King of Fools by Amanda Foody
Publication Date: June 6th 2019
Publisher: HQ Young Adult – US
Series: The Shadow Game #2
Blurb: 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.
The stakes are higher than ever in the sequel to Ace of Shades. Enne and Levi may have beaten the Shadow Game for now but they might just find themselves engaged in a far deadlier one.
I really liked King of Fools. The pacing and intensity were both stronger than in Ace of Shades. It felt like the danger was more tangible. We also got a perspective from Jac, which expanded the story and made me love him even more.
I would have given it 5 stars had that death not happened. Maybe I’ll bump up the rating later once my heart has recovered but it just really threw me. Of everyone who might have died, I just really really wish it hadn’t been this person. After everything they’d been through and survived it just seemed cruel.
Despite my sad heart I definitely recommend this series and will be eagerly awaiting book three!
“Because the hero of one story is the villain of someone else’s. It’s all just a matter of who wins.”