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.
"A cut above the rest." — Foreword Reviews
“This high stakes fantasy is equal parts deadly and steamy.” — Samantha Hastings, author of The Last Word
"An engrossing story about the overthrow of a tyrannical kingdom." —Kirkus Reviews
"Characters meet in disguise, alliances shift, and romances blossom under Gruenke’s skilled balancing act." — The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“The adventure story is gripping, and the plot threads come together well.” —School Library Journal
“A riveting, heart-pounding journey. Gruenke’s debut is the action-packed fantasy you’ve been looking for.” — Elizabeth Tammi, author of The Weight of a Soul and Outrun the Wind
"With forbidden magic, political intrigue, and a diverse cast of characters, Jennifer Gruenke wields her own kind of sorcery in Of Silver and Shadow. A dark and immersive fantasy debut." — Mara Rutherford, author of Crown of Coral and Pearl
"Jennifer Gruenke has created an interesting, sinister world full of magic, forbidden romance, and intriguing politics, perfect for fans of Game of Thrones. Brimming with complex, morally ambiguous characters, Of Silver and Shadow is a fast-paced, action-packed story that kept me eagerly turning the pages until the end.” — Meredith Tate, author of The Red Labyrinth
“With fascinating worldbuilding and complex characters, Of Silver and Shadow is a dark, gritty story of rebellion, dangerous magic, and the lengths we go to survive. Ren is the glorious anti-heroine of my heart, and her story will hold you in its spell until long after the final page.” — Kalyn Josephson, author of The Storm Crow