Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game Series #1)

Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game Series #1)

by Amanda Foody

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Overview

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…and secrets hide in every shadow

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, Enne has only one lead: the name Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335692290
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Series: Shadow Game Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 110,837
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 9.23(h) x 1.36(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Amanda Foody has always considered imagination to be our best attempt at magic. After spending her childhood longing to attend Hogwarts, she now loves to write about immersive settings and characters grappling with insurmountable destinies. She holds a master's in accountancy from Villanova University and a bachelor of arts in English literature from the College of William and Mary.

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Ace of Shades 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Mel-Loves-Books More than 1 year ago
“She was a pistol wrapped in silk. She was a blade disguised as a girl.” Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody was an exciting read. There were a lot of fantasy elements, as well as street gangs, intrigue, a huge mystery to solve, and a little romance thrown in. I found that I really enjoyed the characters and how the author used them and they played off of each other. The world was imaginative and fun to read about as well. There was a some pretty descriptive violence so just be aware of that. I can only think of one scene that kind of icked me out though. I give the book 4 stars and I definitely intend to read the next one to see where this story is going.
JillJemmett More than 1 year ago
I’ve been wanting to read this book for so long! It definitely lived up to the hype! This story was different from other contemporary fantasy novels which are set in worlds that resemble past eras. This one was set in the City of Sin, which was like Las Vegas. Instead of kings and queens, there were gamblers and gang leaders. The story was told between two perspectives: Enne’s and Levi’s. This gave two points of view of the city. Enne was new to the city so she was new to everything, just like the reader. Levi has always lived there, so there were many more characters and drama in his narrative. I preferred Enne’s narrative because I could relate to it more since she was a newcomer to the City of Sin. I loved this story! I can’t wait to read the next book in the series when it comes out in a couple of weeks.
bayy245 More than 1 year ago
This book was both good and not so good. It really started off as a SOC rip-off and I was frustrated. Thankfully, character development took our MC's on a completely different path, even if that took awhile. It was a super interesting premise and the world building was excellent in places. The pacing was off though and I found myself skimming places to get to something interesting again. On the flip side, there were times when I couldn't put it down. I loved our casually bi black boy MC, especially after he became his own character for me. Our female MC is super annoying at the beginning but I loved watching her growth most of all. I wanted a bit more clarification on the magic and when it was happening. Sometimes a vision would happen and it would take me rereading the page a few times over to really understand what was happening. I understand they're supposed to be jarring for the MC's, but they were too hard to follow as a reader. Overall, I'm intrigued enough to pick up the second one. It definitely got a lot better at the end and I'm hoping that momentum carries over to the second book. I'd be lying if I said the outcome of the romance wasn't like 80% of why I'm continuing the story. *Thanks to Netgalley for this review copy*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing world and character building! This book sucked me in right away. Highly recommend!
Ronnie293 More than 1 year ago
