Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke
Expected publication: May 26th, 2020 by Flux
Goodreads Rating: 4.26 / 5 Stars
My Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic
Ren Kolins is a silver wielder—a dangerous thing to be in the kingdom of Erdis, where magic has been outlawed for a century. Ren is just trying to survive, sticking to a life of petty thievery, card games, and pit fighting to get by. But when a wealthy rebel leader discovers her secret, he offers her a fortune to join his revolution. The caveat: she won’t see a single coin until they overthrow the King.
Behind the castle walls, a brutal group of warriors known as the King’s Children is engaged in a competition: the first to find the rebel leader will be made King’s Fang, the right hand of the King of Erdis. And Adley Farre is hunting down the rebels one by one, torturing her way to Ren and the rebel leader, and the coveted King’s Fang title.
But time is running out for all of them, including the youngest Prince of Erdis, who finds himself pulled into the rebellion. Political tensions have reached a boiling point, and Ren and the rebels must take the throne before war breaks out.
In Erdis, being a magic wielder means one of two things – you are royalty or you are dead. The king and his sons are the only people who are allowed to have silver magic, but somehow, Ren slipped through their fingers and is running around the streets of Erdis, wielding magic right under their noses.
Ren is a badass MC with an iconic outfit to rule the underworld of Erdis. The fact that she is a great pit fighter and a brilliant thief meant I loved her from page one. She is stubborn and runs away from her feelings faster than I do (which is truly a feat). Her character is easy to love and hard to forget.
We have some LGBT+ representation in a few characters, but the main one we follow is Adley, one of the Kings Children (not his biological children but kids who were taken from home at a young age to become the hard and bitter puppets of the tyrannical king). Adley loves reading, chocolate and one of her fellow King’s Children (which is forbidden on pain of death). Her character is complex and interesting to follow as she battles an inner struggle between what is right and what is easy.
From the first moment we met Prince Kellen I loved him. He is surrounded by horrible people which means he searches for an escape out in the world where princes should not wonder. He is a fantastic character and just the perfect balance of broody and flirty for me to adore him.
The plot is exciting and although I saw one or two twists coming, there were still surprises throughout to keep me on the edge of my seat. She builds tension well, (between characters *wink* as well as in the plot). THAT PLOT TWIST THOUGH. Although we knew a secret was being kept I did not expect it. I adore this story, and although the story of rebellion against a tyrant is old, this world and characters made the trope seem new and unique.
This novel has some lovely descriptions and subtle world-building. A fantastic setting is created for a character and plot centered story.
The one weird thing that I have to mention is the weird names. They’re almost generic, but with a slight twist, like Darek and Jaston. It made me laugh but it didn’t bother me at all.
This is currently a stand-alone but I would be ecstatic if Gruenke decided to write more stories of this world. This is her debut novel and I thought it was a good one. As a stand-alone, it was rounded off nicely but I could definitely read more about these brilliant characters.
Happy Reading !
I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review or rating in any way 🙂
PS: Its estimated publication date is my birthday and it feels like destiny because I loved this book so much.