My first book by Roshani Chokshi and it did NOT disappoint! This book was everything I look for in a book: racial diversity, sexual diversity, fast pacing, puzzles, mystery, flirting, humor, a fictional squad that I’m ready to witch-brew to life, and great writing.
The Gilded Wolves is a story about a group of acquaintances turned friends who are ready to walk toward the same goal through their personal motivations and are ready with their individualistic personalities and talents to tackle anything that comes in between. It’s as easy to fall in love with the characters as it is to breathe. The fast pacing will be keeping you on your toes because the answers to “what’s gonna happen next?!” will excite you and once you do get to know what happens, you’ll either be all the more excited or bawling–and both in a good sense.
A ton of research must have gone into this because the puzzles are indecipherable but totally understandable, and the fusion of history with mystery is stunningly executed. Each character has their own set of strengths and weaknesses that collectively make the story only stronger with every witty dialogue, funny conversation, and flirty exchanges. The writing is one of the bestest aspects from the long list of best aspects and the simplicity in the narration while it also intrigues the reader is pleasing.
Wolves were everywhere. In politics, on thrones, in beds. They cut their teeth on history and grew fat on war.
The book is a great execution of diversity: Laila is Indian; Zofia is Jewish, Polish, and autistic; Enrique is Filipino, Spanish, and bisexual; Hypnos is black and gay; and the other two, Severin and Tristan are just as amazing as the other squad members if not more. The romance is impeccable with the precise amount of tension and non-acceptance of love for each other.
I would recommend this to everyone looking for a squad to love until your last breath while the squad takes on the most exciting tasks that will also propel their character arcs to be defined, that will also make you laugh, cry, and swoon, that will also make you want to pick up the next book in the series instantly.
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