I absolutely loved The Gilded Wolves. Roshani Chokshi builds a beautiful world of magic and high society.
It is Paris 1889 on the verge of the World's Fair. While normal people are looking forward to see "exotic" forms of humans, the true event is happening within The Order. The Order controls the magical Babel stones, the pieces of stone left from where God knocked down the Tower of Bable. Each piece still exudes his power. Severin has been stripped of his house but knows there is a way to earn his place back. When the patriarch of the House of Nyx comes to him with a request, he knows that he has a chance to reclaim his honor. What Severin doesn't know is that something bigger is brewing, bigger than him and his group of friends.
Severin's diverse of group of friends adds realism and brings together a variety of cultures into the world. Laila hails from the east and uses her mystique as an entertainer. Zofia shows characteristics of being autistic; she uses her unique talents to become a prominent part of the team's plan. Hypnos and Severin are both bastards of mixed blood. None of these characters are negated to stereotypes and it's beautiful.
The world Chokshi has created is just as beautiful. Each location is described in lavish, sensuous detail. Sumptuous clothing gives characters amour or weapons depending on their situation. Tristan's power with flowers is lush and makes me wish i had his creations. This is a full world where every part is included in the overall beauty of the whole.
The story is exciting and enchanting. Characters use magic called forging for a variety of talents from stone animal protectors that come to life to mystical mirror door ways. Mundane is mixed with exceptional to create a perfect blend of timing. I was always on my toes wanting to know what happens next.
The Gilded Wolves is a gorgeous fantasy of magic wrapped in Paris of yesterday. Exciting and captivating, I cheered the character on and become invested in their lives. I truly look forward to the next book in the series.