King of Fools (The Shadow Game #2) by Amanda Foody #bookreview #YA #fantasy

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 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. 

If you’re a regular at this blog, you know the first book in this series, Ace of Shades, was one of my top reads last year – so I’ve waited what seems like a lifetime (I may be exaggerating just a bit) to find out the fates of these characters.  I was kind of nervous – occasionally second books are ‘fillers’, or a let down after an explosive first novel.  But King of Fools is everything I hoped it would be.

New Reynes is still the City of Sin, and the dangers haven’t lessened.  With a street war on the verge of erupting, and Enne’s and Levi’s faces plastered on wanted posters, they’re constantly on guard, and always about five minutes away from being caught.  The character development continues to be outstanding, and the author puts both Enne and Levi in tense, impossible situations, where any decision they make hurts themselves or someone they care about.  Several new characters are introduced, and really add to the story – especially Tock and Grace.

As much as I love Levi and Enne, Jac is my heart in this book.  His POV is added this time around, and with his tragic past, his loyalty to Levi, and determination to write his own story, Jac’s character arc is incredible.

King of Fools is full of political intrigue, manipulation, backstabbing, and twists, and it left rips in my soul that won’t heal until the last book of the series is in my hands.  It also features a quirky girl gang, and memorable characters that will stay with you long after finishing the book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

 

15 thoughts on “King of Fools (The Shadow Game #2) by Amanda Foody #bookreview #YA #fantasy

    1. I’m a huge fan of this series (like you couldn’t tell), and met the author at a YA book event we both attended last October. It’s nice to be able to tell someone how much you love their book in person.

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  1. The fact that Book One was a favorite says a lot, Teri. I would never pick this book up based on the cover or the descriptions (weird maybe, but they just don’t move me), but based on your excitement, the series is on my list! Thanks for the recommendation!

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  2. Emily Wrayburn

    oooh, okay, so I wasn’t the biggest fan of that other Amanda Foody book (I feel like it’s called Daughter of something? the carnival-y one) and so I had been kind of avoiding these ones, but your enthusiasm has me thinking maybe I should give book one a god.

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    1. I didn’t read her other book – I know which one you’re talking about, so can’t comment on it. But this series I love – in case you couldn’t tell,lol. Give it a try, Emily!

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