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The Silvered

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  2,780 ratings  ·  379 reviews
The Empire has declared war on the small, were-ruled kingdom of Aydori, capturing five women of the Mage-Pack, including the wife of the were Pack-leader. With the Pack off defending the border, it falls to Mirian Maylin and Tomas Hagen—she a low-level mage, he younger brother to the Pack-leader—to save them. Together the two set out on the kidnappers’ trail, racing into t ...more
Hardcover, 454 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by DAW (first published January 1st 2012)
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Olga Godim
Dec 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
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Kelly Flanagan
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Mirian Maylin is young bright and failing at university. Her powers were tested and expectations on her from parents were very high. Father's banking and Mother's social life both sat waiting for her to marry into the Pack. But Marian was failing and didn't have the heart or time to tell her parents. Suddenly the border war was here and the Mage-pack stolen by the Emperor. No-one else alive saw the kidnapping so Marian feels it is her duty to follow and help save the five mages.
This was a beaut
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
It seems like this is going to be a good series. I have read other Tanya Huff books and like them. This one has a very interesting world where mages and werewolves are on one side of a conflict and technology is on the other. The Emperor who leads the tech side is crazy and has decided that the mages and their werewolf consorts are "abominations" and therefore not human. While practicing magic is bad, the Emperor uses Soothsayers prophecies to guide his decision to capture all the high-level mag ...more
Ranting Dragon
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: janea

Tanya Huff is a well-known author in the speculative fiction community. While she’s best known for her Blood series, which was later adapted for television under the title Blood Ties, her other works span from epic fantasy to space-age military science fiction. The Silvered is her most recent release.

Aydori is a small country that used to be separated from a massive empire by two duchies. Problem is, that empire just gobbled up those duchies in record time
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
* * * 4.5 Stars * * *

A powerfully emotional story that draws you in and doesn't let you go. It's perfectly balanced with scenes that are heartbreaking, triumphant, brutal, and occasionally humorous.

Huff has an exceptional talent for creating remarkable, three-dimensional characters. And her female leads are strong, not because of what they can accomplish physically, but because they symbolize bravery, selflessness, determination, and are as alpha as any leader could ever be.

Mirian, the story's p
Mar 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, werewolves
Although I've mostly read Huff's earlier works, I've come to trust her for sensical plots and characters. So although I rolled my eyes to hear of yet another werewolf-based premise, I picked this one up anyway.

It must have been a while since I've read an intelligent fantasy, because the first few pages were a little tough for me to get through, trying to remember names and relationships and getting confused in the setting. Eventually I adjusted: Aydori is ruled by a werewolf Pack, members of whi
Gail Carriger
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, shifters
A true high fantasy featuring werewolves. Sharing very few tropes with the urban fantasy sub genre this book is more properly a fantasy featuring shape shifters, mages, and an invading army. The main character is brilliantly strong and courageous, but don't expect the classic love triangle, the standard waffling, or the pat ending of an urban fantasy arc. This book is stronger, fiercer and far more gruesome. Battles and choices have consequences for the characters and the reader. I found it toug ...more
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Tanja Huff has enjoyed a varied career in science fiction and fantasy literature. She has written very popular urban fantasy novels with her 6 book "Blood" series and also written the science fiction "Valor" military series. She now turns her fine creative instincts to mixing traditional magical fantasy with shapeshifters set in a war torn world dominated by a mad emperor who is using science and military might to take over the world.

Aydori is a country in Huff's new world. It is led by members
Molly Mortensen
I got this book at the dollar store and seriously didn't expect much, but I loved it!

My first impression of this book wasn't the best. Every couple of pages we changed perspectives, about a dozen times within the first chapter. (Only four POVs total) but with all the names and fantasy locations, I was confused and overwhelmed.

I'm glad I stuck with it. Silvered is an epic fantasy with plenty of excitement, and great characters.

Though there's a war going on this is a quest book. I don't typical
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much - it's the kind of tale that leaves you wanting more, not because it feels incomplete or unfinished*, but because there's potential for more stories in this world... and it'll be a shame if this imaginative world only gets one outing.

