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, her only lead is a 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.
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"If I'm not home in two months, I'm dead."
WHOA! What a way to start out with a bang! Am I right? The opening line of ACE OF SHADES instantly had me wondering what had happened and what was to come. Welcome to the city of sin, is right.
"Playing nice is the same as losing in this city."
Going into the book, I wasn't expecting the amount of world building that took place. There was nothing in the synopsis to make me think otherwise. So despite my desire for wanting to read and know more, I had a bit of trouble getting into the story at first. After getting the hang of who was who, what "time era" we were looking at (picture the 1920's and Dick Tracy, this is at least the visual that I got), things started to move along quicker for me.
"They say the city is a game, only the reckless play."
The characters in this book posses blood talents, one inherited from each side, and are passed down from family to family. I thought this was a really neat way to give the characters powers or talents, one I haven't seen before, but it took some time to remember all the details.
"Sometimes we're not who we want to be because we're supposed to be something else."
Amanda Foody created such a diverse and unique world. I really enjoyed the the two main characters, watching the romance build and she did a superb job of keeping me on my toes during the whole book.
"...respect and fear were two sides of the same card."
I read Daughter of the Burning City, at the end of the year and it was probably one of my top 10 reads of 2017. Amanda captured all my favorite things about fiction into one in that book: Fantasy, Murder, Mystery and Suspense. So to say I was looking forward to reading ACE OF SHADES would be an understatement. Despite my slow start, I adored this book and cannot wait to read the rest of this series. The ending left me wanting more but wasn't such a terrible cliffhanger that I'll die without book 2 immediately. Overall this book was fantastic, it definitely did not disappoint, if you're looking for fresh fantasy novel with diverse characters and a lot of fun, I highly recommend picking this one up.
"Secrets were the deadliest of weapons."
Also check out the slightly different UK covers of Amand Foody's books