Review: Silver by Rhiannon Held

Posted May 2, 2014 by Carmel in Carmel, Reviews, Urban Fantasy, Werewolves / 74 Comments

Review: Silver by Rhiannon Held
Silver by Rhiannon Held
Series: Silver #1
Published by Tor Books
Published on: June 5, 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Werewolves
Pages: 318
Format: Paperback
Source: Won
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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.

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I’m always on the look-out for new spins on werewolves so I decided to give Rhiannon Held’s a try by reading her debut novel, SILVER. My feelings on this book are pretty much split right down the middle; I loved the heroine and her mad ravings, and the mythology drew me in, but the story lacked in intensity and the romance just didn’t jive. I enjoyed the author’s lyrical writing style, and there are definitely more than a few howl worthy quotes however, the ending failed to deliver on what the build-up promised, and as a result, I was left feeling somewhat meh about the whole reading experience.

I liked the simplicity of Held’s world-building; she conveys enough details to keep things interesting without falling victim to the “book 1 information dump syndrome”. I enjoyed learning about pack hierarchy, the lore surrounding Death, the Lady, Weres and humans, and the religious aspects of the story. The author’s take on the werewolves’ wild vs. tame selves felt like a page out of a Psychology textbook, and demonstrated a good grasp of the genre. Death’s character was also an unexpected surprise; originally I thought he was just going to be part of Silver’s delusion, but he actually takes on a life of his own and left me wondering about his true nature.

Piecing together what happened to Silver through a series of clues and delirious babbling was part of this book’s charm. Held’s way with words turned the girl’s crazed gibberish into poetic prophecies. I was easily mesmerized by the author’s imagery, and at times I felt like I was sitting down to tea with the Mad Hatter. Both of the main characters are incredibly strong in their own right, but they are also irrevocably damaged. Dare is Roanoke’s pack enforcer, the butcher of Barcelona, and one of the more dominant wolves in North America, but all he really wants is to belong. Silver is certifiably nuts and yet, only the most tenacious could have survived her ordeal.

The story started off strong, but was unfortunately unable to hold its momentum the whole way through. The plot felt like it was barreling towards one pivotal moment only to fizzle where it counted. Dare leaves his pack, flies half-way across the country to avenge a girl he barely knows, challenges another alpha for leadership so that he can set his brilliant plan into motion, and then… nothing. I couldn’t help but feel cheated by the ending. There wasn’t much of a segue to the next installment either, no hook to entice me into reading TARNISHED. I wish the secondary characters had been a little more fleshed-out as well. I loved Andrew and Silver, but the rest just blended into the background.

SILVER is a character driven novel, and Rhiannon Held is undoubtedly a talented writer, but the story failed to live-up to its synopsis by omitting two key Urban Fantasy elements: action and romance. I don’t think I’ll be continuing with this trilogy.

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74 responses to “Review: Silver by Rhiannon Held

  1. I think I enjoyed this one more than you did Carmel, but I agree on the romance. I’m always someone who wants more of it in her books, so the subtle nature of the relationship between Silver and Dare left me wishing there was a bit more between them on page. MORE ROMANCE PLEASE:):)

  2. Oh, hmm. I actually have this book, it caught my eye a while back and I remember snagging the ebook when it was on sale. Being light on the romantic elements isn’t usually a deal breaker for me, so I’ll still give it a try. I just hope the “not much action” won’t put a damper on things, on the whole I like character driven novels!

  3. Little romance and action would be two reasons to put the book down and not finish for me, although the world building sounds interesting. I don’t mind character driven books if that is what it’s supposed to be, in UF not so much.

  4. Hopefully the next couple of books are more refined. I’d give her a pass as this is the series intro and her debut? It does sound like it has some great things going for it, just needed to streamline the threads

    • I might give book 2 a try someday, but it took me SO long to squeeze this one in, and then I was disappointed by it. I’m not rushing out to get Tarnished, that’s for sure.

  5. First books are always hard, if they don’t snag you, it is hard to continue. There are plenty of elements I am interested in, but overall if this wasn’t a WOW book for you, I think I will pass. I am growing tired of mediocre books.

  6. certifiably nuts huh…well I’m not always jonesing for new werewolves like you but I’d consider giving it a try even considering the romance might not jive so well. Since we all do have our own take on them. I’ll keep the peepers open for a sale on this one or maybe used book store.

  7. Christy  

    A creepy snoozer – lol. I don’t know why that makes me laugh. Well, this book probably wasn’t for me to begin with, so … yeah. 😉

  8. I read the second one without reading the first. I admit I was a bit lost but I think that one was a bit better than this one. I’m only guessing since I haven’t read it, but it seems that you are not alone in your disappointment. Well, hopefully the next book you read is great! 😀

  9. Too bad this book didn’t work out for you, I hate when that happens. Ugh…but they can’t all be amazing, right? 😉 Have you ever read the Caged series by Amber Lynn Natusch? It’s definitely entertaining. It’s up to 5 books at the moment (the 5th book was my absolute favorite) and 6 is coming soon but overall it’s solid.

    Anyway, I hope your next read is AMAZING! Fantastic review Carmel! ♥

  10. Oh, I do love the werewolf stories. (what is it about them??) But I’m not sure I could make it through a whole story that makes you think of the Mad Hatter!

  11. Aww…sorry you found this one a bit “meh” Carmel! 🙁 I agree…there’s just so many werewolf books out there that sometimes it’s almost impossible not to compare one to another or to get bored by them. Thanks for the honest (and absolutely brilliant!) review though! <3

  12. I’m all for new and different ways to write about shifters and mythology, too, Carmel. But if the ending leaves you feeling meh, the lyrical style and the originality just can’t save it 🙁
    Great review, thanks for sharing.

  13. jenniferbielman  

    Well Silver sounds awesome. I love mad characters. But if the ending left you feeling cheated, then this is a no go. I am tried of meh endings.

  14. Ah yes it’s difficult about this one. I love books about werewolves as well but I didn’t know this one. While some points sound good like the myths and the heroine, mainly the myths because it’s what intrigues me the most lol, it’s sad about the romance and the intensity of the story… Well if it’s not that good I think I’ll pass and try something else. Thanks for your review Carmel.

  15. Ya know I’m tempted to read it because I really love character driven reads and the crazy rambling sounds fun. But the way it fizzled out is suck a disappointment. Maybe I’ll wait and see if anyone really likes book 2 – if it turns out to be a lot better, then I’ll go for it. Great review Carmel.

  16. I quite enjoyed the first book and the second really got the action and relationship going, while keeping Silver’s crazy relevant, making it well worth the read. Unfortunately, I’m now stuck in the middle of the third book and the focus is largely on a secondary character from book 2 who is hitting all my TSTL buttons. I’m inclined to recommend reading the second book and then stop!

  17. bookwormbrandee  

    I’m sorry this one didn’t live up to the expectations it set, Carmel. It’s always so disappointing when a story is driving towards something big and then it fizzles. Nice review though. 🙂