The Silvered Serpents, by Roshani Chokshi, is a truly terrifying book. It is a reminder that books have the power to tear us apart inside, to break our hearts into a million pieces. It is also a reminder that books have the power to make us feel warm and happy, to give us characters that we can’t help but feel the need to protect.
All in all, The Silvered Serpents, by Roshani Chokshi is a masterpiece.
The Silvered Serpents.
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Release Date: September 22, 2020
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Genre: Young adult, historical fantasy
Series? 2nd in trilogy
*this review is spoiler-free for all books in the trilogy*
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.
I received a digital advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
When I finished the book, I was shocked, terrified, and was sobbing. And the hardest thing about this book was having to leave the characters. I wanted to be there for Laila, run over and hug Zofia and Enrique, and punch Severin. Not really. Sort of.
But these characters, I wanted to protect them. I still want to protect them. I want them to know that they are loved, and I want them to just once have a happy ending. Or at least a happy five minutes.
After suffering a loss that has broken his heart, Severin is determined to protect the ones he loves. Using any means necessary, they will not be hurt. Full of well intentioned love, he blocks out any emotion and pushes away any distraction that could stop him.
Laila is facing a deadline, and she is working as hard as she can to find what just might save her. But she is nervous to share secrets, and struggles to trust those who she wants to be close to.
Struggling with different parts of his life, Enrique isn’t sure what he wants anymore. But he will help his friends, and pushes through as hard as things get.
Zofia wants to help her sister, wants to heal her and make her better, but also wants to tell her more. She has faced a lot of antisemitism, and fears that.
Always seeking approval, Hypnos wants to fit in, to really become a part of the family the group has created.
The writing in the novel is incredible. While reading this, I could see the the characters so vividly, could imagine the adventures they were having and it made the experience of reading it so much more amazing.
The world building in this novel is intricate, complex and unique. Some people are born with the affinity for forging, and forged objects are special, almost alive.
The Order of Babel is an order spread across the world made up of houses with a matriarch or patriarch, like House Kore, and the order is a main part in the book.
Set in late 1800s Paris the book is not only full of history and magic, but is also full of mythology. Legends and myths from all over the world come alive in this novel and are woven into the story and world.
The cast of characters is also very diverse, and the many cultures are written into the book.
Colonialism is also talked about quite a bit. The Order of Babel brings in objects from all over the world, and takes credit for a lot that is not theirs, and dehumanizes anyone different from them. The Order is the center of civilization, or at least they like to think of themselves of the center of it.
There is so much in this book, and it was difficult at times to take it all in. But sitting back, taking time to fully understand the book really helped me realize and understand even more about it. The Silvered Serpents exceeded my expectations, and I think that it was even better than the book before it, The Gilded Wolves.
Roshani Chokshi is the author of commercial and critically acclaimed books for middle grade and young adult readers that draws on world mythology and folklore. Her work has been nominated for the Locus and Nebula awards, and has frequently appeared on Best of The Year lists from Barnes and Noble, Forbes, Buzzfeed and more. Her New York Times bestselling series includes The Star-Touched Queen duology, The Gilded Wolves, and Aru Shah and The End of Time, which was recently optioned for film by Paramount Pictures.
The characters that we love, the found family, and the magic and mythology woven into the story all make the book incredible in so many ways. The heists and adventures that are sometimes to complicated to understand make the book exciting and compelling.
My rating: 5/5 stars
To who? This book is an amazing sequel to The Gilded Wolves, so if you enjoyed that I definitely recommend reading this. If you are a fan of historical fantasy, I definitely encourage you reading this trilogy, and if you love books with heists, this book is wonderful. And if you are looking for an interesting book to read, pick it up.