The Gilded Wolves is a heist style novel reminiscent of Six of Crows, but that is where the similarities end. Set in Paris in 1889, the city is on the cusp of advancement and change, with the Exposition Universelle filling the city with industrial advances and the whiff of new power. There’s magic to this world, with characters having the power to read objects or build incredible inventions as they try to navigate this changing world.
The tone of the novel is set immediately, thrusting the characters and the reader into this world where the fragments of the Tower of Babel are protected by the Order of Babel. In France, this falls to the four Houses. Each House also tracks in magical artifacts, selling them to the highest bidder who then marks them with the name of their House. The seal makes them impossible to steal when they’re under House protection…but there is a short window before they’re marked where a well-planned heist could pay off.
This is where Séverin and his crew come in. Each of them have talents, whether it’s reading an object, creating explosives, or inventing new things for heists. They work together as an efficient unit, stealing things that others don’t want them to have. When one of the House patriarchs enlists them for a mission, Séverin and the others find themselves embroiled in a situation that is bigger than any of them anticipated.
What I really love about The Gilded Wolves are the characters. There’s a really diverse set of characters, and each of them have very unique backstories. They may be working together right now, but they all have their own agendas too. Continue reading