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Of Silver and Beasts (Goddess Wars #1)

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  508 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
In the sand-covered queendom of Cavan, the goddess once saved a young Kaliope’s life, preventing the mercury in her blood from reaching her heart. Now, a cybernetic clamp filters it, but the silver streaks swirling beneath her skin are a constant reminder that she’s different.

When Kaliope is chosen as head of the Nactue Guard, she becomes the sworn protector to her empress
Kindle Edition, 265 pages
Published April 18th 2013 by Trisha Wolfe
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Feb 22, 2016 Aa'Ishah rated it really liked it
You can also find this review and a giveaway on my blog.

4.5 stars

I am convinced that Trisha Wolfe is made of magic. Magic mind, magic hands (for her ability to put on paper what is in her mind), magic that runs into her book and then reaches out to the reader to grab them and hold them in place, forcing them to continue reading. Why? Because yet again she has created another fantastic world, another set of characters who don't give you the option of not loving them, and because...well, because s
Heather *live on coffee and flowers*
This wasn't a bad book, especially not for a freebie. However, it did have some problems.

1) Grammatical errors/typos: Misused words like discrete for discreet, or linage for lineage. Also the tenses were occasionally messed up, and sometimes a word was wrongly made plural or possessive.

2) Sexism: The MC's society was matriarchal, which doesn't mean it wasn't sexist. It was, which was especially apparent when compared to the love interest's patriarchal society (which was also sexist). Thankfully,
Isa Lavinia

First of all, the beginning is filled with info-dump. Not only that, most of it is told instead of shown.
The first few chapters are basically the main character info-dumping her whole world and personal life in an inner monologue. I don't know if it was just me, though the info-dumpy inner monologue certainly didn't help, but I personally could not connect at all with Kaliope, the main character. This book uses first person narrative, so I was expecting to feel... something towards Kaliope. It
Siiri (Little Pieces of Imagination)
Actual rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I accidentally stumbled upon Tuff Girls sign ups and I am so beyond glad I did, because I probably wouldn’t have seen this book otherwise. And I got to read it before the masses did! YAY! It was a completely different experience for me in the sense that usually when I have a review book on my hands, I think about the rating and critique, but in this case, I didn’t remember to concentrate on the pros and cons, I just enjoyed the ride of awesomeness.

The story. Kali
May 08, 2013 Farrah rated it it was amazing
So freaking amazing! I loved Of Silver and Beasts so much. Dark romance, warring goddesses, thrilling battles-this book has it all.

The atmosphere of this book was so well done. The feel of the entire book was dark, yet sensuous, and that feeling permeated throughout the whole story. I really liked how brilliantly done that was.

The world building for this book was also great. The world that the characters live in is very different. Caben's kingdom was a more traditional set up. Not a sexist place
Summer ✿
May 10, 2013 Summer ✿ rated it really liked it
Of Silver and Beasts is a story of loyalty, love, and faith. A story that was perfectly executed, complete with a complex plotline and excellent world building. The mythology aspect was the best component of OSAB, and is for sure one of the best mythology books I have read thus far.

The story follows a protector named Kaliope, whose unwavering loyalty gives her the job of protecting her empress. She is a total badass, while at the same time relatable due to her human tendencies. She did not make
Rashika (is tired)
I was going to say a whole bunch of other stuff but I cannot remember.

But read this. It's a quick read, had tons of actions, a good romance, likeable characters and a good plot. Let's not forget the world building though. That was pretty good too.
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Mar 20, 2013 Jaime (Two Chicks on Books) rated it it was amazing
I beta'd this for Trish and it was fantastic!!!! Loved this one sooooooooooooooooo much :D
Trisha Wolfe has a talent for storytelling and creating highly imaginative world. This time it's mostly dark with magic, action, violence, blood, mercury, goddesses and so much more. I really like Trisha Wolfe's writing. I've read two books by her and both have been equally amazing. I'm so glad that I signed up for the street team because how else were I to discover such a great author and get to read her books before everyone else.

