Book Review: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chockshi

Title: The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)  by Roshani Chockshi

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Publication Date:  January 15th, 2019

Length: 388 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Review:

Since this book came out, I have heard mixed things about this book, I’m happy to say that I did fall on the side of the spectrum that did enjoy this book. Though I did have some issues with this book I did still enjoy it more than I was expecting, there were some great aspects of the book that I ended up enjoying. I did find some of the book to be somewhat predictable at times, but I didn’t find this to be an issue, and it didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the story too much.

The characters were my favorite part of the book, the characters do somewhat resemble the cast from Six of Crows so I wish they had been a little more original but I enjoyed them none the less. My favorites being Laila, Enrique, and Hypnos, they were great and I liked all of them. Laila was the character I enjoyed the most, especially when it comes to her backstory, it wasn’t explored much in this book but I’m excited to see it unfold throughout the next two books. Enrique was another character that I enjoyed, watching his struggles were interesting and I want to explore it more. Something with this story was that with most of the characters background was only touched upon but not really explored, the only exception to this was Severine, Tristian, and Laila, but only briefly.

One of the other issues I had with the story was the lack of the representation of the time period, the setting is 1889 Paris during the World Fair. There were times where I felt that the story could have been taken place in another time period. I also felt like the World Fair could have been a bigger part of the story, if it had not been included in the story it wouldn’t have affected the plot at all.

The other issue I had with the book, is that sometimes the writing made it hard for me to understand what was happening in some of the scenes. This also contributed to me struggling to understand what some of the mechanics of some of the things that were going on.

I wasn’t blown away by the ending, it was a bit lackluster, and I didn’t feel there wasn’t as big of an impact from the cliffhanger as I feel was intended. Regardless of all of this, I am very interested in picking up more books in this trilogy, and I would recommend giving this a try.

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