I won an very early copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway. Thanks, Wednesday Books.
I actually finished this book a few weeks ago, but I waited to post the review but I had a bunch of thoughts floating around in my head regarding it. The other day I finally wrote down my thoughts, though they still seem a bit jumbled. I hope the review still makes sense!
Title: The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves #2)
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Expected release date: September 22, 2020 (tomorrow!)
Genre: Young adult, historical fiction, fantasy
Length: 416 pages (hardcover)
Synopsis: (via Goodreads) “Séverin and his team members might have successfully thwarted the Fallen House, but victory came at a terrible cost — one that still haunts all of them. Desperate to make amends, Séverin pursues a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumored to grant its possessor the power of God.
Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into the icy heart of Russia where crystalline ice animals stalk forgotten mansions, broken goddesses carry deadly secrets, and a string of unsolved murders makes the crew question whether an ancient myth is a myth after all.
As hidden secrets come to the light and the ghosts of the past catch up to them, the crew will discover new dimensions of themselves. But what they find out may lead them down paths they never imagined.
A tale of love and betrayal as the crew risks their lives for one last job.”
Overall I was really excited to start this book and it’s one of my most anticipated releases of 2020, even more so after the release date was pushed back from February 2020 to September 2020. I even reread the first book because I wanted all the events fresh on my mind.
Don’t get me wrong. This book still has the witty banter and the riddles that make your head spin, but it was also so somber. The characters I met in the first book seem completely off their game. I don’t blame them, especially after the traumatic ending of TGW, but the two characters I love the most were horrible to each other and it definitely put a damper on things. I won’t pretend to understand what it’s like to grieve through the death of a loved once but it felt like Séverin, whom I really adored in the first book. He lost definitely lost a piece of himself too, and seemed like a completely different person–his focus was on one particular goal and nothing could break him apart from it. It was heartbreaking to watch. What he thought was good intentions were completely misplaced and pushed himself further and further away. I struggled the most to empathize with Séverin.
As for Laila, of her story I could sit and listen and discover more and more. Zofia and Enrique were fun, too, and I lied how they seemed to learn more about themselves and each other. I liked how Zofia worked through her emotions and Enrique worked internally on who he is as a biracial person and as a bisexual.
To say these characters seem to be digging a deep hole for themselves would be a bit of an understatement. I do love how Chokshi gave each one the right amount of just what they all need in order to call each other friends (though maybe reluctantly on the part of some). I’m eager to see what will bring this group together as a whole in the third book because there are a lot of broken pieces each character seems to hold, and some, due to the hurt caused by others in the aftermath, may not necessarily want to be put back together.
There’s still time to pre-order. The author has partnered with her local independent bookshop to offer signed and personalized copies. Orders will also receive a gorgeous print of Laila and Séverin! Check out the details here, and yes, the bookshop ships internationally!