Review: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
“Nothing but a symbol? People die for symbols. People have hope because of symbols. They're not just lines. They're histories, cultures, traditions, given shape.”
Name: The Gilded Wolves
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Series: Book 1 of The Gilded Wolves Series
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBT Romance, Romance
Where has this book been all my life and why do I feel the book community does not speak about it enough? I finished it super fast and I was entrapped with the characters, their lives and the story itself. The plot is incredible, the diversity that is present is so well built and developed that it just doesn't feel that diversity was just added to please people but it made sense and it creates this otherworldly experience that does not measure to some other YA Fantasy books out there.
Roshani wrote this story that feels. From the beginning, either because of the characters ideals or their voice you could read the emotions between the lines and evidently feel what our beloved characters were going through. The time frame it was set in is 1889, in an era of industrial growth. The Order who is a group of leaders, embarks Severin (more on him later) and his friends or colleagues in a mission to retrieve an artifact with the promise that by doing so he would reclaim his spot on the Order. The main plot is set around a heist that could most probably go wrong, and wrong it does go as all the characters use their mind to be able to retrieve this important artifact and save their lives in the process.
There is a lot more going on in the story as we also deal with the characters inner dialogues and sufferings. The connection that was built between the group was beautiful to watch. One of my favorite aspects was how they introduced romance into the story without making it too obvious or allow it to take away from the main issue. Severin and Laila are supposed to be only working together but a night of passion keeps reminding them of all that can be. Nothing happens between them but the story itself is filled with steamy memories of that night and it affects the way they act towards each other.
Laila was also one of my favorite characters apart from Severin. Her background is Indian and she is basically not really a human but made up by her parents and casted away after. She bakes and I saw myself radiate in her "mom" and caring personality. Zofia was also incredible and the character that made me feel more emotional.
The story kept me awake as I remember all the scenes and characters. It is honestly so underrated and If you haven't go grab yourself a copy!
“When you are who they expect you to be, they never look too closely. If you're furious, let it be fuel.”
-- 5 stars --