The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi
Published by Wednesday Books on September 22, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Historical, Fantasy
Pages: 416 Format: eARC Source: NG
I acquired this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.
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.
Once again Roshani Chokshi has brought us a stunningly brilliant and emotional tale with The Silvered Serpents. There’s of course history and mystery but at it’s heart is the bonds between the characters and how far they will go for each other. With writing that seeps into the bones and sets the soul alight, readers will surely love this one.
One of my favorite parts of this series is always going to be the exploration of artifacts, folklore, and legends and this sequel delves deeper into all those aspects. More importantly though, this book shines a light on the hidden and often unseen emotions and thoughts that humans deal with. Dealing with grief, loss, and trauma; the feeling of being other; and above all love, in its many, many facets.
This whole crew of characters is so nuanced and their connections to one another carry the story. Whether it’s Séverin’s quest for power, Laila’s search for more, Enrique’s desire to belong, Zofia’s fear, or Hypnos’ need of acceptance; all of them bring something special to the table. I find myself wanting to coddle and yell at them all at the same time.
And oh that ending. It was at once heartbreaking yet hopeful, and I’m eagerly anticipating the final installment in the trilogy. Chokshi’s writing continues to excel bringing a sweeping, lyrical narrative to the page. If you haven’t started this trilogy yet, I highly recommend picking up The Gilded Wolves as soon as possible so you can then delve into The Silvered Serpents.
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