I received this eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.
*The synopsis and review will have spoilers for the first book in the series, The Gilded Wolves*
What is it about?
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. (goodreads)
Book: The Silvered Serpents | Series: The Gilded Wolves #2 | Author: Roshani Chokshi | Publisher: Wednesday Books | Release Date: 22.09.2020 | Pages: 416 | Genre: historical fantasy | rep: bi, Indian, Filipino | TW: blood, death, murder, mutilation
What did I think?
Oh. Oh. Oh wow.
I picked up The Gilded Wolves (TGW) last year and I loved it. And The Silvered Serpents was even better. Everything I did not like in book one, was better in this one. Book two just became a favourite of this year, it did everything right and I am not over it. Probably won’t be anytime soon. But let’s start to explain why this book is perfection, shall we?
First things first: let’s take a second to appreciate this absolutely gorgeous cover! It’s so pretty! I could stare at it all day.
The characters. What can I say? After everything that happened in TGW, the group of characters is broken, yet woven together by everything that they went through. The relationships have a tension to them, an uncertainty. There is so much love between the main cast, yet there are so many questions and so many secrets and so many things they don’t know. Each character has lost someone or something, and while they’re trying to figure things out and even though there is so much left to say, they are still a group and know each other. But on the other hand, they get to know other sides of their friends. The dynamics between these characters was so great to read, subtle things to pick up on, the yearning and longing. There was so much development.
And you know what? They have my heart. I love them all, individually and as a group. *wipes tear away* please don’t let them hurt more. I am very attached, especially to Laila and Zofia.
While well written characters are the most important thing for me in a book (and The Silvered Serpents 100% delivers), I also love a fast-paced plot with a lot of action (again, the book delivers). While there are a few slower moments, there is a lot of stuff happening. There are fighting scenes and disputes and I loved every second of it.
What can I say? There were surprised gasps and a lot of wailing on my part. The Silvered Serpents was fantastic in plot and characters and while I’m so happy I read this already… I don’t want to wait for book 3. I need to know things!! On that note, please read these books and
suffer throw your whole heart into the series with me.