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.
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.
Title: The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves #2)
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Length: 416 pages
Genre: Fantasy, historical
french-algerian mc, filipino-spanish bi mc, south-indian mc, neurodivergent jewish mc, haitian-french bi mc
Content and Trigger warnings:
mutilation, grief, mention of death, mention of infertility and suicide, mention of stillbirth, antisemitism, mention of child abuse, violence, blood, drinking.
I am: not okay.
I read The Gilded Wolves, the first book of the trilogy, back in September, and I had fallen in love with the author’s way of writing, the intriguing story, but most especially: the characters. I couldn’t be happier to reconnect with them.
The Gilded Wolves was about found family and fighting together, and despite all the obstacles, it was a story of love. Beware of The Silvered Serpents: you’re entering a story full of ache and broken pieces. If the first book was light-hearted in some way (I laughed so many times because of Séverin and Enrique’s banter — which, I must admit, I missed in this second book), this second book is much graver and darker. Just like the setting where it takes place, Siberia, this book is cold and made of frozen feelings. The stakes are higher, the secrets more dangerous, and each character has evolved in a much adult, darker way. They used to be linked together like one big family, but The Silvered Serpents focuses on their own solitude. I have found some passages to be extremely sad — Zofia’s desire to be independent, Enrique’s wish to be listened to, Layla’s will to live, Séverin looking to protect them all by distancing himself — and I really like how the story has evolved. My poor heart went through a lot, and the end was a real emotional roller-coaster.
“Zofia nodded and had the irrational desire to wish that some words could be solid and picked up off the ground and held close, so that she could reach for them whenever she needed.”The Silvered Serpents, Roshani Chokshi
Roshani Chokshi is a talented plotter and writes beautifully. She gives each of her characters their own ambitions and disappointments. Everything is well-balanced — the different points of view, the romance, the victories, the sciences (I particularly love how sciences and history are incorporated into the plot). I cannot wait to read the third book of Chokshi’s trilogy, yet fearing what might happen if this evolution keeps going — which I hope it does.
The Silvered Serpents is the perfect continuation of the first book in the trilogy, and I cannot wait to see what the author has in store for us next. You’ll love The Silvered Serpents if you loved The Gilded Wolves, heist stories, and historical fantasy.