The Silvered Hardcover – November 6, 2012
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"This is an exciting romantic quest fantasy.... Fans will enjoy the trek of the werewolf and the mage into the heart of the enemy." — Midwest Book Review (for The Silvered)
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I feel that this is Huff's main draw back, as she has gotten more popular her writing has taken on a plague of fantastical scenes which really have no point and do not advance any part of the story or characters. Mostly these scenes are meant to illustrate a characters talent advancement, and in general these scenes always happen towards the end of the book which makes it difficult to point them out without spoiling the story. However other that this small complaint this book is great. I really hope she writes a sequel to this book
I'm new to Tanya Huff's writing, but I have to say she got me enthralled with this story and its characters. I enjoyed the interactions (and playful flirtations) of Mirian and Tomas. It was interesting to see how their society works and differs from the empire. I also enjoyed the multiple character perspectives as to see all the sides of this story and not just the main characters (like the kidnapped mage women, Captain Reiter, the imprisoned alpha, etc.). *Slight spoiler* I only wish there were more details on the Hunt/Ghost pack characters that were saved such as Dusty or the mysterious "Nine". And also the one mention of another mage named Hayla helping Mirian. With all these new details and the meeting of the Captain makes me wonder if another books is in the works (a sequel?). I certainly hope so.
Most werewolf stories are just rehashed story lines and lust in the dust. This story has back story and a cultural nuance to the werewolf culture. I loved it.
However I like to listen to books also and I bought the $4.49 "professional narration". It is HORRIBLE. A dead toneless robot "voice" clearly produced by a computer program scanning the pages. I find it very confusing that Audible uses the same phrase "professional narration" for both actual readers (as I have heard on other books purchased) and the robot voice used for the Silvered (and a few other unfortunate purchases).
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In this world there are two empires - one which is mostly human and one which is mostly werewolves. The two lands don't understand each other well and there are a lot of misconceptions which eventually lead to war. When a group of werewolf mages are kidnapped and taken to the capital of the opposing empire there are few to challenge this because of the war and the task of rescuing them is left to a female mage with apparently little power and a young male werewolf. The story is told from their points of view but also interspersed with the view of the captain of the raiding party responsible for the kidnapping.
The story is action packed and full of incident. It is fast paced and the background and other information you need to know to understand the story is introduced seamlessly. In common with any good fantasy novel, however, the author has more to say than just telling an entertaining story. This is a book about the abuse of power at all levels and also about prejudice and bigotry. There is plenty to think about when reading this book - how far would we go to have power ? At what point do you stand up for what is wrong ? Why do we fear difference rather than celebrating it ? The book doesn't labour these messages but the fact that the author examines these themes makes it a deeper and more complex book than it would appear from the synopsis.
I was captivated by this novel. I found it thought provoking and highly entertaining. I highly recommend it for all fantasy fans.
The setting of the book is an alternative fantasyland regency/ WW1 era (think 'it'll all be over by christmas') and the unusual choice of historical setting adds interest to that which is a refreshing story. There are also quite a lot of fun and hilarious moments, mixed with moments of real severe threat, throughout which Huff sets the tone and pace brilliantly.
The "cast" including the villains were all brilliantly characterised and even minor characters are 3D. It is written as a stand-alone, so far as I can see, but I too hope there will be a sequel.
Das Land der Aydori wird vom Pack regiert, fast unbesiegbaren Werwölfen, deren Gemahlinnen Magie beherrschen. So werden sie vom Vordringen der Armee des Kaisers von Kresentia überrascht, die dank moderner Wissenschaft schnell die Oberhand gewinnt und die fünf führenden Magierinnen gefangen nimmt. Eine Prophezeiung besagt, dass der Kaiser sechs Magierinnen mit herausragenden Kräfte, alle schwanger, in die Hand bekommen soll. Was ihm fast gelingt.
Miriam Maylin, 19 Jahre alt und mit nur wenig magischer Begabung, sieht die Entführung der First Lady und macht sich auf, sie und ihre Gefährtinnen zu befreien. Begleitet wird sie dabei vom jungen Werwolf Tomas, dem Bruder des getöteten Führers der Nation.
Der Aufbau der Geschichte beginnt allmählich, die Figuren werden uns langsam näher gebracht, sie entwickeln sich im Verlaufe der Reise weiter. Diese Welt ist interessant, gefährlich, für romantische Gefühle bleibt kein Platz, die Protagonisten wandern von Gefahr zu Gefahr, langweilig wird es nie. Das Buch hört so auf, dass es eine Fortsetzung geben könnte, aber es scheint bisher keine auf dem Markt zu sein. Sehr empfehlenswert.