The Silvered

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"When wild and mage together come, one in six or six in one, Empires rise or empires fall, the unborn child begins it all."

It began with the prophecy made by the Imperial Soothsayer, a prophecy that had Emperor Leopald's army bent on conquering the small kingdom of Aydori. For Aydori was ruled by the Hunt Pack—shape changers who took the form of wolves— and the Mage-pack—masters of the six disciplines: air, fire, water, earth, metals, healing....

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Overview

"When wild and mage together come, one in six or six in one, Empires rise or empires fall, the unborn child begins it all."

It began with the prophecy made by the Imperial Soothsayer, a prophecy that had Emperor Leopald's army bent on conquering the small kingdom of Aydori. For Aydori was ruled by the Hunt Pack—shape changers who took the form of wolves— and the Mage-pack—masters of the six disciplines: air, fire, water, earth, metals, healing.

With its allies defeated, nothing stood between Aydori and the invading Imperials but its own troops, led by the Hunt Pack and aided by magecraft. What no one could have anticipated were the emperor's new weapons—from hot air balloons, to highly destructive long-range rockets, to guns loaded with the silver bullets so deadly to the Pack.

Even as his troops wreaked havoc on a broad front, the emperor sent a small group deep into Aydori territory to capture the six pregnant mages of the prophecy, using ancient magical devices that could nullify their powers, leaving them helpless prisoners. It should have been a foolproof scheme. Captain Sean Reiter and his squad of Imperial soldiers easily captured five women of the Mage-pack, including the wife of the Pack Leader. Yet the prophecy said they needed six mages.

So, while the majority of the squad headed back to the capital with their prize, Captain Reiter and a smaller group continued their search. And they came across Mirian Maylin.

A student at the mages' univeristy, Mirian had scored incredibly high in the testing, but all she had accomplished after a year of studying was to qualify at the first level in five of the six disciplines when she should have been achieving mastery in one. She was told not to return for further schooling. So when she witnessed the enemy capturing five women of the Mage-pack, Mirian had no choice but to head for the battlefront to report the kidnapping to the Pack Leader.

On the way, she fell prisoner to Reiter and his men. And it was only thanks to the intervention of the Pack Leader's younger brother, Tomas Hagen, that Mirian escaped. Tomas brought devastating news—news that sent the two of them on a desperate race to rescue the captured mages before they reached the capital.

But even as they pursued the squad, they were being pursued by Captain Reiter. While Mirian and Tomas journeyed through progressively more hostile lands, she worked relentlessly to improve her mage-craft and achieve control over her spells, leaving an all-too-obvious trail of incidents that could not be ignored.

The Mage-pack captives themselves were doing everything they could to escape before the emperor could implement his horrible plans for them and their unborn childrend, but time was running out. And even if Mirian and Tomas reached the capital before it was too late, what chance did they have against an ancient maic, the latest scientific advances, and a mad emperor's entire army?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Best known for her books-to-TV series Blood Ties, Huff delves into an overwhelming yet improbably seamless mix of steampunk, epic fantasy, and paranormal romance to launch a new series. The kingdom of Aydori, long ruled by werewolf packs, has merged forces with neighboring duchies against the power-hungry, were-hating Kresentian Empire. Sure of their were-blood strengths and their mage inheritances, the Aydori are shocked when the Imperials discover and exploit the weres’ secret vulnerability to silver. As warriors fall in battle, five high-ranking Aydori women are captured as a prophecy warns the Empire may be brought down by an unborn child. The fate of everyone rests on the uncertain shoulders of Tomas Hagen, younger brother to the pack leader, and Mirian Maylin, a mage who never reached her potential, as they begin a classic hero’s journey to save their kingdom. Huff fans who prefer her second-world fantasy tales (e.g., the Quarters series) will be pleased by this return to the form. Agent: Joshua A. Bilmes, JABberwocky Literary Agency. (Nov.)
Midwest Book Review (for The Silvered)

"This is an exciting romantic quest fantasy.... Fans will enjoy the trek of the werewolf and the mage into the heart of the enemy."
Midwest Book Review
"This is an exciting romantic quest fantasy.... Fans will enjoy the trek of the werewolf and the mage into the heart of the enemy."
Booklist
This enchanting, suspenseful urban fantasy should grab fans of Charles de Lint, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, and Jim Butcher.
VOYA - Lauri J.Vaughan
Young and untested mage Mirian Maylin and Tomas Hagen, a wolf-shifter of the Aydori kingdom, find themselves unlikely partners on a quest to rescue five pregnant mages kidnapped by the evil emperor. The story is basic and not especially original, but the execution is expert. The simple good versus evil plot line takes its time, and Huff spares little opportunity to embroider fine description into the parallel coming-of-age tales of Mirian and Tomas. Nearly equivalent in importance and description are two additional tales—one of the morally torn Captain Reiter, who questions his loyalty to the brutal emperor while still performing his duty. The plight of the captured Danika, a mage with her fellow victims rendered powerless by predicament, creates the third strand in Huff's sweeping story. The braid is further embellished with familiar themes—will the magic of Aydorians be able to match the emperor's burgeoning technology? When does individual morality outstrip patriotic loyalty? How fine is the line of submission and courageous perseverance? Strong male and female characters make this an excellent choice for mixed gender fantasy book clubs. Content will favor mature readers, as unhurried plotting will favor the patient and hard-core fantasy reader. Huff's world and characters will easily withstand continued creation, and while this wraps up neatly, readers will be hoping for more. Put this in the hands of fans of Rothfuss's The Name Of The Wind (DAW, 2007). Reviewer: Lauri J.Vaughan
The Book Pushers
"The way that Huff tied all of the strings together from this epic journey was masterful. She paid equal attention to her characters as she did her world-building, resulting in a seamless whole. The melding of science, magic, era-specific technology, superstition, war and how ordinary people can do extraordinary things was captivating."
The Ranting Dragon
"[Huff] knows not only how to world build, but how to build magic systems and do phenomenal characterizations. Her experience shows on every page of The Silvered.... Books this good don’t come along that often. The Silvered is a well-planned, well executed adventure tale. I loved it. Completely."
San Francisco Book Review
"The Silvered paints a fascinating society based on the symbiosis of mage and wolf-pack, each group partnering and tempering the other. "
Locus
"It all adds up to a fun, old-fashioned adventure made new with an interesting magic system.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756407438
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Tanya Huff is the author of numerous highly successful fantasy series. Her earlier DAW novels were chosen by the New York Public Library system as part of their Books for Teens program, and she's been a finalist for Canada's top awards in the genre.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2012

