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ARC Review: The Silvered Serpents

Title: Silvered Serpents
Author: Roshani Chokshi

Summary:
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

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I never wrote a proper review for The Gilded Wolves, but I did write a discussion post about why people needed to stop comparing it to Six of Crows. All the things I loved about Gilded Wolves – sharp critiques of colonialism and its long term effects, explorations of complex identity, and a truly global scope, are back in full force in Silvered Serpents. If anything, Silvered Serpents takes these elements to a whole new level! Skip to the last paragraph of this review if you haven’t finished Gilded Wolves, because there are some spoilers for book 1. I promise there aren’t any spoilers for Silvered Serpents though.

Silvered Serpents opens a few months after Tristan’s death and everyone is dealing with loss in different ways. Severin has decided he harms everyone he loves and feels close to, so he decides the best solution is to be an ice queen and act like he doesn’t care about anyone. You can imagine how Laila takes that… Zofya takes it upon herself to become Goliath’s new caretaker. Meanwhile, Enrique and Hypnos grow closer…or do they? And in the middle of everyone sorting out all their complicated feelings, they have to solve an even more complicated puzzle and pull off a bigger heist.

I really loved the dynamic between Enrique and Zofya. They were my favorite characters in the first book and continue to make me smile. They both struggle to fit in and have their own insecurities, but together they make such a good team. Hypnos grew on me more in this book, you can really see how lonely he is and how much he just wants to have friends and people who have his back. Laila and Séverin though…I thought they were angsty in the first book but in this book it was SO PAINFUL. The end of the book was Pinnacle Angst, it drove me crazy but also made me want the next book IMMEDIATELY so I guess it did what it was supposed to do?

One of my complaints with the first book was that the plot was kind of convoluted and I really wish there had been a more streamlined plot that kept me on the edge of my seat. The annoying thing was that this book also had a similar “puzzle in puzzle in puzzle” convoluted heist situation, but it definitely did keep me on the edge of my seat. This book is a lot darker than the previous one, and if you get particularly upset when you encounter violence against women, please be aware that this book features some graphic descriptions of that nature. So mixed bag, I still want a tighter plot but it was an improvement from book 1.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and am excited for the next one! Each book gets better and better in terms of world-building, character growth, and a plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Even if you’re only kind of interested in this series, I really encourage you to read it and support a very talented BIPOC author.

A free e-ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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