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Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Publishing Date: February 16, 2021


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 was pleasantly surprised with this debut fantasy book. I definitely finished this in one sitting. I could not put it down. I absolutely adored Frey and Ren’s friendship. They were such opposites, but they just had this bond that was heartwarming. The storyline was enthralling, and the side characters were loveable for the most part. There were a few characters that I feel like were supposed to have developed throughout the story, but seemed to develop too fast. How at the end everyone is accepting of them even through all that was done. However, that did not take away from the story enough to matter in the overall picture. I enjoyed this read immensely and would highly recommend it.

This was a FANTASTIC debut fantasy!

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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.

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