Once I got past all the politics at the start of the book I really enjoyed it. At first I was thinking New Reynes was some dystopian town with casinos, gang lords, corrupt officials and an overzealous policing system then I realised it was much like any major city today only with a slight magical element, an urban fantasy. ”Some say the City of Sin is a game, so before you arrive – ask yourself, dear reader, how much are you prepared to lose?” – The City of Sin, a Guidebook. Enne, naive and protected, arrives in New Reynes (The City of Sin) with nothing but her mother’s rules for life and a guide book to The City of Sin. She is there to find her mother who has been missing for some months. Levi, lord of the Iron gang, is a gang leader with a charismatic air and a liking for both males and females. He is the best dealer in town and an expert conman. He is in way over his head with his latest scam and must pay back a dangerous casino boss or be drawn into The Shadow Game and his certain death. Levi’s charisma shines through on the page. The world building was expertly executed overpowering the two plot lines slightly in that I was much more invested in the town politics and the gang hierarchy than whether Enne actually found her mother or not. However I think the author’s aim was to have the reader invested in her characters and invested I was. Enne and Levi were strong and determined. They both had high morals that were expressed throughout the story. Foody’s choice of made-up curse words has been scorned and ridiculed by some reviewers but I thought it was a good move to keep the age appropriate level down. I know other Fantasy authors, in the past, have used their own forms of cussing for characters. Foody has touched on some delicate societal issues, skimming the surface of drug use, drink spiking, paedophilia and gambling, leaving plenty of room for discussion. There is some sexual tension as Enne and Levi fight their attraction. But Levi, ever the gentleman, takes Enne’s lead and gives her space and time. ”Her guidebook had been wrong about one thing: the most dangerous part of the City of Sin wasn’t the beckoning of the card tables or the threat of gangs. It was the allure of Levi Glaisyer’s roguish smile.” There are characters to root for and characters to hate and it looks like Vianca, Donna of the Augustines and casino owner, may be in for some trouble in the next book, if the epilogue is anything to go by. https://theburgeoningbookshelf.blogspot.com/ I’m eager to get my hands on book 2. Recommended for ages 12+
BlotsofInk More than 1 year ago
my immediate thoughts during and after finishing this book were, "how dare i not read this sooner" in case any of you were wondering the only bad part of my experience reading this was seeing the right side get smaller and realizing that this would eventually end. I had previously enjoyed the author's debut, Daughter of the Burning City but wow I did not realize that her later book would become one of my all-time favorites. Enne Salta is our fair-skinned girl from Bellamy, a place known for it's "10 years back" ways and traditional customs. She travels to New Reynes, nicknamed the "City of Sin," a place notorious for its gritty, harsh atmosphere. There starts her quest for her mother, who had gone missing four months earlier, and she's joined by our other main character— Levi Glaysier. Both of them search together for Enne's mom and are only together because of opportunity: Levi is Enne's only lead to finding her mother and Enne could be the solution for Levi to pay back his debt. The characters were a-mazing. Our main character Enne starts off as a girl misplaced in a Bellamy, a world of customs and politeness. However, as she travels to New Reynes, she becomes more comfortable in her own skin and more readily "vicious." Her perspective was so much fun to read from, while I did enjoy both perspectives! Our other main character, Levi, is black and bi and amazing. Levi goes from a morally gray person who's 100% willing to rob Enne without a second thought but over the course of the story, he starts caring more and we love a morally gray character!!! Levi is a chaotic bi (I don't make the rules). I also loved how all of our queer characters are just casually diverse it's amazing!! Our romance during the story was very, very slow-burn and I loved it? Levi and Enne just complemented each other so well and Levi was always so respectable and kind towards Enne, albeit jokingly condescending at times. I loved this world so much. There's an atmosphere of scandalism and grittiness that's just so captivating that I finished the entire book in a sitting. In this world, every person also has two "gifts/talents" that they possess, one from each parent. For some, their parents both have the same talent, which means that they would have extraordinary skill with that gift. Levi's is fire & orb making, and Enne Abacus Salta means math & dancing. I thought that this magical system was done really well, and it wasn't that hard to catch on and understand how it worked. In my opinion, the formatting of this book was also really wonderful? The book is split up into ten days— the ten days that Levi has to pay off his debt or be invited to a game that almost guarantees death. Each division also includes quotes about the City of Sin which really helped the dark mood of this book. The conclusion was really wrapped up nicely in a way that left me satisfied, but still way too excited for the sequel. King of Fools is now definitely one of my most anticipated reads of 2019, right next to The Wicked King (or possibly even higher, I daresay?). Trigger and content warnings for death, torture, and pedophilia.
