King of Fools (The Shadow Game Series #2)

King of Fools (The Shadow Game Series #2)

by Amanda Foody


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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 Séance, 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 the estranged son of mafia donna Vianca Augustine. Meanwhile, Enne remains trapped by Vianca’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: sacrifice everything they’ve earned in order to survive...

Or die as legends.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335661340
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Series: Shadow Game Series , #2
Edition description: Original
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 28,899
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.80(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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King of Fools 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
TheLiteraryPhoenix 4 hours ago
In Ace Of Shades, Erienne Salta liked dresses and devoured cookies like they were oxygen. She was naive and interesting and determined and had grit. I miss that Enne. Because in King Of Fools, our protagonists seem like entirely different people. Levi is all over the place, and the charm that made me enjoy him in the first book seems to be lost now because Levi’s just a hot mess. The darling bite of his personality seem to have shifted to Jac. And Lola, so full of promise? She faded to the background. We have a lot of new faces – Sophia and Grace are my favorites – but everything feels spread to thin and people start to blend together. The quirks are lost to the politics, but those are all over the place. There are secrets and suspense, but asking a lot of questions and only answering half of them left me numb to the suspense and bored. That’s the problem with King of Fools. It’s not bad. It’s just not memorable. Every chapter starts with a legend of the North Side, but they aren’t relevant to the following chapter. In fact, we’re continually teased with the past street lord Veil, but as a specter and a memory alone. Amanda Foody seems to be trying to tell a lot of stories in this one – for a lot of characters from the past, present, and future – but she’s overextending herself. In stead of telling one really good story, she’s halfway telling five different ones. Time feels like it passes too quickly – I thought we had been cramming everything into a couple days until a line of dialogue mentioned two weeks. I think the point of this book was that the gangs assert their place and the protagonists step up, only I never felt that solidified. Also, we were left with the Shadow Game at the end of Ace Of Shades and I expected, given the ending, that the action would ramp up here. It never happened – the world got bigger, the action stayed slow and the plot dragged while the timing felt jagged. This was definitely filler and we’re still waiting for a resolution to the Shadow Game. I think this is largely my problem with Amanda Foody’s writing. I like it, or rather, I want so very much to like it. Even Daughter of the Burning City, which I adored, left me wanting more. I keep trying these books, certain that this time she’s going to wow me, but I’m constantly left but unsatisfied. Another example – there’s a major death near the end here, but it’s so sudden and the story moved on so fast, you don’t really feel the full impact as the reader. The character deserved better. Fans of Ace Of Shades are going to devour King of Fools. Amanda is an enthusiastic writer and a lovely person, and I’m going to continue to support her work even when I’m not in love with it… so if you’re like me and come in hoping Ace would build the story and things were going to get incredible and intense, it looks like we’ll have to wait again until the last book in the trilogy. All that said, I really appreciated that Amanda’s cat, Jellybean, got a shout out in the acknowledgements. That made me smile.
Amanda_Dickens 8 days ago
I really enjoyed Amanda Foody's first book Daughter of the Burning City and enjoyed Ace of Shade and really didn't care for this one. It felt incredibly too long. 200 pages could have been easily removed and it would not have taken anything away from the storyline and would have kept the pacing more consistent. We do learn more about each of the characters and the storyline progresses a little further. I would recommend this book to those that loved Ace of Shades as it continues on in the world and would give you are the things that you loved and then more. It just wasn't what I was anticipating.
