Of Silver & Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke
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.
I first tried reading Of Silver & Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke back at the beginning of June, but I was struggling to get into the story and connect with the characters. I put the book aside for about a month and again the same problem happened. I decided recently to give it one last try and thank goodness I did because I ended up really enjoying the book.
So, why did the book improve so much so quickly? I’ll tell you — Adley and Prince Kellen were introduced! Of Silver & Shadow is mainly told through four perspectives. The first bit of the story is all about Ren and Derek, and you guys I just did not like them. If the book had continued with only them as the main characters, I would have absolutely DNF’d it. Their constant bickering while their internal monologues were thinking how hot they found the other to be was plain annoying and so not cute. Then we got Adley, and connecting to her was a breeze. Maybe it’s because she’s a fellow bookworm, but I really think it’s because she wants to right her wrongs and do better. She wants to get away and live a peaceful life with the one she loves and damn, don’t we all?! Adley isn’t the only one sick of life in the brutal castle because Prince Kellen is trying to escape as well. He’s the secretly good-bad boy character I love to read about, and honestly I could have used a bit more of him in the story.
In the end, once I was invested in the characters the book ended up being fast paced which I’m a fan of. I also loved the LGBTQ+ representation, and the mix of magic and political intrigue. This book left me wanting more and I didn’t think that was possible after the rough start. I have no idea if there will be a 2nd book, but as long as Adley and Kellen are in it, I would definitely read it, and I think most of y’all would enjoy this first book.
Thank you to NetGalley and Flux for providing the e-arc for me to read.
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