The setting is inspired by the Napoleonic era, and the story starts off by juxtapositioning grim battlefield scenes with glittering high society balls. Tanya Huff seamlessly introduces werewolves and mages of the Pack into this environment,
Jamie Collins
Feb 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
3.5 stars. I love Tanya Huff, and this was a pleasure to read. The plot is a bit odd, though, and seemed almost a waste of the fantasy world that was created.

We have a kingdom ruled by mages and werewolves which is being invaded by a foreign empire. This fantasy world is on the brink of an industrial revolution, so while this is not steampunk, there is some discussion of magic vs. science. The enemy empire is pro-science, but they also have a vaguely described religion which serves to give them
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed, sff
Tanya Huff just keeps getting better. I've loved her books for years because she writes really good genre fiction, but the books she has been publishing lately are on another level. Wilder, more thoughtful, more unusual, *unexpected*. Her last two books, about a family of Canadian deer-witches, were like cubist cozy urban fantasy, turning it inside out and making it something new, bizarre and exciting. The Silvered is a completely new world for her, this time she's taken the werewolf novel & tur ...more
Ian Bott
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This really should have been a 5 star rating. I so desperately wanted to give it a 5 because it was a delight to read. Strong and well-drawn characters, an enticing world setting, and vivid action and tension throughout with new and unexpected things happening along the way.

All told, highly entertaining and readable. So why not a 5?

Well, all the good comments happened at the fine-grained, scene-by-scene detail level. When I took in the whole picture the story moved to a rather predictable resolu
Larry Lennhoff
May 02, 2013 rated it liked it
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Jan 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I may be over vampires and growing weary of other paranormal creatures in fiction, but a werewolf/magic-wielding society under attack by an empire devoted to the pursuit of science? Sounds like something I want to read (like, yesterday). Pair that synopsis with blurbs by Kate Elliott (Cold Magic) and Michelle West (Silence), and I put Tanya Huff’s The Silvered on my wishlist, despite not having read any of her prior work. My brother gave me a bookstore gift card for Christmas, and this was the f ...more
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In ‘The Silvered’, the world is similar to ours during the Victorian era. Except there are werewolves, mages who can control different elements, and magical artifacts from the past. There are also guns and airships. It’s vaguely steampunk in feel, even though there is no actual steam technology.

Mirian Maylin, 19 years old, has some mage blood. She has tested as having powers in several elements, but has not progressed beyond first level in any of them. She has been invited to *not* come back to
Kelley Ceccato
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Deborah Ideiosepius
Brilliant and gripping! This story had it hooks firmly into me by page ten and I could barely put it down for the next one hundred pages. Luckily I picked it up on a Saturday and was able to put most of the weekend on hold while I read and read and read.

