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Of Silver and Shadow

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  151 ratings  ·  137 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Expected publication: May 26th 2020 by Flux
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Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
YOU GUYS YOU GUYS AHHHHHH. Look at the cover!

Trust me! You'll want to add this book!!

Jenn was my very first critique partner. Like, ever. And I've had the unique privilege of seeing this book from its very first drafts - all the way into the beauty it is now. And I can't wait for everyone to read it!


That is all.
NAT.orious reads ☽
Fine I admit it. It did get better.

Jennifer Gruenke
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Since the cover is finally here (!!) a couple details about OF SILVER AND SHADOW:

- It's a true multi-perspective novel with four different POVs
- It's upper YA that would fit well into a crossover category if that existed in traditional publishing
- The setting is fairly dark and gritty
- Tropes include hate-to-love and forbidden lovers

I can't wait for you to read it in May!
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

I must admit I walked into this world expecting a little more.
"Of Silver and Shadow" unfortunately got lost for me in the endless pile of revolution/motley crew of misfits seeking to do X, Y or Z.

The book delves straight away into the main story arc, and while that could've resulted in a fast paced adventure, I kept waiting to feel that connection to the characters but it never happened. The writing seemed specially abrupt in the beggining as well. The
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“But Markus was their mother’s son. Rebellion swam in his blood”

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

Wow! That’s all I can say for a moment... Ok
I’m back haha. I actually stayed up late to keep reading this! This book was amazing. I love how the story dives into action from the very beginning and the world descriptions were beautiful! I thought the concept of “The King’s Children” was creative and very interesting. The magic was amazing, the characters were
Kenzie The Dragon Queen
First of all, I'd like to thank NetGalley, Jennifer Gruenke, and Flux, for the amazing opportunity I've been given to read this book so many months before its release. I received a free digital advanced reading copy (ARC) by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Release Date: May 26th 2020

'Of Silver and Shadow' was a fast paced and entertaining novel, and it was easy to read and enjoy. That being said, it was nothing special compared to countless other young adult fantasy novels that
Kalyn Josephson
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love absolutely everything about this dark, gritty fantasy!

First off, the magic. Cool magic systems are always the first thing to snag me and the silver wielding in OSAS is SO. COOL. It reminds me of ATLA style element manipulation and I am here for it.

The world is so vivid and detailed. Jenn's writing is incredibly cinematic and I felt like I lived in Denfell. A lot of that was also due to the lifelike characters. Ren is fierce, Darek is dreamy, Kellen is so adorable I just want to hug him,
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Jennifer Gruenke & Flux for my copy of the ARC. Due to this kind gesture, I have decided to leave a review.

WOW WOW WOW WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW! What in the hell bells was that?!

In a kingdom where magic has been purged, only the Royals have the pleasure of using silver. But a normal girl, generations down the line can wield her own silver? Hunted down, thought to be murdered by the king's children... what's a girl to do?! Lay low? Become nothing? Or swindle card games and
Alexia | Right Writing Words

Title: Of Silver and Shadow

Author: Jennifer Gruenke

Release Date:26 May 2020

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

*I received this arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was so surprised when Netgalley approved this arc for me, and even more surprised when I found out that the author is one of my favorite reviewer’s friends!

Of Silver and Shadow follows the journey of Ren Kollins as she joins a rebellion against the tyrant king of Erdis. It’s by no means an easy road, since the king and his son
Candace Robinson
ARC received via publisher!
Jessie Sedai of the Black Ajah🥀🐍
4.5 Star Rating

A transformative journey of survival and politics, a band of unlikely but lovable heroes, a world brimming with the echoes of magic lost and whispers of revolution rising. Fantasy lovers, rejoice! Jennifer Gruenke delivers a captivating tale where the blood spills red, the morality runs grey, and the magic always has a silver lining.

Of Silver and Shadow is a knockout of a read and a standout for the 2020 lineup. It does the unthinkable from the get go - it takes a fairly
Red Ink Book Reviews
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given an advanced copy of this book to provide a review by Flux – North Star Editions.
A captivating story that had me from the very beginning and until the very end. I was left feeling bereft and hopelessly wondering what was left in store for all the colourful and vivid characters in this mesmerising tale.
Ren Kolins is strong and feisty young woman whose bark is definitely not worse than her bite. She is rude and abrupt but life has forced her to be this way. Ever since her parent’s death
Christi M
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
Rebellion, outlawed magic, potential romance, witty banter all make up this new fantasy book by Jennifer Gruenke.

Rebellion is at the forefront of this young adult/new adult book. The kingdom is being run by those who don’t deserve to be in power and it is long past time to remove them.

