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A fifteen-year-old girl with a gift for violence and nothing left to lose, Constanter is running. To escape the farm she grew up on in a remote part of the Western Lorian empire. To forget the family and the life she can never return to. She runs east, toward the distant war she knows only from the tales of travelers—a twenty-year long conflict,
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Yaypub
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Camilla Monk
Silverlegs is probably my most personal work yet, so I'm not sure what to put in this review that you guys might find even remotely funny. Here's a Life of Brian gif anyway.

I am an Ancient Rome nerd, an atheist who reads obsessively about religion, and, some might say a "survivor" (although I never liked that term). To me, Silverlegs is a point in my literary career where these three lines converge.

It is, first and foremost, 380 pages of Ancient-Rome-themed dark/epic/low fantasy porn. If you qu
Aisling Zena
May 11, 2019 marked it as to-read

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I've enjoyed everything I've read from Camilla Monk so far and that says a lot since she doesn't have descriptive rumpy pumpy in her books. Can't wait to see what new twist she has put on the Roman Empire. Let's hope there's some of this:

+Digital ARC gently provided by Netgalley in exchange for honest review+

3.5 death is my gift stars

Hear the warnings, kids: rape , violence galore, and tons of profanities in this book.

In a Romanesque world (different names and 2 moons) a farmer girl runaway to ends recluited into a mercenary army as male warrior. Constanter was good at it. Mortal, as a matter of fact.

Uh, I'm debating with myself since yesterday how to rate this. Certainly, not my usual reading preference. I never got to watch S
Anna 'Bookbuyer'
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Mar 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Fair warning : This book is not for the faintest of hearts.

3.5 stars

Blood, violent deaths and rape are very present in Silverlegs and while I expected fight scenes and things like that I didn't expect it to be so gruesome and omnipresent. This book follows a young girl running away from home being sent to be a mercenary in a war that has already begun. She will have to grow stronger and faster than the rest of the men to survive and hide her gender.

A lot happened toward the end (view spoiler)
Marta Cox
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, my-reviews
The protagonist of this Romanesque story is young but this is not a children’s book. This is a story about a young girl struggling to survive in a patriarchal society and actually proving to herself that she can achieve a freedom that she never imagined. Our heroine Constanter runs away from an abusive home only to be mistaken for a boy and conscripted to a mercenary battalion fighting in a holy war that divides the Empire. It’s harsh, brutal and above all deadly in this world Constanter finds h ...more
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I’m a fan of Monk’s Spotless series. Silverlegs could not be more different. There are no quirky characters, no humor, and no guarantee of at least a somewhat happy ending. This story is relentlessly grim and violent. The world, based loosely on the Roman Empire, is misogynistic, homophobic, and without much, if any, redeeming value. Yet Monk brings her knack for building complex characters thrown into adversity to craft a good story here. I can’t say I enjoyed it all, but it captured m
Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, read-in-2019
***** 5 Stars *****

Where is the next book?!? どこ!?!
I'm going to go crazy...

Everything Camilla Monk creates is captivating to the end. Her previous stories were quirky with tons of comedy... I never expected her to write something this dark and exciting. This book is FREAKING AMAZING!

If you enjoy reading about strong females like Xena and violent storylines like Game of Thrones, PICK THIS UP!

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Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
What does it matter to us who the boy under the mask is, when the legend is Silverlegs?

Wow. Talk about Mulan vibes but more Game of Thrones meets Gladiator. There was so much pain and blood. This book was graphic, it was painful, and everyone dies. There were trigger warnings of gore and rape. And I knew this, but it was still extremely painful to read. There was one part in particular that I couldn’t stomach. I didn’t think it could get worse. It did.

Even thought I was disgusted most of the ti
Erika Sarutobi
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much, I worry that I won't do it enough justice with all honesty. From the very first line I was sucked in until I finished the book. It was focused on the war and action with bits of politics and religion here and there.

The story is about this girl, who we never find out what's her real name since she uses her father's name to pretend to be a boy as to not be sexually assaulted or turned into a whore by the mercenaries that finds her. She continues the charades and trains w
Jamie Coudeville
I'm not sure if this book was a good fit for me. Something felt missing from the storyline and I had trouble connecting to the main character. That doesn't mean I hated it, though. I just didn't love it either.
Karen  ⚜Mess⚜
Sep 20, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: kindle-own, next
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Jenny Vee
I need the next installment ASAP. This book is like Throne of Glass on steroids and I loved it all. It is not for the faint of heart so considered yourself warned. The writing, characters, settings, story... everything pulled me in and kept me riveted. I can't even write in an intelligent paragraph, that's how caught up in the story still am.


Silverlegs I: Sead of Rage by Camilla Monk is hands-down my favorite read of the year and I don't anticipate another book surpassing this one. Monk
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, fantasy, grimdark
Even though I'm usually going for lighter reads, I love this book so much! Yes, it is dark, gritty, and brutal - but the writing and storytelling is brilliant.

The setting, despite being a fantasy world, feels both familiar and realistic since it is based on Ancient Rome with enough similarites to paint a vivid picture for this Roman history dabbler.

The characters feel all too real, but you might not want to get too attached - your favorite characters likely won't make it out alive (mine didn't
Jun 06, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Aug 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, 2019, arc, fantasy
I love Camilla Monk's writing; she is an unbelievably talented author. Silverlegs is a completely different genre and tone than the Spotless series (how I found her originally) but still is a testament to her very impressive skills. I'm not even sure how to classify this book - I'm not sure if it is really fantasy or not - but mostly I come away thinking of it as an epic coming of age for a young woman in a misogynistic time/world. The politics of the world seem rooted in real history, though I ...more
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Silverlegs" happens to be set in a Romanian Empire like set, with all the advantages and disadvantages of living in this time. Its a book about a girl, that would rather be a man in these times, where woman and gay men were only slightly better than stock, and where only brutal strength had a say. The story is brutal, gory, fascinating and absolutely homobophic and women hating, like these times were. Its more of a historical fiction book mixed with a strong heroines story, than anything else. ...more
I am a very big fan of Ms. Monk and I love her Spotless series so much! However, this is so not my thing! Therefore I will not rate it at all.

