Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog! How are you today? I hope you’re good!
Today I’m back with a very exciting review. I still can’t believe that I got the chance to read this book before everyone else. I loved the first book and King of Fools is even better than Ace of Shades! By far one of the best books I’ve read so far. But it broke my heart! And now without further ado, let’s start with this post.
Before I forget it. Please check out this schedule to see all the other posts by my fellow bookbloggers! In this review there will also be spoilers for Ace of Shades, the first book in the Shadow Games Series but no spoilers for King of Fools! If you haven’t read Ace of Shades please do not read this review!
Synopsis provided by the publisher:
Indulge your vices in the City of Sin, where a sinister street war is brewing and fame is the deadliest killer of them all…Add the book to your Goodreads to-read shelf
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.
Title – King of Fools
Author – Amanda Foody
Series – The Shadow Game #2
Publisher – Inkyard Press
Release date – April 30th 2019
Genre – Fantasy/Young Adult
Trigger Warning – Murder, Death, Betrayal, Drugs, Abuse
Pages – 602
Edition – ebook*
Language – English
I was screaming when I saw that I was going to be a part of this blog tour. I never imagined that I would be accepted to read an arc of this book and I feel truly honoured. I know that all of us are but I’m still speechless by the fact that I actually read the book before its release date. And let me tell you guys, that this girl already preordered the book. And only 3 seconds after finishing this beauty. And oh boy, did this book destroy me emotionally! Amanda Foody, how could you do this to me, and to all the other readers? Why? 😭 I’m still not over these last 3 percents of this book. Everything was perfect and then 💥 and everything was a mess. But I loved every single word in this book. EVERYTHING, even if my poor heart broke so badly that I’m still not recovered a few hours after finishing King of Fools. The last time I had this was after Our Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab (and I’m still not over the thing that happened). I have a bad feeling that this will also be the case here. At least we’re getting a third book and I can check if the theory I have is true or not. Unfortunately, we have to wait until 2020 to get it. Am I a patient person? Absolutely not! But enough talking about my feelings and more writing the review.
So this book follows shortly after the final events of Ace of Shades. Enne and Levi are the most wanted criminals after having killed a certain someone from book one. Meaning the chancellor. Both are still in the grasp of Vianca and so it will probably be no surprise to anyone that she is still toying around with both of them. However, Levi is sick of it and makes an alliance with Vianca’s estranged son. Which is, if you ask my opinion, a very bad idea. But as no one ever asks my opinion just ignore my input! Enne on the other hand still has to work for Vianca and is struggling between being a street lord and a darling lady. And she is doing a pretty great job at it. I love Enne! During our reading journey, we’re meeting a bunch of new characters, ones where you are rooting for them and others that are evil villains and where you just find yourself sneering at them. Foody made a great job with King of Fools and I found myself staring at some parts, being totally speechless for minutes. This book makes you feel so many things!
This time it’s also written in a third point of view. We have now next to Enne & Levi, also the privilege to read in Jac’s point of view.
What I liked
I LOVED Foody’s writing style. It was perfect! King of Fools made me feel so many things at once. Sometimes I wanted to throw my kindle at the wall because I was so angry and other times I just wanted to cry. But I also smiled a lot during the book. She wrote her characters perfectly and the descriptions were on point! I honestly can’t complain about anything!
That ending! I’m not even sure if I already processed everything. I finished it yesterday at 11 p.m. and now we have 3.14 p.m here in Luxembourg. I guess that I didn’t process everything but I was so not ready for this ending. And that plot twist at the end was amazing. I for one wasn’t prepared for this turn of events and I’m so curious to know what is going to happen in book 3.
Enne. She evolved so much. And I can’t even imagine being in her shoes. I would have probably cried for hours instead of becoming a street lord. If someone grew up it’s definitely Erienne Salta! She was so badass in this book.
And I think I have nothing more to add as I’m still mucking speechless. Thank you Amanda Foody for this series!
What I didn’t like
Enne, Jac, Grace & Lola
Overall, I recommend this to every fantasy lover who has a weakness for dangerous heists and even more dangerous games. But read Ace of Shades before King of Fools. And if you loved Ace of Shades you will definitely also love King of Fools because this was even better than the first one!
I didn’t want to write the characters name to keep the surprise at some parts so I marked these names with xyz instead.
“Chancellor Semper, the revered Father of the Revolution, killed by some scrappy card dealer? But this Séance character… Well, she’s a more impressive villain.”
“For one, the Orphan Guild wasn’t a gang – it was an enterprise. Second, breaking the law once hardly made xyz a criminal mastermind. And last, his title wasn’t Pup; it was the Iron Lord.”
“They should put these posters on trading cards.”
“Romance was hardly worth that risk.”
“Talents were more than simply abilities – they were a part of a person’s identity.”
“Don’t let them see your fear”.
“The world always demand that a girl apologize for herself, but she would apologize for nothing.”
“Or how good people did bad things, and bad things happened to good people, and neither they nor their friends could really call themselves good people anyway.”
“”I hate puzzles”, she growled. “I hate cleaning”, xyz said flatly. “And I hate both of you”, xyz muttered.”
“”You have got”, xyz growled, “to be mucking kidding me.”
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 Masters in Accountancy from Villanova University, and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from the College of William and Mary. Currently, she lives in Philadelphia, PA, surrounded by her many siblings and many books.
Her books include DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY and ACE OF SHADES. The next installment of THE SHADOW GAME TRILOGY, KING OF FOOLS, releases on April 30, 2019.
Prize:Win a copy of KING OF FOOLS by Amanda Foody (US Only)
And this is everything for this review! Are you excited for King of Fools to come out? Have you read the first book in this series? Please let me know in the comments below!
*An electronic arc of this book was sent to me by the Publisher (through Netgalley) in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own! This tour was organized by the Fantastic Flying Book Club and all information and pictures were sent to me by FFBC!
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