The Shadow Game
Fantasy, Young Adult
HQ Young Adult
May 17th 2018
Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets… and secrets hide in every shadow. 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, her only lead is a 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 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 dark and utterly brilliant book
Ace of Shades is my first book by Amanda Foody. Whenever I heard about this book, I got excited. The concept really piqued my curiosity and I really wanted to read it.
The way that Foody is able to teleport you so deep within the story is absolutely outstanding. The world building is phenomenal, gritty, dark and filled with stories still to be told. The concept of gangs and families ruling territories and with the added bit of magic that felt super unique to Ace of Shades. It is such a thrilling book to read.
As for the characters, each and every one of them are super complex and in one way or another, add great significance to Ace of Shades. I felt something – be it love or hate – for every single one.
“She was a pistol wrapped up in silk. She was a blade disguised as a girl.”
Of course, there is Enne, the main female protagonist of the book. She starts out as someone who is broken and fragile. Trying to find truths in the dark and gritty City of Sin. She has heard nothing but bad things about the place and she hates being there. But as the story progresses, so too does Enne. She starts to unravel and becomes a force to reckon with. She becomes such a fierce and BADASS girl, wow! Enne is such a strong character and she becomes so much more than she ever thought possible. An absolute thrill to see how she progresses. Enny is super determined and brave and I love her.
“And he would tell her that, even after losing everything he’d ever wanted, he still desperately wanted her.”
There is also Levi. In a way, I actually think I enjoyed him more than Enne. A Street Lord of the Iron Gang, he helps Enne to find what she seeks. But his reasons may not be right. Levi is also trapped with his own problems, and soon we discover how loyal he is to his gang, his friends and especially to Ennyy. I also adored his friendship with his bff Jac. He is so loyal to Levi and will protect him with his life.
Do I ship Enne and Levi? Absolutely. The tension building between the two of them is simply brilliant and oh gosh.. I want more of them!
Overall, this book exceeded my expectations. I fell head over heels in love with the world-building and the characters! Super well paced, with plenty of twists and turns that keep you guessing throughout. It’s just everything I love in a good book.
Seriously cannot wait to see what happens in the next book, King of Fools! Highly recommend picking this book up!