Title: King of Fools
Author: Amanda Foody
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Published: 30th April 2019
Series: The Shadow Game 2/3
Genre: YA Fantasy
Synopsis: 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.
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Disclaimer: I bought this myself, all opinions are my own.
I buddy read this one with the lovely Emily over at @booklepuff on instagram!
King of Fools is the sequel to Ace of Shades which was one of my all time favourite books of 2018 which I gave a full five stars! For me I felt that King of Fools went up and down in terms of enjoyment, there was a hell of a lot of politics being played out in this and seemed to take up quite a chunk of this book considering it’s around 600 pages and all the action was done in the last 100-200 pages. I did like this book and I definitely enjoyed the last section more than the rest as everything and I mean EVERYTHING went down then, I couldn’t put it down at that point but I struggled through 400 pages, I didn’t want to DNF it whatsoever but I found it so hard to want to keep reading as the politics started to bore me a little bit. I understand why it was done and it has given a lot of insight to how things work within the world and there was also a lot of depth then added to the characters, we find out a lot more about them and how their arc is developing.
The ending of this book was surprising though, I didn’t see any of it coming and it had so many twists I didn’t expect, I’m distraught over a certain death though I’m not 100% sure that they are dead.. all the revelations happened and now we have to wait for the third book to find out what happens next! We’re also introduced to a new character Sophia who I’m intrigued to find out more about in the next book AND even better there’s a girl gang!
Even though my feelings were very mixed on this I settled to giving this a four stars as I did really enjoy it in the end it was going to be a three star rating but the last 100-200 pages changed that for me.
Have you read this one yet? Or the first book? What did you think of it?