Bone-crushing, heart-stopping, breath-takingly brilliant
Oh, what can I say about The Gilded Wolves that the world already does not know! The magic used is Forging – chota saans – a small breath – breathing life into a thing so that it becomes a vibrant, mobile, magical being for some time.
The story goes thus: 4 houses, one fallen, one erased, the House of Vanth, and 2 alive, House of Kore with its matriarchal head and House of Nyx with Hypnos as patriarchal head. Severin wants his House of Vanth back. He is obsessed with stealing back artifacts belonging to his erased house and creating problems for the Order of Babel which regulates the houses. Along with his gang Laila, Enrique, Tristan, Zofia, Severin is the master planner and aquisitionist until Hypnos coerces Severin into locating the Babel Fragments in return for his Inheritance.
The characters were unique in their culture and their past, their talents galore and mind blowing, their loyalty to each other immense, their camaraderie had my heart blossoming with warmth, the dialogues crisp and humorous added to their complexity. The tinge of attraction was sensuously woven and hinted at.
Every subplot was well thought of, every puzzle had its diagram, the visuality of it added more to the amazing wonder which resulted in awe and got me wondering about the mind of this extraordinary author.
The story was a slow burn fantasy gradually building up speed and brought with it my shadows of niggles. I wanted certain parts to move faster especially when the scene demanded that tension. The worldbuilding was immense and complex, so that took a few chapters to get everything plotted in my brain.
Roshani Chokshi has Forged her book, breathing life into her writing so that each word is a living vivid echo of the soul both hers and the characters who come alive under the power of her pen.
A lyrical prose with descriptions far beyond the known which speaks to the soul, echoing the knowledge of the past into the lures of the present. One needs to read it to experience the ancient music and folk-tales weaved into the backstory of her characters. Diversity being the norm, Forging being the method, science being the base, it was simply beautiful to see the amalgamation of chemistry with magic.
If you listen carefully and read it with your heart, you would see the song notes swaying in the gentle breeze as you turn each page… Beauty of a timeless prose!!
Loved the Laila-Majnun play of words. They are the ancient lovers of India like Romeo and Juliet.
The jadugar is the ancient magician with deep powers who can make a child whole or put a soul back into the broken body and sew it back.
Bharatnatyam is the ancient dance of Southern India which has its history as the dance of the Gods. It is sacred and has its own beats.
I downloaded a digital copy of the book, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!
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ROSHANI CHOKSHI is the New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen, A Crown of Wishes, Aru Shah and the End of Time, and The Gilded Wolves.
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.
Publication Date: 15th January 2019
Publisher: Wednesday Books