from all over the world, more of the background of all the Houses. JUST MORE! The character relationships and tensions were so FREAKING well done! I honestly can't chose a single favourite character because they are all so distinct and play such good roles and have some pretty awesome dialogue. Hypnos and Enrique seriously remind me of Magnus and Alec from Mortal Instruments and I AM TRASH FOR THEM! The heist was really cool as it kept delving into more mystery and conspiracy of the world rather than being the big build up event. So excited for January 15th and I will absolutely be picking up a finished copy.
Date published: 2018-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Magical New Series The Gilded Wolves is National Treasure meets Six of Crows in 1800’s Paris, brought to life with Roshani Chokshi’s vivid, lush world-building and humour. Filled with magic, fireballs, cakes, tradition, heists and the aristocracy, this book was ABSOLUTE PERFECTION and I loved every minute of the week I read it through. MY THOUGHTS: Before I go into everything I ABSOLUTELY LOVED about the book, there were two things about it all that bothered me a little: 1. The world was a little difficult to get used to. There’s this huge information dump at the beginning, which I see now at the end was necessary, but it was a lot to process at the time. 2. It was also a little hard to understand and see the ciphers and clues that were unveiling themselves through the book. Treasure hunting has been a visual medium until now, and despite the illustrations that were there, it took a little getting used to and wrapping my hear around. THINGS I LOVED IN THE GILDED WOLVES: 1. I LOVED THE PLOT. The storyline, the execution and all the twists and turns were SO BRILLIANTLY CRAFTED and the story was just stunning. I loved France, the food, the palaces, the Forging, and all the six characters we got to know through the book. 2. Which brings me to how much I LOVED Severin, Laila, Tristan, Zofia, Enrique and Hypnos. I LOVED getting to know this little family, surviving and deviously planning acquisitions across Paris, each with their own goals and motivations. They were such brilliant characters and reading through the story through their different points of view was constant fun. 3. Laila and Severin’s individual stories were STUNNING. I loved how Severin’s seven fathers were named after the seven deadly sins and his motivations behind everything. Laila’s origins were so heart-breaking and I loved that her Indian-ness came into 19th century Paris, especially the very concept of Bharathnatyam. 4. The inventions, especially from Zofia and Tristan’s experiments and Laila’s culinary marvels were SO MUCH FUN TO READ ABOUT. There were so many ingenious things happening at all points and I honestly can’t do it justice by describing them here. 5. The dialogue was ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS. I especially loved Hypnos’ airs and fancies as he tried to become a part of the group. 6. THE ENDING WAS ABSOLUTELY SHOCKING AND AFTER READING THE LAST PAGE, I HONESTLY DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF ANYMORE. Would I recommend this book? YES! The Gilded Wolves is a magical piece of artistry that I loved every minute of and I can’t recommend it enough!
Date published: 2018-12-10

Editorial Reviews

**New York Times Bestseller** **Indie Next Pick for the Winter 2018-2019 Kid' List!**"Chokshi has created an inclusive and authentic cast with obvious chemistry and affection for one another and infuses the tale with witty banter and twists. A delectably intriguing adventure for all teen shelves." - SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, Starred Review"Chokshi delivers a thrilling, gritty new fantasy set in an alternate nineteenth century Paris. Chokshi shines as a master storyteller in her newest novel; the setting, world building, plot, and conflict are all staggering. However, the elements that perhaps shine the most are the history, riddles, mysteries, and science, woven together in a world brimming with power and magic." - BOOKLIST, Starred Review"Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows and Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code converge in this dazzling new fantasy. An opulent heist adventure that will leave readers voracious for more." - KIRKUS, Starred Review"Evocative writing, sumptuous set pieces, and vividly sketched, authentically flawed characters distinguish this immersive tale of found family and star-crossed romance. Kaleidoscopic narration complements the intricate, high-stakes plot and allows Chokshi to showcase numerous aspects of her richly imagined universe all the way to the closing cliff-hanger." - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, Starred Review"In this delicious first entry in a new series from a veteran YA author, readers will find sumptuous visuals, deep characters and a maddening eleventh-hour twist." - BOOKPAGE, Starred Review"The Gilded Wolves sets up a fantastical great heist with a series of clues and problems the well-developed, diverse group of teens must decipher. Chokshi's world is lush and her characters distinct and engaging-this first in a new series is as sharp and lustrous as the title suggests." - SHELF AWARENESS, Rave Review"There can be no doubt that Chokshi has grown as a writer with each book, and 'The Gilded Wolves' takes us to a new level of intrigue." - NPR.ORG"Chokshi's writing is vivid and lovely." - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY"Thrilling and gorgeous, The Gilded Wolves is another captivating book from one of YA's most brilliant voices." - PASTE, "10 Best YA Novels of January"BUSTLE names The Gilded Wolves one of the "28 Young Adult Books Coming Out In 2019 That Will Seriously Get You Pumped For The New Year"B&N TEEN BLOG includes The Gilded Wolves in their lists of "33 of January's Best New Young Adult Books" and "January's Best New YA Fiction"HYPABLE calls The Gilded Wolves one of the "2019 Winter Books Not to be Missed"BOOKISH, "Winter 2019's Most Anticipated Young Adult Sci-Fi & Fantasy"SHEREADS, "Most Anticipated Books of 2019"GOODREADS, "Best of January" and "Most Anticipated YA"POPSUGAR, "10 of the Most Anticipated Books of 2019 - All by Women"PARADE names The Gilded Wolves one of "10 Buzzworthy YA Books to Read in 2019"The Gilded Wolves is one of THE NERD DAILY's "Most Anticipated 2019 Releases"BOOKBUB, "The Best Teen Books Coming in 2019"THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER includes The Gilded Wolves in a column on "new books that should be turned into movies"CULTURESS, "19 books we can't wait to get our hands on""This rag-tag team will face danger, deception, puzzles, and of course delicious secrets that hide in the opulence of Paris. This is a story you will not soon forget." - THE NERD DAILY"Beautiful cover? Check. Beautiful prose? Check. And this book is gloriously diverse."" - BOOKRIOT, "3 More LGBQT+ YA Books to Read in 2019""You'll fall in love with these characters, the world they live in, and all the promises it holds." - WE SO NERDY"A gorgeously layered story, with characters that make you laugh and ache and cheer." - Renée Ahdieh, New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and The Dawn"A masterpiece of imagination. You will want this book to steal your heart so that you will never have to leave this story." Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval"This is a book to swan dive into, swim around in, luxuriate in. Trust me, you won't want to come out" - Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of Strange The Dreamer"The Gilded Wolves is part political misadventure, part puzzle and thoroughly charming, with a band of rapscallions and a string of surprises!" - Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author of The Cruel Prince"The Gilded Wolves is the smart, dark adventure YA readers have been waiting for." - Adrienne Young, New York Times bestselling author of Sky In The Deep"The Gilded Wolves has it all: magical Belle Époque Paris, dark and glittering prose, a cast of characters that will steal your heart inside their other heists. This is a book I wish I'd written." - Ryan Graudin, award-winning author of Wolf By Wolf