Of Silver and Shadow

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.

Of Silver and Shadow, Jennifer Gruenke
February 16th, 2021
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The concept behind Of Silver and Shadow was so intriguing! I love weird magic concepts, and who can turn away from a royal competition?

But maybe it was the pandemic, maybe it was me, but I just couldn’t get into this one.

I kept finding myself rereading paragraphs constantly. I couldn’t get past chapter one, even though the prose was good. It had to be pandemic brain that kept me from truly enjoying this book.

The cover is beautiful, and I LOVE the trend of having the title look like the thing it describes–the “Of Silver” looks like its made of silver and the “and Shadow” looks like shadows. It’s so pretty.

I recommend this one on concept alone; I find it unfair for me to rate this one due to the situation. I wasn’t able to read a single book between March and November.

Originally slated for a May 2020 release, Of Silver and Shadow releases February 16, 2021. Maybe I’ll give this one a second chance this year when the physical copy hits shelves.

My Rating: DNF

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