Ace Of Shades by Amanda FoodyAce Of Shades by Amanda Foody

Ace Of Shades

byAmanda Foody

Hardcover | April 10, 2018

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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, Enne has only one lead: the name Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and 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.
Title:Ace Of ShadesFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:416 pages, 9.23 × 6.34 × 1.36 inShipping dimensions:9.23 × 6.34 × 1.36 inPublished:April 10, 2018Publisher:HarlequinLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1335692290

ISBN - 13:9781335692290


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I’ve been wanting to read this book for so long! It definitely lived up to the hype! This story was different from other contemporary fantasy novels which are set in worlds that resemble past eras. This one was set in the City of Sin, which was like Las Vegas. Instead of kings and queens, there were gamblers and gang leaders. The story was told between two perspectives: Enne’s and Levi’s. This gave two points of view of the city. Enne was new to the city so she was new to everything, just like the reader. Levi has always lived there, so there were many more characters and drama in his narrative. I preferred Enne’s narrative because I could relate to it more since she was a newcomer to the City of Sin. I loved this story! I can’t wait to read the next book in the series when it comes out in a couple of weeks.
Date published: 2019-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I adored this! Fresh and different, with excellent characters, and a twisty, fascinating plot.
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read! Having never read any of Amanda Foody's previous books, I didn't know what to expect when I picked this book up. However, I am ultimately glad I chose to pick this book up and stick with it because it ended up being such an amazingly immersive book to read. The characters are so well written and absolutely fascinating to read. The main character, Enne, starts off as someone who is a bit naive, lost, and afraid of the outcome of her mother. As the story progresses, she becomes a stronger character who is kind, feminine, speaks her mind, confident, and finds a much greater strength that she’s never had before. The romance was spectacular to read! The chemistry, tension, and ‘will they, won’t they’ moments had me shipping them like crazy. I enjoyed the diversity, the romance, and the overall essence of this story. Foody knows how to build a world and make it seem as realistic as possible. Overall, this was such an amazing book to read! I will definitely be picking up the next book in this series, King of Fools, once it’s released. I recommend picking up Ace of Shades today, especially if you like great world building, awesome characters, and a dash of romance.
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Boy do I have a soft spot for fantasy stories about street lords! The Crooked Kingdom vibes had me hooked within a few chapters. I really love the blend of magic in this world, the inclusion of diversity in it's characters, and the underlying theme of identity throughout. The story is tight knit and well-crafted. I'm very excited to see what's next for New Reynes and my new favourite gang kids.
Date published: 2018-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review <em>Disclaimer: I was a part of the street team for this book. I pre-ordered it with my own money and did not receive anything I wouldn’t have had I not be a part of the street team. My thoughts are honest and my own. If you feel the rating was influenced by experience on the street team and does not accurately represent the thoughts presented in this review, I don’t know what to say. I want to give this book 4 stars, so I’m giving it 4 stars.</em> I’ve been avoiding writing this review, but I am not going to lie for this book. Before I get into this, I really did like Ace of Shades. I don’t have many substantial reasons for liking Ace of Shades, but I did like it. Without further ado, on with the review that is nowhere near as positive as I wanted it to be. First let’s talk about the world-building, since that’s mostly what this book is. This is very obviously a set up book. It introduces the characters and explains the world. And boy does it ever explain the world. Within the first few chapters we have Enne explain this complicated thing with these people who were kings and that the world is now a republic and how these kings created this thing called Volts that you eventually have to figure out for yourself is what the currency is called. I was very close to calling these explanations (which are frequent) “info-dumps”, but that isn’t really accurate. It’s a lot to handle at once because it’s so complicated, but the entire world isn’t explained in the first few chapters because that was what the whole book was for. And after the many explanations we got, I still have questions. I can’t put any of them here because they would not only spoil the book, but they would also take a long explanation of the world to understand. Nothing really happens. Like the search for Enne’s mother kind of felt like an excuse to wander around New Reynes and explain some more stuff. It wasn’t necessarily bad, but if you’re looking for an action packed plot I’m not sure you’re in the right place. I will say that once we got to the game the tagline refers to (which took place near the end) I was hooked, but it spans like 3 chapters and then it’s over. I stayed hooked for the rest of the book, but the staking of souls in a deadly game was very limited in my opinion. I feel like the book as a whole should have felt more high-stakes than it did. If you hate made-up swear words stay far away from this one. I didn’t mind the use of made-up swear words, but I have seen a lot of angry reviews upset about them. The main one used is “muck”, which my brain kept trying to replace with another word, but “muck” isn’t used like said other word. If that is going to bother you are going to have a miserable time reading this. I did like the characters. With everyone excluding Enne, I feel like there wasn’t much substance to them (yes this includes our second POV character Levi), but I just immediately liked them. Enne was by far my favourite character. Not only do I feel like she actually experienced a lot of growth in the book, but it was also nice to see a female character who actually wants to be a lady. It’s so common for girls in YA to reject the rules they have to follow based on their place in society, but Enne actually wants to be a lady and follow those rules. She also likes wearing make-up and dressing up. It’s fun for her, and now girls who like stuff like that get to see themselves in a character instead of being shamed for liking what they like. Overall, Ace of Shades wasn’t perfect and I have a lot of critiques, but I did enjoy it. I’ve decided to give it 4 stars out of 5.