forsakenfates 9 days ago
Pros: - This book starts up shortly after the ending of Ace of Shades. And you are right back in the City of Sin, but the world is expanded in this novel. We get to see more of the South Side and learn more about the history of New Reynes. I actually really enjoyed the expansion of the world and seeing more that was going on beyond the Shadow Game and Levi and Enne's search in the first book. - This book brings a lot of new characters into the fold and also shows us more about the "secret society" within New Reynes and how everything is connected. This goes along with the expansion of the world, but I enjoyed having more characters to meet and learn about their talents and their backstory. I have to say Grace and Tock were some of my two favorites in this book. - I also love that even though some parts of the story were wrapped up in this book, there was still the bombshell at the end leading you to believe way mroe is going on than what we know about and I have so many questions after finishing (even though I will say it is still frustrating to have a cliffhanger like that when it will be at least a year before the third book is out). Cons: - So the first book was solely a story of finding Enne's mother and what happened to her. This book I thought was going to be about Enne's dealing with the revelation at the end of Ace of Shades but I really feel like this aspect was ignored in this second book. This really bothered me because it does not seem believable to me. I think there should have been a bigger focus on it from Enne's perspective. - I also would have liked to have more of Lola in this book. I really liked her in the first book, but I feel like we focused more on Jac in this book and his story as it related to the main plot. Maybe in the third book, we can get some of her POV! Thanks to Inkyard Press and NetGalley for an early copy of this book!
Anonymous 15 days ago
The sequel to Ace of Shades may have been, dare I say it, even better than Ace of Shades itself! This fast-paced roller coaster of a book just sucked me right into the storyline, and I have to say it had me pretty stressed out right along with the characters in a lot of parts... but I won't say that that's necessarily a bad thing... it's gripping to say the least. King of Fools picks up right about where Ace of Shades left off, and from there everything just snowballs. We have Enne now becoming the street lord Seance and taking the helm of her own girl-gang (they're classy, but can still hold their own for sure.) Levi has an encounter with Vianca's estranged son, who is back in town to take power and take Vianca down for good. Jac has to come face to face once more with his old life on Lullabye, and fears falling back down that road once more. In this books you'll find more politics, gang-related and otherwise, gambling stakes that become higher and higher, North Side legends, and so much more. We get a lot more character development in King of Fools, good pacing, and a lot of emotional investment on the part of the reader (at least there was for me.) All this, plus a couple of plot twists that really had me reeling? All I can say is, you've just gotta read this.
Kaleena 15 days ago
This was one of my most highly anticipated sequels of 2019 and Foody did not disappoint! There is a lot going on in this sequel and there is never a dull moment, but the narrative is easy to follow and infectious. Guard your hearts because if you were emotionally destroyed during Ace of Shades... uh... yea. I yelled HOW COULD YOU when I finished this one. This book is action-packed with character development galore and intensely feminist. With the Chancellor of the Republic dead, New Reynes is thrust into campaign season and there are two parties vying for power. New Reynes is in a bit of chaos not unlike all those years prior during the revolution, and history has a dangerous way of repeating itself. A street war is brewing beneath the surface, and it is a dangerous time to be vying for power on the North Side. King of Fools is told in three points of view: Enne, Levi, and Jac. And as a person that often struggles with multiple POV narratives, it completely worked for me here. Each of them have their own goal and main focus/partnership, and it was really interesting to see the inside perspective from each and see how everything connects at the end. The story is intricately and impressively plotted. "Despite his many recent and frightening brushes with death, the thought of failure scared him more. He would rather die a legend than end his life in anonymity." Levi's ambitions were definitely prevalent in Ace of Shades; however, they come to the fore in King of Fools as he will do anything to become a legend himself. He is determined to claim his destiny and freedom, and it is painful to watch his dogged pursuit for me as he is willing to sacrifice those he loves to get what he wants. My heart hurts just thinking about it. I do think that the whole "forbidden love" aspect for Levi and Enne was a little heavy handed with the "will-they-won't-they" being dragged out. I really loved learning more of Lola and Jac's backstories, especially more about Levi and Jac's friendship. This little found family of Levi, Jac, and Enne is tested in King of Fools as each of them enter into unlikely partnerships. "If Enne was about to become a street lord, then she could make her own rules. The City of Sin would learn that a pistol painted pink was just as lethal." Amanda's long referred to this installment as "the girl gang book," and that definitely describes this book. After the events of Ace of Shades, she has taken on the Seance persona to create her own gang (the Spirits), and the relationships that she builds with Lola and new additions to the cast are precious. I am so happy that we get to see more of Lola in this book, she provides levity and witty asides throughout. One of the things that I love about this series, and this book in particular, is the girl power. Our female characters are tough and strong, but do not fall into the typical YA stereotype of being hard. They like nice things, dresses, and romance books; and Enne's gang wears white gloves. They are ladies that also happen to be a part of the seedy underbelly of the North Side. They are strong and not in need of being saved by men, and their struggles are more than their relationship with men. And they want to achieve their own glory. Overall, I really enjoyed King of Fools! It didn't feel like a fluffy connector book in the trilogy, but rather took a lot of time to expand out knowledge of the intricate world and develop the characters we know and love even further.
