Book Review: The Silvered Serpents


Roshani Chokshi

Rating: 5 out of 5.

published: 22nd September 2020
spoilers? no

Goodreads

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 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.

History is full of ghosts because it’s full of myth, all of it woven together depending on who survived to do the telling.

Galley provided by publisher

Reading this book was like repeatedly stabbing yourself in the heart with a hot poker and I mean that with the utmost seriousness. I don’t think I’ve read quite such an angst-filled book in a while. But it was the best kind of angst in the end. I think.

This book starts painful, and just gets more so. It picks up in the aftermath of The Gilded Wolves. So, obviously, there was going to be angst there. It’s just compounded by the fact that Séverin spends most of the book being an enormous dickhead (but for reasons which will become clear and will lead to you crying more than cursing him. Although there’s plenty of cursing to be done as well). Anyway. This time, the quest is for The Divine Lyrics, an artefact thought to bestow godhood on its user (or so Séverin believes). There isn’t a lot more I can say about the plot that won’t be spoilery, so I’ll leave it at that.

As with book 1, the strength of this book is in the characters. Ultimately, not a lot happens plot-wise in The Silvered Serpents, in the sense that it is just a quest to find the artefact. But as ever with Roshani Chokshi’s books, none of it matters when the characters are just so brilliant. I loved each and every one of them with my whole heart (particularly Hypnos. Just letting you all know now that I will be fighting every person who makes him unhappy, whether that’s intentional or not). Even Séverin who I occasionally wanted to shake because he was being such a dick (I am sad).

And the writing! Let me gush about that for a while! I don’t know an author who writes so evocatively as Roshani Chokshi does. From the vivid descriptions and worldbuilding to the feelings experienced by the characters (and subsequently the reader), every part of it flows seemlessly and creates a world you can’t help but imagine. And cry over, of course.

To top it off, I don’t think there was a thing in this book I didn’t like, bar the ending (except maybe the insistence that Zofia is straight when we all know she’s a lesbian). Because wow, that ending, how am I supposed to be cope until 2021 to find out what happens. How.

So basically, do yourself a favour and a) read The Gilded Wolves if you haven’t already, and b) preorder this book.

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