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dangerously Delicious I love the worlds the Amanda Foody creates. After reading Daughter of Burning City, I'll read anything by her. And what an ending, I can't wait for the next book. I hate starting a series when it just comes out, it means I have to wait such a long time for the next book. I hope the next book explains the history more, I felt what was in this book wasn't enough.
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark and Inviting! *I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* This book was so dark and inviting and it’s hard not to get sucked in immediately. Once I entered the City of Sin, I never wanted to leave. Amanda Foody transports you to a world where the stakes are high and one wrong gamble could mean your life. There was so much to love about this book including the amazing cast of characters, worldbuilding, plot, and twists. The reading experience was so three-dimensional and I felt like I could have been literally transported into the book. The worldbuilding is just that good and Amanda Foody has created such a vivid and realistic setting with New Reynes. New Reynes is more commonly known as the City of Sin. It’s run by the two crime families, who own the casinos and the gangs, who run the streets. There are three gangs: the Irons, the Doves, and the Scarhands. They are constantly at war with each other and are always fighting to be on top. The main plot follows Enne Salta, a young girl raised to be a lady who doesn’t belong anywhere near the City of Sin. But she goes there anyway to find her missing mother, who is not the person Enne thought she was. She uncovers secrets about herself and her family along the way, secrets that could get her killed. Let me just say how obsessed I am with Enne! Her growth throughout the entirety of the book was incredible. She starts off as this fragile little girl who could be killed at any moment to this headstrong and fearless girl who shoots first and asks questions later. She’s just so bold and isn’t afraid to take action and get things done. All Enne has to go on is her guidebook and the name of a stranger to lead the way. Levi Glaisyer is the Iron Lord, a title which once meant something before he got caught up in a scheme that is could cause his kingdom to crumble. He only helps Enne because he owes her mother a favour and she’s offering a huge payload that could solve all his troubles. Along the way, he gets her a job at the casino where he works, unknowingly trapping her in the city and the clutches of the leader of one of the two crime families. Everyone has a blood talent according to their last name, which was a super cool magical element I did not expect! It makes each character so unique and definitely adds depth character-wise. There were some solid secondary characters that really helped shape the story and connected to the protagonists so well. Usually there is more focus on the protagonists, but there was backstory added for other characters. This book deals with a lot of important representation from the gender fluid Lourdes to the bisexual Levi, but it’s not explicit and it’s just kind of there. I love how there was no sidestepping sexuality and how it doesn’t have to be explained. The characters aren’t defined by sexuality, it’s just part of who they are and what makes them unique. That’s kind of what I loved about this book so much. It’s just so inclusive of everything without being in your face about it. There were a lot of themes going on throughout the story and I loved how much depth it had. I’m calling one of those themes ‘street politics’ because everything was so crooked and the city is run by crime and gangs. Definitely also a lot of violence, secrets, deception, and even room for a potential romantic subplot. Ace of Shades had so much suspense with mystery woven in and all those dark and twisty elements I love. It reminded me so much of Six of Crows, with the colourful cast of questionable characters on a mission, racing against time. Amanda Foody has created such a unique story with so much personality. I can’t wait to see where this trilogy goes! The ending was so cruel and taunting and I seriously need some more now. Ace of Shades was definitely an intoxicating read and I’m counting the days until the sequel. Consider me obsessed!
