The Gilded Wolves – Roshani Chokshi

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Received: Library
Published: January 15th, 2019
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Action (I guess)


The world is confusing: the more I read, the less I understand. The characters are bland: the more I struggle to picture them, the less invested I am. The premise promises but never before have I wished to chop a premise’s head off as much as right now. The writing is beautiful, so it has that going for itself, but I’m not as shallow as I used to be and so will not finish this book by consuming the purple prose alone. I need to CONNECT. If you can’t make me connect, you’ve failed in my eyes. Sorry not sorry.

The problem is that whenever there is a lack of meaningful development, whatever elements are actually included matter little. For instance, there are indeed diverse characters, but because I have found impossible imagining myself becoming friends (or even enemies) with any of the heroes/antiheroes, I cannot for the life of me think of one thing that makes these ‘‘diverse’’ characters memorable. We are introduced to too many, too soon. If the author had taken her time bringing the cast together, I believe she could have breathed more life into them and I would have been able to distinguish them better.


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6 thoughts on “The Gilded Wolves – Roshani Chokshi

  1. Pingback: The Gilded Wolves – Roshani Chokshi | Hit or Miss Books | Fantasy Gift Sources: Book Reviews, Article Resources, News

  2. Yup I agree with ye matey. I abandoned this one. I liked the premise and some of the language but did think the execution was lacklustre. And I felt that the diversity was more like “how many check boxes and combinations can these folk be” rather then celebrating the diversity. I do think that is because I couldn’t connect to the characters or story. Nice review.
    x The Captain


  3. Omg I am just about to post a review of this book and mine is very similar to yours. The world building was so hard to understand!!! I often re-read parts because I didn’t get it, and re-reading would make it worse. I also felt like not a lot happened? It’s weird, but I just don’t remember much of what happened. This is a great review, I hope your next read is better 🙂


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