*AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER*
First in a “wildly inventive and wildly representative” (The New York Times Book Review) historical fantasy series, Roshani Chokshi’s The Gilded Wolves follows the exploits of a found family—six societal outcasts tasked with stealing a powerful artifact that can alter their lives for the better, but at the cost of breaking the world.
All eyes are on Paris where the Exposition Universelle World Fair is to be held. Hidden among the technological marvels and artistic creations on display is an item of unimaginable power—a Babel fragment that would enable those who wield it with magical Forging abilities over nature’s elements.
Séverin Montagnet-Alarie's birthright was stolen from him. Now, to reclaim his rightful place among France’s elite, he must obtain the Babel fragment for the Order. It is a heist that will require the ingenuity and skills of those with nothing to lose and everything to gain: Enrique, a gifted historian and wordsmith, caught between two worlds; Zofia, a brilliant Forging artist and engineer, separated from her family; Hypnos, a rival aristocrat who needs an ally among the Order; Tristan, an extraordinary Forger raised at Séverin’s side, loyal to his adopted brother’s quest; and Laila, the mysterious dancer and espionage artist who stole Séverin’s heart in a moment of vulnerability he couldn’t afford.
But as the dangerous risks of their escapade surge, Séverin finds himself torn between his desire for revenge against all those who wronged him and the people he’s deliberately placing in harm’s way—including the woman he loves and fears to lose…
“A masterpiece of imagination.” —New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Garber
“Part political misadventure, part puzzle and thoroughly charming, with a band of rapscallions and a string of surprises.” —New York Times bestselling author Holly Black
“[A] smart, dark adventure.” —New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young
In this spellbinding series opener from Chokshi (A Crown of Wishes), Tower of Babel shards hidden around the world radiate energy that gifted individuals can use to "Forge" magically manipulate mind and matter. In 1879, S verin Montagnet-Alarie attempted to assume his dead father's position within the Order that protects Europe's Babel fragment; instead, the Order excommunicated him for having mixed blood. Now, in 1889, S verin runs Paris's illustrious L'Eden Hotel while working with a diverse crew of talented teenage rogues (a bisexual Spanish-Filipino historian, a Polish-Jewish engineer, an Indian cabaret star who can read objects' histories) to steal Forged treasures from those who spurned him. When an Order Patriarch named Hypnos tries to bribe S verin into staging a dangerous heist by offering to help him reclaim his birthright, S verin refuses until Hypnos threatens to kill his friends. Evocative writing, sumptuous set pieces, and vividly sketched, authentically flawed characters distinguish this immersive tale of found family and star-crossed romance. Kaleidoscopic narration complements the intricate, high-stakes plot and allows Chokshi to showcase numerous aspects of her richly imagined universe all the way to the closing cliff-hanger. Ages 12 up.)
Such a great mix of history and fantasy
This was great! Such a story, so involved. Loved the characters! Loved the romance always teetering on the edge. Great world building. I loved the author’s mix of history with fantasy! Great characters with very different personalities! I cannot wait for the next in this series!
....yikes. imagine being a “woke” author and making your evil characters barely veiled antisemitic stereotypes. literally using a rotated star of david for their symbol.
Really love this universe