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark, dangerous, and so very magical The Nitty-Gritty: Oh. My. Goodness. I absolutely adored this book. The worldbuilding and magic are so unique and gritty, the characters are all dark and twisty, and the City of Sin is filled to the brim with secrets. I was engaged from the first chapter, and New Reynes sparked my imagination. Crime and danger lurk around every corner, and just because you know the rules of the street does not mean that you can count on others playing by them. My only issue is that I felt like there were two stories happening here. That may have been a result of the two perspectives, but as a result, I really only feel like I've finished one of the two stories. That may also be because this is to be the first book in a series, but I do feel a little unresolved as I sit here thinking about the book. The Verdict: If you're looking for a gritty, morally ambiguous, magical, fast-paced book, definitely give Ace of Shades a try.
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique and Fun! 4.5! Really, really enjoyed this enticing, compelling new book. It was a nice change of pace from traditional YA Fantasy fare. The story was good, the characters interesting and layered, and the world-building is stellar. The romance moved quick, but I honestly enjoyed it and want to see more of where it goes. There were some great twists and the ending was seriously intense. For the most part I was never taken out of the story, though Levi made a choice near the climax that I wanted to slap him for. Still, if he hadn't done it, the ending wouldn't have happened the way it did! All said and done, there is so much potential for the rest of the series and I am eager to get back into this world and follow Enne, Levi, Jac, and Lola on their next intense adventure. Anything could happen from here!
Date published: 2018-04-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Inspired by Spirited Away! Actual Rating: 3.5 stars DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC copy of this book from the publisher (Harlequin Teen) via Netgalley. In no way has the publisher or the author influenced my review, all opinions are my own. Also, this review contains spoilers for the plot and the characters in the book so do not read if you don’t want to be spoiled. You have been warned. I could really see the Spirited Away parallels in the book. A girl who ends up whisked away to somewhere unlike she has ever been before with an evil witch cursing her and her making her mark in that new world while finding out who she really is and what strengths lay hidden within herself. While nothing can replace the original for me, I loved seeing the little bits and pieces in the book remind me of a certain scene in the movie or a certain character. Enne really annoyed me as a character at first. She was waaaaaaaaay too naïve, when she came to the city. She knew how horrible the city could be and still came l she and this world are way too obsessed with title and labels. I really only started to like her as a character when she is in her way to the Shadow Game and she ends up killing Sedric (which didn’t come as a surprise), taking control of her destiny and surrendering to her powers and her fate. I just say that the coin she keeps from Lourdes and the one she replaced it with must have something to do with her Mizer blood. It must be some sort of identification for Mizers, as only Mizers seem to be able to see the purple eyes and feel the warmth. Levi was quite the interesting character for me because I seemed to have a love/hate relationship with him. I liked how he would tease Enne and could be gruff with her but in the end he would always comfort and help her. I can understand his obsession with money because he wanted to get that debt paid off, but I don’t like his thrill seeking side or addictive personality. I did like that he was a bi character though. He really does have an addictive personality and I think he has an addiction to gambling and adrenaline which is why it didn’t really make sense to me at the end of the book where he decides while he likes Enne, she’s too much of a risk. I know Levi is just thinking with his common sense for once but I’m quite upset that he considers Enne a threat and he’s drawing his line in the sand. His family is just as much attached to the monarchy as hers is. Vianca was kind of an odd amalgamation of characteristics. She was ruthless, evil and cunning, she was a staunch monarchist (which seemed like such an odd twist for her character), she was feared but also feared herself, she really does seem to care about Levi, but then tricked him into her scheme in the first place. For me, the most intriguing thing about her was her omertas. I have a few unanswered questions about them too. Who is the third person who has the omertà? The friend that was on the bank account said it was another boy, so I wonder if it is a character we’ve already met? I couldn’t really tell towards the end but does Enne’s Mizer powers trump the omertà? Just how unbreakable is this curse? How is Vianca going to use Séance in the future? Why is it so dangerous for Vianca to find out Enne is a Mizer? She is a staunch monarchist so wouldn’t she be thrilled? Other than the fact that she would have a Mizer under her power to do whatever she wants. But is that really the only threat? Or more? The friendship that Enne