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Silvered Serpents, The (The Gilded Wolves)…
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Silvered Serpents, The (The Gilded Wolves) (udgave 2020)

af Roshani Chokshi (Forfatter)

Serier: The Gilded Wolves (2)

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"Returning to the dark and glamorous 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. 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"--… (mere)
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Titel:Silvered Serpents, The (The Gilded Wolves)
Forfattere:Roshani Chokshi (Forfatter)
Info:Wednesday Books (2020), 416 pages
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“But for the next two minutes, Hypnos had no choice but to wait.”

I, on the other hand, have no choice but to wait seven more months for the sequel :,) ( )
  Akacya | Feb 28, 2021 |
The much-awaited sequel to Roshani Chokshi’s The Gilded Wolves, The Silvered Serpents picks up several months after the events of the first novel with the group struggling to accept the loss of one of their own, thus setting the mood for the rest of the novel. No longer a cohesive unit, we see the damage the loss caused each person, and it isn’t pretty. The group dynamic was one of the best things about the first book, and to see that torn apart through grief makes the sequel a difficult one.

Even the personalities are different. Always focused, Séverin is now almost heartless in his efforts to achieve his goal. The others are equally broken. Their interactions are stiff and awkward. Gone are the days of banter and fluid camaraderie that defined them. They still work together, but there is an air of desperation to their efforts that hurts.

Ms. Chokshi uses this grief to good effect though, utilizing it as a tool to help them achieve the object of their mission. Along the way, there are some predictable moments, and there are some brilliant ones. The slow-burn romance still exists, but that relationship grows beyond those boundaries into something much more complex and, frankly, adult. Other characters break their shackles and really start to shine, which helps ease the pain they continue to suffer.

The Silvered Serpents is fundamentally a story about loss and its aftermath. Sure, the group must find another Babel fragment, but that is only part of the story. And what a story it is. I literally read it in one sitting and now must wait to find out how it all ends. With an ending that is as brilliant as it is cruel, the wait is going to be a long one. ( )
  jmchshannon | Oct 27, 2020 |
‘The Silvered Serpents’ was one of my highly anticipated reads of 2020. I couldn’t wait to get my grubby little hands on it, and I am ecstatic to say that the author knows how to deliver! This was absolutely phenomenal, breathtaking and everything in between! I am seriously blown away. Usually I don’t have much success with sequels of any series, so I was a little apprehensive going into this read but the Book Gods above were on my side!

We basically started off where we left off ‘The Gilded Wolves’. The aftermath of Tristen's death, which still makes me tear up, and the crew attempts to find the whereabouts of The Divine Lyrics—the ancient book that holds the secret of Forging, the knowledge of how to rejoin the Babel Fragments and—in the eyes of the Fallen House—how to access the power of God. It was darker, grittier, angstier, and more emotional than the prequel. The depressing undertones were refreshing because typically once a centralized character dies in any book, they usually mourn for a few chapters before heading out of the next adventure. Our precious baby Tristan was still very much on their minds throughout the whole read and I loved how the author touched on the aftermath of his death— it was real and it was raw.

I love every second of this book and I must now suffer in silence until the next book comes out. The anticipation is killing me! ( )
  ayoshina | Oct 16, 2020 |
"I think not," retorted Enrique. "If there were stairs to hell, would you venture down those?"
"It depends on what was inside hell, and if I needed it."

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Zofia nodded and had the irrational desire to wish that some words could be solid and picked up off the ground and held close, so that she could reach for them whenever she needed.

Publisher note: yeah don't quote this copy because it's not a finished proof and -
me: but how can I RESIST when the book is written LIKE THIS?!

An utterly fantastic sequel that blew away all my expectations! All of Chokshi's skills were highlighted in this - the environments were dazzling, the characters were vibrant and all their pain & hopes & yearnings perfectly articulated, and of course I love her puzzles! They're just tricky enough to get you thinking but don't throw you out to sea, unable to keep up with the characters.

