Author: Amanda Foody
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published by: HQ Stories
Publication date: 02/05/19
My rating: ★★★★
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Indulge your vices in the City of Sin, where a sinister street war is brewing and fame is the deadliest killer of them all…
On the quest to find her missing mother, prim and proper Enne Salta became reluctant allies with Levi Glaisyer, the city’s most famous con man. Saving his life in the Shadow Game forced Enne to assume the identity of Seance, a mysterious underworld figure. Now, with the Chancellor of the Republic dead and bounties on both their heads, she and Levi must play a dangerous game of crime and politics…with the very fate of New Reynes at stake.
Thirsting for his freedom and the chance to build an empire, Levi enters an unlikely partnership with Vianca Augustine’s estranged son. Meanwhile, Enne remains trapped by the mafia donna’s binding oath, playing the roles of both darling lady and cunning street lord, unsure which side of herself reflects the truth.
As Enne and Levi walk a path of unimaginable wealth and opportunity, new relationships and deadly secrets could quickly lead them into ruin. And when unforeseen players enter the game, they must each make an impossible choice: To sacrifice everything they’ve earned in order to survive…
Or die as legends.
I received a free review copy from HQ Stories in exchange for an honest review.process
This review WILL have some spoilers.
I loved Ace of Shades and jumped at the chance to review and host a date on the blog tour for King of Fools.
Set after the events in Ace of Shades. Both Enne and Levi, along with the other Irons have a bounty on their heads after killing the chancellor Sedric Torren during the Shadow Game. Levi partners up with Harrison Augustine to bring down Vianca, destroying the Augustine empire in the process. Meanwhile Vianca orders Enne to start up a gang, using her reputation as Seance to do so and insert herself into Worner Prescott’s inner circle, whose candidacy Viance is backing. Throw in some chaos, twists and politics and you have a pretty accurate summary.
I can’t tell you how much I loved this, I do feel it could have been a little shorter, though I loved it nonetheless. Told from the perspective of Enne, Levi and Jac, giving the reader different insights that are woven together brilliantly. Enne has changed so much since the beginning of Ace of Shades, I love it, you can see how New Reynes and becoming a street lord has changed her. Enne’s character development, her relationship with Grace and Lola is one of my favourite things. We see a very different side to Levi, the bravado he puts on is starting to crack, showing his vulnerable side. There’s so much character development, which I love.
I definitely recommend picking this one up, and if you haven’t read Ace of Shades get reading! You can find my review of it here.