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A Demon in Silver

(War of the Archons #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  267 ratings  ·  56 reviews
In a world where magic has vanished, rival nations vie for power in a continent devastated by war. When a young woman demonstrates magical talent for the first time in decades there are those that will kill to obtain her power. But the girl finds that guardians can come from the most unlikely places.
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Titan Books (first published June 2018)
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The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

A Demon in Silver takes place around 100 years after an event known as The Fall occurred when the gods broke the heartstone and overnight all magic was removed from the world. That is until the magic returns and an innocuous farm girl by the name of Livia Harrow starts to show magical abilities.

The story in A Demon in Silver is told from multiple points of view. You have Josten
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
An excellent start to a new series, I enjoyed Richard’s last series the Herald of the Storm which I think a lot of people missed due to a lot high quality fantasy coming out in the same year.

Richard does great characters who do evolve as the story goes along.

This has a nice premise and does use the grimdark side of storytelling in a strong no holds bar way.

Looking forward to reading the rest of the series to see where Richard will take this storytelling.
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Demon in Silver is 459 paperback pages of absolute fantasy goodness! Off to a really strong and exciting start, from ‘Oooh, this is hilarious’ and ‘Aaah, you bleedin’ bastard’ to ‘Noooo, this made me sad!’ A Demon in Silver took me on a wild ride.

Small human lives, in the mix of the old gods coming, and, again, that religious fanatic element that I always enjoy in a book. A 100 years have passed since magic disappeared- but why did it disappear and what happen and who was behind it? I tell you
Excellent stuff - dark fantasy with an ironical bordering o0n cynical take and reminding me of Kj parker's awesome books where the main characters, not heroes or heroines as they are at best ambivalent, try against the odds, but rather than in the usual fantasy winning, they more often than not fail...

If there is one niggle for this book and its sequel which I just started, is the character transition as here it sometimes feels too abrupt, making the book read like a collection of linked
The Captain
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Ahoy there mateys! This book leads me to a rather embarrassing situation. Ye see I thought I had reviewed this book. When I realized I didn’t and went to write thoughts for this unintended stowaway, I realized that I didn’t remember the story at all. And yet the emotions still tied to this book were that I couldn’t put it down when readin’ and I loved it. I know that I planned giving this a 4.5 rating. Sigh. This is why I write this Log. To refresh me memories and to capture the thoughts after ...more
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review originally found at Erlebnisse:

I don’t get squeamish often.

I’m both a fantasy writer and reader. Grotesque scenes and descriptions aren’t what I’d call commonplace amongst the genre, but they’re certainly no strangers, either. Usually, I’m pretty unfazed by it when I come across it in fiction, usually more invested in what just happened to the characters’ currently vying for my heart to really become appalled or grossed out by what I’d just read. A
Luke Scull
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm a big fan of R. S. Ford's Steelhaven trilogy, which is something of an undiscovered gem lost in the recent glut of grimdark fantasy. It was therefore with some eagerness that I cracked open the pages of this, his latest - a recent twist on grimdark I've recently seen referred to as "highdark," where elements of high fantasy (powerful magic, supernatural beings) combine with the usual tropes of grimdark fantasy (world-weary heroes, moral ambiguity). It's an interesting new direction - but, in ...more
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, I think A Demon in Silver just wasn't my sort of book. It reads very much like the old high fantasy I used to love, along the lines of Feist and Goodkind and Jordan. Unfortunately though I think I have evolved from the plot heavy, violence rich novel I used to enjoy.

Now I'm into character driven books, where people grow and change and learn things. Yeah, it means I like a lot more YA, but I think a lot of adults have something to learn from YA. We aren't stagnant, stationary
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I feel so ashamed to be writing a review so long after finishing this remarkable book but I shall do my best to do it justice.

A Demon in Silver really is a greatest hits of fantasy. Do you like Magic? Swords? Warring Gods? Action? Emotion? Heartbreak? I could go on but you get the point.

This book is written in probably my favourite format, which is multiple pov characters with shortish chapters. The pace really is excellent, with perhaps a slight dip late on where we meet a new character and
Christine Spoors
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
The blurb of this book has always intrigued me, and I’m so bloody glad I finally picked it up. Despite being around 460 pages I absolutely flew through this book, I just couldn’t put it down and found the writing really easy despite how full of twists and turns the story was.

It’s been a while since I read such a violent gory adult fantasy, but I found that I really enjoyed it. The stakes were high and so I just couldn’t stop reading. I felt like no on was safe! I really enjoyed each POV, though
My one thousand lives
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, i was reminded of so many of my favourite novels, it was like it R.S. Ford had taken a bit from each book which made a really great story.

