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.
Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.
The Gilded Wolves
Series: The Gilded Wolves #1
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Publication Date: January 15, 2019
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Page Count: 388
Format: Paperback ARC
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Cover Artist: -
My Rating: DNF - no star rating
I received a copy of this book via BookishFirst in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Well, I’m pretty disappointed that this turned out to be a DNF for me. I’ve been looking forward to this book for a while (since 2017 when I discovered the author was working on it). Unfortunately, while I thought the concept very interesting, there was a lot of forefront content that I just didn’t want to read about.
More important even than that point, comes my issue with the lack of setting. While atmosphere is certainly present, I had a very difficult time understanding where I actually was. This is a historical fiction set in France. While there were many, many finer details given, I could not grasp where I was supposed to be in this late 1800’s locale. This era fascinates me, in almost any setting in the world, so I was very disappointed when I couldn’t get a clear picture of where I was, where the characters were, and how the settings intermingled. I felt that there was a lot of filigree without a good base coat.
The last main issue I had with this book was how the characters were portrayed. Naturally, we want to fall in love with characters in a book we decide to explore. But, I couldn’t help to feel as though these characters, and my “love” for them, was being forced down my throat. There were a few times that I chuckled at their interactions, as there where characteristics I liked about each from this group and how they complimented one another. Each line of dialogue was formed in a way that felt like it was trying too hard, though. I’m sure many people will love these characters. For my tastes, it did not suite.
I’ve loved everything else that I’ve read by this author, so it was disappointing that I didn’t enjoy it more. No matter what, there are some wonderful aspects about this book, but overall, it wasn’t for me.
Since this is a DNF read, I will not be assigning a star-review.
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