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.
My expectations for this book were high, and it more than surpassed them. If I could rate it more than 5 stars, I gladly would.
With such unique, magical world-building, and a closely bonded clan of charming characters planning a dangerous heist, The Gilded Wolves has the feel of Six of Crows. I’ve also seen this book compared to Indiana Jones and National Treasure, and with clues, puzzles, and historical elements, I can see why.
The incredibly well-developed characters made this novel for me. They’re a family of their own choosing, and along with that comes humorous dynamics – I laughed with them, but also felt their pain. Each of the six has their own talents and skill set and bring something to the table. And such wonderful inclusion! Bisexual, gay, autistic, with different cultures and backgrounds.
At over 400 pages, this is a chunk of a read, but I didn’t want it to end. An intricate plot, beautiful writing with so many quotable lines, charismatic characters, and masterful world-building – I highly recommend The Gilded Wolves to fantasy, history, and adventure fans. Easily one of my best reads of 2018, and the next book can’t come soon enough.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the digital ARC.