had with Lola, that hating each other to becoming friends was really cute and I feel like it was really needed in the story. The blood oath was interesting as was the fact that it technically made Enne a street lord. Is she going to set up her own empire? I have a feeling people are going to find out she is a Mizer and the monarchists are going to want to set her up as the new Queen with Levi as her orb marker. This was what I think Lourdes was setting her up as, to become the new Queen of the new monarchist empire she was trying to set up. But why was Lourdes so involved with the monarchists in the first place? She obviously had ties in her previous like to the monarchy and the Mizers if she was entrusted with Enne. But does Lourdes want to re-establish the monarchy to keep Enne safe or because she actually believes in it. I believe Lourdes was a lady-in-waiting or as her talent is a Protector, some kind of bodyguard? She was connected to them somehow as a young girl which would have to mean she grew up in service or a lady but I don’t get that kind of feeling from her as a character. I didn’t really like Lourdes much but I must admit she is quite the enigma of a character. I felt like she cared for a Enne but also that she was basically grooming her for her Mizer heritage. She kept so many secrets from Enne which in the end me out her in more danger than if she had kept her in the loop. Speaking of Lourdes, I’m not exactly sure she’s dead. If there isn’t a body then to me she isn’t dead. Just because one supposed friend who turns out to also be the friend of Vianca says she’s dead and that she lost the Shadow Game doesn’t necessarily mean that she’s dead. My biggest proof is that wouldn’t Enne have felt the break of the protection bond? Another curiosity to explore in the next book. One mystery that never was solved that I’m really interested in was who wrote Enne’s Guide book. That book is mentioned again and again throughout Ace of Shades and Enne relies quite heavily upon it but the author is never mentioned. Did Lourdes write it? Enne did say she found it in a shop in Bellamy, but what would such a place that is so prim and proper have a guide book about the City of Sin in it? It is a mystery which I hope doesn’t turn into a plot hole and does eventually get solved. Another mystery that was mentioned but kind of forgotten was where all of the bolts that were supposed to be in Enne’s account went? Did Lourdes give it to the Pseudonyms The pacing of this book wasn’t necessarily bad because things were always happening and the days were progressing but I felt like there wasn’t very much traction happening in the overall storyline. It just felt like each day up until the deadline for the Shadow Game they were doing the same thing over and over. Enne would try to find some information on her mother, would find out something and then question something else; while Levi would just try to find a way to make money out of nothing to pay off his debt. I felt like the strong actually started moving along only when we got to the Shadow Game, which also happened to be the most interesting part of the book. The Shadow Game itself was my favourite part and I definitely liked the entire book more after the Game. The Shadow Game was really interesting to me and I loved that the author spent the time to really flesh it out. It did take about me about 3 times of re-reading the rules to really understand the concept of the Game but it was well worth the time spent. It is so intricate, the fact that you essentially enter a magical contract by showing up to play the Game, that you bet with your life force, that you see your past, present and future in the cards, I loved it so much! I do wonder if that’s how these members of the Shadow Game has such long lives; they are sucking the life force from the players and using it themselves. I also wonder if Levi’s life has been shortened by half because Enne lost half of the orbs. How were these globes created? Why did they have such hatred for the Mizers that they killed them all lock, stock and barrel? One other part I’m interested in is the history of the Mizers. It seems universally accepted in the book that the Mizer Kings and Queens were tyrants who controlled the people but I wonder if that is really true or just what they are meant to believe. Why were every single last Mizer except for Enne killed? Did it have to do with their power to create volts? I’m hoping in the next book we get some more of the history of the Mizers as Enne starts to learn more about her family history. The epilogue was really intriguing and I can’t wait to see where it goes. Harrison, the prodigal son is coming back to burn down his mother’s empire. Will Vianca be happy to see him back? Will he be a help or hindrance to Enne and Levi? Will he give in to the temptation and take over the empire? Why did he receive a call from one of the people on Shadow Game? There are so many questions that need to be answered, I can’t wait to see what happens next. Overall while it didn’t quite live up to my expectations it was still a really good start to the series. I really loved it towards the end of the book so I’m hoping the sequel will carry on in the same vein and I will adore it. I love the world building and the atmosphere and I’m looking forward to spending more time in New Reynes with Levi on the run as a criminal and see Enne really come into her own power.
