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The Silvered by Tanya Huff

The Silvered (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Tanya Huff

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Title:The Silvered
Authors:Tanya Huff
Info:DAW Hardcover (2012), Hardcover, 304 pages
Collections:Your library, Ebooks
Tags:read, read in 2012, fantasy, shapeshifters, magic, soldaten, standalone, wolves

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The Silvered by Tanya Huff (2012)

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    Diplomacy of Wolves by Holly Lisle (nessreader)
    nessreader: Both epic quest fantasy, with endangered wolves, rogue mages, culture clash across national boundaries, war, moustache twirling villains and elaborately builtup worlds. The wolf cultures are not the same - Lisle is mostly about dynastic infighting and Huff is interested in pack life and how that would make sentience different.… (more)

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I think this is a promising start to a new series for Tanya Huff. A different take on the shape shifting universe, this story is about a woman who's parents would love to see married to the very upper crust society of shape shifters who marry humans with Mage potential. Unfortunately for Mirial's parents, war intervenes and the Alpa of the Pack is assassinated by the invading army and the Leaders wives are abducted by the Emperor Leopold. Leopold has pronounced werewolves an abomination and has offered a bounty for their pelts. Mirial has flunked out of Mage University and hasn't told anyone yet. She sees the abduction and sets off with the Alpha's brother, Tomas, to rescue the Mage wives, who are involved in a prophecy that Leopold's Soothsayers have reported.
Very exciting action and heartfelt moral dilemmas of the nature of war,

PS: I read it in a day and a half, lol. ( )
  cynrtst | May 13, 2016 |
Mage craft can work with air, water, earth, metal and healing. The Pack are shapeshifter wolves. They live together. Ayodori is at war with the Empire and the emperor wants the six mages captured for his own purposes. Feels like a stand alone book, but possible for a second. ( )
  pnwbookgirl | Feb 7, 2016 |
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 the university next semester because she performs so poorly. Her mother’s biggest worry is that Marian might not attract the attention of someone of the Pack, and marry into it. Marian does not care if she ever gets married.

We start the book with a war beginning; the Empire is attacking the country of Aydori and has declared Pack members to be abominations. A rather garbled warning from a Soothsayer has Emperor Leopald kidnap the top five members of the Mage pack. Mirian finds herself in the position to follow the Mage pack to the Empire’s capital city and try and rescue them. She also finds herself in the company of Tomas Hagen, younger brother to the Pack leader, and, with Captain Reiter of the Empire forces following her because they think she’s the missing sixth member of the Mage pack.

I really liked the characters; Mirian is strong, smart, and stubborn (and, according to Hunt Pack members, smells amazing- a sign of mage powers) and she and Tomas have to grow up a lot in just a few days. While they find themselves partners by chance, they work very well together. Likewise the kidnapped Mage pack leader, Danika, has to face great personal loss along with physical and psychological abuse but stands up to it. I should warn you there is a lot of brutality in this book; it’s set during a war and it doesn’t bring out the best in a lot of the soldiers. It also shows the peril of dehumanizing others; it makes it far too easy for people to discount the worth of their lives.

The book ties up all the loose ends- even though as I got near the end of the book I couldn’t figure out how the author would manage that in such a short number of pages. But I’d forgotten how good a writer and world builder Tanya Huff is; parts of the ending are very unexpected, it’s neatly done, and, while this is a standalone novel, there are a few things that could lead into another volume set in this world if she wanted. I’m hoping she’ll do so! ( )
  lauriebrown54 | Nov 8, 2015 |
Excellent beginning! Where does loyalty begin and end? For Reiter, does loyalty trump doing right? Mirian and Tomas start to grow a new (old?) kind of pack. What is the price you will pay for power? Your sanity, your sight? How far will you go to be free? ( )
  bgknighton | Dec 27, 2013 |
This is the Napoleonic werewolves story that Huff was hinting about in her LJ. Technological war comes to the country that's relied on werewolves and mages working on concert, and they can't stand against silver bullets. Five mages are captured and are being raced to the emperor, and the only ones left to go after them are the brother of the dead Pack leader and a first level mage. Marian is an awesome heroine, cranky about her feet hurting and her clothes getting ruined, but practicle about trading for clogs and stealing peasant clothes when necessary. She grows into her powers by necessity and we get a lesson in the magical history of the world as we go along. My only complaint is that the voices of Marian and Danika, the head of the captured mages, were so similar that at one point it took me two paragraphs to figure out who was telling her story (probably because both are very strong women and they were both captured at that point). The horrors of war aren't brushed over, especially as we see one Imperial soldier waking up to just what his country is doing. ( )
  silentq | Sep 23, 2013 |
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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.… (more)

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