Series: The Gilded Wolves #1
Published by Wednesday Books on 15 January 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Kindle Purchase
No one believes in them. But soon no one will forget them.
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.
The Gilded Wolves is an intricate fantasy set in an alternate historical Paris, where Sèverin and his friends follow mysterious clues to try to salvage their future.
The Gilded Wolves hit all the right spots for me! The fantasy elements really spoke to me, the forging being almost magical, in that some of the characters could infuse objects to do different things. There was also a mysterious order, where the matriarch or patriarch of a family had to wear a special ring that was more or less embedded to their finger.
The Characters were well rounded – I loved Sèverin, Tristan, Enrique, Hypnos, Zofia and Laila all had their flaws, but they all had their strengths, too. The Gilded Wolves was filled with mystery, and the hunger especially Sèverin had for finding objects to further his station in life, and thus further his friends’ station in life as well.
The Gilded Wolves touched on some serious subjects as well, to do with knowledge, faith, and obscuring facts. Zofia had a mathematical mind that appealed to me in every way. She and Enrique complemented each other between the history and the logic in what they were searching for.
Finally, the very subtle humor was so well done, and it came at the most opportune times for me. Even if the ending left me completely heart-broken…
Enrique felt a familiar stab of envy. He had always wanted to Forge. When he was little, he thought it was like magic.
He wished he didn’t know what he had lost. Maybe then every day wouldn’t feel like this. As if he had once known how to fly, but the skies had shaken him loose and left him with nothing but the memory of wings.
That word struck Zofia as wrong. “Habitat.” It sounded like it was meant for animals. People were not animals. It didn’t seem right that they were there solely to be seen.
Hypnos lifted his chin. “Mine can…” Zofia ignored them. She had no interest in listening to two boys compare their sticks.