The world building is great. It feels like you are reading some
Feb 08, 2015 Bj marked it as to-read
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Mar 26, 2013 Amber rated it it was amazing
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Loved this story. Trisha always knows how to write amazing strong characters and slips in just enough chemistry to curl your toes. This is a must read.
Jul 03, 2013 Erin rated it it was amazing
I've kept my mercury-tainted blood a secret for fifteen years, with the exception of those closest to me. Now at nineteen, I plan to advance with the rest of the protectors today--normal, unblemished. I won't be pitied. I've earned my spot among them as an equal. ~Kaliope, Loc 58

Trisha Wolfe has consistently amazed me with her ability to create these worlds and characters that are so entirely captivating. Of Silver and Beasts is arguably her most raw and gripping tale yet, with the story of Ka
Emily (Book Jems)
Of Silver and Beasts was a truly engaging story. Ms. Wolfe has written another fascinating tale that provides near constant entertainment. Though I wasn't sure what to expect at first, I applaud Trisha Wolfe for gifting readers with another imaginative tale.

Kaliope, or Kal as she is affectionately referred, is head of the Nactue, those who guard the empress of her homeland, Cavan. She would do anything to keep her empress, kingdom and people safe--including babysitting another kingdom's prince a
Lea (Between fantasy and reality)
I really enjoy Trisha Wolfe’s books and the worlds she creates but the world of Of Silver and Beasts is definetly my favorite. I love the socities she created, the mythology and the whole world is simply wonderful. Especially the Cavan, where women have the power and men are also respected. Kaliope is one awesome character. I admire the ability of Trisha Wolfe to create such strong and independent women who carry a lot on their shoulders yet they still kick-ass on a daily basis and Kalipoe is on ...more
Jessica (Lovin' Los Libros)
May 09, 2013 Jessica (Lovin' Los Libros) rated it it was amazing
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I am so fortunate to have received this from Trish a few weeks ago to read. Because this book is nothing short of amazing. I was hooked from the minute I started reading and I could not put it down. I was immediately pulled into the land of Cavan and into Kaliope's world.

Kaliope is one kick ass female and you all know by now how much I love fierce, strong protagonists in my books. Kaliope has gone through some major trials in her past and still bears a heavy burden. She feels that her clamp in h
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Before I get through the gist of this review, let me just say that I loved this book. And that anything I might continue to say may sound like complete gibberish. Because holy geez, Of Silver and Beasts was amazing! So many feels, magic, action - everything I love!

Let's start off with the plot! Like most YA fantasy or adventure stories I like, there's action, fight scenes, magic, etc. Basically the quick, readable, entertaining stuff
Jul 11, 2013 Valerie rated it really liked it
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4 stars- Something totally different and completely captivating!

My first love in books is fantasy. I love the new world and the mysteries it holds. The first book I remember reading and loving in elementary school was A Wrinkle In Time. I haven't read much fantasy for a while. Urban fantasy or paranormal, yes, but fantasy not so much. It was long overdue and I'm so glad it was Of Silver and Beasts that reawakened that love in me.

A totally different world, the Caven are a matriarchal society gove
May 25, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing
"You're to do great things, Protector Kaliope." Removing his ring, he slips it on my thumb. Then he kisses my palm. "And I love you more than any other."

CURSE THE GODDESSES!!! How can you do this to me Trisha?! She has once again managed to turn me into a weeping mess at the end of this book. After Astarte's Wrath, I just got so addicted to her writing and since I've been on a serious fantasy withdrawal before these books, I instantly devoured them and can't seem to get enough of them. So yes, f
Originally posted at: Girls on YA Books

I am going to start off by saying,..Don’t ever underestimate Trisha Wolfe. It will make you feel like a fool. Now, that being said, Trisha, I have never underestimated you. No. Not one bit. With every story of hers I am blown away. She has an incredible talent that I am glad she hasn’t let go to waste. I tend ti have the nasty habit of reading a books synopsis and then completely forgetting what it is about when I start it, jumping into a book with
Kim (Book Swoon)
Apr 29, 2013 Kim (Book Swoon) rated it it was amazing
Of Silver and Beasts is a New Adult Dark Fantasy by Trisha Wolfe, featuring one awesome, derriére kicking heroine. There was enough action and drama to keep me turning the pages, as well as a unique world setting and a touch of romance.

The Summary:

Kaliope has just been chosen as leader of the Nactue Guard, whose duty is to protect her Empress. When neighboring land is under attack by the Otherworlders, it becomes Kaliope’s duty to protect Prince Caben, the last heir to his kingdom. Have patience
Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Magnus ♥
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I was a bit disappointed with this since I have come to expect so much from Trisha Wolfe. I really wanted to love this, but I couldnt.

