Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.
To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.
Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.
Read (finished): January 25, 2019
Rate: ⭐ 5/5
Roshani Chokshi’s newest book had me running the streets of Paris — in 1889. There was adventure and mystery and tragedy, as well as a cliffhanger ending that left me eager for the sequel.
Before I started reading, I saw many reviews describing it as perfect for Six of Crows fans. My expectations grew with every recommendation I received, so I tried to start reading the book with a “blank” mind. Although there were similarities (fantasy heist story, crew of six), I found the plot to be amazing on its own. The diverse characters all had their own personal struggles to face, which led each to have their own motivation to take part in the heist. My favorites are Laila and Zofia! Individually, they are both strong females who must face their pasts, but the dynamics of their friendship also stood out to me.
Another element I really enjoyed were the puzzle scenes. By including illustrations/visuals of the puzzles, I felt more involved in the solving of the riddles. Personally, I enjoy books with puzzles needing to be solved. They invite the reader into the action and thrill by challenging them to solve the mystery alongside the characters.
Without giving away spoilers, the book ends with a (HUGE and somewhat vague) reveal, leaving readers with questions and theories of what will happen next. I can’t wait to see what Roshani Chokshi comes up with for the fate of our wolves!
Until next time, happy reading! ♡