book reviews, fantasy

ARC REVIEW: The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi


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 Bookish Fae’s Thoughts:

The Silvered Serpents one of my most anticipated sequels this year after I fell head over heels for The Gilded Wolves in February. I was absolutely gutted when my initial NetGalley request was declined. Luckily, someone posted about this book being available in the ‘Read Now’ section and I immediately rushed to NetGalley to get a copy!

One of the things I loved about this book is its fast pacing. Its ingenious plot and riddles left no space for any wasted moment. Every tricky wrench thrown into their plans were quickly dealt with, and I loved that the solutions they had were never out of the blue. Every little thing was foreshadowed in earlier chapters, like crumbs of bread leading the way.

The level of historical research done for this is astounding. Roshani didn’t just write a book – she gathered the threads of real history, diverse mythologies, and her pure imagination, and weaved them into this stunning tapestry we now call The Silvered Serpents.

Every single character was amazingly written. The character developments can only be described as musical – everyone has their unique beat and rhythm, and together they create a symphony fit for a prima ballerina to dance to. I loved that each of them was given enough time to evolve at their own pace and let them realize their own importance and capabilities, especially Zofia and Enrique.

This book is also full of beautiful lines that evoke various emotions and force the readers to contemplate. Crying during emotional scenes in books and films is not a rarity for me, but the tears I shed in this book were not borne of sorrow; they were ones that well up involuntarily when faced with wonder.

I have nothing but praise for this book (OBVIOUSLY) and it will be long before I completely recover. If you haven’t read The Gilded Wolves, I implore you to do so and read this one immediately afterward.


5 Stars

About the Author:

Roshani Chokshi

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.

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