| Gifted | YA fantasy |
The Silvered Serpents was the perfect sequel for the Gilded Wolves. It was very emotional and added many new layers to the story. We get to learn more about the magic and world-building of the story, and everything felt a lot darker than the first book.
“Love does not always wear the face we wish,” she said. “I wish my love had been more beautiful. I wish … I wish we had more time.”
― Roshani Chokshi, The Silvered Serpents
However, the true delight of the story are the characters and their relationships. Every character evolves from the first book. Each of them has to elaborate Tristan’s death and it changes the dynamics of the gang. Specifically, the biggest rift is that between Séverin and Laila. Séverin has distanced himself from everyone he loved to spare himself more heartbreak and Laila tries to push him away to protect herself. The tension between them was off the charts! Lots of angst and longing. The writing is beautiful. It’s very lyrical and poetic. Also, the book ends on an incredible cliffhanger that I did not see coming!