Thank you so much to Netgalley and Wednesday books for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Overall: 5/5 Stars
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Silvered Serpents is a fantastic installment in a series you need to be reading, if you aren’t already.
“I wish my love was more beautiful.”
[ Related: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – Review ]
// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Infertility (Mention), Suicide (Mention), Child Abuse //
Release Date: 9/22/2020
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Page Count: 416
Series: The Gilded Wolves #2
The Silvered Serpents is the sequel to The Gilded Wolves, following the characters we’ve grown to love as they cope with the events of the first book, and go on a dangerous hunt for a legendary artifact.
“When the devil waged war in the heavens, even angels had to fall.”
Roshani Chokshi’s writing style is the love of my life. It’s absolutely stunning. She could write anything and I’d read it. Her prose is beautiful, almost poetic, with rich descriptions and flowing dialogue. But it isn’t just pretty, there’s great humor and heart beneath it.
“Only a desperate man trusts a mirage in the desert.”
This book follows the group as they hunt for an ancient artifact. There’s plenty of puzzles and riddles thrown in, leaving you constantly guessing. And these aren’t easy riddles, so you truly believe in the character’s intelligence when you see them solve them.
The plot moves at a good pace, with a great mix of action and adventure. It was nearly impossible for me to put down! Also, can we talk about that ending? Because I’m dying. Can we get book 3 now?!
“When a man cannot see a person as a person, then the devil has slipped into him and is peering out of his eyes.”
The characters are where The Silvered Serpents truly shines.
First, Severin- I wanted to yell at him so many times while reading. He is such a flawed character but so interesting to read about, and I love him so much. He’s officially up there as one of my favorite characters of all time (even if I really, really wanted to hit him).
Enrique, Laila, Hypnos, and Zofia are equally well crafted and complex characters, and I loved their individual inner struggles as well as watching their development. I also just really enjoyed the banter within the group. While the tone in this book is much more somber than the first, there are still some great moments in the dialogue.
“–perhaps monsters were misunderstood gods; deities with plans too grand for humans; a phantom of evil that drank from the roots of good.”
Pros- Amazing characters, fascinating worldbuilding,
Cons- that ending hurt. This whole book hurt, to be honest
Overall- 5/5 stars.
The Silvered Serpents takes the characters and the world we fell in love with in The Gilded Wolves, and brings it to the next level. I am not emotionally prepared for book 3.
If You Liked The Silvered Serpents, I’d Recommend:
- Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo – [Review]
- Into the Crooked Place (Into the Crooked Place #1) by Alexandra Christo – [Post]
- The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen #1) by Roshani Chokshi – [Review]
What’s your favorite book with an ensemble cast?