Book Reviews, YA book reviews

King of Fools (Ace of Shades #2) by Amanda Foody

My Rating ~ Five stars

RELEASED: 30 April 2019

Publisher: Inkyard Press

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 602


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.





As this review is for book two in the series, it may contain spoilers for book 1, Ace of Shades!


I loved Ace of Shades last year, so King of Fools has been on my most anticipated list for a while and it did not disappoint!  I LOVE the world of New Reynes and the characters in it.  Levi, Enne, and especially Jac have my whole heart.  Jac’s character arc was perfect.  I loved it so much.  Not only are the lead characters awesome, there are so many brilliant side characters too.  Enne’s girl gang are so much fun, while being tough and dangerous at the same time.  Levi is a confused mess, bouncing from one disaster to the next and I just want to hug him. I loved that we got the story from three points of view – Enne’s, Levi’s and Jac’s.  Usually in multi point of view books I much prefer one character’s chapters over another, but I honestly loved them all in this book!

King of Fools picks up right where Ace of Shades left off (apparently book one all took place within a few weeks after Enne arrived in New Reynes! I did not realise this before.  SO much happened 😄)  Although Ace of Shades was pretty action packed, there was a lot of world building and character introduction.  In comparison, this whole story is just super INTENSE.  I don’t think I breathed for the entire time, and this is not a short book.  There is so much scheming and plotting from almost everyone that there didn’t seem to be a single lull in the story – and although in other books that sort of thing can leave me confused, there’s just something about the way that Amanda Foody writes that has me hooked and in complete sync with the characters.  And being so in sync with the characters….without any spoilers….Amanda, WHAT DID YOU DO TO ME??  WHY WOULD YOU BREAK MY HEART LIKE THAT?!  Arrrggghhh!  Cries 😭  Ahem.  Me:  Oh, I’m sure that’s not really what happened.  No, it won’t be.  Any minute the next page will fix it and we’ll have a good laugh… any minute…*flipping pages*…  OMG. FIX IT!   Yes, people, if you like your heart intact, be prepared for it not to be.

I really really need book three.  Like, now.  I have one thousand emotions.






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