NB: there is a trigger warning by the author and yes, I should have listened. The story is written as amazingly as ever, but it has very graphic scenes of violence.
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This author is SO gifted with her story telling. I don't want to share too much regarding the story line, you can read the ticklers mentioned - This original novel, has background similarities to Ancient Roman times, but is a completely original book. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this novel, and appreciate the author creating a strong female character who uses/ channels her inner rage into becoming Silverlegs , a well-seasoned warrior beast, instead of a proper female. This was an amazing story about a fe ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well, apparently CM can write just any ol' damn thing she wants.
Doesn't matter what it's about, she's gonna go at it hard and come away the winner.
Except, I do notice that she hasn't written anything with ME as the main character. When she does, she'll be complete in her soul. I'm just sure of it!

Now.. dang. I have to wait for the next book. Again.
CRAP! (My teeth are gritted so hard right now)

Where's my coffee..
Daryl Graves
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Silver Legs 1 is the first installment in Camilla Monks Seed of Rage Series. It's a book heavily influenced by Ancient Rome with a deep Grimdark twist to it. We follow our MC Constanter, a girl who escapes a life of abuse and misery, only to find herself in an army of mercenaries that has a similar attitude towards women. Her only way to survive is to pretend to be a man and hope that nobody finds out about her secret.

This was the first Grimdark book I've read for quite a while. I must admit, it
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
There seems to be quite a bit in the trigger warning for this book to warn me away but girl-as-boy trope is a fave of mine plus she's looking pretty bad ass on that cover so I decided that it's worth to try reading this.

This is truly a very grim & dark story right for the very beginning. In fact, I wasn't sure if I'd be able to read through if there are more rape scene and/or if it was more graphic. Yes, the rape scene was pretty much near the beginning of the book and so, it wasn't a big surpri
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
Having long been a fan of Camilla Monk’s Spotless series, I had high expectations of Silverlegs: expectations that were, in fact, exceeded, despite the two having very little in common.

Silverlegs is set in a time and place evocative of the Roman Empire. The attitudes of the characters, including the main one are, as a result, as you’d expect: women are subjugated, homophobia is rife, and there is a clear unbending hierarchy. The brutality of the world is reflected in the attitudes of the charac
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ARC provided by BookSprout in exchange for an honest review.

There's a reason why I love Camilla Monk so much - and that's because she writes so many fucking awesome books - and they just get better with every new series (confession: I liked the Spotless series probably the least of her books. That isn't to say that I didn't love it to pieces - I did! But I like Still more than I like Spotless, and now I like Silverlegs more than I like Still.)

The synopsis of this story is pretty much what's in t
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I went into this book not knowing what to expect. I LOVE the Spotless series but the note from Camilla made it clear that this was not going to be a fluffy, light-hearted read and I was grateful for the heads up. The language and violence in many forms throughout the book mean that it is not for the faint-hearted. Having said that, these things are built gradually through the first quarter until the world has been established and so I did not find them jarring, they were simply part of the envir ...more
Rebecca Veight
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
After a violent act, our protagonist runs away from home and dons parts of a dead soldier's uniform and weapons she finds. Using her father's name, she pretends to be a boy and becomes Constanter.

Dealing with survival, the unbelievable strength a person can display in the worst of odds, our protagonist becomes good at it, good at fighting, despite herself. Women and gay men are considered inferior in this Roman Empire like fantasy. But Constanter rises above it, as she becomes a highly skilled s
Priscila Patatas
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This ARC was provided for review, but in no way affects the following impartial and unbiased review:

Let me just leave a simple note: F*ck yessss! This is a freaking masterpiece, I can't believe I didn't hear of it before being given an ARC. I am feeling blessed 😍
Pros: Bloody, gory, violent and full of anger and revenge. Enthralling portrait of Ancient Rome and war life, sexism and homophobia at the time. Well-written characters, with a great female lead. Very down-to-earth, no sugarcoating.
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
I received a copy of Silverlegs through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Silverlegs is the first novel in the Seed of Rage series by Camilla Monk. The series is mostly fantasy, but with some darker elements woven into the mix. In short, it’s a grimdark tale. It’s perfect for fans looking for something that’ll give them chills and strong emotions.
It’s a dark and violent world that Constanter has grown up in. And it seems to only get darker with each passing day. Forced to go
Kim Howard
I just spent a holiday weekend devouring this book. I know I'll read it again because in my quest to see what happens next, I didn't fully appreciate the many nuances that made this book so good. The story of Constancer/Silverlegs is gritty and dark, full of hope and defeat, promise and loss, determination and strength. The writing and the story draws you in. The many characters, while confusing at times, will leave you thinking about them when you put the book down. I don't think I've ever read ...more
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this book because this is one of my favorite authors. I knew from the start that it wouldn't really be my thing...quite harsh and violent. The story of a young woman making her way fighting with mercenaries in what is basically Ancient Rome. It is well-written. The characters are complex and fully-developed. I cannot say I love the book, as I said it is too violent for my tastes, but I would recommend to anyone who enjoys stories of ancient battles and who doesn't get hung up on Silverleg ...more
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