Summary: 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 a 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.
Review: 4 stars
This is a book that I tried really hard to get a review copy of and couldn’t. So now after its release I finally got to read it. I had high hopes and I couldn’t imagine following up Strange the Dreamer with a book that wouldn’t be amazing. Ace of Shades combined two of my favorite things, gangsters and magic, so course I had big expectations and Amanda Foody didn’t disappoint.
At the beginning I thought I was really going to hate Enne, she was stuck up and thought the City of Sin was vile and beneath her. But as she changed throughout the story I liked her more and more. Levi on the other hand, I liked instantly. He was not always morally right and that made him interesting. I couldn’t see the relationship between the two of them working, but Amanda Foody somehow pulled it off.
The plot and the setting drew me in rather than the characters of this novel. A magical world sent the city that was a cross between Vegas and industrial London was perfect for this novel. Both dark and magical, Ace of Shades had a riveting plot that kept me up late at night. The world built in this novel was very interesting, it was full of magic and crime and when those two are together you can always count me in.
Overall I found that I really enjoyed this one. These are the types of novels and I can’t get enough of. The setting was really interesting to me and I would love to see more of this world, even in a spinoff series. This was my first read by Amanda Foody and I definitely want to check out the next installment, as well as her Daughter of the Burning City series.