Title: King of Fools
Author: Amanda Foody
Series: The Shadow Game #2
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Romance
Publication date: April 30th, 2019
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.
“For Levi, when the cards no longer ran in his favor, he cheated – simple as that. Luck was a mechanism to be devised, and luck and destiny were merely two sides of the same coin.”
After completely falling in love last year with Ace of Shades, I was so anticipating its sequel, and it was one of my most anticipated releases of this year. I had such high expectations, and though I didn’t love it as much as the first installment, I still think it was such an incredible sequel, and left me wanting for more.
The pacing of the story was a bit slower than it was in the first book. It took a while for the plot to start, because it did a recap of Ace of Shades as well as the author added more information that was going to be relevant throughout the book. There were some things that confused me a little and I didn’t really understand at first, and it took me a bit more to get engrossed in the novel, but as I kept reading I started to enjoy it more and more.
Something that I really enjoyed about this installment was that there was more background information about the cast of characters. Though Ace of Shades was more focused on Levi and Enne, in this one we got to know a lot more about the side characters and the different relationships between them and our protagonists. There was a new POV in this book (Jac), and though his storyline was a bit different from the main plot of the story, we got to know more about him and I really enjoyed his personality and dynamics with the different characters.
“It didn’t feel like that she could like all these things without contradiction. Somewhere, there was a lie. She was a lie. How could she pretend to be her old self after all the horrible things she had done.”
I still loved Enne and Levi as much as I did in the first installment, though I think their relationship was more angsty and dramatic in King of Fools. I liked the evolution they had throughout the book, and I’m so interested to see the path they will take in the last book.
Like I said before, I liked the first book more than this one, and I think that had a lot to do with the elements. Though this one had some of the elements we saw in Ace of Shades, I found most things quite different. One of my favorite parts of the first novel was the Shadow Game, and though in this one we got to see something related to that that was quite mind-blowing and surprising, I was expecting to see more things from the first installment.
Still, I think it was a great sequel that had lots of twists and turns that kept me engaged and interested in the plot, and I cannot wait to read the third novel and discover how everything will end.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This doesn’t change my opinion whatsoever. All thoughts are my own.
“They were good friends, I heard. That’s why gagsters don’t have friends. Because one day, you might have to put a bullet in their head.”
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