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Tarnished (Silver #2)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  335 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Experience the romance and danger of running with the werewolves in this urban fantasy

Andrew Dare has found his mate in Silver, but they haven’t found the pack they can call home. Some of his old friends think he should return and challenge Roanoke for leadership of all the werewolf packs on the East Coast. But Andrew has baggage—his violent history with the packs of Spain
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 21st 2013 by Tor Books
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All Things Urban Fantasy
Less formula and more content than your average werewolf romance, TARNISHED is a brand of urban fantasy that I treasure. Though heavily steeped in character, the slow arc of action that Held weaves through this story and her series as a whole has a level of patience that is becoming rarer and rarer in the serialized genre. Patience to let injuries heal, patience to let obstacles stand, patience to let characters struggle without a magical panacea to sweep the slate clean every book.

Though the fi
K. Bird
Tortured were Silver and her ex-enforcer mate Andrew Dare are back in this sequel to Silver.

And this one's just as good-- if not better-- than the first in the series.

Again, Mercy Thompson series lovers will probably like this one, although there's a difference in the taste of the writing that I can't quite pin down. Mercy gets maybe a bit more wild and spicy and Tarnished continues that very straight-forward, no-frills, "this person does that, that person does this, this person may react this w
Shaun Duke
Back in 2012, I interviewed then-debut novelist Rhiannon Held about Silver, a new urban fantasy novel involving werewolves (oh noes). In truth, I was skeptical at the time; I didn't think much of urban fantasy when I started conducting podcast interviews, and so I thought to myself that this book would confirm everything I thought about the genre. It didn't. While it wasn't the strongest novel of its kind, Silver provided enough compelling material to keep me riveted until the end. In particular ...more
ok - I really liked Silver and have a vague memory about what it was about - after all it's been over a year since I read it. I got Tarnished and for the first few chapters was really in the dark because I just couldn't remember enough of Silver to make sense of what I was reading.

Do authors who write series think that their book is the only book I read last year? Why can't they have a prologue or intro to remind readers of what has happened so far?

I this story was ok and I feel l
Dr susan
Why do I do this to myself? I start a good book in the evening, knowing I have no will power to put the book down and go to sleep. Tarnished is so good! 4am and page 238- I love these characters so much, and the world feels so real.

I am reading Tarnished for the second time. I totally forgot the awesome insult "Don't be a purse dog."

Reflected is here!! And my third time reading Tarnished is just as good as the first two. Silver is such a unique character, and sees the things that truly matter in
Book Girl
It was easy to give Tarnished 4/5. It's a wonderful continuation of Silver, focusing on world development through the eyes of Susan and establishing a platform for Reflected to launch from. It tied up some of the political loose ends and each member of the alpha couple had a chance to work on themselves. I'm still really impressed with how mental illness has been presented through Silver. Even with both this book and the first book having 4/5 from me, I feel I need to add them to my library for ...more
Joshua Booher
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A romantic urban fantasy about leadership, doing what is right, proving yourself with words and actions, and different kinds of strength. There are exciting challenges, power-hungry villains, and deft character development. Silver and Susan seem to be weak (Silver cannot shift and speaks with Death, while Susan is human) but they have inner strength - purpose, decisiveness, and the need to protect. Andrew’s reputation is tarnished but he proves his honor with his words and actions, even after be ...more
I definitely ended up liking this book better than the first. It felt more focus, and more sure of its narrative style. I still found the characters to be lacking, and considerably unrelatable, but the story this time around was decent. I still, however find ZERO interest in Andrew and Silver as a couple. They barely seem to like each other at times with how callously they act around each other. They're not a couple I buy into, and there's nothing romantic about this book. But still, it's solid ...more
"Silver has found her mate in Andrew Dane, but they haven't found the pack they can call home. Silver lost her wild self to a monster's assault: a madman who believed that werewolves were demons who could be exorcised with injections of silver. He killed her pack, all the children-she alone survived. Now she walks in a shadow world with death at her side, and she can no longer shift to wolf form. Can she remain in the only society she has ever known? Can she mate with an alpha wolf and rule a pa ...more
Hannah M.
Last year I read Rhiannon Held’s novel Silver and loved it to bits. I finally picked up Tarnished, the second installment of her Silver series, and man did I read the hell out of this book. Tarnished held all the things that appealed to me in the first book, but she took it to a whole new level with this one. Another amazing read from Held, I’ve gotta say.

