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A Crown for Cold Silver

(The Crimson Empire #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  3,413 ratings  ·  507 reviews
Five villains. One legendary general. A final quest for vengeance.

Twenty years ago, feared general Cobalt Zosia led her five villainous captains and mercenary army into battle, wrestling monsters and toppling an empire. When there were no more titles to win and no more worlds to conquer, she retired and gave up her legend to history.

Now the peace she carved for herself has
Hardcover, 646 pages
Published April 14th 2015 by Orbit
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
That was odd and awesome! Bad @ss old lady kicking butt with a demon dog and revenge, revenge, revenge! I hate that an older lady had to come out of peaceful living to kick some @ss and seek revenge on some jerks that killed her life; in a nutshell. Choplicker is my favorite character. And I also loved that an older lady had to come out of peaceful living to seek revenge <—- see what I did there?! 😉 I couldn’t understand a lot but it was epic none-the-less. A+ for originality ✅

Happy Reading!

Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, library, grimdark
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

Immediately after finishing this novel, I rated it 3.5 star. Now, after mulling it over for a few weeks, I'm downgrading that to a 2.5 star rating for reasons to be explained.

A Crown for Cold Silver was a book seemingly tailor made for my tastes; a grimdark-esque, epic fantasy which throws you directly into a complex story, demanding that you quickly acclimate yourself to the setting and characters, as multiple points of view are used to create a rich, new wor
Althea Ann
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Looking for the next big fat epic fantasy? 'A Crown For Cold Silver' just might fit the bill. It looks like 'Alex Marshall' is a pseudonym, so I'm not sure if this is actually a debut - if it is, it's a very good one.

Twenty years ago, the revolutionary warrior Zosia, known as Cold Cobalt, with the help of her Five Villains, managed to engineer a coup and install herself as Queen of the Crimson Empire. However, Zosia was better at fighting than ruling. Her idealistic plans for social reform and
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: epic-fantasy
This was a really fun read in the vein of Joe Abercrombie, or Richard Morgan. A great set of characters and interesting world building follows the journey of a legendary general who tried to "get out" and gets pulled back in.

It's VERY long and definitely requires commitment, but if you like being able to crush large insects with your epic fantasy, this is a good edgy-dark addition to the genre. Looking forward to the next one.
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-fantasy
Once every other individual responsible for this travesty has been dealt with, after every single one of them has been paid a visit, then I'll find you, whenever you go, wherever you hide, and I will deal with you at my leisure.

Twenty years ago a woman named Cobalt Zosia led her five captains and her army, toppling an empire only to be defeated in a duel and thrown to her "death". After disappearing suddenly her peace is broken, when a rogue army destroys her village and she barely escapes with
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
So, a middle aged female Heavy Metal Rocker comes out of early retirement and decides to Bring Back The Band. She wants to Tear The House Down, with a passion and verve that seems very unlikely for a woman of her age... or so everyone thinks. The stage is set, a bunch of aging rockers fill the stage, but there's a twist: the auditorium had come for a Christian Rock Band with obvious religious tones. The battle commences!

This is what the story IS, assuming there's no actual music involved.

The mi
Camly Nguyen
Mar 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
DNF 33%
I can't do this anymore. Reading the everyday life of a handicapped snail would be faster than this. Hell, even reading The Lies of Locke Lamora would be faster than this shit.

Summary: When Zosia's whole village is murdered by Captain Hjortt and his team, she kills them singlehandedly and runs away to seek revenge. But Zosia's isn't the strong and powerful lady she was twenty years ago. During those years, she has married and abdicated her place on the throne and stopped her training. Al
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So yeah.

I went into this warily. A lot of ~mercenary fantasy~ nowadays is so try-hard and often fails to be casually humorous/clever and blithely bloody.

Well...my wariness was completely unjustified. I had as swell a time reading this as I did any of the early Black Company volumes or God's War or Best Served Cold. The world-building could have been done lazily and I still would have enjoyed this for the characters and dialogue. The world-building, however, was also pretty damn awesome. Some f
Feb 08, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-and-galleys
Famed General Cobalt Zosia led her army into battle and overthrew an empire twenty years ago. Once there was nothing else to accomplish or conquer, she retired and faded into legend.

Now Zosia's husband and village were destroyed for no reason. She heads out to avenge her loved ones.

A Crown for Cold Silver quickly proved it was not a book for me. The writing style felt dull and uninspired. The characters were hardly believable and I didn't have any clue of what was happening in the world. I enjoy
Django Wexler
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Got an early read of this thanks to the generous people at Orbit, and it's great. Dark, funny, brutal. Very much recommended. ...more
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Crazy.. familiar yet so different.. very fun read.. full review to come.

needed a few days so my impressions settle a bit. i was overwhelmed by the end of this. good kind of overwhelmed. i was awed:) it blew my mind:))

you can read for your self what this book is about, im going to talk more about some of the happy thoughts it gave me.

