Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke — ARC Review

Of silver and shadow by jennifer gruenkeSummary:

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.

Review: 4 Stars

When I read the blurb for Of Silver and Shadow I knew that it was going to be the type of book that I would really like and it didn’t disappoint. It had so many aspects I love in a fantasy novel. It had a thief as a main character, a corrupt government, multiple points of view and amazing characters plotting a rebellion. I spend a lot of time searching for fantasy novels like this, but Of Silver and Shadow just popped up on my radar.

I love fantasy novels with multiple points of view that have separate plot lines that eventually all converge in an incredible way and that was done so well in this book. There were many times throughout the book where I had a hard time setting it down because the chapter would end on a cliffhanger and I needed to get back to a certain character’s point of view, this kept happening over and over again so it made it hard to set the book down at times. But I didn’t find the pacing super consistent. Certain parts of the book took me forever to get through, while I raced through other parts.

I really enjoyed all of the characters, but there were a few that really stood out to me. I really loved Ren, who was the main character. She was very guarded and a bit eccentric, but I could easily empathize with her. She had her walls up and pushed everyone away while she maintained a hard exterior, but on the inside she was in so much emotional pain. I loved her character instantly, but I just loved her more and more as she slowly let her walls down and let people in. She seemed

The other characer I really loved was Adley, she was a King’s Child who actually hunted and tortured rebels. Just like Ren she had a hard exterior, but there was so much more to her character than brutality. Adley felt like an enemy for most of the story and she was definitely morally grey, but I admired how loyal she was to the girl she loved and that she truly would do absolutely anything for her. I really loved that Jennifer Gruenke included her point of view because it helped you understand that the enemies were human too, and had their own reasons for doing things and weren’t just pure evil. It added layers to the story and I found it to be a much more interesting narrative than the normal fight between good and evil.

I really enjoyed this book and I especially loved all the characters. Parts of it did drag a bit at times, but I wonder if that would have been different if it weren’t for this Coronavirus induced slump that I’ve been in. It was an easy fantasy to sink into without complex world building, so it felt like a lighter fantasy read, which was exactly what I needed so that worked out wonderfully. The characters were great and I can’t wait for the sequel.

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    1. I really liked it! I have a ton of back reviews to post, but this one I read last week. I was surprised how easy it was for me to get into because lately I’ve been having a hard time sinking into fantasy, but it was relatively on world building and moved pretty fast so I was able to get into it easy. I hope you find time to read it soon!

      This slump has been driving me nuts. I’ve been having a hard time just getting excited about books. So right now I’m reading Fable by Adrienne Young even though doesn’t come out until September and I’m just going to hold the review. It’s just the only book that really had me excited!

      I have a bunch of ARCs that come out soon or are a little late that might be good or even great but lately I’ve been picking up and setting aside so many reads. When something finally grabs my attention I’m always super grateful to the bookish gods!

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      1. Yeah I’m really looking forward to it and definitely knowing it grabbed you in the middle of a slump. But with the release being pushed to next year, I have to wait to read it lol

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      2. I have seen a few that have changed but I had no idea this one got pushed so far! I will have to post a hype post again in February! Ughhh I need to pay more attention to pub dates since all this happened!

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