ARC Review: The Gilded Wolves

Ebook, 464 Pages
YA/ Fantasy/ Sci-Fi
By: Roshani Chokshi
Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ.25


โ€œHalf of winning, my dear wallet, is simply looking victorious.โ€

๐ŸŒŸ This was one of my most anticipated books for the year and given how much I love Six of Crows, I thought I would love this one! My problem is that I wanted something as awesome as SoC and not another milder copy of that book.

๐ŸŒŸ I have been searching and asking and reading reviews since I started this and it looks readers are divided into two groups; one group can not notice the similarity and one group can not Un-notice the similarity to SoC!! I belong to the second group.

๐ŸŒŸI think the book itself is good but even if we put comparisons aside, it still has some problems that I am explaining next.

๐ŸŒŸ The world building was good which is why I am starting with it and I know there will be many improvements and revelations in the next book.

๐ŸŒŸ The plot was different from SoC which was good. I haven’t read many heist books but I guess they will always have some common things in between and the author added her touch to this kind of stories!

๐ŸŒŸ Now the problematic part which was the writing style and characters. While Roshani has a good style and it could be captivating, it was confusing at many points and I found that I was not the only one confused by this as many of the reviews I found mentioned this!

๐ŸŒŸ The characters were not bad, but I felt that Sรฉverin was like Kaz and Laila was like Inej. But they were not as well written. I have a friend who keeps telling me that Kaz is one son of a Gun but Sรฉverin and the rest of the crew here were not as cool and relatable as the crew in SoC! I wish I liked them more because I would have enjoyed the book heaps more.

๐ŸŒŸ Summary: I didn’t want to compare this book to SoC but unfortunately I was doing that while reading the whole 464 pages and found many similarities. To be honest though, maybe because it is a heist story and there must be some common themes. I enjoyed some parts and I may do a re-read later before going into book 2. I was just waiting for that moment where everything clicks in but the book ended and I didn’t get it! I am sure the book will have many fans and 5 stars ratings though!

๐ŸŒŸ ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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17 Comments

  1. The authorโ€™s writing hasnโ€™t worked for me before but Iโ€™ve been hoping Iโ€™ll enjoy this book because itโ€™s being compared to SoC… I think I might run into the same problems as you though, letโ€™s see…
    Anyways, nice review and thanks for pointing out everything!!!!

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  2. Great review! Iโ€™m sorry to see that it felt a bit like a lesser six of crows! I havenโ€™t read this one yet, but Iโ€™m sure I would draw many parallels between the two as well, since theyโ€™re both YA heist books. I hope your next read is more enjoyable! ๐Ÿ’•

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  3. When I read what the book was about, Six of Crows popped up in my head. And I recently read that one and really enjoyed it, so maybe I shouldn’t read this book right now. I have a feeling I will also see the similarities between the two like you did.

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