BookPrincessReviews More than 1 year ago
This book started off reallllllllllly strong. I was allllllllllllll in for this Six of Crows meets Godfather 2, and the vibes it was giving me. Morally Grey Characters! Intriguing Fantasyland in a non-Disney way! Super pretty chapter headers, because, I mean, come on, it totally matters. However, it kind of died out on me, and now I'm kind of just so much eh for this book. Where did it go wrong? I think the issue lies with just how unmemorable this book is. I mean, when I try to even begin explaining my feelings about this book, I literally can only say one word: eh. Meh. EH AGAIN. This book has a lot of comparisons to SOC, and the truth is: the only thing that they share in common is the gritty town and the street gangs running it. However, that is it. It does give you a super cool vibe and has a fantastic atmosphere, though. This was honestly such a winning point for me and kept me reading when I was so bored and wanted to stop. I was 200% down for this wonderful world that was a mix of Las Vegas and Ketterdam with a splashy splash of magic. However, the vibe and the street gangs are it with the similarities. The worldbuilding was a bit...conflicting for me as well. I mean, I liked it. I thought it was cool. I liked the details behind it and it was good. However, I still did a lot that I was kind of confused by it. I mean, I never really got the purpose of the two talents? And I'm still slightly confused how they got them in the first place? And volts??? Did they never think about idk, paper, instead of weird ball things? But it was pretty good. The biggest disinterest for me was the characters. I just was so eh about them. Levi was okay. Seriously, just okay. Enne made a lot of stupid decisions I thought that didn't really fit with her personality because honestly I can't even tell you her personality besides naive? I got her in the beginning, but I mean, she was just asking for some major trouble. I thought the street gang aspect would be a lot more interesting and bring an epic team of side characters, but they were boringgggggggggggggg too. Everyone was just boring, and I just didn't care about anything they were doing. The writing was okay. It was good, and Foody came up with a super cool atmosphere that did keep me reading the entire time. It was quite slow paced, though, since I mean, all of these pages were for like a total of 8 days or something? I'm not sure. I JUST KEEP WANTING TO SAY EH, BUT I NEED TO FIND OTHER WORDS AND I CAN'T. Overall, it was okay. It's definitely not very memorable. I can't even come up with a good sum up. It has a cool world and atmosphere, but it wasn't enough to save it for me. 2 crowns and a Cinderella rating!
Pens-and-Parchment More than 1 year ago
Absolutely LOVE this book! A great fantasy for fans of Six of Crows. The magic system is super intriguing, and I never expected the ending. Can't wait for book 2, King of Fools!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why do I love ACE OF SHADES? Maybe it's the intricate world-building. Maybe it's the magic system. Maybe it's the kick-ass pitch -- SIX OF CROWS meets SPIRITED AWAY. Maybe it's because ACE OF SHADES is a rich, satisfying, complicated story. But honestly, what's happily propelled me through my rereads of this book are the characters. Because they are perfection: scarred, proud streetlord Levi, adorable cinnamon roll Jac, my vicious murder bb Lola, and, most of all, ENNE. Guys...you're not ready for Enne Salta. There's not much I can say about her without spoiling the entire book. I'll settle for saying that the ways she's both girly and tough are something I wish I'd had when I was an actual teenager. She chooses to show her strength in compelling and unpredictable actions, and they lead her down a character arc that's utterly satisfying.
KConig More than 1 year ago
I genuinely cried when my lovely friend Sheila told me she'd managed to grab me an ARC of Ace of Shades at ALAMW. Naturally, the day it arrived my Netgalley request--which had been sitting in the dreaded "pending limbo"--finally got approved. #WelcomeToMyLife. But hey that meant I had a digital copy to read on the go, so I wasn't complaining! This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2018, and having read it I can say it was everything I wanted it to be and more. Amanda Foody totally out did herself. The City of Sin comes alive on the page, the characters breathe, and in typical Foody Fashion the interactions and dialogue are phenomenal. Enne is introduced as a wee naive lass, but quickly (to her own horror) proves to possess exactly the brand of double edged darkness a person needs to survive in New Reynes. And Levi, my poor, darling Levi, is an overly charming burnt cinnamon roll whose ambition has landed him in some seriously dark water with no rescue line in sight. Here's a thing I don't get to say very often: Ace of Shades also has a properly unique magic system. WHAT? I know. I don't want to give too much away, because it is so much fun to explore and learn about as the book goes on. I will say the magic is lineage based and while it plays a role in the story, it isn't the primary focus, which I really loved. Most of the main cast don't even have magical talents. Most fantasy focuses heavily on its worlds' magic systems, but in Ace it's just a piece. Not everyone has it, it plays a role in the political history of the city, and it certainly has a role to play in the plot, but it isn't the center point of the world or the book. Other Reasons to Read Ace of Shades: - Charming AF bi man of color LI - Normalization of women exploring themselves because some ladies masturbate too y'all - The slowest of all slow burn romances. Seriously. The wick on this is a mile long. (CURSE YOU FOODY) - Basically 1920s gangsters but instead of sending you to sleep with the fishes they force you to bet your life on a card game no one ever wins - Some of the most original and thorough world building I've seen in ages. It's a fairly quick paced read that leaves you desperate for answers, and for every answer it gives you you end up with two more questions. By the end you'll be begging for the sequel and sobbing with the rest of us while Amanda makes tea out of our tears.