Characters, oh the characters! Dare and Silver simply have some of the best chemistry ever written, in my opinion. When one shines it doesn’t
In SILVER we were introduced to the werewolves Andrew and Silver. Now that they've recovered from their injuries, they're beginning to think about the future. Unfortunately, the future doesn't always go according to plan.

Coming up is the werewolf Convocation in the neutral territory of Arizona. Weres from other packs think Andrew should return to the East Coast and challenge the Roanoke alpha. It's something Andrew wouldn't have considered before meeting Silver, but the current alpha is weak and
Yes, I did it again. I was sent this book for review and I knew it was the second book in the series, but I decided to try it anyway. This is a book that should not be read out of order. Not that I couldn't pick up and get into the book, because I did enjoy myself, but because you will miss a lot of information about Silver. She is one of the major characters in this book and despite my lack of knowledge of what happened before she actually captured most of my attention. She is unusual for a wer ...more
Nikko Lee
I was lucky enough to win an advanced reader copy from (thank you Tor). So here's my preview.

The second book in this series follows the continuing adventures of Silver and Andrew Dare as they search for their own pack. The relationships between characters and the Were pack dynamics were really interesting. Unfortunately, it took me 20-30 pages to figure out what was going on and how many characters I was dealing with. Characters are referred to by a combination of first name, last name,
Jeffrey Grant
This book continues in the same vein as the first one, in that there’s nothing particularly innovative done with the mythology or setting, and the conflicts are all character based rather than centering on some mystical or mythical threat. However, like the previous book, I found it to be a very engaging read, possibly more so than the first one.

The introduction of Sarah, the non-ware, as a point of view character was a big help, I think. I always prefer expositions to be done in character. Wal
Jeanne 'Divinae'
First off. If you haven't read book one, Silver, I'd advise you to read it first. If not you will be lost for the first 60-100 pages. It will take long to get enough background depth to understand where this book was leading too AND enough to know what happened in book one. The characters where referred by different names and phrases like "Lady".

I did enjoy this book. It felt like a roller coaster. I start reading it and as you get into it, you WANT to know what is going to happen. Then it spee
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I found Rhiannon Held's debut novel, Silver, to be a wonderful and enthralling read. Tarnished definitely lives up to its predecessor's success and solidified Silver and Dare as one of the best mated pairs in urban fantasy! I highly recommend this book to urban fantasy fans and am already jonesing for another dose of Ms. Held's world.

Tarnished finds Silver and Dare mostly healed from their physical injuries in the previous book, but the
Linsey Duncan
Silver is a fantastic character. Let's get that out the gate. Newish character Sarah, present in Silver, but greatly expanded here, is her foil. Hey, even Andrew is her foil to some extent. I mean, we have here a story about werewolf politics. . . . Well, yes, werewolf politics. And brains and posturing and brainy posturing rules the day. Sure, there's some effective and tense action sequences, too, but where would we be without the backdoor dealing, the speeches. It's a fantasy congress given m ...more
Less formula and more content than your average werewolf romance, TARNISHED is a brand of urban fantasy that I treasure. Though still heavily steeped in character, the slow arc of action that Held weaves through this story and her series as a whole has a level of patience that is becoming rarer and rarer in the serialized genre. Patience to let injuries heal, patience to let obstacles stand, patience to let characters struggle without a magical panacea to sweep the slate clean every book. Though ...more
I wasn't sure how much I would like this book with the inclusion of Susan's trials among the Were, but it wasn't as bad as I had anticipated.

There was a very strong presence of the author advocating female strength in this book. This isn't something that I really enjoy. I don't feel the need to go burn my bras in the street to show off how much of a man I can be. And I really am not a fan of having this type of thing shoved down my throat as it was in this book, hence the 3 stars. I will say, t
Sacramento Public Library
In nature, the alpha wolf is not the fiercest or most aggressive member of the pack. The alpha wolf is the decision maker and provider, the intelligent and charismatic leader responsible for the pack’s survival. The alpha werewolves of Tarnished mirror their lupine cousins, and when that authority is abused, the pack is imperiled.

