Title: King of Fools
Author: Amanda Foody
Publication Date: April 30, 2019
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.
“Greed always answered to fear.”
This book was not really on my radar, until my co-blogger, Felicia, told me we had been approved for an ARC. I immediately checked book one out from my library, and tore through it in less than a day. Flash forward to book two in The Shadow Game series, and I’m more than hooked!
King of Fools is the second in a series, but unlike most series where the second book feels like plot filler to get you through to the pivotal book three, King of Fools kept me hooked with every word.
I loved how Amanda Foody wove new character details in with every chapter. The book is still full of the original characters that we know and love, but we get so much more backstory on each of them. They all have a wonderful development throughout the story, and it’s really intriguing to see how the events of book one have had an effect on the characters and how they react to different things.
I think that one of my favorite things about this book was getting to know more about the inner workings of the world that Foody created. We get to meet more of the members of the “Families,” as well as several other notable gangsters that rule the North Side. The end of Ace of Shades left us, and the characters, reeling, so we also were able to see how those events impacted the world around the characters. So much has changed in this world because of their actions, and I love how everything comes spiraling out of the pages of this book!
I also loved that we were introduced to some new characters! Enne starts to make friends, and acquaintances in the City of Sin, and trust me when I say that each of them is utterly unique and interesting!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book! Every twist and turn dragged me along at a breakneck speed that left me unable to put this book down! Every element the author added served to further the characters and plot, and that ending…whoa. Let’s just say that I can’t WAIT to get my hands on book number three!