The main thing that stands out to me about this book was the writing style. We followed the 4 main charecters Josten, Livia, Silver and Kaleb individually at the start of the book. Each character was in a different part of the world so every 7 or 8 chapters the POV would change from one charecter to another. The charecters didn’t
Thomas Dawson
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! The twists, turns, characters, gods, and the world were all wonderful. I cannot think of a bad thing to say about it and can't wait to pick up the next book!
Rhiannon Mills
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was incredible. It lacked very little and the premise is captivating. This is the first in a series, if I've understood correctly. I certainly hope I manage to get the next book on pre-order so that I don't have to wait for it. I dislike waiting and this is one story I would like to hang with until the very end.

I don't want to go into too many details of my thoughts, though. I feel like in doing so I will be giving my blog readers too many spoilers. I can divulge that there
Martin Rea
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read again, love this authors work, cant wait till the 2nd part in June.
The audio version is excellent. Fast-paced and gripping, we couldn't stop listening.
Jo Randall
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. It's funny and dark, exciting and heart-wrenching.

Some parts were beautifully written, I mean jaw-droppingly beautiful. Other parts bugged me. I struggled with character motivations sometimes, and thought things were pointed out in internal monologue that could have be done more subtly through character development.

Find myself quite frustrated by the end. Not because of a massive cliff-hanger (though it's nicely set up for the next book) but because of
Rebekah Taylor
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This book was solid and I was surprised at how easy and quickly it read. There wasn't a single unnecessary scrape of dialogue in the whole book. It was straight to the point. A darkly woven start to what promises to be a really good fantasy series. The only gripe I have, and it's small, is that I could have done without the love scenes. I can see their place in the scheme of things, but hey, it's not a big deal just maybe Ford should lay off the graphic descriptions a bit and just leave at "they ...more
Konzie Koenig
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Solid fantasy book, it has great world-building and mythology. If you’re into George R.R. Martin’s books, you will probably like this. Can’t wait for the next book in the series!
David Souch
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very good start to a series
Very much looking forward to the next one
Jessica Bronder
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Many years prior the Archons left and took magic with them. People have survived without the gods and magic for about one hundred years. But now things are starting to happen. Livia is a young farm girl that is starting to show magical abilities. Once word gets out everyone is after her so they can use her magic to their own gains. But she is not the only player in this new world. Others have their own roles to play as the magic and the Archons return.

We follow along with four characters as they
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I could not put this down. I actually faceplanted into it one night. I've got no complaints about this read except I can't have the follow up right now.
Joe Lindley
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If this book is anything to go by, I should've read Ford's earlier books ages ago. Fast paced & brutal from the start to it's climax. Josten Cade has quckly joined the ranks of my favourite anti-heroes, such as Ryhalt Galharrow & Logen Ninefingers
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this - needs more coverage!
Mark Hill
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this novel, it kept me up late at night so that’s an indicator to me it’s a page turner. The world building was good with different countries and climates. Old gods returning and some main characters who get put through the ringer. Lots of action and violence there’s plenty of people dying with good battle scenes. At the end we have the narcissistic god triumphing which leaves some of our heroes dead and the others struggling.

At $5 this book is a bargain second book purchased
Janet Martin
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An epic fantasy with particularly good world building, appealing collection of characters and fast pacing with plenty of action. Clearly a set up for a longer series. Some humor early in the book, but some of the characters are eliminated and the remainders settle down to non-stop goal achievement
Tony Olsson
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A Nice read Nice ending. Maby the story Will get better in the next book, but its pretty good now to.
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-again
Rating: 4/10
I Finished Reading For the sake of Finishing...Not Because I Enjoyed It

Warning: This review may contain spoilers.

A Demon in Silver
is the first novel by R.S. Ford I have read, and whilst I'm not sure what the authors others novels are like, this one certainly doesn't encourage me to follow the trilogy, or invest in more of his/her' s novels.

This novel felt thrown together, listless and aimless. I spent most of the book wondering what the direction of story was, and wondering when it
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
It was interesting. I felt it was a good start to a series and it managed to hold my interest until the end. Part of the issue that I did have with it however is that I am a big advocate of proper and effective world-building to really make a story come alive. Looking at the best sellers and most popular novels in the fantasy genre, for the most part they fit this description of a story set in a thoroughly and richly built world. With regards to Ford's creation, the world is extensive to say the ...more
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2019
Alright, folks.
I have torn thoughts on this book but I'm inclined to give it the benefit of the doubt for two arbitrary reasons:
1. It was exactly what I wanted to read when I wanted to read something like this.
2. The actual writing is efficient and doesn't get in the way of the story.
(If that feels like damning with faint praise, consider how easily reading enjoyment can be destroyed by bad writing.)

So the back of the book mentions a farm girl demonstrating magical talent...but she
billy bucci
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really good read

It was a bit slow at first, but once it picked up I was unable to put it down. The only thing that bothered me was the word span when describing a movement. All in all I will def look forward to the next book in the series.
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