King Of Fools by Amanda FoodyKing Of Fools by Amanda Foody

King Of Fools

byAmanda Foody

Hardcover | April 30, 2019

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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 Séance, 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 the estranged son of mafia donna Vianca Augustine. Meanwhile, Enne remains trapped by Vianca’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: sacrifice everything they’ve earned in order to survive...

Or die as legends.
Title:King Of FoolsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:608 pages, 9.21 × 6.24 × 1.69 inPublished:April 30, 2019Publisher:Inkyard PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1335661344

ISBN - 13:9781335661340

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books *Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are honest and my own. Well now I’m heartbroken, which means this was an improvement on Ace of Shades. How dare King of Fools do that! Let’s start with the characters. I loved seeing Enne’s growth in King of Fools. She isn’t just a finishing school lady anymore, she’s a lady criminal who knows how to survive in the City of Sin. She’s still the same Enne to some extent, but she’s made of stronger stuff and isn’t afraid to show her worth. I loved her even more here. Jac my sweet boy got to be a main character. He got to matter as a player in the game like he desperately wanted to. His chapters broke my heart and made me smile. You got to see him struggle with his past addiction and see his strength that doesn’t have to do with his talent. His relationship with Sophia (one of my new favourite characters) was also the sweetest, That’s where I’m going to leave that because spoiler free review *grumbles*, but if you have read King of Fools feel free to dm me online so we can scream together. I didn’t really care for Levi in this one, but maybe that was because he was making all the wrong choices all of the time. He was definitely my least favourite of the POV characters. I just don’t think his plotline was that interesting. It was cool to see the Irons thriving *is possibly biased as I was on the Irons on the street team*, but I think Enne and Jac were definitely the characters to follow in this one. I wish we got more of the Spirits. Like there are 5 named members (unless we’re also counting Roy), plus a ton of cats, and we only really get to know one new character. Like I loved Grace, Lola, and Enne, but how many girls are even in the Spirits. Is it more than 12? Is it less than that? We know they’re the smallest gang, but what does that even mean? I get that we don’t know everyone in the Scarhands, Irons, Doves, or Orphan Guild, but a major part of Enne’s plotline was building this girl gang, and we went from a source of income idea and 3 members to an undetermined amount of people and them thriving. I feel like we’ll get to see more of them in book 3, but we should have seen more of them in this book. Another issue I had with King of Fools was that while I appreciated the attempt to recap the first book, it really wasn’t successful. The first two chapters were very “info-dumpy” because of it in my opinion. Afterwards I was hooked right away, but I had so much trouble with those first few chapters. This is a personal issue (and a reason why I was dumb to not reread Ace of Shades before I read this one), but I also felt the recap reminded us of the really big and memorable parts of Ace, but didn’t do a great job mentioning the stuff that was less memorable that was actually referenced throughout King of Fools. Still, King of Fools was a wild ride. I was completely engrossed by the story. Oh my did this 600 page beast ever fly by (when I got a chance to read it). It also had me screaming at it, and debating whether or not I dared stop reading in order to scream about it on Goodreads. Continuing reading won out for the most part. Like I never make notes on the kindle app, but I did with King of Fools because I needed to express my feeling on what was going on, but I didn’t want to stop reading. Overall, King of Fools was a fantastic sequel, earning it 4.5 stars out of 5.
Date published: 2019-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Intense Ending Talk about raising the stakes! Though like its predecessor, the events in KING OF FOOLS take their time to unfold. Most of the action gives way to characters, relationships, and world building. The characters spend a lot of time in their own heads and hearts, leaving plenty of space between dialogue tags. I found it interesting, especially since we're treated to three perspectives: Enne, Levi, and my beloved Jac. Their storylines all connected, yet diverged so each character got their time to shine. I sympathized with all of them and while I preferred Jac's story the most, I have to say that watching Levi and Enne scramble to control the events that will throw their lives out of order. We were also introduced to some new side characters that I hope to see more of in the future (looking at you, Sophia and Tock!). The world was built on, though most of the story focused on politics in all its nit and grit. I usually don't mind these kinds of plot lines, though this one didn't hold my interest as much as I hoped. Still, there were a fair amount of action scenes to keep me engaged, and the ending was absolutely crazy. There were more than a few twists and betrayals than I expected, though there was one MAJOR one that didn't click with me as much as it should have. Potentially because this book is very, very long. That said, I don't think it's a bad twist and really want to see where it goes! And the ending leaves so many questions that I need answered. I would love to go into more details but that would be delving into spoiler territory. All I can say is that the finale will be INTENSE, and I can barely contain my eagerness to see if all the broken things can be repaired, and who will still be alive at the end. This has been a really fun series so far and I can't wait to see the ending unfold!
Date published: 2019-05-11

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"Foody's novel is a magical tale of introspection, romance, and self-determination." -Publishers Weekly"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 on Ace of Shades"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." -New York Times bestselling author Claire Legrand on Ace of Shades