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner! Beware spoilers ahead! DNF Disclaimer: I skimmed a majority of this book. Lots of my information is based on that. If I have some wrong information/details please do mention it in the comments. Ace of Shades has been everywhere. Fellow book bloggers have been giving it raving reviews, it was avaliable on Netgalley for review, everyone was talking about, and there was quite a bit of advertising done on Twitter. Foody's previous book was decent (I DNFed it), seeing as this is her second book I was hoping it would be good. Unfortunately that was not the case. I liked was that Enne is very much a girly girl. I definitely enjoyed reading about her clothes and whatnot. I'd imagine that she'd have really great fashion sense if she were real. The idea behind their powers was cool. Levi was black and bi. Yay for diversity! The major plot twist was interesting. And that's the end of my likes. The writing was very frustrating. In Daughter of the Burning City I enjoyed Foody's writing style. Ace of Shades had a very condescending tone. This reflected in the characters' as well. None of them were likable. The plot wasn't a lot better. I felt a weird sort of detachment toward the characters and plot. I just couldn't bring myself to truly care about anything that happened. The tone of New Reynes was nothing like Ketterdam. New Reynes was dark, filled with money obsessed people, and a ton of male slime-balls. It just wasn't fleshed out enough. While I could picture myself there I didn't exactly get a good feel of the world. It was very difficult to wrap my head around it. The same goes for the history, politics, and magic system. Despite the info dumps scattered throughout the whole book, I felt that there wasn't any depth to the information. The magic system probably confused me the most. Every time Orbs was mentioned I kept on imagining spheres floating. I found most characters to be annoying. Enne's stupidity really grated on my nerves. You would think that when Enne realizes her true potential she'd get smarter, but she doesn't. And aside from Enne's true potential she didn't really have a personality. I didn't care for her friendship with Lola. Levi was proud and just ugh! I really didn't like how many times he called Enne 'Missy'. Levi wasn't believable as the leader of the Irons. Levi is nothing like Kaz. Levi never felt like a black character. You could really just believe that he's white. I felt that his friendship with Jax wasn't developed enough. Enne and Levi are attracted to one another early on (chapter 3 or 4). Though there are hints of two getting together, nothing actually happens in this book. It'll likely be the case in later books. I really don't understand why Ace of Shades is constantly being compared to Six of Crows. The later chapters are definitely reminiscent of Six of Crows. And that's about it. It would make more sense to compare it to Jade City. The series is called The Shadow Game. The Shadow Game is actual game wherein you play with cards and certain people can die. This reminded me so much of Yu Gi Oh. Just with less interesting cards and odd rules. Overall I didn't like it at all. I recommend Jade City, Six of Crows, and Yu Gi Oh instead.
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Thrilling World I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Foody created such a dark, thrilling world full of danger and morally grey characters. I was instantly drawn into this world with casinos, politics, gangs, and people trying to survive. That’s what this story is, at its heart: a tale of survival. And of magic, though we’re mostly teased with magic until the climax of the book. The protagonist, Enne, begins as a somewhat priveleged lady and the journey she goes on is hard, but fascinating and well-written. She must put aside her society manners, and sometimes her morals, to find her mom and survive the city. She’s a great main character, and I can’t wait to see what she does next. Levi is mysterious and dark. He’s bisexual, and we even get some romantic scenes with Levi and partners of both genders. I really appreciated that because it adds diversity. Levi and Enne have a will-they-won’t-they dynamic throughout the novel and that tension is delicious. There’s also the mention of a character who dressed like both a female and a male, and even sometimes androgynous. Foody creates such dark, lush settings with her descriptions, and it helped me become fully immersed in New Reynes. She created a tone and atmosphere that suits the plot and the harshness of the City of Sin. Sometimes her writing was a bit jarring which took me out of the story, though. I also felt that at times the plot was a little slow, but nevertheless I found this a quick read.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Started as a one or two star but slowly got better I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*** This book started out as a 1 or 2 star for me but gradually at about 50% or so it moved up to a 3 star. It still wasn't great but it wasn't a, 'I would DNF this if it wasn't an ARC/BR.' I liked Enne more towards the end of the book when she grew a spine. I'm very interested in her powers and seeing how she makes volts. I still don't understand why people need volts but I've given up on learning why. I liked Levi alright. I appreciated that he was Bi. That seems to be a trend with the ARCs I've received this year and I think it's going to be the trend of 2018. LGBT with a emphasis on B. I had a hard time picturing him as young and black though. Particularly at the beginning. I though he would be 40 or so. About Enne's mother's age. I even though we might be her father until I learned he is the same age as her! I was sad that they didn't end up together. I have a feeling this will be a slow romance. I did enjoy the scene where Levi made out with the Dice boy though. That was hot and I'm not sad that he ended up kissing him instead of Enne. :P I'm not sure how I feel about Lola or Jac. I'm glad that Jac is loyal but he seems to have a lot of issues. Same with Lola. It doesn't seem like the book took place over 10 days! O.o The truth about Enne's talents and parents was a shock! I couldn't believe she was a Mitzer! I still don't understand what a Mitzer is though. :S Overall not bad. Could definitely have been improved though. I felt like I was thrown into an interesting series but started at the second or third book. A lot needs explaining.