Bookyogi 19 days ago
This is once again a time I wish they had have stars because this is a 4 1/2 star read. So good! Have you ever read a book that reminded you of another a good way? Ace of Shades did a little, but it really sunk in with King of Fools how it reminds me of Six of Crows. The characters, the heists, the style of magic, Levi reminds me of Kaz and Enne reminds me of Inej. These were all good reminders of another book I love, but this series is fully its own. I liked the first book but I love the second and am looking forward to the next.
Bookishly_Nerdy 20 days ago
This book was a little harder to get into than it's predecessor but either way it was spectacular. It was such a great power book. Not only in general, but specifically for Enne. She comes into her own in this book and it is so liberating to see. I love how she decides to strike out on her own. Enne gets more than friends in this book, she gets a family that actually backs her. Not that Loudres didn't back her. But... well y'all know what I mean. Levi was an interesting character in this book. He became a more secondary character and acted almost like a foil for both Enne and Jac. Levi was someone they both ended up measuring their success by. He was the one they both knew had reached the level he did and how he ended up doing it. The family dynamics was interesting and definitely worth a read. The manner in which Enne and Vianca's relationship changes was a sight to see. Who ended up being the villain was a true surprise and Amanda Foody did an amazing job bringing him or her into the fold. The way the villain showed up throughout the story was super interesting. Amanda Foody continued being an amazing writer who does diversity a favor. The main characters were all of different backgrounds and different races and different sexuality and honestly, it was so seamless that I didn't even notice it until the end. Of course, there were certain things that I didn't particularly like. The relationship between Enne and Levi (I ship them) was a little off center to me. Not so much in terms of power but the fact that they were keeping secrets from each other and honestly were making each other miserable in the beginning of the book and they didn't talk about it. They just kind of swept it under the rug.
marongm8 22 days ago
I was in shock of excitement when I finished King of Fools because I never read a book that was so heavily involved with adventure such as this. Levi and Enne are on a quest tothe underworld and teaming up in finding their missing mother. They have to put all of their differences aside and they made have to team up with some unlikely allies in order to not only find the mother and save her but save themselves. I do have to say though, some parts throughout the book I got a little lost on because the chapters jumped in all sorts of directions and that made it hard to follow and understand at times but once things started to pick up the book finished very interesting. That is why we give this book 4 stars.
bayy245 22 days ago
I was really hoping that all the good things about the very end of the first book would carry over to this one. They didn't and I found myself struggling to get through this one, just like the majority of the first one. I didn't care about what the characters were doing or feeling. I honestly didn't care what was happening in the world or to our characters. Just like with Daughter of a Burning City, Amanda has a spectacular premise and a lackluster execution. These characters should be everything I love in a novel, but they're surface level and hard to connect to. I'm not invested in their story or world. I really wish I was because the world is unique and I love the idea of their magic. I wanted so badly for this to work out for me, but instead, it fell flatter than the first one. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Inkyard Press through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*
tpolen 22 days ago
If you're a regular at my 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.