Ace Of Shades threw us into the City of Sin with no warning, and everything in that book felt SUPER high stakes. King Of Fools is much slower and more character-driven. While I, personally, don’t mind that, I know that several people couldn’t make it through this book due to the pacing and focus on character development. Nevertheless, I still adored this book and gave it a full 5 stars on Goodreads 🤭
King Of Fools by Amanda Foody
(The Shadow Game #2)
Hardcover | 602 pages | Purchased
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.
Enne had a pretty intense and crazy ten days in Ace Of Shades – she abandoned everything she knew to track down her mother; she ended up trapped in an unbreakable oath to Vianca, a Mafia donna; she killed men; she found out her mother was dead; she discovered truths about her heritage she couldn’t begin to imagine; she became a street lord; and she played the darkest game that the City of Sin has to offer. All in all, Enne has come a long way from being the prim and proper young lady from Bellamy.
But now she needs to decide who she actually is.
Is New Reynes where she belong? Or should she run when she gets the chance? In all honesty, I bloody love this girl. She’s done a complete 180, but she still retains that Bellamy history, using her etiquette lessons to her advantage. She’s a manipulative little cow when she wants to be, and it makes her so. damn. interesting 🤭
While Enne is busy establishing her new gang, Levi is trying his hardest to regain the loyalty of the Irons. Levi’s ambition and secrets get in the way of a lot of people’s happiness, and the promises he made to Jac, to himself, to Enne… they’re becoming harder and harder to keep. I adore Levi with my very being and I just want him to be happy. If clawing his way back to the top is what it takes for him to feel like himself, then I’m okay with that. Did I like the way he used Narinder or hurt Enne? Absolutely not, but nobody is perfect.
During the first book, we only had Levi and Enne’s perspectives, but this book also has us reading from Jac’s perspective as he faces his own demons whilst doing Levi’s work. I relate to Jac on a base level, in all honesty, as I also have an addictive personality. Jac’s coping methods and that constant niggle at the back of his mind really resonated with me, and I found myself so invested in Jac’s well being. He went through so much in this book and my heart just broke for him 😢
And then there’s Vianca Augustine. This woman is cold and cruel and I fucking LOVED her as a villain. What she did to Enne and Levi is unforgivable. Vianca obviously has a lot of baggage that has turned her into this merciless donna she is now, and I’m not sure her mental state is entirely sound. Her blood talent is as fascinating as it is despicable and I was SO curious about her third omerta 🤭
This book is highly political and much slower than the first book as I mentioned before, but the last hundred or so pages of this sequel were absolutely FANTASTIC, a complete whirlwind of betrayal and emotion. Everything that happened in this book up to that point got turned on its head. I don’t know when the next book is going to be released, but I have a feeling it’s going to be a doozy!