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Wrought of Silver and Ravens (Of Magic Made Book 1)

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Athdar Owain is a hunted wanderer, one determined to keep his secrets and the treasure he carries safe at all costs. When he rescues the Kingdom of Giliosthay’s prince from raiders, he’s rewarded by being forced into the king’s elite Silver Guard. While this gives Athdar a temporary home and some protection from those hunting him, it also makes him responsible for the youn ...more
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Published August 25th 2020
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Kendra Ardnek It is a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses with inspiration taken from the Wild Swans, and I believe it's a duology. I know there's a book 2. …moreIt is a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses with inspiration taken from the Wild Swans, and I believe it's a duology. I know there's a book 2. (less)

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Ok, this was pretty awesome. It's a brilliant, epic, Greek-flavored take on the Twelve Dancing Princesses featuring seven delightful sisters, an exile with a secret (and some really fabulous magic lion cubs), and lots and lots of magic.

In many ways, this book reminded me of another 12DP retelling, Princess of the Midnight Ball, though they're very different takes on the same story. But they're similarly traditional in how they tackle some aspects of the tale, and both take the route of having th
Laurie Lucking
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book!!! Where do I even start? It was so lush and complex, with fascinating world-building and a cast of characters I can't wait to spend more time with! Athdar has officially made my list of all-time-favorite male leads - so vulnerable with a great balance of strength and sweetness, plus a phenomenal sense of humor :) Princess Thea was fun to get to know along with all her siblings, and I could easily relate to her struggles as she determined whether to trust Athdar and her growing attract ...more
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow... When is the second book coming out?! This was a fun read - and I may or may not have stayed up SUPER late trying to finish it. *coughs* Or reread it again two days later. Anyway, there was some fantastic snark in this book, but, more importantly, I highly appreciate E.J. Kitchens ability to portray the reality of darkness without it becoming an overwhelming presence that completely drowned out the light. I was a little concerned starting off that it might reach that point, but it never di ...more
Michaela Bush
Mar 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book is definitely for folks who enjoy high fantasy/magic and retellings. The characters were believable; Athdar has to be my favorite out of the group. (Aside from the lion cubs...oh yeah, did I mention LION CUBS?!) It's apparent that a lot of thought went into the worldbuilding for this book; the vivid settings caught my attention and I truly enjoyed reading about them. This book is based on the "Twelve Dancing Princesses" fairytale, but at first glance, you wouldn't notice the influence; ...more
Bethany Aich
Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Stayed up until 5:30

Yes, you read the title right. I now have a sleep deprivation headache. But it was such a good read.

I love that it is in the same style as the other Magic Collector books. And that it’s a twist on The Twelve Dancing Princesses.

There is a bit of a cliffhanger, but thankfully it’s not terrible so I definitely think it is readable without the sequel.
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fairytales
Fascinating and intriguing

A very compelling story resembling The Twelve Dancing Princesses fairytale, with well-developed characters you enjoy getting to know, fascinating world building, and a unique magic system.

I really came to like and care for Athdar, Princess Thea, a Realm Walker (fascinating), and Galen, and Bane of the Silver Guard. There's unfinished business at the end, meaning no HEA for Athdar and Thea yet, so I'm looking forward to the next book, Wrought of Lions and Sand.
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This book. This BOOK. THIS BOOK. *clutches heart* I didn’t know how much I needed this 12DP retelling until I read it.

I. Loved. It.

Athdar is running for his life — and the lives of four young lion cubs within his protection. Getting caught means failure on so many levels, and because he’s a half-magic, he can’t afford to trust anyone lest they use his own gifts against him. Everything changes, however, when he rescues an enchanter prince from his enemies and i
Meagan Myhren-Bennett
Wrought of Silver and Ravens
Of Magic Made #1
By E.J. Kitchens

First off let me just say I love this book and can't wait for the next one in the series. That being said you'll want to know why I loved this book. First off it isn't a read in a couple hours book and has some length to it which in my opinion is always a good thing unless it is just a repeat of what came before, which this book most definitely is not. Think of the A&E Pride and Prejudice mini-series versus a 2-hour theatrical movie rel
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story. I didn't realize at first that it is a "12 dancing princesses" retelling. It had some similar storylines, but overall it felt like a new story. The world creation was interesting. I'm excited for the next in the series! I enjoyed the characters. Although at times I had a hard time keeping them straight. A character guide would have been helpful. I also really appreciated the overall God "Most High" theme throughout the book. I liked having the religious aspect that influenc ...more
Faith Anderson
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow this is a really great book!!! Wrought of Silver and Ravens has it all - Lovable characters, a stunning fantasy world, an intriguing and well paced plot, and magic! Not to mention some really cute lion cubs.

•Our main characters are Princess Thea of Giliosthay - a realm walker - and Athdar Owain - a traveler with some hidden secrets and some interesting magical abilities. Princess Thea is such a relatable character and I really liked her! Being the oldest daughter, she stands up for what she
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, arcs
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Overall, I really enjoyed this beast of a book! The intrigue was well-crafted, and the relationships were entertaining, heartfelt, and engaging. I found myself rooting for Athdar to accept new friendships and trust the other guards. And Thea… I am so impressed by how strong a character she is, both with her power and as a female fantasy character with true agency. She fights so hard to protect her sisters and free them of the curse while also prote
Sarah S
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wrought of Silver and Ravens (Of Magic Made Book 1) is based around the Dancing Princess fairytale but there is so much fantasy world building, expertly crafted and original plotline that you don't feel it is just another retelling. Princess Thea and her guard Athdar are constantly being tested, her under the curse and him under the misconception that enchanters shouldn't be trusted. This is everything you hope for in a book, epic adventure, enchantment, betrayal, and testing/ trusting your loya ...more
Alyssa Dinkler
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. It started out well with interesting characters and world building. However, as it went on, I began to be annoyed with the fanciful magic system the writer created. I liked the concept of enchanters and half-magics, but the rules and the effects of the magic and spells were not clear. There was too much magic in my opinion, as it did not seem to have any boundaries and too many people could do magic.
The middle section of the book seemed to drag on and on.
Yakira Goldsberry
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What if the twelve dancing princesses were enchantresses, forced to dance with dragons?
From page one, I was absolutely in love with Wrought of Silver and Ravens! Athdar, a foreign young man with a hidden past, ends up rescuing the prince of Giliosthay, the kingdom where his kind are outlawed. Because of his service, he ends up part of the Silver Guard, where he becomes tied up in a curse on Prince Xanner and Princess Thea.
Athdar is a loveable character, with a somewhat awkward personality and a
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
A nice retelling of a fairy tale!

I enjoyed the characters, world and the magic. The retelling of the seven dancing princesses was done well with plenty new twists and layers.
Madi's Musings
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I knew from the first page of Wrought of Silver and Ravens that I would enjoy the book. And enjoy I did. Wonderful characters and character arcs, an incredible plot and sub-plots, and just a delightful tale make Wrought of Silver and Ravens probably the best fairy tale retelling I’ve ever read. My only complaint is the one instance of the curse word, which was completely unnecessary. Normally I would dock a book for using a curse word, but Wrought of Silver and Ravens has so many enjoyable quali ...more
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A twist on the story of the twelve dancing princesses but this time there are only seven. The book is full of enchanters, sorcerers, and half magics with plenty of intrigue. I am looking forward to the next installment in the series.
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