Book Reviews

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

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.

Title: The Silvered Serpents
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Format: Digital ARC
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2020
Rating:  4.6//5

I’ve been waiting for this book for AGES because the last few pages of The Gilded Wolves is massive cliffhanger after cliffhanger. And holy hell did this book not disappoint.

After the death of Tristan all of our characters are a little fractured. Séverin is a lot colder than he was before, Laila stopped baking, Zofia has retreated back into her shell. The foundation that they built for themselves and the life of heists and secrets has come to a crashing halt, and they’re not too sure how to start over again.

But as they all reunite to stop the Fallen House and save Laila, they learn to move on and rebuild the relationships and trust that they had before. It’s heartbreaking, its breathtaking, and absolutely wonderful.

There’s so much I want to say about this story, but so little I feel like I can say without giving away spoilers.

But I will say this: I adore the relationship building soooo much in this story.

Laila and Séverin trying and fighting against rebuilding what they started. Enrique and Zofia’s relationship, Hypnos and Enrique. Hypnos and Séverin. It’s all so beautiful and realistic, something you don’t see enough in novels nowadays.

The world building in this book was also AMAZING. The quest to stop the Fallen House and get the Divine Lyrics brought the team to Russia and it was so beautiful. (Have I been using that word too much?) I loved the new ways of traveling introduced in this book, the added information about how magic works in this world, and I loved absolutely every single thing about the Ice Palace. Seriously, from the guard animals, to how to access the dining room, the palace was just so well thought out and so creative and if I wasn’t 100% sure I would die in it, its a place I would love to go to.

Some parts of the story were a little predictable, especially in relation to Séverin’s past, but overall it was very entertaining to read about.

And of course, it ended once again with massive cliffhangers and WHAT THE HELL moments, so I need book 3 immediately.

Silvered Serpents is on sale TODAY!

Thank you NetGalley for the Advanced Copy, all opinions are my own.

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