Book Review: 7 Killer Things about KING OF FOOLS by Amanda Foody

“King of Fools”

The Shadow Game #2

by Amanda Foody

Nikki’s Rating: 7 out of 10

Summary:  Enne and Levi have beaten the Shadow Game but are now involved in an even more dangerous game. As they each try to run their gangs and keep ahead of the rising violence within the City of Sin, they must also protect the secret of who Enne Salta really is. As the city closes in on them, Enne and Levi make a desperate gamble and team up with their rival gangs but now they don’t know who to trust and they come to find that the sinister legends of New Reynes may not be legends at all.

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7 Killer Things about KING OF FOOLS by Amanda Foody

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1. Enne

Enne Salta is an enjoyable character throughout The Shadow Game series but especially in “King of Fools” as she learns more about herself and really comes into her own. Specifically I appreciate her unwillingness to apologize for being who she is and doing what is necessary to survive. I love the fact that she embraces her contradictions as she realizes that she can be beautiful, kind, and caring while also being bold, ruthless, and strong. And her all-girl gang is totally badass and I would love to join!

2. The Couples

Ever the hopeless romantic, “King of Fools” had 3 couples that I was rooting for and I was ecstatic when they each got together. I loved the chemistry between Levi and Enne, the tension between them as they tried to fight their feelings was palpable! And I was so happy when Jac and Sophia finally got together, they deserve to be happy. And while neither of these relationships went where I hoped they would, at least Tock and Lola are still together and in one piece.

3. Games

Levi and Enne were running so many different games throughout “King of Fools” but then there were other characters who had their own plans and agendas as well. “King of Fools” kept me on my toes simply from all the different games going on. You weren’t sure who was pulling what strings, if it would interfere with other characters’ plans, and what goal everyone had. And while some characters achieved their original goals, I’m no longer sure what their new agenda is and it’s making me a bit nervous.s not an “issue” in the Shadow Game world as it should be in our own.

4. Vianca Augustine

An incredibly sad, manipulative, and petty bitch, Vianca Augustine was a great villain especially since she was able to control both Levi and Enne, even forcing them to be at odds with each other, regardless of their feelings for one another. Thankfully this awful woman was killed by her own son, allowing Levi and Enne to escape her hold and Harrison to get his revenge. Victory dance!

5. So Many Questions!

The Shadow Game series has really kept me engaged because of all the mysteries! Who is Bryce Balfour really and what is his power that is similar to the power of the Shadow Game? How is he connected to the Shadow Game? Is he human or a living legend? What is the Phoenix Club and who is involved? What is the House of Shadows? So many questions and I need answers Foody!

6. The Ending

So many things happened at the end of “King of Fools”! Enne’s true identity has been revealed. Jac is dead, Levi hates Enne. Sophia wants access to the House of Shadows. Harrison allowed Jonas to die and is taking on new omertas. And who did Bryce mean when he said, “I now get to save someone else”? I’m hoping he means Jac but I have no idea what Bryce is up to.

7. Queen of Volts

Hopefully we will learn more about the House of Shadows, the Phoenix Club, and the Shadow Game in “Queen of Volts”, Book 3 of The Shadow Game series because we need answers! 


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Book Review: 7 Amazing things about ACE OF SHADES by Amanda Foody (Owlcrate Book April 2018)

“Ace of Shades”

The Shadow Game #1

by Amanda Foody

Nikki’s Rating: 7 out of 10

Summary: Ordinary and well-behaved Enne Salta enters New Reynes, the City of Sin, in a desperate search for her mother. As she is swept up into the depraved lives of those that cheat, steal, and con, Enne comes to find that her mother may not be who she thinks she is and that her whole life is a lie. Teamed up with the notorious gang leader Levi, Enne and Levi make gamble after gamble trying to stay ahead of their enemies, until their time runs out and the deadly Shadow Game finds them.

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7 Amazing things about ACE OF SHADES by Amanda Foody (Owlcrate Book April 2018)

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1. Six of Crows meets Caraval

Being set in a sinful city filled with gambling, gangs, and crime as well as elements of magic, “Ace of Shades” felt like a mix of Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows series with Stephanie Garber’s Caraval series. As both these series are absolutely amazing and I loved them, “Ace of Shades” was an instant like for me!

2. Abilities

One of my favorite things about the Shadow Game world is that each person has an ability, a primary dominant one and a lesser secondary one. As someone who devoured comics growing up, with the Uncanny X-men being my all-time favorite, I really enjoy stories involving people with powers. In The Shadow Game series, a person’s primary ability is usually identifiable by their last name and abilities are passed down from parents to child.

3. Levi

Professional conman and gang leader, Levi Glaisyer is irresistible in looks, “with his dark brown skin, his calculating gaze and his signature coarse curls—bronze at the roots, but black at the ends, like a burnt-out match.” But more importantly, he is devastatingly charming and while he is arrogant and seriously egotistical, he cares deeply about those he considers his friends. This is also my first experience having a male bisexual MAIN character in a book, which was appreciated as well as that his sexuality was not an “issue” in the Shadow Game world as it should be in our own.

4. Enne

“Ace of Shades” really follows the coming of age story of Enne Salta. Not only do we see her struggle with the conflicting accounts of her mother, Lourdes, we see Enne grapple internally with what she wants to do versus what she thinks is the “proper” thing to do. As a girl who was brought up being taught etiquette to become a lady, Enne has stifled many parts of herself, including her sexuality and brilliant, ambitious mind. It is a pleasure to watch her blossom into a more confident, assertive woman as she navigates the City of Sin.

5. The Mysteries

Probably the most intriguing part of The Shadow Game series is the Shadow Game itself. I am so curious about who is involved with the Shadow Game, what the purpose of the Shadow Game is, what kind of magic it involves. I just have so many questions!

6. Sedric Torren

This asshole! While we don’t see much of Sedric Torren thankfully, the little we do see and hear about him is enough for me to want to kill him. There are not enough negative adjectives to describe this sleazy, disgusting, perverted pedophile. The reason he is on this list? He fucking dies and it makes me so happy to think about. While slow painful torment would have been more justifiable for his crimes, I will accept death as a fix to the overall problem that was Sedric Torren. Hope he rots in hell!

7. King of Fools

Thankfully with all the questions and concerns I have with Enne, Levi, and the Shadow Game, the series continues in “King of Fools”, Book 2 of The Shadow Game.


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