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Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke

Of Silver and ShadowTitle: Of Silver and Shadow
Author: Jennifer Gruenke
Rating: ★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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’ll be honest, I’m a little over novels set in Paris. Especially when they all have to do with heists. Let’s be original, people.

Some things are worth the pain.

Ren: Silver wielder. Pit fighter. Poker con artist. Only helps the rebels to pay a debt.

Adley: Assassin. Member of the King’s Children. Fighting for her freedom.

Darek: Rebel. Seeks out Ren for her help in the fight against the Crown. Looking for revenge for his mother.

Kellen: Youngest Prince. Underground fight club owner.

 

Things I Liked:

  1. The violence. Don’t hate me! To be frank, violence doesn’t really bug me. Maybe after growing up with weekly horror movies, I’ve become immune to the gruesome. This was a nice change since most novels “soften” violence, when it wasn’t or isn’t reality.
  2. Pacing. The pacing of the book was excellent. There weren’t many “still” moments and there was never a point where I felt bored by the story. What I really enjoyed was that there was a mix of short and long chapters, not a standard “20” pages.
  3. Kellen. You can’t help but love him.

 

Things I Didn’t Like:

  1. Similar Characters. Ren and Adley are basically the same person. I was starting to get them a little confused. Strong, badass women is a common theme now-a-days with multiple people falling in love with them. I wish their personalities were different, especially being the main protagonists.
  2. Magic System. I don’t really understand silver wielding at all or how it came about. If it is so powerful, then why doesn’t Ren have more power? She is always on the run. I understand she is trying to “hide” since it is forbidden for anyone who isn’t in the royal family, but she could easily stand up to them or threaten others with her power. More explanation of the history of silver wielding would’ve been beneficial.
  3. Romance. Too many different love stories. I’d rather focus more on the adventure.

 

Of Silver and Shadow is a story about political intrigue, enemies to lovers, and character growth. People who enjoyed The Gilded Wolves and Six of Crows would enjoy this novel.

4 thoughts on “Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke”

  1. The major romance factor surprises me from the blurb and worries me. Maybe it was s good thing the publishing date was pushed back to February.

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    1. Yeah, I felt like the story was incomplete somewhat. It was entertaining as hell, but I think my biggest struggle was two of the protagonists having the same characteristics. And one of the romances where someone is all of a sudden super vulnerable. It was out of character and felt forced.

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      1. Oh I hate when the core of the character is betrayed. There is a big difference between a character ARC and betraying the core of what makes up a character.

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