Silverlegs I – Seed of Rage

(11 customer reviews)


A fifteen-year-old girl with a gift for violence in a war-torn empire, Constanter has nothing left to lose —except perhaps her very self, when she becomes a legendary mercenary boy who moves so fast that all you will see is the silvery glint of his greaves before he slashes you: the invincible Silverlegs.


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…

Trigger warning:
Silverlegs is a grimdark fantasy novel set in a world inspired by the late Roman empire. Constanter 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.

11 reviews for Silverlegs I – Seed of Rage

  1. Marta Cox on Amazon

    The protagonist of this Romanesque story is young but this is not a children?s book. This is a story about a young girl struggling to survive in a patriarchal society and actually proving to herself that she can achieve a freedom that she never imagined. Our heroine Constanter runs away from an abusive home only to be mistaken for a boy and conscripted to a mercenary battalion fighting in a holy war that divides the Empire. It?s harsh, brutal and above all deadly in this world Constanter finds herself. Think Gladiator, think Russell Crowe and you will understand how the politics and machinations shape so many lives. There is only one choice and that?s to survive and Constanter is without a doubt born to do that. She is quick witted, fleet of foot and has the stamina that few men can compete with. Yes she?s bloodthirsty, no she?s not as physically strong as some but her journey and victories are hard fought and oh so satisfying.

    Rising up from the ashes of who she was Constanter becomes Silverlegs but she?s not alone. There are a plethora of supporting characters who appear here and notably one in particular could if the author desired had become perhaps a love interest. However I hasten to say this is not a romance, it?s quite simply a raw portrayal of a society that celebrates violence and yet ignores those they oppress at their peril. . Expect language you wouldn?t use in polite company, explicit scenes and very disturbing violence. This is both dark and celebratory and I have found a new author to follow.

    This voluntary take is of a copy that I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair.

  2. Vicki on Amazon

    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.

  3. Jenny Vee on Amazon

    Silverlegs I: Sead of Rage by Camilla Monk is hands-down my favorite read of the year and I don’t anticipate another book surpassing this one. Monk has a way of bringing history to life that transports the reader firmly into a particular time and place. Her descriptions are vivid but not overdone, creating a clear picture without boring the reader with too many details.

    And her characters…each unique and captivating in their own right. Silverlegs herself is a fierce and fiery young woman spurred into becoming a formidable soldier by her recent past. The war between her old-self and new-self is just as captivating as the wars that take place on battlefields. I felt her rage come to life on the page and often found myself fired up alongside her.

    Just as a heads-up: trigger warning for sexual assault.

    I have read this story twice so far and plan on reading it again at least once more in the next few months. If you enjoy the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, you’ll like Silverlegs. The protagonist is even less merciful than Aelin in ToG and the characters more intriguing. I cannot recommend this book enough. Now, bring on part two (Please?!)!

  4. Kelly P on Amazon

    I’m a fan of the author’s other series and wasn’t sure what to expect with this change in genre. The book was a slower start for me but before long I was staying up way too late to read one more chapter.

    I’ve always enjoyed adventure stories with strong female leads and that was exactly what Silver Legs provided. Looking forward to the next book in the series!

    I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  5. Leonie on Amazon

    I wrote a proper review (it?s below) but decided that a cliff notes version was warranted: this book is both dark, complex, well written, unpredictable, humorous and just so bloody brillant that you?d be a moron not to want to read it! Give it a whirl – I promise you won?t regret it!

    Having long been a fan of Camilla Monk?s Spotless series, I had high expectations of Silverlegs: expectations that were, in fact, exceeded, despite the two having very little in common.

    Silverlegs is set in a time and place evocative of the Roman Empire. The attitudes of the characters, including the main one are, as a result, as you?d expect: women are subjugated, homophobia is rife, and there is a clear unbending hierarchy. The brutality of the world is reflected in the attitudes of the characters and life is not seen as sacred.

    Silverlegs, is a girl, whose whole mentality and choices are shaped by a brutal event that happens to her at the start of the book. This trauma drives her to become someone else and she strives to be entirely invulnerable. To an extent, she succeeds, But at a cost. To say more would be to spoil things, and I really don?t want to!

    In some ways, ?Silverlegs? is a prologue or in fact a chapter – it explains how the character becomes who she is, but there is still so much of the story to be told, and I honestly cannot wait. I read and re-read this book in the space of a weekend, and I still find the twists and turns in the story unpredictable and gut wrenching, and enjoyed delving into the psyche of all the characters.

    By the way, if you liked Grace Draven?s ?Phoenix Unbound? I think you would enjoy this, as the time periods and worlds have similarities and both have strong determined female leads.

    I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. I did, however, also buy the book as it was just so good!

  6. Maxine on Amazon

    A Roman style setting, vicious, well written battle scenes, epic sword fights. A female mc who refuses to be used and abused. Hell yes. Fantasy has been spoiling me lately with some fantastic books and Silverlegs by Camilla Monk is another top notch read. (How badass is the title and cover by the way!!)

