The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi
**We received an early copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book comes out on Sept 22nd and you can get it here or at your local independent book store**
Reviewed by Sam!
What I drank prior: It’s Minda’s hubby’s bday and we all got together on Zoom (cause we’re still on quarantine in case this comes out after) to celebrate. He made us do a power hour but i was drinking wine so… now you have it.
Anyway. Severin wants to go to Russia basically to find a way at mortality. His way of grieving his brother’s death. Laila basically weaseled her way in by calling in a promise and saying she’d go as his lover. That can only end well amirite? So basically they’re using some weird map… I think… to find it. There’s ice everywhere. Ice animals that move, ya know. Everywhere. All in the spirit of “returning Severin’s house to glory but not.”
Spoiler-free Thoughts: Folks, this was not as good as book 1 but lemme tell you I thought i was predicting the whole damn thing. I WAS WRONG. You think that she’s steering you in one direction but she’s not and its delightful.
Characters: The angst is real on ALL accounts.
- Severin: I literally hate him in this book. But I also grieve with him and for him. His whole world has been torn apart and for what? To him, it’s because he failed. And it’s super clear that’s his new motivation.
- Laila: My precious daughter.
- Zofia/Hypnos/Enrique: Not gonna say which any of these feelings apply to because spoilers but oh my WORD. I feel so hard for them in thinking that their love isn’t reciprocated. That they’re a passing affection. That they’re only there to occupy thoughts instead of time. Each of these characters exhibit doubts that every human goes through and what (some) healthy ways are to overcome these wide-variety ways of abuse. I LOVE IT.
- New lady: I literally can’t remember her name to save my life but she’s there just to make Laila angry and it works and idk how I feel about that.
Plot: You think book 1 fucked you? Wait until this book. There are things that are super complicated that looking back, I’m like… I shouldn’t know how that all fits but I KNOW HOW ALL THAT FITS. Chokshi is amazing. The pacing is a bit wonky… there were bits of slowness that could have been avoided and other bits I wanted more of but otherwise… lvoed.
Writing Style: LOVED.
World Building: ICE ANIMALS THAT WANT TO KILL YOU.
What to pair it with: Vodka Soda. No question.
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,