Review: Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1)

Title: Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1)
Author: Amanda Foody
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: April 10, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

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.


I’ve been wanting to read this book for so long! It definitely lived up to the hype!

This story was different from other contemporary fantasy novels which are set in worlds that resemble past eras. This one was set in the City of Sin, which was like Las Vegas. Instead of kings and queens, there were gamblers and gang leaders.

The story was told between two perspectives: Enne’s and Levi’s. This gave two points of view of the city. Enne was new to the city so she was new to everything, just like the reader. Levi has always lived there, so there were many more characters and drama in his narrative. I preferred Enne’s narrative because I could relate to it more since she was a newcomer to the City of Sin.

I loved this story! I can’t wait to read the next book in the series when it comes out in a couple of weeks.

What to read next:

King of Fools (The Shadow Game #2) by Amanda Foody

The Last Magician (The Last Magician #1) by Lisa Maxwell

Have you read Ace of Shades? What did you think of it?

9 thoughts on “Review: Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1)”

  1. Great review! I enjoyed this book, but I listened to it on audio, which was a bit confusing haha 😂 I think I will physically read the sequel 🙂


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