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The Gilded Wolves

(The Gilded Wolves #1)

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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 Babe
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Published January 15th 2019 by Wednesday Books
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chai ♡
This book is over and all I’m left with is a fucked-up sleep schedule and 100 more crushes on fictional characters that I don’t have time for.

Everything I knew about The Gilded Wolves’ fascinating premise led me to believe that it’s going to dig in the talons of sentimentality and vibrate in the chambers of my heart and awaken my soul from a slumber that was far, far too long. I’m a sucker for tightly knit bands of outcasts and a good heist book, and I'm completely confident in stating, without
Emily May
History is a myth shaped by the tongues of conquerors.
- From the Author's Note

Well. Chokshi has really stepped up her game with this book. It's like Six of Crows mixed with the best bits of a Dan Brown book. In short, it's full of friendship, scheming, and lots of puzzles to solve.

I began reading The Gilded Wolves with some trepidation. My multiple attempts to read the author's past work led to me complaining about a disconnect with her flowery, poetic writing style. In this book, the descrip

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

“Sometimes the only way to take down what had destroyed you was to disguise yourself as part of it.”

Most of you know that Roshani Chokshi is one of my favorite authors. I loved both The Star-Touched Queen & A Crown of Wishes with my whole heart and soul! So, I knew when she was writing a brand-new series, about a found family completing heists and solving puzzles, that I wouldn’t be able to resist once I got
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
4/5 ⭐

Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺

As always, I have a mean confession to make: I started this book because of the pretty cover.

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi is, what we call in Romanian, a struțocămilă. That means the book is an ostrichcamel.

JK. It means it is a weird mixture of things – a hybrid, if you want me not to me so plastic in expression. I can’t seem to remember the word in English to express the same energy the word struțocămilă has, but I know that there i
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
DNF @ pg. 37
UPDATE: I decided I'm just going to straight up DNF this. I didn't get very far but I just don't think this is a book for me. I think the concept is so cool but unfortunately the writing style didn't mesh with me.

I got about 40 pages into this and just felt very confused, especially since I've heard such rave reviews. I'm not DNFing, I'm just going to try again next month because I don't think this will help me to get out of my reading slump right now!

Sabaa Tahir
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read the first chapter of Gilded Wolves and was like "ok, I need to clear like 2 days because once I start this, I won't be able to put it down." AND SO IT WAS. Roshani perfectly balances the stories of Severin, Laila, Zofia, Enrique and Tristan, taking us on an unrelenting adventure through and alternative Paris filled with magic and intrigue and power-hungry families.

And the descriptions of food! And clothes! The fight scenes! The romance! I felt like I was living in this world, and am sort
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”The world has a shit memory. It will never pay its debts unless you force its hand.”

Ahh! Where to start? Where to begin? Maybe I should just go for blunt honesty and say it like it is: I could bite myself for not reading this sooner!!! What was I even thinking to procrastinate for so long? This book was already on "My Book List 2019" and it took me until 2020 to read it. (Which is actually sort of typical me! *lol*) Still, if we stick to honesty I’ve to admit that I’m kind of torn about having
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
this book is serving some major ‘six of crows’ meets ‘the da vinci code' realness and i had no idea that was something i needed in my life until now.

gosh, with a story this good, where do i even begin? the massive cast of diverse and interesting characters who have each made their way into my small heart? the intricate and highly thought-out plot that constantly delivers twists and turns at every corner? the effortless and gorgeous writing which paints a historically stunning world filled with
Helena of Eretz ✰
Apparently, this is the first in a TRILOGY! YAY!

Well...I’m pretty disappointed with that ending. Surely Chokshi could’ve chosen a better cliffhanger to make us anticipate the next book??? Eh, oh well. I still really loved this!

This book was pretty confusing at times, in regards to the world building, but the character development, and their relationships with one another, were where the book truly shined. My absolute favourite characters were Zofia, Hypnos, and Tristan...which definitely attribu
✨    jamieson   ✨
He thought of the stories he'd heard growing up about the underworld. The tale of Orpheus, who looked behind him and lost everything. He wouldn't be that. He would descend and ascend, and lose nothing but a handful of time.


