Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school-and her reputation-behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.
Frightened and alone, Enne has only one lead: the name Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected-he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all of his problems.
Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless Mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…
And she’ll need to play.
Ace of Shades is a book that I’ve heard so many mixed reviews about, but I was still interested in the concept of the story enough to pick it up and give it a try. I’m glad I did.
“Respect and fear were two sides of the same card.”
The world that Amanda Foody has created is wild. Complex and compelling, I just need to know more. The only downside is that I’m still not sure I totally understand everything that is involved. There were parts that I think could have been elaborated on a bit more, but I still really enjoyed learning about this world and its culture. There’s gangs and Mafia bosses and magic, what more could a girl ask for?
“She’d strolled into the land of death with her head held high and left it a lord. She was an impossible player in a fixed game, the only person not playing to win.”
The characters were interesting enough, but I don’t know that I felt as connected to them as I could have. I liked them and by the end of the book I cared about them, but I feel like it took me longer than I would have liked to actually give a crap about what happened to them. Now that I’ve finished the book though, I’m obsessed with Levi but Lola and Jac are my favorites. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
“Sometimes we’re not who we want to be beacause we’re supposed to be something else.”
As for the plot, there was a lot going on. Almost too much. They’re searching for Enne’s adoptive mother, but also Levi’s dealing with some shit and some other shit at the same time. Then Enne learns that anything she knew about her life was a lie but also in the mean time she’s been hired to do some unsavory shit. It was just a little all over the place. I have a feeling it’s all going to be pulled together nicely in the next books, but in the first it was a little messy.
“She was a pistol wrapped in silk. She was a blade disguised as a girl.”
Overall, I really enjoyed this story. It was interesting and exciting. I grew to love the characters as I learned who they really were. With the gangs and casinos and crazy magic I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next in King of Fools.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.