I'm so excited to finally share with you my review of The Silvered Serpents, sequel to The Gilded Wolves, a young adult, historical fiction with a touch of magic and diverse characters you can't help but love.
First, I want to thank NetGalley and Wednesday Books for approving my ARC request after I miserably failed to get my hand on an ARC during YALLFest. The Silvered Serpents is worth waiting for, but thanks for taking me out of my misery.
Anyways, keep reading for my honest, spoiler-free review.
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 rumoured to grant its possessor the power of God.
Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into 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.
The Silvered Serpents has our characters, (Séverin, Laila, Enrique, Sofia & Hypnos) embarking into a new journey with higher stakes, magic, and their same genius-selves. There was a heaviness carried on by the conclusion in The Gilded Wolves, which made the journey more emotional for each character. Their mission to find the Divine Lyrics felt more urgent, more serious in so many levels, which is why I loved this book. It is an emotional rollercoaster I'm still trying to recover from.
There are new characters, enchanting settings, love affairs, complicated relationships and blood forging. Just like The Gilded Wolves, The Silvered Serpents is beautifully written, historically rich, and undeniably smart. I seriously wonder how Roshani manages to come up with all the elements in this world and make them work.
We get to see a lot more from Hypnos, his charm lightens the mood so much. In the other hand, I had complicated feelings towards Séverin, don't get me wrong I love him, but he's a stubborn creature. Laila and Enrique have complicated emotional journeys, and Zofia grows so much from her shy self.
Overall, The Silvered Serpents is darker and leaves you, yet again, wanting more. I really hope we don't get to wait that long for Book 3 because I need to know what happens next. If you enjoyed The Gilded Wolves, you definitely need to hit the bookstores and libraries this September 22. If you haven't read it, pick it up and get ready, because this is a treasure hunt you don't want to miss.
My rating: 5/5 stars
Here is all the info for The Silvered Serpents :
Reading Challenge No.: 19/45
Publication Date: September 22, 2020
Length: ~ 416 pages
Series or Standalone? #Series - The Gilded Wolves # 2
Thank you for reading my review. The Silvered Serpents comes out in four months, so I really hope this helps you cope with the little extra wait.
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