RELEASE DATE: May 26th 2020
AUTHOR: Jennifer Gruenke
GENRE: Young-Adult, Magic, Romance.
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 received an ARC from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review *
Of Silver And Shadow is Jennifer Gruenke’s debut YA fantasy novel. I didn’t have any high expectations for this book because It’s a debut novel. I think it was a decent YA fantasy read. I liked the characters and the plot. There’s not much world building but I really enjoyed the magic part. Even though I enjoyed the story, I need to be honest that I had few issues with some aspects but it didn’t hinder my overall enjoyment.
Ren Kollins is a girl born with a unique silver magic which is forbidden in her kingdom of Irdis. She survives her living by thievery, card games, and pit fighting. When a wealthy rebel leader approaches her to join him, she rejects him but when he offers a huge sum for her help, she can’t ignore his offer. 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. Somehow the youngest prince of Irdis also gets tangled with the rebellion and they all want one thing, to dethrone the current king and end his reign of brutality.
I loved Ren Kollins! She’s smart, witty, fun and totally kickass. I really enjoyed her character and I admired her for helping the orphaned kids in her own way. Darek is the member of the rebellion. He’s broody and not a great fan of Ren. They both clash with each other every time they meet. I enjoyed their relationship in the first half but I didn’t like how it was rushed in the second half. I wish there was more interactions between them. Adley Farre is one of the king’s children who’s hunting Ren and the rebel leader. Even though she’s on the bad side, I still enjoyed her character and her relationship with Lesa, another warrior in the kings group. Prince Kellan was a nice addition to the plot but I wish there’s more depth to his character. I really wanted to know more about him.
The plot was engaging but I found some parts rushed especially the ending which is the major issue I had with this book. It would’ve been great if this story was divided into two parts. Some aspects were not fully developed. I’m a bit lenient when it comes to rating debut novels. If it isn’t for the main character, I would’ve given it a less than a four star rating. For a debut, the author’s writing was good. I enjoyed the multiple POV’s. The world building was not bad. It was a typical medieval setting. I wish there was more magical action in it.
Overall, I liked this book! Even though the rushed ending left me a bit disappointed, for the most part I enjoyed the story and I’ll look forward to the author’s next work.
I would recommend it if you’re into YA fantasy but I wouldn’t say it was anything extraordinary.
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