After Séverin’s seeming betrayal, the crew is fractured. Armed with only a handful of hints, Enrique, Laila, Hypnos and Zofia must find their way through the snarled, haunted waterways of Venice, Italy to locate Séverin.
Meanwhile, Séverin must balance the deranged whims of the Patriarch of the Fallen House and discover the location of a temple beneath a plague island where the Divine Lyre can be played and all that he desires will come to pass.
With only ten days until Laila expires, the crew will face plague pits and deadly masquerades, unearthly songs and the shining steps of a temple whose powers might offer divinity itself… but at a price they may not be willing to pay.
Returning to the dark and glamorous 19th century world of her New York Times instant bestseller, The Gilded Wolves, Roshani Chokshi dazzles us with the final riveting tale as full of mystery and danger as ever.
The Bronzed Beasts is the final installment of The Gilded Wolves trilogy. I absolutely loved the first two books in this series, but this third book was my favorite, I think. The story starts off right after the ending of the second book. I liked this because the ending of that book was wild and I think I would have been a little disappointed if this book started off with a jump in time. I’m not going to go into a detailed summary because I always try to avoid spoilers, plus, there’s the official synopsis above.
Enrique, Laila, Hypnos, and Zofia have traveled once again. This time they’re in Venice. I feel like we didn’t get as much of the setting as we got in the previous books. We get a bit of action with the canals and waterways, but I feel like the story was much more character-focused. The dynamic between these four was interesting in this book. They all feel as if they’ve lost their leader for good, that their friend had finally gone too far. There was a hole in the dynamic and each of the characters was trying to figure out how to adapt to that. This was a great emotional aspect for these characters. Severin meant something to each of them. So, his apparent betrayal was handled differently by each of the four.
Severin was also in Venice. But he wasn’t with his friends. He had a plan, but things were going wrong. Severin’s emotional development was probably the most interesting because he’s struggling with vague memories of his mother, the potential power of a god, and the things he’s had to do to his closest friends. He’s just not having a good time, but he’s almost reached his goals. Having the outside perspective, I just wanted everyone to love each other again. But Chokshi made it easy to understand why Severin was doing what he was doing.
Overall, I loved this book. I love this series. Chokshi’s writing was beautiful and moving, just like all of her other books. I loved the characters so much and this book just added to that love. I am also happy to say that I was really satisfied with the way this story ended. I think it was a fitting ending, even if it wasn’t necessarily a happy ending. I will be recommending this series until the end of time.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.