Tarnished, the sequel to Silver (2012), continues the story of exiled werewolf Andrew Dare and his mate Silver, crippled by an attack which stole her ability to shift i
Jul 22, 2014 Kemi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
This was a much better, stronger book than the first one. My only complaint is that I felt lost through the first few chapters because I read "Silver" over 7 months ago. They should definitely be read together, so the original story is fresh.

I loved the dynamic between pack members, not only in Seattle, but all over the US and Europe. The characters were strongly developed and so were the relationships between them. I can hardly wait to finish the series. I have some suspicions about Silver and
Although the plot probably rates around a three, I'm giving it a four because of the characters. The characters are wonderful. I already loved Dare and Silver, after our interactions with them in the first book; I was expecting to keep liking them. What I didn't expect was becoming so enamoured of Susan. She's fantastic in this book. She's scared, and she's hurt, and she feels out of control -- and then she takes control of her situation. I was proud of her by the end of the book, and I don't of ...more
Nicole Luiken
Strong urban fantasy with lots of action and pack dynamics as we go to a Convocation of werewolves. Silver's injury and otherworldliness make her a fascinating character and Dare is a solid hero. I was also interested in Susan's plotline of a human learning about werewolf culture.
Quibble: too many names starting with S! Silver, Susan and two pack leaders are referred to by their cities Seattle and Sacramento. Confusing.
Tarnished, the sequel to Silver, delves even further into Were politics, testing Dare and Silver's mettle even more than before. An incident occurs of a Were alpha being killed by a human and that is on top of Dare's plans to challenge Roanoke for leadership. Add to that, the appearance of some unexpected visitors at the Convocation and of course conflict ensues making for a wild ride.

One of the thing's that I particularly enjoy about Rhiannon Held's work is her ability to carve out a very rich
Werewolves Andrew Dare and Silver have found temporary refuge with the Seattle pack as they wait the annual Convocation of alphas, an event where Dare can challenge his old boss for leadership of the Roanoke pack. But, before he deals with that, he must deal with Sacramento's alpha, who wants Dare dead after he killed his son. The Convocation brings a lot of complex politics into play as old grudges surface, forcing Dare and Silver to use every available resource at hand. Held's take on werewolv ...more
Great second addition to the urban fantasy series of Silver and Andrew Dare. In this one, they are mated as 2 dominants, which is rare. As always, Silver is hurt but recovering and growing stronger, surprising everyone with her abilities. The focus is more on Andrew in this novel, as his long-lost daughter and evil ex-brother-in-law come into town from Spain and try to throw a wrench into the general U.S. Werewolf Convocation. The plot kind of sounds trite, but I think the author does a great jo ...more
Jul 26, 2013 Jacqueline rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Patricia Briggs
Great were wolf politics. This was a great sequel to Silver. If you like your shifter worlds truly filled out and real you'll love this series. Dare and Silver are a mated pair of alphas, both of them fully realized. This book didn't concentrate on their relationship except to show how devoted they are to each other and how they work well together as a team. There is also POV from Susan a human who is in a relationship with an alpha wolf. She was enjoyable and added to the story. The whole story ...more
I am really enjoying the character of Silver, even though she can't shift and she is more human like, she is still a strong alpha wolf. It's a good series.
As many other reviewers stated, reading this novel without reading the first one in the series is not a good idea. I would agree. I did not read the first one and so spent the entire novel trying to figure out what was going on. The novel is really based on the relationships between people/werewolves and so I was at a huge disadvantage for not knowing the backstory on everyone. I might have rated this higher if I knew what was happening. But, it is a pet peeve of mine when authors assume that ev ...more
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Rhiannon Held is the author of the urban fantasy SILVER series from Tor. She lives in Seattle, where she works as an archaeologist for an environmental compliance firm. Working in both archaeology and writing, she’s “lucky” enough to have two sexy careers that don’t make her much money.
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