i received a copy of the gilded wolves trilogy from hachette nz in exchange for an honest review.
the gilded wolves
i was so excited when i received this series in the mail!
unfortunately, i wasn’t blown away by this book. i had very high expectations and found the book to be very confusing.
the biggest thing is struggled with was how disconnected i felt from the characters. i found there was too many of them and i kept mixing everyone up.
i read this book while reading along with the audiobook (which i do fairly often. as a slow reader, it has helped me improve my reading pace). i found i really struggled with the narrators of this particular book as they all put on these terrible fake french accents. they would alternate between an american accent for non speech, and switch back to french for spoken dialog. the constant switching was jarring and threw me off. (i also wonder if the audiobook is the reason i struggled with liking this book. – i went on to read the other two without the audiobook and found i really loved them).
despite all this, yes i still plan to read the other two books.
buy your copy now!
the silvered serpents
i found the silvered serpents to be a more enjoyable read than the gilded wolves. firstly, the character pov’s were easier to follow as the characters became more familiar. (i hate big casts as i have a hard time remembering everyone). having had more time to get acquainted with everyone, i found them easier to connect an relate to.
regarding the audiobooks, i didn’t continue with this one. i read the book instead, and found it much easier to get into the story. the narration of the audiobook really hindered my reading experience.
one thing i noticed with the silvered serpents is that the plot was non stop. there was always something happening. it made it exciting to read, and i didn’t want to put it down.
the puzzles also added a layer that i thoroughly enjoyed. they were creative and fun.
i’m really glad i decided to continue with this series despite not enjoying the first one much.
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the bronzed beasts
as far as a series conclusion goes, the bronzed beasts i one of the best finales i’ve read to date. usually, i find series slowly go downhill the more i read them, but this one went in the opposite direction. each book got better and better.
the characters became easier to like the more i read about them. initially i had the problem where there were too many, and i couldn’t remember who was who.
i really enjoyed seeing how all the characters evolved over the course of the three books, especially how i went from disliking most of them to loving everyone.
the ending of this book completely ruined me. i’ve seen a few other reviews, and they all say the same thing: the ending is amazing. but also painful.
overall, i think the gilded wolves is a series worth reading.