In this book all the best of Tanya Huff is represented and taken to new levels; All the military savvy that she picked up writing the ‘Valour’ series is used cunningly to craft a very believable scenario of a small country resisting, against huge
Violette Malan
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Any Tanya Huff book goes immediately to the top of my to-read pile, and, depending on what I'm reading at the time it arrives, can make me put that book down to finish after Tanya's book. That being said, I enjoyed The Silvered just a tad more than I enjoyed the Wild Ways books (and I've re-read them, so it's not like I didn't love them, I just like this one more). It's a pleasure to read something so accessible, that's at the same time layered and complex. Sure we've got the magic vs. science t ...more
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really hope this is the beginning of a series because I loved the second half of this book. For some reason, I found the beginning to be a little boring. The main character was complaining about her mother quite a bit, and I thought, here we go, another book with a young twenty something protagonist who is a complete ninny. I was also listening to this book on audio while I did chores periodically and that was not helping move the plot along. Between doing dishes and a narrator who was not bri ...more
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ah, yes, epic fantasy...this time war and genocide dressed in werewolf clothes. "The enemy" is evil, faceless, nameless, until one gets to know the enemy to discover that, for the most part, they're people just like us. The hero's quest, the journey of self-discovery are the trope, with that "with great power comes great responsibility" thing. Yes, there's one crazy-evil genius-emperor bad guy, but the rest of the characters are much more nuanced and complex. Enemies killed by the heroines aren' ...more
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
What I liked about this one was the strength of the female characters, particularly Mirian and Danika. Tanya Huff excels at writing strong, likeable female leads. Given how good they are at what they set out to do you would think they would be annoying and I actually hate perfect Mary Sue heroines - I just can't relate to them) but they aren't annoying at all. They are just admirable. She also has a talent for bringing life to minor, briefly glimpsed character so I CARE when they are killed. I a ...more
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal
The Imperial Soothsayers have predicted the end of the Emperor unless he can capture and contain the Mage-Pack, the wizards who safeguard the werewolf Pack of Aydori. Mirian Maylin did not know she had mage-craft. Her tutors at University had assured her she had none, even though she tested highly on the entrance examinations. When she encounters members of the Pack, they all believe she must have extraordinary powers because her scent tells them so. What chance does Mirian, an untested mage, ha ...more
Julie Czerneda
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Aha!!! Thanks to Estara, I'm now putting this review (and others) where they belong.

Wow. THE SILVERED is everything I love about Tanya Huff's storytelling, with engaging characters, a satisfyingly unpredictable plot, and a world that utterly convinces. Yet there's more! Huff takes fantasy elements you may think are familiar and within the first pages confidently reinvents them all. Strap in. This story is a ride you'll never forget.
Waiting, with no patience at all, for the next in the series.
Dec 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
I find this author to be hit or miss. The ones I like, I really like, but the ones that miss for me miss big. Sadly this one was a miss. I found things to be confusing at the start and didn't care for the characters. In the end this one just wasn't for me. ...more
Quite an interesting read with an inspiring underdog heroine and a gruff hero sidekick who must rescue a pregnant queen and stop a war.

The world building was fun, a kingdom of humans declaring war on the small kingdom of were shapeshifters based on a prophecy about unborn children, empires and mages. Two unlikely characters, Mirian Maylin a weak mage and Tomas Hagen, the youngest brother of the Pack Leader set out to save the mages. Attraction between shape-shifters and mages made by smell ra
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When the Empire attacks the small kingdom of Aydori, soldiers are sent across the border to capture the Mage-pack, the magic-wielding women married to the werewolf rulers of Aydori. Mirian Maylin, a young university student and failing mage, sets off to rescue them with Tomas Hagen, the younger brother of Aydori's ruling werewolf.

In this book, Tanya Huff has build a richly imagined and immersive fantasy world filled with interesting and nuanced characters. She uses a lot of tropes but puts her
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Tanya Huff has written about werewolves before, in her urban fantasy Blood Trail (1992). However, she masterfully reworks the concept in The Silvered, creating a complex social structure which combines werewolves and mages. Their country and their culture are under siege by an ever-expanding, Napoleon-esque Empire which regards the Pack as abomination. Bigotry, xenophobia, and racism complicate novice mage Mirian Maylin’s efforts to save the Mage-Pack after five members are kidnapped by the Empe ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
I liked this, it was fantasy, but at the same time it did not even feel like fantasy all the time cos it was different.

We have the BIG Empire that wants more land. They, oh let's say they are steampunk, or well just industrialized.

Then there is Aydori. Where Mages and Pack live together. Mages who if they can marry Pack and have more mages or puppies.

Then the bad Empire comes with soldiers and silver bullets. FU Empire! They call the Pack abominations and if you can show a pelt you get money. I
Nov 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I had a hard time figuring out what I thought of this book. It was fun to read, although parts of the middle did drag on a bit. The world building and the conflict between science and magic that has been set up is intriguing, and I am interested to see where this goes in future books. My main problem with The Silvered was the rather simplistic relationship between Tomas and Mirian (and, to a lesser extent, all other werewolf/mage pairings). The attraction between men and women of the wolf/mage p ...more
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