Review – Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke

**Disclaimer: I was given a free e-book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.**

Title Of Silver and Shadow

Author Jennifer Gruenke

Description from Amazon

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 wont see a single coin until they overthrow the King.

Behind the castle walls, a brutal group of warriors known as the Kings Children is engaged in a competition: the first to find the rebel leader will be made Kings 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 Kings 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.

Release Date May 26, 2020

Initial Thoughts

I discovered this book on Instagram a few weeks ago and it sounded super interesting. As luck would have it, I was approved for this title on NetGalley a few weeks ago. Again, in an effort to start 2020 at 100% in NetGalley, I had to finish this book in 2019.

Some Things I Liked

  • Multiple POVs. I love POVs and it was done so well in this story. I loved the continuity of scenes from one character’s perspective to another and it gave the story a great flow.
  • Magic system. The magic in this story was simple and well done. Silver is a semi-elemental magic in this setting and there are only a handful of characters capable of wielding it. I have read so many stories with overly complicated magic systems or magic that breaks its own rules. This story was very well done and had neither of those flaws.
  • Ren. I loved Ren’s character. She was spunky and full of sass. I felt like I saw a lot of myself in her and I loved that I could connect so strongly with a main character in this story.

Series Value

This book is not cited as series but I hope it becomes one. I would definitely read more about these characters and about the world of Erdis. On the other hand, I am satisfied with the ending we got in Of Silver and Shadow. I felt like I got closure but it also left me wanting more.

Final Thoughts

This was a solid book. I liked the story, the characters, and if it becomes a series, I would continue reading it.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Recommendations for Further Reading

  • All the King’s Traitors by Keylin Rivers – if you liked the POVs and the elemental-esque magic of Of Silver and Shadow, you should check out this new release by Keylin Rivers.
  • Furyborn by Claire Legrand – again, if you like multiple POVs and stories of rebellion, check out the Empirium Trilogy by Claire Legrand (book 3 is hitting shelves in October 2020).
  • The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen – if you liked the enemies to lovers romance in Of Silver and Shadow – do yourself a favor and read this series!

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