    For an exciting adventure fantasy, read The Silvered!

    I loved The Silvered. I've enjoyed most of Tanya Huff's science fiction & fantasy both. I only say most because I haven't yet read all of them. I especially enjoyed the Confederation books, but I loved The Silvered for its exciting adventure as well as her superb handling of the various characters. I used to teach middle school English, and as the School Improvement Coordinator, I purchased thousands of paperbacks for the school. I would definitely have purchased copies of The Silvered for some of the gifted students (One memorized entire passages from Tolkien's Trilogy). All of the Various characters grew and changed, and although I had to cheer for Mirian, I enjoyed seeing Captain Reiter evolve. It's a great stand alone, but I hope these characters get another chance in another novel for another adventure and more self-discovery.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    Awesome

    Hands down the best fantasy book i've read all year. Werewolves and mages can be so overdone but Huff creates a unique world and great complicated characters...she also shows instead of tells which i don't always realize i miss until i read an author who does it well. Don't pass this one up!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2012

    The best book with werewolves I've read in several years! Fast p

    The best book with werewolves I've read in several years! Fast paced, and makes you care about the characters.  Lets you see the conflict of some of those working for a government doing evil.  Even some of the enemy grow and change,

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2012

    Excellent. If you liked The Fire's Stone, I think you will very

    Excellent. If you liked The Fire's Stone, I think you will very much like this one as well. Strong, endearing characters, a plot that keeps moving, but not at a breakneck pace, and story threads that weave in and out of the main story is such a way as to enhance it, rather than make it overly complex.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Zach

    Gets up ad stuffs my hands in my pockets. "Bye Megs"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Megs

    I meant to say wasnt!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Alyssa

    Shes telling the truth..it was me not her

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    HUNTING GROUND

    SilverClan

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  • Posted September 27, 2013

    Seemed to start out a little slow, but picked up and WOW, an exc

    Seemed to start out a little slow, but picked up and WOW, an excellent read. Anyone new to Fantasy, would do well to start with thisexciting new series, I hope this is at minimum a trilogy, I'd love to see more, these character seem to have endless possibilites .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    One of the best fantasy books I've read in a very long while.  T

    One of the best fantasy books I've read in a very long while.  The characters were well-realized, with wonderful world-building.  Highly, highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    Could not put it down!

    My only mistake in choosing this book was to do so on a week night! I loved it! I believe I have read most of Huffs books and this was by far the best. Well done!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Mental ther. Or psychologist or friend.

    Say which one u need and ill see what i can do...~Brad

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    Huff delivers!

    Excellent delivery of characters and how conflict/ war changes your perspective of society and personal perception. All characters develop throughout the storyline. Interesting weaving of how science, shapeshifting, and magery might impact a society's dynamics.

    Initial introduction slow but a part of character development.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    TRAINING HOLLOW

    Starflight

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    If you want a advancer you must read this book

    A story that gives the reader every thing that she is looking for but want a little more like it should go on it may in the reader mind or is their another advancer on the araeson?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    Mistkit

    A kit covered with sweat dirt and makeshift leaf bandages tumbles in. She collapses from exhaustion and groans of pain and fear of the future and the pain of her powers(to see the future and to feel everyone elses pain all at once).

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Heathershine

    Grabs some herbs.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Med cat den

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2013

    Good book!

    Some foul language by the soldiers, but character development and the story line in all are very good!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2012

    Silverstar's legacy

    Silverstar sat with brownclaw in her den smiling and then walked to the nursery her adopted kits and her one biological kit were jumping about playing. "One day we might have kits of our own" brownclaw smiled "maybe" the walked back and silverstar layed down her honey colored fur glistening and smiled "oh brownclaw we have a great clan here" brownclaw nestled into her tiredly yawned and fell asleep silverstar lay awake listening to the sounds of the night and purring fell asleep she awoke to a loud noise and peered outside there was a giant yellow monster with sharp teeth she shook brownclaw "wake up we have to get out!" Brownclaw woke and ran to grab the kits but missed one when he went back in to get her the other kits followed him it was too late the yellow thing crashed with the kits and brownclaw in there "NOOO"

    0 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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