Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours for having me as a part of their tour for Of Silver and Shadow (make sure you check out all of the other stops on the tour too!), and thank you so much to Flux books for making this tour happen! I had seen so many good things about Of Silver and Shadow on Book Twitter, so when I saw this tour, I had to try and be a part of it! And I’m so glad I was! This book was so good and had everything I want/love in a fantasy novel!
Of Silver and Shadow 4/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
Ahhh you guys, this book was such a fun, good, and easy to read fantasy novel and it had everything you could want in a fantasy novel! Cruel monarchs, a secret magic user, a culling of people who have magic, rebels looking to overthrow the king, a main heroine who doesn’t really care about the kingdom, a prince who wants to be more than just a prince, and the king’s enforcers, some of whom are more than they seem. I loved Ren and I loved Darek and I thought Adley was amazing and Kellen was my favorite. I can totally see there being another book after this one, especially because with that ending, the author has for sure left options open for another book (and I would definitely read it in a heartbeat). I thought the pacing of the book was great- I never felt like I was bored or things were lulling. I didn’t really thin that there was all that much chemistry between Ren and the person that the author decided to have her shack up with, but if there is a book two, I’m hoping that pairing changes. I loved Adley and Lesa together and as King’s Children- having to hide their feelings for each other seemed so hard, but it was nice to see that even though they had to become these hard enforcers, they were still able to love each other and see the good in each other and the world was great. I didn’t expect the ending to happen the way that it did, but I really enjoyed it and I definitely think that y’all should for sure go out and grab a copy of Of Silver and Shadow ASAP so you can read it/experience it too! Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound
About the Author:
Jennifer Gruenke is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara, where she studied communication and writing. She grew up among the redwoods of Northern California, and now lives in Charlotte with her books and the houseplants she hasn’t killed yet. If she’s not writing or reading, you’re most likely to find her in a cafe, music venue, or the aisles of Trader Joe’s.