Sunday, April 26, 2020

Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke - HIGH

Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke, pages. Flux (North Star Editions), 2020. $15.

Language: R (87 swears, 5 “f”); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG13



An 18yo magic wielder who supposedly died nine years ago and is just trying to survive; the 22yo son who took on his late-mother’s cause to overthrow the king; the 19yod prince who doesn’t fit the mold of what a ruler should look like in his family; a 19yo servant to the throne who hopes for a different life. These are only four who aren’t happy with how the kingdom is being run, all doing what they think is best to escape from the horrors of the crown. The question is can any of them succeed alone?

While I was initially a little put off by the constant switch between characters, I learned to appreciate the different points of view. I definitely have some characters I wanted to read about more than others, but seeing the individual actions and imagining how they would all come together -- as well as being awed by the things Gruenke came up with -- ended up being part of the fun. The sequel can’t come fast enough. The mature content rating is for nudity, implied sex and sexual abuse, and  mentions of prostitution. The violence rating is for blood, gore, homicide, and torture (enough to make readers a little squeamish without being graphic).

Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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