NovelKnight More than 1 year ago
Well. Ace of Shades. I've officially decided to visit New Reynes, the City of Sin! I was a bit skeptical about this book. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for fantasy worlds with an almost 1920's feel and unusual magic is a definite bonus, but there's a lot that could go wrong too. But then I met Enne Salta. Naive and sheltered, it was almost cringe-worthy watching her attempt to navigate the infamous den of sinners, a city ruled by three gangs and two families akin to the world's mafia. Yet she did it and grew into who she really was, which wasn't the proper lady she claimed at the beginning. I'll admit that I didn't think she was going to make it as a character. Not in the survival sense, but character development. It seemed a recipe for instant superheroine who finally took off her glasses. Thankfully she did grow as a character, much in the way I expected but better than no growth at all. I liked her. . . by the end. She took some warming up to, though. Now I hate to say it but the rest of the cast was, well, lackluster. And I hate saying it because there was potential. We have gangs of talented individuals with various talents such as blood gazing and orb-making, yet that magic wasn't explained well enough for me to grasp it and they didn't use it enough to make them interesting. Levi Glaisyer is the other PoV character in Ace of Shades and he felt like a watered down Kaz Brekker. I've seen the comparisons between Six of Crows and this book, and I'll just say they're on two different levels. Levi wasn't a bad character but I was constantly reminded how young he was which contradicted his gang lord persona. BUT I will say that Levi is identified as bisexual in the story and is also a person of color for those looking for the rep, and it was nice seeing that rep included (especially in a protagonist!). Okay, so what did I like? Well. Enne was great at the end but I've already covered her. The world-building wasn't executed all that well (lots of gaps, lots of confusion for me as the reader), but I'm really intrigued by the different talents. Each person has two, one as more of a primary and another secondary. I didn't quite understand how those worked but I'm interested enough that I'll definitely check out the sequel to see if they're explained further. I also liked the general setting of New Reynes. A "City of Sin" isn't exactly original but I liked that it wasn't the typical fantasy world, reminded me more of Iron Cast by Destiny Soria. And the writing, while nothing memorable, engaged me. I read Ace of Shades almost entirely in one sitting and could easily pick up another of Foody's books right now (like Daughter of the Burning City. . . which I will read at some point!). So ultimately this was a good book. A few things weren't working for me but they weren't enough to deter me from an enjoyable reading experience which is what matters in the end!
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Enne is a proper girl. She attends finishing school and has an unblemished reputation. This changes when her mother disappears. Enne starts a search that leads her to New Reynes, the City of Sin. Enne's values don't mean anything here and she has to adapt quickly. Survival means more in the city than a flawless reputation. Her mother left one lead, the name Levi. When Enne finds this person he isn't what she expected. Levi is a scheming street lord, a gambler. Levi also has a problem, he needs to pay off a huge debt and he sees Enne as a way to gather funds. Has Levi made the right decision to look after Enne? Enne and Levi start looking for Enne's mother. Their search leads them to dangerous places where nothing is as it seems. Enne has to leave her innocence behind. She's being introduced into the world of dark secrets, shadowy casinos and risky jobs that require every single skill she possesses. Her mother was hiding a lot from Enne and slowly she uncovers the truth. What will she do with her new knowledge and what will happen when she and Levi end up as pawns in the most dangerous game that has ever been played in the City of Sin? Ace of Shades is one amazing adrenaline rush. I absolutely loved this magical story. Enne has been raised with clear rules and ethics. She was well protected and never encountered anything sinister and sinful. Being in New Reynes is a steep learning curve. Enne has to adapt quickly to make it, she needs to be tough and resilient to stay alive and she has to find allies among strangers. Because of her mother she puts her faith in Levi, but working together has a price and Enne has no choice but to pay. This makes interesting reading. From the moment she sets foot in the city her life becomes a gripping whirlwind that kept me on the edge of my seat. Amanda Foody's world building is fantastic. Her detailed descriptions of the City of Sin are making her setting come to life in a terrific energetic way. I was dazzled and amazed by New Reynes, something I really enjoyed. Ace of Shades is filled with surprising twists and turns and there's plenty of mesmerizing suspense. The story is enchanting and unusual, a combination that works very well. I liked every creative idea Amanda Foody presents. I highly recommend Ace of Shades, it's a marvelous dynamic adventure.
