I saw that The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi was Read Now on NetGalley and without thinking, I downloaded it to my kindle. I hadn’t read The Gilded Wolves, in fact, I had DNFed it originally. But I downloaded it anyways because *cue the theme song* I’m an idiot!
But I ended up loving The Gilded Wolves and, not surprisingly, I loved The Silvered Serpents even more!
Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
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.
My struggle with The Gilded Wolves did not transfer over to The Silvered Serpents. I started reading this book a couple days after finishing Gilded Wolves because I wanted to keep everything fresh in my mind. Which is a solid plan if I do say so myself!
The book picks up two months after the end of Gilded Wolves. Two months of grief, of distance, and of utter sadness. Our boy Séverin is not doing well.
One of the things I loved the most about this book, was more Zofia and more Enrique! Two of my favorite characters, I 100% ship them together, and I got more time with them! It was so refreshing. Especially as a break up from gloom, doom Séverin and our poor Laila. Their POVs were pretty heavy.
But one of the things I liked the most about book 2 is the ice palace. I loved the imagery of the palace, the animals that guard it, the moments inside. It sounds so beautiful and majestic that I just wish I could live in it! Well, kinda. Maybe take a vacation there!
Overall, the plot was wayyyy better than The Gilded Wolves honestly. Gilded Wolves felt crowded and rushed compared to The Silvered Serpents. I didn’t have to try and follow along ten separate paths with different missions all at once, instead, I could focus on one place at a time. It was easier to follow in a way.
But the action is no less. In fact, the magic and the craziness that our characters endure is insane!
This book felt cleaner and even crazier than the first book and it made it a more enjoyable journey to follow!
I’m going to include some spoilers below, but if you can’t tell, this book is a // 5 stars for me!
The Silvered Serpents releases on September 22nd, 2020 and I’ve linked my local indie bookstore if you’re interested in preordering a copy!
If this book sounds interesting, check out Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko or Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust!
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Spoilers start here!
Okay, for people who entered the spoiler chat, lets get started.
WHAT THE FUCKING HELL WAS THAT ENDING???
Like, I expected utter chaos and discord, but good golly why did THAT have to happen? Séverin is the key to Golden LYRE and our poor Laila is still stuck in her situation about to DIE and AAHHH!! I expected there to be a twist about the Golden “Lyrics” but when we realize it’s a LYRE and you have to play the instrument, my mind was melted in my skull. I couldn’t comprehend. At least Séverin got his head out of his butt and did what he had to do to save his team, but still – LAILA! The poor thing didn’t realize or hear what Séverin said to her before leaving and thinks he’s a monster. AHHHH.
Also, I’ve kinda stopped caring about Séverin and Laila’s relationship after they slept together because while they may love each other, they’re so toxic, I don’t want it! I truly do not think they are good for each other with their lies and manipulation. It’s just not great. But then again, a part of me like them together. It’s very convoluted and I can’t decide what I want – kinda like Séverin!
But Zofia and Enrique?? I WANT THEM TOGETHER SO BADLY. Especially since Enrique broke it off with Hypnos (I wasn’t a fan of their “relationship” to begin with, because Hypnos was clearly using Enrique) and now him and Zofia can be together! Please Roshani – please let them be together.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I still like Hypnos, but I don’t appreciate the way he played Enrique. Not cool!
Yeah, I’m still screaming at the ending. Plus I totally called the back stabbing treachery that occurred. I don’t know why I’m blanking on their names, but the bald guy and the blood magic woman – I called it. I knew they were totally evil from the get go – but of course, our loving cast of characters wasn’t going to question their intentions and if they’re the good guys or not.
Either way, this book destroyed me and I would like to request book 3 immediately please!
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