One of the most hyped and anticipated books of the first few months of this year was definitely The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi. I was a little on the fence about this book, but after seeing so much positivity about it I decided to grab a Kindle copy.The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1) by Roshani Chokshi
Published by Wednesday Books on January 15, 2019
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From New York Times bestselling author Roshani Chokshi comes The Gilded Wolves, a novel set in Paris during a time of extraordinary change—one that is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous desires...
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 Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.
To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood.
Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history—but only if they can stay alive.
As stated before, I was not that excited when I first heard about the release of this book. Most people compared The Gilded Wolves to Leigh Bardugo‘s Six Of Crows and I’m not a huge fan of Kaz Brecker and his dreggs. All those positive reviews set my expectations real high and I decided to buy this book. It was absolutely hyped, so it should be good right? Right?! No, not really. The Gilded Wolves did not meet my expectations at all.
I have to admit that I don’t know how to judge Roshani Chokshi’s writing style. It’s not bad, but it’s not that mindblowing either. I found it okay. This was my first book by this author though.
Well, here we are, the part of the review I have a lot to say about. The story. The Gilded Wolves is told from multiple points of view and so far, so good. Multiple POV’s are no problem for me. I ended up getting an audio/ebook combination of this book and the thing I found really frustrating, annoying and unnecessary were the forced French accents in the audiobook. It was that bad that I had a tough time getting into the story and I ended up returning the audiobook to Audible with this feedback. Dialogues didn’t capture me and I didn’t feel any connection to the characters. This unfortunately did not change when switching to the ebook. I ended up reading mostly from the ebook because of the poor audiobook performance. The male narrator was also really monotone, the female one was decent.
Let’s get deeper into the storyline. It was in a nutshell: confusing. At the 82% mark I was still confused and I didn’t get the point of the whole thing. Well, if that happens, something is definitely going wrong. This had nothing to do with the language, the English is fine and easy to follow. The magic system was vague, the world building was lacking and it was slow. According to many people, the story was fast-paced, but I cannot relate. In my opinion, the plot could have been excecuted much better, especially regarding the previously stated things.
However, I am able to highlight one positive thing about this book: the diversity. The Gilded Wolves is a hell of a diverse book and it feels like it’s coming naturally. It doesn’t feel forced at all. All characters have a different background and this has been woven into the story so well. However, the history the group shared together could be highlighted some more. The only characters whose history together you get to know are Séverin and Tristan. You will get to know a bit of the past of the others, but you don’t get to know them in depth in The Gilded Wolves.
Unfortunately this book didn’t work for me and therefore I won’t read the rest of the series.
Do you agree with me on The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi?