Book Reviews, YA book reviews

Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke – ARC Review

My Rating ~ Four and a half Stars

RELEASE DATE:  16 February 2021

Format: E-Arc

Pages: 480

Publisher: Flux North Star Editions

Source:  NetGalley

 

 

Blurb

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.

 

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Review

Thank you so much to Flux for sending me a copy of Of Silver and Shadow, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review!

 

Of Silver and Shadow was a brutal and thrilling read, with fantastic, well rounded out characters and a unique magic system.  I loved the idea of the silver wielders, who could manipulate silver to do their bidding (think using it as a solid or a liquid.  To help or to harm)!  Our MC, Ren, was one of my favourite types of characters – an anti hero that will be taking none of your crap.  Living with her friend and running an orphanage, while trying to pay back an enormous debt through pit fighting, Ren’s life is far from easy.  With her parents dead by the king’s orders, the rebels are sure she’ll want to help them overthrow the royals.  But Ren is really not interested in doing a duty to the kingdom, she’s just here for the money.

The Kings Children are the kings guards.  The best of the best, and Adley is the best of them.  But she has a secret that could cost her her life.  With dreams of ascending her position, the only way to do it is for her to be the one to find and catch the rebel leader, and she’ll do anything to make that happen.

Told from four points of view, the story comes together seamlessly, with rich world building and more action than you can poke a stick at.  I loved that the author was able to pull together gruesome scenes, romance, political intrigue AND brilliant banter between the characters.  It’s not an easy mix to get right, but Jennifer managed it.

I’d highly recommend getting your hands on this fabulous debut once it is out in the world!

 

 

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