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
The first thing that you’ll notice about Ace of Shades is that the setting feels similar to Ketterdam of the Grishaverse – it is set in New Reynes, a port town that is infamous as the City of Sin. Think casinos, gambling, shady street gangs, mob families, etc. And so does the character of Levi – he has shades of Kaz Brekker, but with much more vulnerability. He, and the other main character, Enne, meet when she comes searching for her adoptive mother in the city, and he agrees to help her out in exchange for a sum of money that would aid him in paying back a mob family. Enne, meanwhile, starts the story as a shy, ladylike character who is not street-smart, but learns quickly and rises to her own power by the end of the book. While we are on the subject of characters – the writing fleshes them out well, stepping out of the confines of predictability and tropes. Levi seems like he would be cold, but he is good-natured, and feels responsible if things go bad due to him. Enne seems like violence would horrify her, and it does at the start, but she soon shows her pragmatic side that helps her navigate this new world. They also share similar shackles so that is another bonding point for them. As for the other secondary characters, there are many and come in different shades, from a soft-hearted assassin to a kind bouncer-type dude, to a cold Donna of a mob family who has a soft spot for Levi only, to a cruel power-hungry pedophilic Don. When it comes to the world-building, the magical system is the highlight of this book. It is unique and even the familial inheritance of abilites is interesting, and the way it also lends to the family naming of the characters is also unlike anything I’ve encountered. It must be said, though, that there are a lot of abilities supposedly possible in this universe and we have perhaps only have had a glimpse of them – which is why the characters’ occasional disbelief over the possibility of existence of certain kinds of magic doesn’t sit well. Also, the magic of the abilities and the magic of the oaths/omertas/Shadow game feels quite different and I did not entirely understand how these different kinds of magics exist and interact – which I am hoping will be clarified in sequels (oh god I hope it is because I am so interested in the theory of it). As for the other aspects of the world, it is strangely modern – like maybe mid-20th century level kind of advancement. What I wanted more was how the magic abilities would work within a regular tech world, though – like Levi’s fire resistant powers could be more suited to working as a fireman (he does try to save people from burning buildings) – and if people would be given preference according to the their abilities even outside of New Reynes. Overall, it is an entertaining read and one book that you might be interested in if you’re looking for a unique magical system, some well written diverse characters, and a high stakes plot. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Harlequin Teen, via Edelweiss.
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
Although Ace of Shades got off to a slow start, I loved how this book played with my expectations. The story eventually sucked me in so that when I turned the last page I wasn’t ready for it to be over. I started to get an idea of the shape of the overarching plot by the end of the book and I’m so excited to see what happens next! Foody brought the world to life brilliantly, I could see everything so vividly. Also, this story would translate beautifully to screen. And I want to try some of those drinks. I thought that the magic system was interesting. Having an individual’s name be indicative of their talent was a unique twist. However, I was a bit confused as to the various levels within each talent. I also wanted more information about the magic system in general so I’m looking forward to seeing it explored further in future installments. The characters were so very morally gray and I loved it. Enne was an interesting protagonist. I enjoyed her journey in this book. In general, the book was a lot darker than I had expected from a YA novel. I personally loved it but some of the themes may be a bit too dark for younger readers. The one negative of the novel for me was the time frame because it felt a bit rushed. In my head, the action took much longer than 10 days. However, I could understand why Foody went with a shorter time frame. Ace of Shades was a thoroughly enjoyable read. It has high-stakes card games, political intrigue, dark magic, and morally gray characters galore. I’d recommend this one if you’re looking for a darker YA fantasy. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ahyperboliclife More than 1 year ago