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could Not Get Enough You know those books you read, and when you finish you just want to shout out its amazingness to the world? I finished Ace of Shades at 1 in the morning, and was all set to run out in the street and wave it around for everyone to know. Who knew that a book centred on a City of Sin selling crime, gambling and sex was the one you need in your life right. now. Cuz you do. So get it. Now. This book is told over the course of ten days in dual POV, and I *adored* Enne and Levi. Separately, together, didn't matter. They now hold a special place in my heart, and damn anyone who tries to hurt them. Looking at you, Foody. Enne is a prim proper lady trying not to let the city of New Reynes corrupt her. Meanwhile, Levi is a gang lord who is trying to keep the corruption of the city on him to a minimum. Their individual character development is flawless. From who they were on page one to the last, the change in each character was both understandable and believable. Plot-wise, the journey they take throughout this book, again separately or together is a wonderful adventure. At no point was I ever bored and wishing to move on to the other POV. The sexual tension between them? Holy @$!* I can't remember the last time I have ever wanted a pair of characters to kiss, but I am so glad Foody let it play out like it did. And don't even get me started on the secondary characters. Each was a little delight wrapped up with a little bow, drugs and murder aside. The world building in this was top notch. I've never read Foody's other work, so I don't know how this holds up to the rest, but I know I *loved* this. To my pleasant surprise, not once did I picture Las Vegas, the more prominent Sin City. Instead, I was put in mind of Atlantic City in the 1920's. If you read my review of Nothing But Sky, you'll know how much I absolutely love anything that has to do the 1920's. I don't think there's even space in this review for me to gush about how much I loved the aesthetic of this world, the richness of the history, the intricacy of the magic system, and the mystery of the Shadow Game. And the Game itself? So worth the wait. I'll leave it there. I know if I really start getting into what I loved, I won't be able to stop. Last year, Caraval was the one that had me raving like this, and it was my favourite read of the year. This is well on track to being my favourite of the year. Did I mention magic? Because the implementation of magic in an already masterclass world had me 100% invested. I found it to be quite inspiring. In a nutshell, each person has a split talent and a blood talent, each inherited from one parent. In turn, this gives a person their full name. For instance, Enne Abacus Salta means you have an affinity for counting and dancing. These little details of other characters revealed themselves throughout the book and each was such a surprise. Simple talents like an affinity for acrobatics and telling truth from lie, to more impressive ones like blood gazing and spells cast binding an individual to the will of another. I really appreciated that none of them were the typical cliche abilities that always crop up in these kinds of books. I am equally disappointed and delighted that it took me a week to read this book. The former, because all I wanted was to stay inside that world and never leave. The latter because all I wanted was to stay inside that world and never leave. Bring on book 2 NOW.
Date published: 2018-03-18

Editorial Reviews

"The relationship between Enne and Levi simmers, and dangers pile up to an exciting climax. Readers will eagerly wish for a sequel that will allow them to revisit New Reynes." -Kirkus Reviews"'House of the Rising Sun' meets Six of Crows in Ace of Shades. Thieves, rogues, and shady characters have always fascinated me, and so I enjoyed my dive into the morally ambiguous world of New Reynes." -New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima"Ace of Shades has it all?incredible worldbuilding, cinematic set-pieces, heart-pounding pacing, and unpredictable, deliciously messy characters. Foody's impressive and ambitious vision for the City of Sin will linger in my senses for a long time. An utter delight." -Claire Legrand, author of Winterspell"Foody's novel is a magical tale of introspection, romance, and self-determination." ?Publishers Weekly"The world in this promising series debut is dark but enticing. Readers who have little interest in casinos may initially be hesitant to pick this one up, but will be quickly drawn in by the intrigue if they do. The plot twists pleasingly, and character development is well crafted... Recommend to teens interested in but not quite ready for Game of Thrones." -School Library Journal"Foody creates a richly populated world with rival gangs, ruthless Mafia, casinos, acrobats, and many different levels of society... Its cinematic, action-packed plot contains enough romance to satisfy readers of that genre while piling on danger, thrills, and plot twists." -Booklist