Will you be fast enough?
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, opposing the Western and Eastern halves of the empire.
Mistaken for a boy after she stole the gear of a dead soldier, she is captured and drafted by a band of mercenaries whose leader recognizes her innate speed and agility. Her face hidden under a mask, Constanter surrenders to the anger she wears like a second skin and becomes Silverlegs, a legendary killer, an uncontrollable weapon in the hands of power-hungry rulers and religious fanatics.
As the Western empire spirals into madness in the name of the One God, Constanter will have to choose what she truly fights for, before Silverlegs’s rage leads her down the road to hell...
Silverlegs is a grimdark fantasy novel set in a world inspired by the late Roman empire. The heroine evolves in an environment that is violent, classist, misogynistic, and homophobic. This book questions religious fanaticism. It contains elements of sexual violence, rape, and graphic violence.
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About the Author
Camilla Monk is a French native and the author of the Spotless series. She spent ten years building rickety websites for M&A boutiques and hedge funds, and is now a full-time writer living in Montreal, where she keeps a close watch on the squirrels and complains on a daily basis about the egregious number of Tim Hortons.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I absolutely loved this binge-worthy book along with all of the wonderful characters. The relationship between Silverlegs and the other fighters was really the backbone of the story, and all the fight scenes were quick and captivating, so I think it would appeal to other readers like me who would not normally pick a book based on solely on sword fighting. The author did a remarkable job describing what life was probably like for women, and what Silverlegs might have gone through trying to fool everyone. Friendship, trust, betrayal, inner strength, survival, retribution, #metoo, vengeance, guilt, sacrifice, sorrow, loss, courage, justice, and righteous girl power are some of the underlying themes in this thrilling story. This was my first time reading a Camilla Monk book, but I’m now a loyal fangirl and can’t wait to read everything else she’s ever written. I received a free copy of Silverlegs, but that did not affect my review.
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 honestly don't know anything about anything so couldn't tell you for sure (don't quote me on that). I loved Constanter's progression from her escape from her childhood home to becoming Silverlegs. Her determination and will to survive was inspiring. The action and violence were as entertaining as they were horrific. I did find myself a little bored at times, wanting to skim, and I think this is at least in part due to my being a mood reader - where sometimes I want an extremely detailed world and build in between action events, and sometimes I don't. Overall I found this young woman's tale very compelling, and I like how this book ends, what the possibilities are for Silverlegs in book two. I don't think this book will be for everyone - between the violence and the situations a lot of the characters are in or have forced upon them people may want to exercise caution (it is not Spotless!) - but there is no denying it is a really well-written book. Since I would sometimes rate this a 3 and sometimes a 4 depending on my mood when read, I am going with 3.5 stars.