Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.
To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.
Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.
I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Those who follow my Instagram account will know that I am in LOVE with Paris and French culture in general. The moment I read the synopsis for The Gilded Wolves I knew I needed to read it. A gang of misfits coming together to pull off a heist? Yes, so much yes.
For me, the book took a while to get into. While the writing was beautiful and immediately plopped me into the setting, there was so much information to absorb right off the bat. The intricacies of the society as a whole confused me for the first hundred or so pages. I like a book that builds quickly as much as the next person, but there is something to be said for a book that eases you into the world building.
That being said, I was connected to the characters quickly. Their overall dynamic was fascinating, and I really loved the romantic entanglements. They were so insanely full of angst and longing that I was intrigued right away.
My favorite part of the book though was the number of intricate puzzles Chokshi wove into the plot. They were intriguing and intricate, making me think. I adored watching the characters work together to solve them.
My Takeaway: Even with the confusion at the start of The Gilded Wolves, it was an intriguing read with an EPIC ending. I will absolutely be reading the sequel to this one!
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