Ace of Shades

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody



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.


I knew the moment I saw the cover that this book would break my heart and I would be thankful.

For my sensitive readers, I will warn you of some content of violence and pedophilia. As you’ll see it all throughout the journey in New Reynes.

That fact aside, the characters in Ace of Shades are absolutely thought out so well, I genuinely enjoyed each character and what they offered, villains and good-guys alike! Each character offered a different element to the overall feel of New Reynes, making it as cutthroat as a city of sin should feel.

I absolutely adore Amanda Foody’s writing style, it’s so easy to engage in and the descriptions are always spectacular! The world of the city of sin is absolutely vivid and atmospheric, packed full of fantasy and deceit. 

Personally, I think Ace of Shades is utterly an original and some people may disagree but I saw no elements other than Foody’s originality in story-telling.

My favorite about this book is the push and pull between Levi and Enne! I was screaming internally each time their characters interacted. I will say that Enne’s character had the biggest transformation in personality, going from a prissy school girl to a badass rebel, I simply loved her character’s growth. Levi had my heart from the very beginning because finally, I’ve come across a male character who doesn’t shy away from feeling fragile and terrified. Also, I love how open this novel is, from a gender fluid adoptive mother to a black bisexual protagonist. The villains were given a huge real-life quality in making them scarier than just throwing them some power to make them terrifying, instead, we see a primal humanistic side to them.

From characters to worldbuilding, to descriptions and to action-packed scenes, this novel is everything to me. I devoured it so quickly it’s scary. Everything about this novel is addictive and I can’t wait for the sequel next year!

The City of Sin is where I long to be.


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