Featured Review: The Silvered Serpents (Roshani Chokshi)
About This Book:
Returning to the dark and glamorous 19th century world of her New York Times instant bestseller, The Gilded Wolves, Roshani Chokshi dazzles us with another riveting tale as full of mystery and danger as ever in The Silvered Serpents.
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.
*Review Contributed by Olivia Farr, Staff Reviewer*
That ending!!! THE SILVERED SERPENTS is an engaging YA historical fantasy that picks up after the first book ended, and presents another slow-burning tale that ends with a bang. You definitely need to have read the first book to be able to understand this one, and it does not include much recap, so it would be helpful to read a synopsis or have recently read the first book.
After the first book, which had a major character death, the group is in taters, trying to cope with the loss however they are able. All of the characters seem a little more broken in their grief, but their personalities again shine from the pages. Each main character feels fully formed and realized, completely unique entities. Here, they are searching for the treasure of the Fallen House with urgency, due to Laila's impending doom.
Severin has decided to eschew personal relationships, further alienating the group that is very in need of his guidance. Zofia and Enrique particularly become key in this book, as they feel lost within themselves and must carry forward with the missions at hand. The adventure really picks up the pace of the book, and the ending was incredible.
Although the beginning was a bit slower, the second half really makes this book incredible. This is once again a beautiful tale of friendship and love, filled with the families we create for ourselves. This sequel also portrays the brutality of grief and loss, as well as the difficulties in coping. I would highly recommend for anyone who enjoys dark YA fantasy with incredibly deep characters.
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