Book Reviews

The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves, #2) by Roshani Chokshi

The Silvered SerpentsTitle: The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves,  #2)
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Rating: ★★★

They are each other’s fiercest love, greatest danger, and only hope.

Séverin and his team members might have successfully thwarted the Fallen House, but victory came at a terrible cost ― one that still haunts all of them. Desperate to make amends, Séverin pursues a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumoured to grant its possessor the power of God.

Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into icy heart of Russia where crystalline ice animals stalk forgotten mansions, broken goddesses carry deadly secrets, and a string of unsolved murders makes the crew question whether an ancient myth is a myth after all.

As hidden secrets come to the light and the ghosts of the past catch up to them, the crew will discover new dimensions of themselves. But what they find out may lead them down paths they never imagined.

A tale of love and betrayal as the crew risks their lives for one last job.

I wanted to love this, but Severin is just an extremely annoying character. He pushes everyone away who is close to them thinking it is for their betterment. How can he lead people when he can’t even face his own demons?! I wish the plot was more focused on the puzzle aspect of the heists versus the emotional. It was a bit too dark for my liking.

Severin: French-Algerian. Leader of the group. Supposed heir to House Vanth. 

Tristan: Severin’s foster brother. Botanist. Pet tarantula Goliath (yikes!).

Laila: Indian. Chef. Dancer. Can read objects.

Enrique: Spanish-Filipino. Historian. Bi. 

Zofia: Jewish-Polish. Lab rat. Autistic? OCD. 

Hypnos: French-African-descent. Heir to House Nyx. Enemy to friend.

 

Things I Liked:

  1. Growth. We start to see the characters’ flaws and how they came to be the people they are today. We see their weaknesses, as well as, them overcoming their fears in the form of strengths.
  2. Not everything goes right. So many young adult novels have characters with essentially no faults. It is nice to see things not work as they are planned.
  3. The puzzles. I love them! It was so fun to try to figure the puzzles out before the characters.

 

Things I Didn’t Like:

  1. People who think they can decide what is best for someone. Severin is a guy that you love to hate. He has the best interests of people close to him in his heart, but he doesn’t always execute in the best way. He takes responsibility for things he has no control over and let’s that fear of hurt for those he loves takeover his life. People can decide for themselves if they want to take risks, they don’t need someone else choosing for them.
  2. Forbidden love. Man loves girl. Girl loves man. Man can’t be with girl for fear of hurting her and vice versa. This is so stupid! You’ll make things work with someone if you truly love them.
  3. Dark. The Silvered Serpents was a lot darker than The Gilded Wolves. Readers can find more foul play, deception, and a look into the darker parts of the human mind.

 

The Silvered Serpents is a story about deception, love, and friendship. People who enjoy heists and a loyal gang of misfits will love this novel.

Book Reviews

The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1) by Roshani Chokshi

The Gilded WolvesTitle: The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves,  #1)
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Rating: ★★★

This edition from Owlcrate is signed and has an exclusive cover.

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.

I’m always a little skeptical going into novels placed in Paris. For some reason, books set in Paris and I do not get along. Probably, mostly due to the lavish descriptions included in the novels. Hey, I’m simple, so just get to the point.

Severin: French-Algerian. Leader of the group. Supposed heir to House Vanth. 

Tristan: Severin’s foster brother. Botanist. Pet tarantula Goliath (yikes!).

Laila: India. Chef. Dancer. Can read objects.

Enrique: Spanish-Filipino. Historian. Bi. 

Zofia: Jewish-Polish. Lab rat. Autistic? OCD. 

Hypnos: French-African-descent. Heir to House Nyx. Enemy to friend.

 

Things I Liked:

  1. I LOVED the aspect of the Seven Deadly Sins cast as Severin’s fathers. That was such an interesting aspect for someone to experience who pretty much lost everything in his life. In this aspect, he thinks the answer is black-and-white when it comes to those emotions, but we see his character start to grow throughout the novel. I think the ending left Severin feeling empty, but we will be seeing his character growth a lot in The Silvered Serpents.
  2. The gang. These friends have each others’ backs, even if it means putting their lives at stake! Give me some friends like that. They are all so different, and honestly, I liked all of this, which is rare for me.
  3. Zofia. She is probably the most similar to me. What I loved most about her is that the Polish are represented! Five five, y’all. I rarely read books where Polish people are represented in a positive light. My mom immigrated here legally from Poland, so it is nice to be represented. She shares my godmother’s name, and for me, was the most “normal”. She is the only one still connected with a family.

 

Things I Didn’t Like:

  1. Magic System. Wait! I did like the magic system, but I don’t feel like it was explained enough for the reader to understand. I would like to know the differences, how they are formed, and more about the history of the Houses and the unique abilities each House wields. A prequel about the history of the Houses would be amazing.
  2. Predictable. The end wasn’t really a surprise to me with how things went. I won’t go into spoilers. But Severin’s situation didn’t surprise me at all. And every time a heist was taking place, it never went like it was supposed to. Normally, I would like that, but things going wrong was the normal, so I wanted to see things run smoothly for once.
  3. The beginning. I had such a hard time getting into the novel. Once I did, it was amazing and I appreciated every minute.

 

The Gilded Wolves is a story about magic, vengeance, and friendship. People who enjoy heists and a loyal gang of misfits will love this novel.