itty bitty spider sitting by the door, and a colorful centipede crawling on the floor and a scorpion who got there by accident.
i can guarantee you if you read the book, you'll understand and your never see bugs in the same lig
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy
There may be a lot to keep track of, but I love the "attitude" or tone of this book. Some great humor through out. Full Review to come. ...more
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Sure, you hear it all the time. ‘Trope bending’ fantasy, as if just the act of bending tropes is noticeable and hasn’t been done almost since any kind of trend in fantasy was noticed. I am guilty of it. I enjoy a fresh take on an old tale after all. So I will forgive you if you roll your eyes as I go on about yet another ‘trope bending’ fantasy. “I don’t care,” you may be saying. “I just want to know if A Crown for Cold Silver is a good book. The answer to that is unequivocal
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I've picked up this book three different times and tried to read it. It just doesn't catch my attention. DNF no rating. ...more
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
The beginning 75% of this book was AMAZING. It would build up to so many tropes that annoy me in this type of "veterans come back for revenge" fantasy, and then totally demolish them in a way that was extremely enjoyable to read. The characters were lively and genuinely fun to follow, and the world just feels fantastically built. I'm interested in their past, their future, and even in what happened thousands of years ago to lead up to this point. The main character (well, it's very much an ensem ...more
Dec 17, 2014 marked it as tried-but-not-for-me
very boring and uninteresting beginning which tries to imitate Joe Abercrombie so much that it reads like a parody - browsing ahead, looks to get better, so will see but the book is far from the hype

read more here and there and then the ending and nothing hooked me so I doubt I will try again or read more in this series; I see what the author wants to do but the prose/characters just did not work for me
Blodeuedd Finland
Nov 16, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
An older woman as one of the main POVs, I did like that. Older women can kick ass in fantasy too, and with older I do mean oooolder. Not not 30s, oooolder. A former rebel, villain, general, queen..hey now I am thinking of Xena, if she has stopped while she was on top and faked her death. And married and lived the small village life.

But for all those cool things I did not particularly like Zosia, because, well I just did not. I did not dislike her either

Then there was this princess who went all t
Feb 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, hard-copy
Full review on my blog, Total Inability To Connect.

Hardcover provided by Orbit for review purposes - thanks Orbit! You know the way to my heart is hardcover books :)

A Crown for Cold Silver is the first book in a new series by Alex Marshall, an 'acclaimed author who has previously published several novels in different genres' but is now operating under a pseudonym. A little of the KJ Parker/Tom Holt situation.

Crown is a schizophrenic novel - it's all over the place, not really sure what it wants
Kitty G Books
You know what, I am not really sure why this one didn't work for me, but something about the format and the way the story was going just didn't keep me interested so I am DNF-ing this at about 40%. I audiobook-ed this so I could attribute my disdain for ti to that, but honestly I don't know if it would have worked any better as a written book.

This story starts off following a young nobleman as he goes to a town and commits a massacre. He's quickly put in his place by the Mayoress of this town wh
Stephanie  G
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Zosia, once a famous general who led a rebel army against the Crimson Empire and won, traded the crown for her lover and a small village where she planned to live out the rest of her life. That is until her husband is beheaded by the Fifteenth’s Colonel. Zosia swears revenge and sets out (kind of) to find her famous five captains, known as villains, but instead discovers that another woman is raising her banners and claiming herself as Cobalt Zosia and is accompanied by her captains.
Brandon Forsyth
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fun mix of Seven Samurai and Game of Thrones, 'A Crown for Cold Silver' will fill in nicely for fans waiting for George R.R. Martin. The ruthless bloodletting is here, but so is the impressive world building and the compelling characters. I loved the political and religious machinations that drive so many of the protagonists. Be warned, though, that this is harder fantasy: if you're not prepared for the scene where a Saruman/Gandalf character literally eats a demon, it may surprise you. Can't ...more
Feb 05, 2015 marked it as abandoned
Why I abandoned it - in one sentence: Because life is too short to wait, and wait, and wait for the author to explain this world.

I probably would have given it: two stars
Jun 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My Review for A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall!

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“Fear is the Sword and Scepter of the Church and the Crown. Fear is the Shackles Upon Your Limbs. Fear is the Blindfold You Wear. Fear is the Poison in Your porridge, making You Sick. Making You Die. The pope Laughs as You Weep. She drinks Your Tears. The queen smacks Her lips as You Work Yourself to Death. She drinks Your Blood.”

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Growing old stinks. There is not much left of the woman Zo
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 01, 2015 rated it liked it
The plot for this book was creative. I liked the idea of the main character and her captains being older instead of very young. However, having said that, I, unfortunately, had a difficult time connecting with any of the characters. Perhaps if the story would have started at an earlier point in time, it would have been easier for me to do so. Or it could have been that the author changed points of view frequently, I didn't feel that I had the chance to really get to know Zosia better or even any ...more
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy hells. I've been on a fantasy-reading tear for the past 7 years or so, and few of the hundreds of books I've read in that period have inspired this level of immediate fanboy glee in me. In that seven years I've discovered that grimdark fantasy, and more specifically Joe Abercombie, is my sweet spot. I love that combination of morally grey characters, gritty, uncompromising realism, and nihilism combined with (and this is what sets Abercrombie apart for me) a breezy, comical approach that ea ...more
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's a great story! It just drags a bit, and when one of the big reveals came so late in the book that I realized the story wasn't going to finish in one volume, I got angry, because why does everything have to be a series? Can't anyone finish a story in one novel? I'm willing to read the next book, but if Alex Marshall Song of Ice and Fires me into reading like 50 books about these characters, where everyone starts out separated and finally come together in the last quarter only to have them al ...more
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Erikson and Hurley with Scalzi's prose style. ...more
Mar 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy

I have a lot of feelings and a lot to say about this book, but only half of that is tied to actual story.

A Crown for Cold Silver was heavily promoted as second coming new epic fantasy that "pushes the boundaries".
Not to tarnish its good sides in any way, but I am hung on that part simply because ACfCS is not a genre-bender I was promised I'll get.
Let's get more specific:

- the selling point of this novel is main character. A middle-aged, legendary female warrior on a quest for revenge. Admittedl
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