“People don’t play this Game to win, my dear. You play the game not to lose.” I feel like Amanda Foody crafts these creative and compelling fantasy worlds that pull you into their dark and mysterious ways. And boy does she succeed at it. Ace of Shades follows Enne, a proper lady who must venture into New Reyes, the City of Sin, to find her missing mother. Once she’s there, Enne is pulled into a deadly game that might hold the answers to the secrets of her past. Things I Liked As I’ve said before, I always love quotes at the beginning of the chapters. I thought the guidebook quotes really helped establish New Reyes and set a fantastic vibe for the story. I like how the story was structured. We see everything broken into the days that have passed and Enne’s experiences in New Reyes. This made it really fast-paced and the story never felt weighed down. I really liked the talents and powers that are showcased in the story. We get to see some really unique and creepy magic - like the blood gazers - and I love how powers were inherited. You get a talent from each parent, one dominant and the other weaker. It was unique and I liked it a lot. I LOVED the epilogue, it honestly brought the whole book up and I’m excited for book 2 because if it. The book ended on such a high note for me that I look back on it happily because I’m excited. Quotes ‘We’ll get mugged walking around with a map. That tourist nonsense is an affront to everything I stand for.’ “What do you stand for” Bravado?” ‘Obviously.’ “The worst hurt in the world was the kind you grew to accept.” “Avarice, pride, and lust - these are all modest desires. What the city of sin craves is destruction.” Things I Didn’t Like I feel like the worldbuilding was very focused and precise, but didn’t create a cohesive world. And there was definitely some gaps that made things confusing. We learn a lot about talents (my favorite part) and the gangs, but I feel like I don’t have a lot of info about New Reyes and it’s history and everything about the Mizers and the revolution. I did not like Enne at all. She was so whiny and couldn’t stop crying. It actually got frustrating. I understand that she’d in this new place and is desperately trying to find her mom, but I wanted her to adapt and use the city more. Play the part when you have to, and you can fall apart later. But she didn’t and that made her seem naive and not that smart. . None of the other characters wowed me - they were mostly forgettable, or I feel like I didn’t know they enough- but I was annoyed by Enne. I honestly kept forgetting some people’s names. This was way more plot focused than character focused, so as a character driven reader it wasn’t my favorite. But I am excited for book 2 and I do appreciate the worlds that Amanda crafts so well. I received a copy of the book from HarlequinTeen via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Amanda Sinclair More than 1 year ago
Literally one of my new favorite books! Thank you so much to Harlequin Teen for sending me a review copy this book got me out of a huge reading slump because it was amazing!!! Like the ending of this book actually gave me chills because the writing was so goooood! I love Amanda Foody as an author. I really enjoyed Daughter of the Burning City, and I love the fact that she creates the most awesome quirky worlds that really encompass you while reading. They feel huge and expansive their are so many little good foreshadowing moments. The pacing was perfect I never wanted to put down this book. The characters really come to life and both Levi and Enne's perspectives were wonderful! Honestly I just love her style of writing overall! The only thing I'm mad about is that I don't have the next book...can I just have an arc now please? Lol I can't wait to see what happens next in the shadow and bone series. I would highlyyyyy recommend reading this book it certainly isn't one you want to miss!!! This book had like a 20s gangster vibe meets Vegas. At least in my head I read it almost in a gatsby movie manner very big climactic scenes , a fast pace, and lots of crime ;) I actually can't stop saying good things about this book! Also just saying this would make a killer movie the writing was super visual.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this!!! I'm not sure if the world or the characters swept me away first! From the moment Enne (prissy, naive, a Lady) enters New Reynes aka the City of Sin to find her missing mother, it is mayhem. When she teams up with Levi (clever, ambitious, a Rogue) everything gets darker and darker as Enne uncovers endless secrets about her mother, and herself. New Reynes provides a wild and vibrant backdrop to magical talents, auras, oaths, and a deadly card game. Ignore the guidebook--you'll want to see every corner of this city! This trilogy is going to be a new favorite!
tpolen More than 1 year ago
If you're a fan of Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows series, read no further. Just go now and pre-order this book. Immersive world-building, mesmerizing, flawed, diverse characters, life or death stakes - all done masterfully. The setting of New Reynes, the City of Sin, is a character unto itself in this book - I felt as if I were experiencing the dark, narrow streets, enticing smells of street vendors, and threats lurking around every corner. The guidebook references at the beginning of each chapter are entertaining and give subtle hints at what's to come. Although she may fool you initially, Enne Salta is almost as badass as V.E. Schwab's Delilah Bard. An unexpected strong resolve and nerves of steel hide behind her 'proper young lady' exterior - don't underestimate her. Levi is pulled in several directions, makes questionable choices, struggles to do the right thing - and could charm a snake. Ace of Shades offers a fast-paced plot, gangs, casinos, rogues, intrigue, mystery, romance, and magic - and it's one of my top YA fantasy reads. The second book couldn't come soon enough. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the digital ARC.