it’s séverinlaila breakdown season | the gilded wolves series + arc review

It’s time for a post I’ve been excited but hesitant to do. I read The Gilded Wolves series by Roshani Chokshi back in April (books 1 & 2 only, of course) as part of a project where I read my friends’ favourite books and series. This one was one of Ahaana’s picks. While you’re here, make sure you check out her blog as well :)) The Gilded Wolves has been on my tbr since before it came out, so maybe around 2018? It’s always been on my radar but I finally decided to pick it up only recently, as a part of this project. And obviously, I have no regrets.

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I was also very fortunate to have received an early copy of The Bronzed Beasts for review and since this review is going up a few days before the release, I just wanted to let you know that there will be no spoilers for The Bronzed Beasts in the general portion of this review. It is only a generalised discussion of what I liked and didn’t like overall in the series and some out of context generalised discussions about book 3, but there are no spoilers mentioned in any way. Also buckle up, because this review is way longer than I thought it would be.

The difference between a diamond necklace and a diamond dog collar depends on the bitch. And they both have teeth, Monsieur.

“This sounds exactly like Six of Crows, why should I even bother reading-“ I’m going to have to stop you right there. Yes, this book involves a heist. Yes, it has a culturally and racially diverse cast (who I’m absolutely obsessed with by the way), but that’s pretty much where the similarities end. The plots are in no way similar, and the storyline and themes discussed are also very different. So please, don’t ignore this book just because you think it’s going to be another version of Six of Crows, because it’s not.

If you dress to the world’s expectations, it doesn’t look too closely when you steal from it.

Let’s start with the characters. They’re the best part of the series. We have the found family trope at play here which is one of my absolute favourite tropes of all time. It’s also done so well. There’s significant character growth throughout this series and they face so many individual challenges. Each character has a very distinct personality and I found myself being able to relate different aspects of each of them. They’re all flawed but that just made each of them so much more interesting to read about.

If you follow me on Twitter, then you know that Séverin and Laila are one of my all-time favourite fantasy couples. I probably have a breakdown over them every other day (not a joke). They’re so magnetic and you can feel the tension coming off the page. What I love the most about them though is how they refer to each other as Laila and Majnun. The story of their namesake (Layla & Majnun) was very tragic but will their’s be too? You’re going to have to read this series to know that. 

I’m going to be honest, I’ve tried to start reading this series so many times but couldn’t because it was really hard to get into. The most I could manage to read, until my last attempt where I finished the book, was up until Chapter 2. I mean, this is the case for a lot of series so it didn’t bother me too much and I didn’t base my rating on it. What actually affected my overall rating of this series was the plot. It had good continuity. So when you go from book one to book two, you can easily make the transition without feeling too lost. But that’s only if you understand what is going on. I for one, couldn’t. This isn’t the case for everyone though, because a lot of people I know have read and enjoyed the plot so please keep that in mind.

Lust is safer than love, but both can ruin you.

There were a lot of elements I couldn’t grasp right away, which doesn’t usually happen for me but even then, I wasn’t overly impressed by it. In context to book three, some things just seemed kind of random and unnecessary in terms of the plot after a certain point in the book, and a lot of plot points that were sort of building anticipation throughout the series felt like a little bit of a letdown. Also in terms of plot, The Silvered Serpents had more clarity when compared to the other two books, in terms of detail and structure. I mean, I still faced difficulties in following along and understanding every single element of the plot but it did provide some much-needed context. Again, this is my personal experience/opinion and it may not be the same for everyone else.

Let’s talk more about The Bronzed Beasts in specific. Like I mentioned before, there is a lot of character growth from The Silvered Serpents to The Bronzed Beasts. Séverin and Laila caused me so much pain throughout the whole book. Enrique’s character arc was my favourite to read about and damn he can hold a grudge. The last couple of chapters were my favourite part of the book and oh my god that epilogue sent me S P I R A L L I N G. I had to stop reading because I was getting so emotional.

I wish my love was more beautiful.

Its time for the series ranking. We’re going to rank all three books in order of my highest to lowest rating:

The Silvered Serpents – ★★★★☆ |4.25|

The Gilded Wolves – ★★★☆☆ |3.75|

The Bronzed Beasts – ★★★★☆ |3.5|

Overall series score – ★★★★☆ |4|

Other reviews to check out: Belle’s review | Erin’s review

The Bronzed Beasts is out on September 21st so make sure you preorder it before then !!

17 thoughts on “it’s séverinlaila breakdown season | the gilded wolves series + arc review”

  1. thank you for including my review of the gilded wolves 😭 i can’t wait to read the bronzed beasts since i’ve finally gotten around to read book two!! praying that it wouldn’t be too destructive. don’t think my heart can handle it

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