The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Reviewed by Sam… Linz’s review is here.
What I drank prior: It was book club night. It’s 1:30 in the morning and I am WILDLY hammered. We were discussing Spinning Silver and there was a fuck ton of wine, wild discussions, and oh… krupnik.
Spoiler-free Overview: Ok so I’m going to try and contain my feelings. But essentially, this story is set in 1889 France in a world where there is magic that stems from the Tower of Babel, yes THE tower of babel. When the Tower fell, its pieces were scattered around the globe and wherever there’s a fragment of the tower, magic is there. The magic is called Forging and I’m going to let the book tell you more about it because my drunk ass will not do it justice.
Anyway, our leader Severin, and his group are working together to steal something in exchange for restoring his family to its former glory. THere are some suspicious things happening, but together they will formulate a plan and go forth and do the thing. I don’t want to give much away, but that’s the gist of it.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH MY CHILDREN ARE THE BEST COME AT ME.
Characters: This is the best part of the whole book. The banter is amazing, and they have been together for so long so they have their own little inside jokes and relationships so it’s just so great. Ok I hve to organize my thoughts….
- Severin: He’s so great. He has a goal but he’s also so incredibly protective of his people.
- Laila: She is incredible. She’s like the mom of the group. She has her own baggage that gives her additional goals. SHe’s also super protective of the squad. And she loves baking…. She’s amazing.
- Zofia: I’m pretty sure that she has autism or is on the spectrum in some way. She’s brilliant, but she doesn’t really understand social interaction, jokes, sarcasm, and other ways of communicating dont’r eally fit with her. She’s my precious precious child.
- Enrique: He’s hysterical and is just trying to live his best life.
- Tristan: Oh my boy. He’s just so wonderful, and he has a pet spider… which was tough for me, but he just wants things in aparticular way and is just… sigh.
The other characters and villains are also well rounded and amazing. Sigh…
Plot: The plot is go go go. I could not put this book down. A few things were predictable, but there are somet hings that weren’t and I NEED MORE RIGHT NOW.
Writing Style: It’s quite beautiful, there are mythology references all over the place. It feels like carmen sandiago. Teaching us bits about history and other places, but also in the name of doing something else. I loved it.
World Building: I felt a little confused by the magic but not enough to move me away. I think we’ll learn more in later books.
What to pair it with: A lucious french red wine. Full-bodied, and delightful.
Rating: 5/5 Shots
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Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,