Friends, I have no words to describe how much I loved this book. (But also? I have too many words please scream with me??) This was such a fun historical fantasy, and I ADORED the cast. You know when you just instantly fall in love with every single character
Roshani Chokshi
Apr 14, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
1/15 Edit:

It's here!!! It's been almost 3 years since this trilogy first sold, and I still can't quite believe it's finally on shelves. So many people have touched this book and helped forge (ha ha) it into the story that it is today. This book demanded so much of my heart and taught me some much-needed lessons in story and craft. If there's other writers reading this, know that I 100% understand that sometimes the hardest thing about finishing a story is knowing when to let it go. The beauty of
Elle (TheBookishActress)
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, in thrones, in beds. They cut their teeth on history and grew fat on war. Not that Séverin was complaining. It was just that, like other wolves, he wanted his share.

I have a story. I guess. In mid-2016, I read this book called Six Of Crows, a frequent comp to this book. I had just started a Goodreads account at this point and wrote
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Here we freaking go again. Once more the Conductor of Crushed Dreams and Disappointment™ has seen fit to kick me off the YA Hype Train. Most of my friends were singing this book's praises, and I was like, "Oh boy, a book about sexy heists with diverse main characters." And then what happens? WHAT HAPPENS? I pick it up, enjoy the first chapter, and then immediately lose interest as soon as the narrative seeps into something that I call Ba
Cindy Pham
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a story inspired by the human zoo (then called a “Negro Village”) held in a world’s fair in Paris in 1889. Because of that, Chokshi references relevant issues like colonization, colorism, antisemitism, and more during a time when those things have been swept under the rug by the glitz and glam of 19th century Moulin Rouge aesthetics. I love that she decided to explore this era through the perspective of people on the sidelines. She expresses these issues in the characters’ offhand commen ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
The setting is Paris, 1889, and the world is a strange and industrious place, run by Forgers and curators of fantastical items. Séverin is a treasure-hunter with a crew, and he’s looking to find the item he needs to be reinstated in his rightful place, to receive the inheritance taken unfairly from him—but the item will come at a cost, and he and his team will need to overcome many obstacles to retrieve it.

I’d been meaning to read Roshani Chokshi’s work for quite some time, and when I heard
Chelsea Humphrey
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Melanie
"If I cannot move heaven, I will raise hell."-Virgil

Hello friends, and let me welcome you to my review of my favorite fantasy novel of the year.... err of 2019? Whichever way you look at it, The Gilded Wolves is the type of read where after turning the final page your jaw hits the floor, and then days later, when you've semi-recovered, it's all you want to talk about with anyone you come in contact with. My husband is sick and tired of me bringing it up over and over, constantly trying to work t
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription

“Half of winning, my dear wallet, is simply looking victorious.”

🌟 This was one of my most anticipated books for the year and given how much I love Six of Crows, I thought I would love this one! My problem is that I wanted something as awesome as SoC and not another milder copy of that book.

🌟 I have been searching and asking and reading reviews since I started this and it looks readers are divided into two groups; one
Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is mostly introduced as Six of Crows meets Da Vinci Code, which is enough for me to jump in and start my reading quest! But they forget the team members, their characterization and leadership of Severin reminded me of the series “Leverage” so much! (Especially Severin and Laila’s shared past and their undeniable chemistry are similar with Nathan and Sophie’s relationship. I watched just for Coupling’s amazing Gina Bellman)

I have to admit I had a little hard time to focus on the story b
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, fantasy
zofia: im,,,,,lesbian
enrique: i thought u were polish
Cristina Monica
The world is confusing: the more I read, the less I understand. The characters are bland: the more I struggle to picture them, the less invested I am. The premise promises but never before have I wished to chop a premise’s head off as much as right now. The writing is beautiful, so it has that going for itself, but I’m not as shallow as I used to be and so will not finish this book by consuming the purple prose alone. I need to CONNECT. If you can’t make me connect, you’ve failed in my eyes. Sor ...more
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So good. So precious. So beautiful.


