November 6, 2012 | 459 pages
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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. Together the two set out on the kidnappers’ trail, racing into the heart of enemy territory. With every step the odds against them surviving and succeeding soar….
This is why I love reading!
A powerfully emotional story that draws you in and doesn't let you go. It's perfectly balanced with scenes that are heartbreaking, triumphant, brutal, and occasionally humorous.
Huff has an exceptional talent for creating remarkable, three-dimensional characters. And her female leads are strong, not because of what they can accomplish physically, but because they symbolize bravery, selflessness, determination, and are as alpha as any leader could ever be.
Mirian, the story's protagonist, and Danika, the Mage-pack's Alpha, were both incredibly clever. They were level-headed, quick thinkers who did everything possible to avoid being at a disadvantage. They possessed all of the qualities that made them ideal heroines.
The story's plot was complex and layered with multiple points of view that kept me engaged in the story. From the very beginning, we're thrown right into the middle of a war. We learn about the wolf packs, Mage-packs, and one power-hungry emperor's plan to control them all.
Mirian, a seemingly low-level mage, finds herself on a journey to rescue five women who were taken under the emperor's command. She is joined by Tomas, the Alpha's brother, who has suffered an unbearable amount of loss during the war and refuses to add the women of the Mage-pack to this increasing number of casualties.
One of the most fascinating aspects of this story was the progression of Mirian's talents. She has spent her entire life believing herself capable of only first level abilities, but finds that during intense, highly emotional situations, her mage-craft is elevated. What she becomes capable of is astounding and, in an interesting twist, is also not without consequences.
Another pleasant surprise during this story was Captain Reiter, the man tasked with capturing Mirian. It was a pleasure experiencing the story through his point of view and I enjoyed his character's transition. He was given more depth than I had expected and his role in the story was one that I didn't anticipate. He is also responsible for most of the insight we are given into the mad emperor's decisions and motivations.
Overall, I would have to say that The Silvered was everything that I enjoy in a fantasy novel. This is now one of my top reads of 2012.