Genre: Urban Fantasy | Excerpt: Yes
Reviewed by: Julia | Source: Publisher
Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.
References to rape and sex, mild sensuality.
Andrew Dare is a werewolf. He’s the enforcer for the Roanoke pack, and responsible for capturing or killing any Were intruders in Roanoke’s territory. But the lone Were he’s tracking doesn’t smell or act like anyone he’s ever encountered. And when he catches her, it doesn’t get any better. She’s beautiful, she’s crazy, and someone has tortured her by injecting silver into her veins. She says her name is Silver, and that she’s lost her wild self and can’t shift any more.
The packs in North America have a live-and-let-live attitude, and try not to overlap with each other. But Silver represents a terrible threat to every Were on the continent.
Andrew and Silver will join forces to track down this menace while discovering their own power and their passion for each other.
The damaged beauty of the hero and heroine is just one piece of what makes SILVER such an entrancing book. Haunting and romantic, fans of The Wolves of Mercy Falls will find familiar rhythms of changing perspectives and “realistic werewolves” with less poetry and an added dangerous, adult tone. This combination had me riveted from the first chapter. SILVER has just romance to fire the imagination without diluting the importance of Dare and Silver’s other concerns, and though the action lagged a bit for me in the middle, the strong characters and well drawn world more than compensated for the lull.
Held created a gritty and realistic werewolf culture and a universe that I look forward to visiting again. Both Silver and Dare grow into hidden strengths over the course of the story, without ever betraying the realism of their world. The tension of watching these two navigate the claustrophobic intricacies of werewolf hierarchy was exciting in and of itself, even without the amorphous “monster” that haunts the fringes. Though I did get a little impatient with our heroine’s mental state in the middle of the book, by the end Silver had the potential to rank next to Kate Daniels and Mercy Thompson as a fierce, battle hardened heroine (I have my fingers crossed for future books). Best of all, Held brings Dare and Silver through the story stronger but scarred, and the heartbreaking consequences of their battles make this world all the more nuanced and believable.
The first thing I did upon finishing SILVER was scour the internet for other books by Rhiannon Held. Though I’m disappointed that there isn’t a back catalog for me to immediately plunder, after a debut this strong her name is definitely on my instant buy list. I’ll take any and all new books she offers, but reading the next chapter of Silver and Dare’s lives is what I’m secretly hoping for.