If you are wondering, yes, it is like Six of Crows with The Da Vinci Code and National Treasure sprinkled on top ( I bet you were wondering exactly that)

I loved this. A lot.

Here's a brief description of the characters:

Severin: The only similarity between him and Kaz is that they're both thieves and well the "leader" of the group. Severin is very VERY caring and he also laughs a lot(?) but he isn't as smart as Kaz. I still love him though.

Laila She dances a lo
C.G. Drews
This was a glittering and lush and overwhelming story of heists and grandeur and DEVASTATION. All the chill things. Actually hold up, hold up, this is the least chill book ever. It's set in the 1800s in Paris, with MAGIC and artefacts, and the most adorable and flamboyant cast ever. I just...[clenches fist] love them so much ugh.

First things first...the plot is a WHIRLWIND.
I get why people compare it to Six of Crows but it had more of an Ace of Shades vibe to me?! There are heist plot lines, bu
Renée Ahdieh
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing

it's rare for me to find a book whose world i wish to inhabit. THE GILDED WOLVES is just that kind of novel. everything about it leaps off the page, from the carefully constructed narrative to the wonderful cast of characters, spanning across the globe, from all walks of life. truly this is one of the most richly diverse books i've ever read.

roshani has written one of my favorite YAs of 2019. it's a delight for all the senses.
Amy (libraryofamy)
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
"Half of winning is simply looking victorious."

Never before have I wanted to DNF a book with less than 50 pages left, but there's a first time for everything.

The Gilded Wolves was by far one of my most anticipated new releases of the year. I mean, a heist book with magic, set in 19th century Paris? It sounded like my entire aesthetic rolled into one. But, unfortunately, this book had a lot of aspects that just did not click with me.

Before I get into what I disliked, let me talk about the thi
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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This just wasn’t for me =(

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Jun 22, 2018 marked it as i-am-but-a-mortal-woman
I started reading this about a month ago - on audiobook, no less, so it’s not as if I even had the burden of turning pages - but it was so dry and jumbled that I put it down and forgot about it.

Today, intent on my homely Sunday ritual of cleaning the house for the coming week, I tuned back in to the audiobook. Mere minutes passed before I said out loud, “You know what? No,” and turned it off. It’s official: the towel has been thrown in.

I listened to so little of this that I don’t think I can r
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'll preface this review by addressing the giant literary elephant in the room. Yes, the comparisons to A Six of Crows are legitimate and at times startling. However, there is a huge difference between the two books. A Six of Crows is leagues ahead of this book in the enjoyment factor. Now that that's out of the way, I'm going to review this book on it's own merits with no further comparisons to other books.

This story is said to be set in Paris in 1889, however, the world conjured up by the auth
Dec 19, 2018 marked it as dnf
Recommended to Tatiana by: starred reviews
Everything about this novel is detailed and yet shallow.

The story needed A LOT of polishing before its publication. I blame the editor of this work as much as the author.

Roshani Chokshi needs to work on not info-dumping so much, first of all, and on making all the backstory/mythology organic to the rest of the narrative. She needs to give her story and characters time and room to develop, instead of hastily moving from one action/info-dump to the next.

The author does have the imagery/flowery
Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ❤️
Nice epic fantasy with a touch of romance!

I liked this book but didn’t love it. With this book I liked the characters more than I like the story, that isn’t to say the story is bad, I gave it 4 stars. I just found it hard to get into the story at first and I missed things so I had to go back and see if they were explained in the earlier pages. The character development was very nice, the world building worked for me, especially the detailed descriptions of the hotel where most of the main charac
Megan ❀
Edit: I'm dropping my rating to 1 star because it's almost a year later, and all that's really stuck with me about this book is how much I disliked forcing myself to read it.

ARC provided by Wednesday Books via Netgalley in exchange for my honest thoughts and review.

I really wanted to love this one. The premise and tone were right up my alley, and I just about combusted with excitement when I found out I was approved for an ARC.

The only thing I really liked was how diverse the main cast was. Half
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