Title: Ace of Shades
Author: Amanda Foody
Series: City of Sin #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication date: April 10th, 2018
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, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a 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.
“She’d spent her entire life fighting for next to last. So if she had to play, she would not lose. She would not break.
She had other business in this city.”
Oh my god, this book was freaking amazing and I need the sequel right about now! I had such high expectations when I picked it up, but I honestly didn’t know I was going to love it as much as I did. This one was one of my most anticipated releases of this year, and since I really enjoyed Daughter of the Burning City, I immediately wanted to pick it up after hearing about it.
One of the things that made me even more excited about Ace of Shades was that it was compared to Six of Crows, and your girl adores that duology. And I could see the resemblance both stories had when it came to the characters, but they were both complete different stories, but amazing ones nonetheless.
“In less than a minute, she’d managed to steer the conversation entirely away from herself. He didn’t like it when people didn’t talk about themselves. In his experience, that usually meant they had something to hide.”
This novel had such a cool and interesting plot, and though I wouldn’t classify it as mystery, ’cause it’s a high fantasy novel, it’s true that there was a mysterious hint to the whole story. I absolutely adored the cast of characters and the dynamics they had between each of them.
I especially love when a story had a cast of different morally grey characters, who break the rules and don’t do the greatest of things throughout the story, so it’s no surprised that I loved the characters of Ace of Shades. They had all really interesting back stories, and not only that but as you continued reading the story, they became much more complex and had amazing developments.
And not only that but there were some great interactions between them. Since the novel is told in two different points of view, you could see those interactions develop as the story went by. And let me tell you I was living for that romance! I cannot had enough of Enne and Levi.
“Her mother had been right to keep her daughter in the dark, because each hour spent in New Reynes formed a new crack, and there was no way Enne was going to emerge from this city unbroken.”
I think one of my favorite parts of the book was The Shadow Game. It was talked about sometimes at the middle of the book, but you didn’t really know about what it was about until the very end of the novel. And let me tell you, those scenes were absolutely fantastic. It had a halo of mystery, darkness and intrigue that made me completely hooked, and honestly I hope we will know more about that game in the next installment, because it was absolutely fantastic.
I would say that some of the revelations that happened toward the end were too foreshadow, and so they didn’t surprised me as much since they were a bit predictable, but still I think the novel had such a great ending that I wanted to read the sequel.
Overall, if you’re looking for a good and well written story with an incredible cast of characters, go for this one because you’re not going to regret it.
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