This one combed through the awkward bits that tangled up the first book's efforts, and really came into its own. Severin can still get out of my face tbh but, look, I may have gotten a little emotional about him this time around.

"She hated that glimpse because it reminded her that he was a cursed prince, trapped in the worst version of himself. And nothing she possessed - not her kiss freely given, nor her heart shyly offered - could break the thrall that held him because he had done it to himself."

Not to mention Chokshi's phenomenal prose. This book may be full of darkness, sarcasm, sharp humour, and action, but all of that is impossibly told through beautiful lyrics. The quotes here aren't even a fraction of everything I bookmarked. I especially drooled over the snapshots of complicated emotions rendered so impeccably that I could feel them... It did what I always hope for when I meet a new book - it made me laugh, and also choked me up, sometimes even within the same paragraph.

"What does it mean that I have to be at death's door to bring him back to himself? My life, and whatever is left of it, will not be what his soul gnaws on to regain its strength. My death is not in service to his character, and I will not be a sacrifice simply for him to find peace of mind. He is not my responsibility to save.

Everything that didn't sit quite right for me in The Gilded Wolves felt like just a vague, improbable memory when reading this one. I can't believe I gotta wait so long for the next book because clearly it will be even more fantastic. ( )
  Chyvalrys | Aug 5, 2020 |
I have come to crave Roshani Chokshi’s lyrical writing, but it’s not just the writing that makes The Silvered Serpents excellent – as a second book, it more than lived up to the expectations of its predecessor. The Gilded Wolves gave us a tantalizing steampunk world with memorable characters and heaps of adventure. The Silvered Serpents ascends the story to the realm of treasure hunting, secrets, and more than ever, the group races against the clock.

There is so much to like about this book, I’m faltering about where to begin. A bit of context – I’m writing this review on Saturday at 5:30am, because I woke up at 3:45am and rather than go back to sleep, my first thought was, “You know what I could do? I could read The Silvered Serpents.” That’s how much this book hooked me, and how much I’ve looked forward to sitting down and reading it. The story swallowed me whole from its first pages, and after that, it was so easy to traverse down into the belly of the leviathan.

For one, I love this cast of characters. I know the crew from Six of Crows gets a lot of love, but I like this group better. I love every one of them – from Severin’s icy exterior and desperation to Hypnos’ insecure flourishes, to Enrique’s lectures (he’s so precious) and Laila’s careful knowing. And Zofia? Zofia is one of my favorite characters of all time. Period. They all come to life in their own ways, have their own independent stories weaving in and out of the main plot line. We got to know them in The Gilded Wolves, but they really get their footing in The Silvered Serpents.

Then, of course, there is the story itself. I often criticize second books for their nature of offering a means to an end, a bridge rather than a story. Not the case here. The Silvered Serpents stands clearly as its own story. The only exception to this rule is the ending, which is a major cliffhanger and I am absolutely dying because not only is this book not released until September 22 (I’m writing this review in May), but also, I have no idea when book three will be arriving. And I’m certain there will be a book three. There has to be.

But in regards to the story itself, I continue to appreciate the way each character is vital to its progression, and the way Rosh effortlessly weaves in subtle nuances and twists. Her mythology and history adds to her world and while the setting of The Silvered Serpents is starkly different from L’Eden and the Paris catacombs of the first book, it is still marvelous played. She finds the balance between artistry and directness in her descriptions, and balances out the intricate world with playful banter even in some tense situations, and generally the whole thing flows perfectly and I am just utterly in awe of her. Seriously. I’m so excited for all of you who haven’t read this yet. You’re in for a treat.

Without giving too much away, expect the stakes to be higher in The Silvered Serpents. Expect more obstacles, more duplicity, and more tension. Come for the characters you loved in The Gilded Wolves, and stay for the sharp edges of this world and the secrets to be unlocked. You won’t regret it.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley and Wednesday Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ( )
  Morteana | May 23, 2020 |
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"Returning to the dark and glamorous 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. 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"--

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