Ren is a pit fighting, sarcastic, street-wise girl who gets noticed by the rebellion leaders. Why? Because she can do magic in a kingdom where magic is outlawed by death. They need her, but she’s not
Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

“Of Silver and Shadow” is about Ren, who is a self-taught silver wielder that nearly escaped death as a child before she went into hiding in the Kingdom of Eris, where magic is outlawed and being outed could be the death of her. While attempting to survive by succumbing to thievery, card games, and dangerous pit fighting to pay an overdue debt, along the way she encounters a Rebel, King’s Children, and Prince that pulls her towards a rebellion she wants no part of in which case forever
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing

It's like if Lila Bard teamed up (and had a steamy romance) with Enjolras. Pit fighter Ren is all knives; Darek is a broody rebel who talks of revolution. Put them together, and bam! You have a sizzling, banter-filled fantasy that will keep you turning pages. Pick this one up. Display it proudly on your shelf. It's FABULOUS.
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had the absolute privilege of reading an early version of this and it blew my mind. Ren is the snarky, spirited MC we deserve and I loved her from the first page, and the other POVs are just as vivid and intriguing. The setting is so real and gritty and ties into a super cool magic system—like Scarlet Witch, but make it fantasy. This book is full of rebellion and romance and magic and it’ll sweep you away. OF SILVER AND SHADOW is a refreshing new YA fantasy that you won’t be able to put down.
Petra Dimitrova
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*THANK YOU to North Star Editions and Flux for graciously providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

Full 5 stars for the amazing journey that book is!
No fillers no runaround, pure action from chapter one,right until the last one!
The story is told from several points of view and the timing to switch between them is so perfect and fluid, that is pure pleasure to read and complements the story, instead of distracting you and make you say "I wish i saw that momemt from that
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
It has taken me so long to review this book because I didn't want to admit to myself that it was over. A thrilling story with some beautiful underlying messages and such rich world and character building. And the LGBT+ representation? Genuinely a read that started my 2020 on a very strong note, it’s going to be hard to beat. Plus have you seen that cover?! It’s stunning! Really a book where the beauty of the cover matches the inside. To me this book is among those setting a new standard for YA ...more
shre ♡
Dec 20, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc
[thank you netgalley for an arc]

the cover is so pretty, pls let the insides be just as pretty.
Lia Carstairs
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much Netgalley and North Star Editions/Flux for sharing this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publication Date: May 26, 2020

Okay, so we can we all just give a moment to LOOK AT THAT COVER!!!

I admit that when I was looking for books, this cover stood out so much, that I just had to read the synopsis. Yes, I know, don't judge a book by its cover, but c'mon. You can't look at that and not fall in love with that GORGEOUS cover.
Of Silver and Shadow (it even had a great title) was my
Laura ☾
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
*Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review *
4.5 stars(rounded up)

"If you think I'm annoying now, wait until you're stuck with me in the afterlife!"

Ren is a Silver Wielder, which means she has magic and is hunted in her kingdom of Erdis. She is wanted dead by the King and is unwittingly recruited/bribed into a plot to overthrow the throne.

Of Silver and shadow follows the alternating points of view of four main characters, Ren, Adley (a
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 Sliver Stars! So close to being a 5 star favorite for me, but a rushed ending, although satisfying, left me rating it a half a star less. Such a fantastic debut novel for author Jennifer Gruenke, Of Silver and Shadow does not disappoint in the YA genre. I will admit the cover most definitely caught my eye first while scrolling NetGalley's most recent additions, but the synopsis had me requesting without hesitation. The world building here was exceptional, uncomplicated, and completely ...more
Thank you so much to Flux for giving me an ARC of Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


Seven hundred gold pieces.

Was Ren Kolins’ mantra. An orphan, she lived a life of thievery and pit fights until two brothers dragged her into the middle of a revolution in exchange for gold. Ren has magic, and an illegal one at that. She finds herself repeating her mantra as she is dragged into a revolution where every side either wants to kill or use her
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
'I received a complimentary copy of this book through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.'

I loved the multiple perspectives and main characters in this book. Ren and Darek are great, I just wish I would have been able to read more about their time spent together traveling through the city to put on displays and spread rumors. They talk about the 3 weeks they spent together, but it was broken up between all main characters so some of the details were left out of
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you #NetGalley and publisher #Flux for an opportunity to read Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke.
A fabulous, magical story about a young woman, Ren Colins, a commoner who can wield silver. In the land Erdis, magic is banned for the commoners and saved for the king and his family. The King kills all the people that can wield magic.
Ren Collins struggles day to day to survive in a poverty stricken community. She uses her magic secretly to help support herself and those she cares for.
Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
Dec 02, 2019 marked it as tbr-unreleased
Thank you North Stars Editions and Flux for the ARC.

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Dec 05, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020-releases
is this f/f? it kind of sounds like it
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*Me receiving this ARC* Oh wow. What a nice cover and that premise though !
*Me actually reading this ARC* HOLY sh**!! Ren if you don't kill the King right this instant, I'll summon the Devil to grant me silver wielding powers and do it myself !
Ps: Darek dammit, man up and just kiss the girl !!

So to sum it up, I freaking loved the book ! Put it on your tbr. Don't even think about not doing it

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Dec 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
Thanks to Flux for an ARC.

Sorry, just couldn’t do this. The overdescription, the ‘author behind the curtain’, the infodumps and the sameness of the characters’ voices got to me.
Mar 21, 2019 marked it as to-read
Jen I'm proud of you :,)
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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. OF SILVER AND SHADOW is her debut novel.
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