    Constanter knows how to run. She can run for hours and after being brutally attacked by her step father she draws on this innate talent. She refuses to be his victim anymore, she runs and hides, far away from the family who want to use her and control her. Unfortunately she runs from one danger straight into another. After being mistaken for a boy she is forced to fight for Clearchos, if she loses she dies. Constanter faces each challenge head on, refusing to be cowed. With her supreme speed and savage lust for violence, she slowly says goodbye to Constanter and becomes the feared Silverlegs.

    What a messed up world! The religion of the day is slowly murdering those who worship the old gods, religion is taking over the ruling body, controlling the war. It is happily destroying everyone who doesn?t conform to their views. We spend the majority of the book in a mercenary camp, so we don?t get a big picture of the outside world, it?s all very one sided but I feel as though this will change in book two.

    The characters were so well put together. There were characters who were so fleshed out, they were practically leaping off the page, I was convinced they would be in the story for the long haul, next thing you know they are dead. No-one is safe here and I love that. It reflects war and a mercenary camp much better than if everyone had survived.
    Constanter is a main character that I know a lot of my bookish friends will love. She works hard to become the badass she is, it doesn?t come easy to her. But what sets her apart is her drive, she refuses to backdown. She takes her natural ability and uses it to her advantage. She is burning with rage and uses the opportunities given to her to let it out.

    I loved the way Silverlegs came together. I was certain I knew exactly where it was heading only to have all of my expectations blown out of the water. I feel like this is a book where I have to be really careful what I say as I don?t want to spoil anyone else?s reading experience. Hence the super vague review. I don?t even want to mention the supporting cast to much. The setting of this book means that women are treated very badly, they are considered the very bottom of the social ladder. It is set in a mercenary camp, during a war, it is as violent as you can get. Our main characters arc is covered in blood. There is nothing light and fluffy about it. And these are all of the reasons I loved it. The author didn?t pull any punches, their was no pussy footing around the brutal realitlies, she laid it all out there for you to see. My poor heart! I cannot wait for book 2.

  7. Debbie on Amazon

    I read this book because this is one of my favorite authors. I knew from the start that it wouldn’t really be my thing…quite harsh and violent. The story of a young woman making her way fighting with mercenaries in what is basically Ancient Rome. It is well-written. The characters are complex and fully-developed. When I was younger, this is just the sort of story I would have been all over. Now … I cannot say I love the book; as I said, it is too violent for my tastes. However, I would recommend to anyone who enjoys stories of ancient battles, and who doesn’t get hung up on Silverlegs being “just a girl”.

  8. Pearl on Amazon

    Thank you Ms. Monk, and thank you Tiffany. There are certain books that you have to take time and read, this is one of them. I like Constanter’s innocence and honesty. The begrudging comradeship forged in dire circumstances. The betrayal, rage and anger, and sadness at the end. I look forward to book 2.

    I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  9. Charlotte on Amazon

    I went into this book not knowing what to expect. The note by the author makes it clear that this is not going to be a fluffy, light-hearted read and I was grateful for the heads up. Given that I am usually all about the fluffy, light-hearted read it says something that I enjoyed this book. Then again, I love Camilla Monk’s writing style so I was probably biased from the get-go.

    This is about a girl who tears herself out of one life and finds herself catapulted into a world she has no reference points for. It is about how she finds a place for herself and learns that she can be worth more than she thought. All this could be the storyline for your average chick-lit story, but not the way Camilla Monk does it. Set against a backdrop of war in the way of the Roman empire it becomes something other.

    The language and violence in many forms throughout the book mean that it is not for the faint-hearted. Having said that, these things are built gradually through the first quarter until the world has been established and so I didn’t find them jarring, they were simply part of the environment the characters find themselves in. I would also say the violence is never gratuitous. It was gory and, in some places, heart-wrenching. I was given enough to ‘see’ and feel but not so much that it slipped into being used purely for shock factor.

    The development of the characters through the book, the dialogue and observations from the lead all create an incredible story that pulls you along with the heroine as her life unfolds. The author hasn’t abandoned her style from previous books and there are moments of lightness created as the relationships develop.

    If you like a strong heroine battling to take some control of her situation in an unforgiving world and you don’t mind a no holds barred, survival of the fittest approach to success then I would say this is a story you don’t want to miss.

    I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  10. Riley on Amazon

    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 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.

  11. Michelle Zimmerman on Amazon

    This author is SO gifted with her story telling. I don’t want to share too much regarding the story line, you can read the ticklers mentioned – This original novel, has background similarities to Ancient Roman times, but is a completely original book. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this novel, and appreciate the author creating a strong female character who uses/ channels her inner rage into becoming Silverlegs , a well-seasoned warrior beast, instead of a proper female. This was an amazing story about a female surviving and thriving in an man’s world, but not in the stereotypical roles that females are presented with. There is action galore as Silverlegs becomes a quite renowned warrior. Friends and enemies are made. Respect is earned the hard way. The author teases me wanting more, and I, oh so, am looking forward to reading the second book. Check out her other books also – you won’t be disappointed!

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