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Review: The Silvered Serpents

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Title: The Silvered Serpents
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Count: 420
Published by: Wednesday Books
Date Published: September 22, 2020
You can find it here: Bookshop.org


Having barely survived thwarting The Fallen House, Severin and the group are now on the hunt for a long lost artifact – one that can deliver the powers of the gods themselves – each having their own reasons for needing this item, each lost in their own internal struggles. They will need to band together once again and set off to find the Fallen Houses’ long lost castle, rumoured to be nestled in the frozen tundra of the icy heart of Russia.

Overall Thoughts

Even though my love-hate relationship is strong with The Silvered Serpents predecessor, The Gilded Wolves, I loved the concept of the story and really wanted to give the series another try … especially with the deliciously wintery premise of its sequel. This is a wonderful sequel – excellent narrative, exceptional, strong-voiced characters, trademark Roshani humour that I adore, and a really fun setting. However, I strongly suggest a reread of The Gilded Wolves before diving into The Silvered Serpents as this sequel assumes a great deal of remembered knowledge from it. Unfortunately, I had not, and so spent most of my time trying to “catch-up”, keeping me at a great disadvantage and I found that I could never fully sink into this story. Exacerbating this frustration is the glacial plot – nothing really happens action-wise until about 200 pages in. Overall, I know I didn’t enjoy this sequel as much as I could have. Whether you’re a fan of The Gilded Wolves or struggled like I did, this book definitely delivers a crisper, sharper story … as long as you do your homework first.

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