““When you are who they expect you to be, they never look too closely. If you’re furious, let it be fuel.”Roshani Chokshi, The Gilded Wolves.
I really wanted to love this one. The beggening is awesome, the characters are unique… but other than that for me it just fell short on excitement. I was really disappointed because the author’s other books I enjoyed. Overall it was an interesting concept… but just lagged on.
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.
About the author:
Roshani Chokshi is the author of commercial and critically acclaimed books for middle grade and young adult readers that draws on world mythology and folklore. Her work has been nominated for the Locus and Nebula awards, and has frequently appeared on Best of The Year lists from Barnes and Noble, Forbes, Buzzfeed and more. Her New York Times bestselling series includes The Star-Touched Queen duology, The Gilded Wolves, and Aru Shah and The End of Time, which was recently optioned for film by Paramount Pictures.
A couple things that I did love about this book are: the atmosphere. The author managed to create an amazing 17th century in Paris vibe. It made it feel almost as if you were stepping in a time machine. As I said the characters were very distinct and cool, so that was another awesome part of the books. The diversity and lgbtq reps were really great! This book had so much potential.
Have you read this book? Do you agree with me? How are you feeling about September?