The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves #2)
Published September 22, 2020
About The Silvered Serpents
They are each other’s fiercest love, greatest danger, and only hope.
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.
Returning to the dark and glamorous 19th century world of her New York Times instant bestseller, THE GILDED WOLVES, Roshani Chokshi dazzles us with another riveting tale as full of mystery and danger as ever in THE SILVERED SERPENTS.
This is one of those books that totally breaks your heart (somehow in a good way??). I feel like I fell in love with every member of Séverin’s team. The story goes so deeply into their minds and their feelings that I couldn’t help it. Zofia and her very literal interpretations of things. Enrique and his need to be listened to. Séverin and his broken, desperate quest to make everyone safe. Laila and her secrets.
I struggled a little bit with THE GILDED WOLVES simply because there was so much worldbuilding that it got a little bit overwhelming and drowned out the story in a few places. THE SILVERED SERPENTS, though, has the perfect balance of setting and story, and even has some cleverly placed details in the opening that helped to jog my memory about things that happened in the first book.
From the very beginning, there’s a kind of desperation across all members of the team. That and their quest to find the lost artifact drives the story forward and made it nearly impossible to put this book down. In addition, I LOVE Roshani Chokshi’s writing. She gets inside each character’s head and heart and makes them so real.
The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, so be prepared to immediately crave the third book.
If you haven’t read THE GILDED WOLVES, I’d start with that one first. If you liked SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo or WE HUNT THE FLAME by Hafsah Faizal, you’ll definitely want to check out this series.
Recommended for Ages 14 up.
Enrique is Filipino and gay. Séverin’s father is white and his mother is Algerian. Laila is from India. Zofia is Jewish.
Profanity/Crude Language Content
Very brief use of extreme profanity.
Kissing between two boys and between a boy and girl. Laila has agreed to pose as Séverin’s mistress, which he refers to multiple times as “sharing his bed.” One scene shows a boy and girl in bed together. It’s implied that they have sex but not shown in detail.
The team explores a site that focuses on the nine Greek muses and rituals involving human sacrifice. Séverin believes an ancient artifact will grant him and his friends the ability to become gods.
Some people possess a kind of magic called Forging, which allows them to manipulate certain things, like ice or fire.
Violent Content – Trigger Warning
References to and brief descriptions of girls being tortured and murdered. Assassins attack the team. They face situations of peril.
Hypnos in particular drinks a lot of alcohol and several jokes are made about how often he is drunk.
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