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The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
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"Don't capture their hearts. Steal their imagination. It's far more useful."

The Gilded Wolves is a wonderful, powerful and imaginative story, teeming with representation for marginalized groups and with a superb cast of unforgettable characters.

With lush descriptions and thought provoking narratives, I was swept into the world of Belle Époque Paris. Roshani does a wonderful job of painting a world teaming with life, while shining a strong light onto those who pay for other's privileges.

This book is PERFECT for fans of Six of Crows. If you are in dire need of #squadgoals and heists, this is the book for you. I absolutely adore how these characters work together, how each has their own specialty and their backstories - particularly what brought them into Séverin's life.

"Anything could fall. Towers that scraped the heavens, Houses with pockets deeper than empires, shining seraphs who had once been in the confidence of God. Even families who were supposed to love you. Nothing was invincible but change."

Séverin is the heir to a fallen House. Disgraced and forgotten, Séverin is a highly complex character whose main goal is to gain back everything he's been denied. You will find yourself regularly charmed by and frustrated with him. He is my next favorite character of 2019 and I was constantly LIVING for his POV chapters in this book.

Enrique hit close to home for me, as my grandfather immigrated to the United States from the Philippines in the 1920s. I adore his character immensely, his dry humor and constant exasperation with his compatriots, and support him 110%.

"If you get in the way of a woman's battle, you'll get in the way of her sword."

Laila is her own mystery and a tantalizing one at that. Battling with her identity and feelings, she is probably the strongest personality of this book and the glue that holds everyone together. Serious #momfriend over here. Just don't tell her I said that.

Zofia is too damn smart for her own good. No really, her character represents several groups rarely featured in fantasy literature. As the mother of an autistic child, I loved Zofia's narrative and analytical mind. Roshani did a great job of portraying Zofia and I cannot wait to see her discover more of herself in the sequel.

Tristan is so lovely and sweet, I loved everything he brought to the page and how everyone seeks to protect him while all he wants is to feel useful. His relationship with Séverin is so important for the story and a driving force for much of the future plot.

"It seemed the world couldn't help but want to be near her . . . every beam of light, pair of eyes, atom of air. Maybe that's why sometimes he couldn't breathe around her."

While I certainly loved the plot of this and the world Roshani has created - I was absolutely ravenous for one of the romance subplots. It was so angsty, with history and wanting and I swear I was absolutely riveted every time these characters interacted with each other. I cannot wait to see where their relationship goes in the sequel - which has a fantastic set up in that regard as well.

Additionally, there are other romantic subplots hinted at in this including possible gay and bisexual feelings and I am just HERE FOR IT. These characters are still discovering their sexual identity and I am readily holding their hand through it all. I SUPPORT YOU.

My only complaint is that some of the historical and scientific descriptions can be a little lengthy and hard to follow. However, I loved the almost "treasure hunt" like vibe to this and easily looked past these instances.

Overall, this book opens a rich and vibrant world with a dark underbelly, unexpected twists and suffering, and is truly a statement piece for those under the heel of colonialism, racism and prejudice. The book ends with a captivating set up for the second book that will have you screaming from the rafters and dying for more!

Review copy provided by the St. Martin's Press/Wednesday Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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Reading Progress

December 29, 2017 – Shelved
December 29, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
January 11, 2019 – Started Reading
January 12, 2019 –
7.0% "Enrique, I just met you but I think you’re my spirit animal."
January 13, 2019 –
22.0% "There you go Séverin, making me feel things."
January 13, 2019 –
23.0% "DID SOMEONE SAY “LAVISH PARTY”?

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January 13, 2019 –
40.0% "”If you get in the way of a woman’s battle, you’ll get in the way of her sword.”

LAILA, PREACH. 🙌🏻"
January 16, 2019 – Finished Reading

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Jessica Peace I cannot wait to get my hands on this to start reading!! Your review has gotten me so excited!


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