No one believes in them. But soon no one will forget them.
It's 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.
To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood.
Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history—but only if they can stay alive.
“Reading Chokshi’s prose is like sinking deeply into the overstuffed arms of a plush, purple velvet sofa. Her lavish descriptions of extravagant dinner parties, furtive meetings and daring escapes wrap you in sumptuous sensory detail . . . this ingenious take on colonialism and cultural appropriation is wildly inventive and wildly representative.”—The New York Times Book Review
“In this delicious first entry in a new series from a veteran YA author, readers will find sumptuous visuals, deep characters and a maddening eleventh-hour twist.”—Bookpage (starred review)
"The Gilded Wolves sets up a fantastical great heist with a series of clues and problems the well-developed, diverse group of teens must decipher. Chokshi's world is lush and her characters distinct and engaging—this first in a new series is as sharp and lustrous as the title suggests."—Shelf Awareness
"A gorgeously layered story, with characters that make you laugh and ache and cheer."—Renée Ahdieh, New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and The Dawn
"A masterpiece of imagination. You will want this book to steal your heart so that you will never have to leave this story."—Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval
"This is a book to swan dive into, swim around in, luxuriate in. Trust me, you won’t want to come out.”—Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of Strange The Dreamer
"The Gilded Wolves is the smart, dark adventure YA readers have been waiting for.”—Adrienne Young, New York Times bestselling author of Sky In The Deep
“Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows and Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code converge in this dazzling new fantasy . . . An opulent heist adventure that will leave readers voracious for more.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Chokshi delivers a thrilling, gritty new fantasy set in an alternate nineteenth century Paris . . . Chokshi shines as a master storyteller in her newest novel; the setting, world building, plot, and conflict are all staggering. However, the elements that perhaps shine the most are the history, riddles, mysteries, and science, woven together in a world brimming with power and magic.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Chokshi has created an inclusive and authentic cast with obvious chemistry and affection for one another and infuses the tale with witty banter and twists. A delectably intriguing adventure for all teen shelves.”—School Library Journal (starred review)
“Evocative writing, sumptuous set pieces, and vividly sketched, authentically flawed characters distinguish this immersive tale of found family and star-crossed romance. Kaleidoscopic narration complements the intricate, high-stakes plot and allows Chokshi to showcase numerous aspects of her richly imagined universe all the way to the closing cliff-hanger.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
One week earlier …
Séverin glanced at the clock: two minutes left.
Around him, the masked members of the Order of Babel whipped out white fans, murmuring to themselves as they eagerly awaited...