First of all, the world it was set in really drove me crazy. I couldnt stand the idea of a matriarchy. Its not like I want to be ruled by men, but it should be equality and anything else just feels wrong. Kal tried to explain that it wasnt about forcing men to obey, but to show respect and a woman's
Ashley K at Caught Reading Redheaded

Trisha Wolfe is such an awesome world painter. The entire world, this book takes place in, comes to life as you read. I found Of Silver and Beasts to be an original and refreshing read for me. I love the idea behind the book, and the execution of it was spot on. We are taken on a ride to the queendom of Cavan where Mercury is the main power source and so very important. We are given characters that are full of depth and rich in their our individual roles.

Kaliope is our main character. She
There are so many dimensions to this book I enjoyed every spectrum...The ending is heart breaking but all the characters know what they must do. The next book is going to be sooooo good!! I’m pining AWAY...ALREADY!

My Rating

4.5 Mercury, Clamps, Fathers, Goddesses, Reckoning, Grimmal, Moon Goddess filled stars!! For an amazing adventure in a beautiful new world full of action, love, and the power struggles between Gods. Go GET Of Silver and Beasts!!

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Mar 02, 2016 Karla rated it really liked it
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I don't know what made me drop this book back in January but I'm glad I picked it up again and actually read it properly.

I admit that at first, the new world setting, alongside the dystopia aspect, plus all the info-dump in the beginning chapters, (the first 35%ish or so) so I think that's what made me stop reading, but after giving it a chance, I was glad that I did because it reminded me a lot of the feeling I felt as I read other of my favorite books. I can't wait to read the next book and se
*Pick it for me Freebie Reads #20. Thanks for voting!*

Of Silver and Beasts won by a landslide in the Freebie Poll. With the amount of the votes it got, I was so excited to start it.Plus, it's a New Adult Fantasy. (Which now I know means next to nothing, in the grand scheme of things). As much as I wanted to love this one, I couldn't.

What first struck me was the info dump. The first two chapters (at least) were loaded with information about Kal - our main character - and the world she lives in. I
Emi Lingsan
Overall the story line has promise and is good.

I gave it three stars because I found the writing style lacking. It was not expressive nor descriptive enough. She (Wolfe) created a world that is supposed to be hell on Earth but was lacking in words for me as a reader to envision it.

There were times as I read the book that I felt should have tugged at me emotionally yet felt nothing. I logically connected to what was happening but not emotionally.

There were also missing words, bad grammar or typos
Apr 20, 2016 Rebecca rated it liked it
At the beginning of this book, when Kal does her "I don't want a man routine", I was looking forward to a lesbian romance. However! What I wasn't expecting was that it would be a sidenote, a token lesbian relationship! (view spoiler)

I was extremely interested in the world in which this book is set, and obviously in a country where women are seen as the dominant
Jan 30, 2015 Tiffany rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. I was disappointed with the storyline a little because of all the OH NO, WE'RE GOING TO DIE! I mean find a way to escape, stop being all loner like and make as many allies as possible. I hate that Kaliope was self conscious about her clamp so darn much. The mercury comes out in her skin when she's emotional so it's hard to hide. If I was her I would have been like, "I am the leader of the Nactue and I have a clamp, SO WHAT. Do you have something to say? Come here and let's see if you ...more
Michelle Pickett
Apr 17, 2013 Michelle Pickett rated it it was amazing
WHOA! Just holy freakin' wow!

A more articulate review coming soon.
Melissa Fisher
Dec 15, 2015 Melissa Fisher rated it it was amazing

When your world as you know it is at stake, what will you sacrifice to save it? This is the first fantasy book I have read in awhile and I am glad that I did!!! Trisha transports us to a world unlike ours in many ways. And it is a beautiful, strange, dark world that sucks you in and holds you captive. This is a story of sacrifice, strength and love. Of friendships, bonds and beliefs. It is a wonderfully written story and I cannot wait to continue this journey with Kal and Caben and
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From an early age, Trisha Wolfe dreamed up fantasy worlds and characters and was accused of talking to herself. Today, she lives in South Carolina with her family and writes full time, using her fantasy worlds as an excuse to continue talking to herself.

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