*An ARC of The Silvered Serpents was provided to me by Wednesday Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Wednesday Books and Roshani Chokshi!
I just finished The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi the other day and I am not ok. All that was going through my head after I read the last page was a high pitched “AHHHHHHHHHHHH“. Not even my dog’s calming music playlist could help me get my heart rate down during those final chapters!
A quick recap of The Gilded Wolves:
The Gilded Wolves follows a team of treasure hunters who “acquire” artifacts that often have powerful Forged abilities. When Séverin, the team’s enigmatic leader and hotelier, is offered a job he can’t refuse from the elite Order of Babel, he and his team are forced to navigate the glittering world of upper class Parisians and delve into the city’s dark underbelly in search of an ancient artifact.
Told from the perspectives of four members of the team, The Gilded Wolves has an extremely diverse cast of characters and it often brings up racial issues and sensitivities that were very prevalent in 1800s France, and can still be seen in the modern world today. It is set in an alternative version of Earth where some people are born with the ability to Forge, or manipulate, different elements (such as metal, plants, etc) and bend them to their will.
If you haven’t read The Gilded Wolves yet, stop reading this review and go read it now! Not only will you be reading an amazing book, but you’ll also be avoiding some spoilers for TGW below!
The Silvered Serpents continues a few months after the shocking conclusion of The Gilded Wolves as the team heads over to Russia in search of the Divine Lyrics, a book that promises god-like powers to its reader and can potentially save Laila’s life.
The relationships between the team has changed completely in TSS, nearly falling apart following the death of Tristain. The rift between them only continues to grow throughout the book, causing me to spend most of my reading yelling in my head at various characters (mostly at Séverin. Actually, almost always at Séverin) as they continually make poor life choices which hurt each other in the name of protection.
Sponsored by the Order of Babel, their quest takes them from Paris to St. Petersburg, and then Moscow to Irkutsk, and even though we’re in the middle of a heat wave here in Ottawa, I couldn’t help but feel cold and chilly as each character traversed their frigid, yet very beautiful, surroundings. Chokshi really did an amazing job at bringing the world to life, combining elements of our own world with fascinating Forged inventions. I particularly adored the Sleeping Palace and its menagerie of Forged ice animals- and DAVID! As creepy as some parts of it were, it’s a bookish location that I would love to explore in real life… with a team of clever and powerful people to protect me, of course.
Overall, The Silvered Serpents is as fast-paced and wild an adventure as The Gilded Wolves was- maybe even more so. As much as I loved The Gilded Wolves, The Silvered Serpents has definitely topped it, becoming one of my top three favourite reads of this year so far! My only issue with it, was the lack of tarantula. I just want to know that Goliath is safe and well!
The Silvered Serpents comes out on September 22, 2020 and I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on a hardcopy of it. You can pre-order it from Indigo, or if you’re based in Ottawa and want to shop local, you can also pre-order it from Singing Pebble Books! If anyone knows of any special editions coming out, let me know! I’m really hoping Owlcrate does a special edition of The Silvered Serpents to match The Gilded Wolves!