Writing - 9/10
Development - 8.75/10
Overall - 8.75/10
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Author: Roshani Chokshi
Book Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Date Published: January 15th, 2019
Number of Pages: 388
The Gilded Wolves is the first in a new series of the same name by Roshani Chokshi. It’s full of treasure hunting, espionage, conning, and trickery. It’s a decadent read, full of lush details and character development.
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi is the first in a series of the same name. The novel is full of treasure hunting, espionage, scheming, conning, and trickery. It’s a decadent read, full of lush details and even more in-depth character development.
The series is set in a world where magic and technology co-exist in perfect harmony. In fact, one would be hard pressed at times to distinguish between the two. The novel is set in Paris, 1889. But the Paris in this novel is very different from the Paris we’re used to imagining. Forcing—the magic system in this series—has changed this city forever.
The Gilded Wolves was an incredibly detailed read. It’s likely that the novel could have made the same story with fewer pages—but I also firmly believe that the world wouldn’t have felt nearly so real that way. You can see the amount of effort that was put into world building and character development here. Everything felt real. The world felt real. The characters felt like actual people. The stakes felt real and genuinely dangerous. It was flawlessly done.
Coming up with a new name to describe the magical system was a good call since it doesn’t quite act like anything else seen elsewhere. It feels like something from a steampunk novel, in a way. The term Forcing also makes me thinking of Forging, and thus always brings my mind around to metal.
There were five main perspectives shown during the course of The Gilded Wolves, and yet they were all easy to tell apart nearly immediately. Each character had their own traits, quirks, and flaws. Their way of thinking was distinct from everyone else, as were their hobbies and interests. All these combined made it impossible to mix up one character with another.
There were dozens of twists and turns during the course of The Gilded Wolves. Anybody who’s read a treasure hunt or heist will know that nothing ever goes according to plan. It’d be dull if it did, right? This is no exception. Some of the twists were truly unexpected, while others, usually the more minor ones, were somewhat more predictable. Almost like they were tricking us into a false sense of security.
Chokshi had a lot to develop in a relatively short amount of time. She had to introduce us to a world that’s similar to our own, move the plot forward, and develop upon five characters all at the same time. Yet at no point did the novel actually feel like it was rushed.
Chokshi had to fill us in on the backstory of five different characters, but at no point did it feel like an info dump. Most of the characters got a quick summary that then bled into their character development. Meanwhile, Severin, being the true main character of the series, got slightly different treatment. Every other chapter or so we were granted flashbacks to specific events in his past. Everything, from the way they were introduced to the way they were named and described, was perfect. I actually found myself looking forward to these moments.
The plot developed at a rapid pace. There was always something going on, or a new bit of information revealed that changed their course of direction. Even when they were merely in their plotting stages, it really never felt like there was a dull moment.
The Gilded Wolves was an incredibly detailed story that was surprisingly fast-paced. It was full of in-depth character development, as well as what can only be described as decadent world building. The end result is a series that feels glamorous and fantastic, with just a dash of steampunk.
This was a fascinating read, and even though some of the conclusion left me shaken, I do not regret taking the time to read it. In fact, I’m greatly looking forward to reading the as-of-yet unnamed sequel.
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