My Rating ~ Four and a half stars
RELEASE DATE: 27 December 2018
Publisher: Pan Macmillian Australia | Wednesday Books
Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.
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.
Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.
Thank you to Pan Macmillan Australia for providing me with a copy of The Gilded Wolves in exchange for an honest review.
I was a little nervous going in to this book, because I wasn’t sure if it was going to be my cup of tea, but I ended up loving it! The characters – Severin, Tristan, Laila, Sofia, Hypnos and Enrique were all fantastic. There was wonderful diversity between then and as a crew, they gave me Six of Crows vibes.
The Gilded Wolves is set in Paris in 1889 and Severin has been denied his claim to be the Patriarch of the dead House Vance as the rightful heir. In his quest to make the Order of Babel accept him and grant him the right to resurrect his house, he becomes a thief, stealing back artefacts one piece at a time. This venture leads him to become involved in a hunt for the ultimate piece of the puzzle – something that is said to reveal the location of a Babel fragment, and is sure to force the Order to re-issue him the heir test. Throughout the story we’re shown clues and puzzles, combining mathematics, symbolism and mythology that Severin and his allies need to solve. I loved that puzzle solving aspect to the book (I mean, I couldn’t have solved any of the puzzles on my own – ha!, but it was so fun!)
I have to admit, I was confused for a lot of the book – I spent a long time just trying to get my head around all the different characters, the mythology and magic systems. BUT, I loved the characters so much I JUST DIDN’T CARE. They made the whole story worth it and I was just so sad when it was over. I’d finally gotten it all worked out, was completely immersed in their world and it ended. I cry. I can’t wait for the next book, these characters are going to become one of my favourite crews, I can tell!
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