The Gilded Wolves

A Novel

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Pub Date 15 Jan 2019 | Archive Date 29 Jan 2019
St. Martin's Press | Wednesday Books

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First in a “wildly inventive and wildly representative” (The New York Times Book Review) historical fantasy series, Roshani Chokshi’s The Gilded Wolves follows the exploits of a found family—six societal outcasts tasked with stealing a powerful artifact that can alter their lives for the better, but at the cost of breaking the world.

All eyes are on Paris where the Exposition Universelle World Fair is to be held. Hidden among the technological marvels and artistic creations on display is an item of unimaginable power—a Babel fragment that would enable those who wield it with magical Forging abilities over nature’s elements.

Séverin Montagnet-Alarie's birthright was stolen from him. Now, to reclaim his rightful place among France’s elite, he must obtain the Babel fragment for the Order. It is a heist that will require the ingenuity and skills of those with nothing to lose and everything to gain: Enrique, a gifted historian and wordsmith, caught between two worlds; Zofia, a brilliant Forging artist and engineer, separated from her family; Hypnos, a rival aristocrat who needs an ally among the Order; Tristan, an extraordinary Forger raised at Séverin’s side, loyal to his adopted brother’s quest; and Laila, the mysterious dancer and espionage artist who stole Séverin’s heart in a moment of vulnerability he couldn’t afford.

But as the dangerous risks of their escapade surge, Séverin finds himself torn between his desire for revenge against all those who wronged him and the people he’s deliberately placing in harm’s way—including the woman he loves and fears to lose…

“A masterpiece of imagination.” —New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Garber

“Part political misadventure, part puzzle and thoroughly charming, with a band of rapscallions and a string of surprises.” —New York Times bestselling author Holly Black

“[A] smart, dark adventure.” —New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young


First in a “wildly inventive and wildly representative” (The New York Times Book Review) historical fantasy series, Roshani Chokshi’s The Gilded Wolves follows...

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SIX OF CROWS by way of THE LAST MAGICIAN, Roshani Chokshi's THE GILDED WOLVES is a decadent romp in 19th century Paris full of magic, adventure, and plenty of delight along the way. If, like me, you were on the fence about Chokshi's previous YA novels and hesitate in picking this one up, I'm here to tell you that you would be doing yourself a disfavor by skipping it. Imagination and wonder seeps through every lush page. You'll be hard-pressed to not immediately fall in love with this distinctive and diverse crew of characters that are flawed yet instantly root-able. You'll laugh at the banter, swoon at the romance, and seize with every tense moment as you race through catacombs and untangle the mysteries of legends and secret societies. THE GILDED WOLVES is the successor to SIX OF CROWS that I've been waiting for and it does not disappoint. The only question is: when can I get my hands on the next installment?

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LOVED this book. I can't wait for it to come out so that I can recommend it to my students. I think it is a mix of Ocean's 11, James Bond, The DaVinci Code, and The Alchemyst series. The history, religion, and political lessons woven into the fantasy of this book is very intelligent. Students will love this fast-paced adventure.

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This book, like Roshani's other books, is absolutely incredible . Her writing style is something I absolutely adore and I cannot wait to read more from this author.

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Magic, mathematics and mayhem. Heists, history and humor. Glamour, gore and a gardener’s pet gargantuan spider. Welcome to the world of “The Gilded Wolves.” Set in 1889 Paris, readers are swiftly enveloped into a high-action heist led by an “Ocean’s 11” type troupe teens. Each character is intoxicatingly enjoyable, and as an ensemble of friends, they each contribute talents and traits critical to the team’s success. In their pursuit of ancient artifacts, planning is paramount and death-defying dangers abound.

Readers will revel in Chokshi’s ability to seamlessly integrate a breadth of knowledge to construct a world that is superbly imaginative and brilliantly built. Alluring costume design and stunning architecture heighten story aesthetics. Enigmatic equations and expertly engineered gadgets add technical appeal. Kitchen concoctions, a performer’s perfumes, and chemical explosions intensify olfactory experiences. Meanwhile, allusions to mythology and religion intensify the depth of the story.

Roshani Chokshi’s writing acumen is astounding. She crafts polished prose, ignites multi-sensory imagery, and delivers dialogue that is deliciously dry, undeniably funny, and always true to character. “The Gilded Wolves” is truly a “14 carat” contribution to the fantasy canon. Guaranteed to enrapture YA and adult readers alike. Recommended for grades 9 and up. ~Lisa Brennan, Middle School Librarian @noveltalk _ARC via Netgalley

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I am don't typically read historical fantasies but I am so glad I did. I should have known Roshani Chokshi would write a masterpiece that left me wanting more. I LOVED everything about this book! The characters were amazing and really developed. If you are looking to delve into historical Paris be prepared to be swept off your feet with this magical read.

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A lush, decadent, adventure story! Oh, Roshani Chokshi, how I want to live completely in your world! This is a story that I didn’t know I needed. 20th century France, magic, adventure, heist. The first in a series that I will be anxiously waiting to devour.

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The Gilded Wolves will leave you breathless. Roshani's exquisite descriptions of the late 1800's reimagined with a modern twist set the tone for this fantasy quest. There were once four leading houses, but circumstances have now left only two in power. Severin, the lead character, hopes to change that. All he needs to do is find a way to secure his right as the heir to one of the leading houses with the help of his friends, an unexpected alliance, and the magic of forging. The journey is told from the alternating viewpoints of each team member and speeds toward an unexpected conclusion that will leave you wanting so much more.

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The Gilded Wolves was a lush and sumptuous masterpiece, perfect for fans of Six of Crows, A Darker Shade of Magic, and A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. Roshani Chokshi could probably write a grocery list and I would read it.

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