Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club. Today I will have a top ten and giveaway.
Ace of Shades
(The Shadow Game #1)
by Amanda Foody
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: April 10, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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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TOP TEN from Amanda
I thought it might be fun to rank gangsters in the Ace of Shades world based on their fame.
“Veil” is often acclaimed as being the most ingenious gangster in New Reynes history. He is notably credited with the April Terrors, a period of mass murders across both the North and South Sides, as well as the kidnappings of the eldest children of both Vianca Augustine and Garth Torren. The period of turmoil from his reign to his execution is often termed the “Great Street War.”
The identity and true existence of the lord of the Doves, a gang of assassins, remains a mystery. The first account of her dates the murder of the Abbess, a notorious gangster with ties to the Faith, based on the Abess’ journal records in the last days of her life, where she recounted being stalked by a figure dressed in white. It is believed no one has seen Ivory’s face and lived.
“Havoc” was the rival lord to Veil’s empire. Widely regarded as both ruthless and unstable, many believe she has been credited with more crimes than she could theoretically have carried out, with newspapers claiming she carried out assassinations and robberies in different locations simultaneously.
- The Zaragosa Sisters
These identical twin sisters ruled the illegal gambling and weapons dealing of New Reynes for several years. Anita, the older one, was considered the respectable fo the two–numerous South Side friends, a rich trophy husband, a reputation as a brilliant businesswoman with slightly crooked leanings. The younger sister, Irma, was in-and-out of jail for physical brawls–once even accused of beating a man to death. Both sisters were eventually convicted and found mutually guilty, as it was discovered they frequently traded places between each other’s lives and crimes.
One-One-Six was the first lord to rise to long-term prominence after the Great Street War. He was a member of a large Chainer family, and he used his blood talent to punish his enemies and coerce people into giving him their oath. His name changed frequently, as it references the number of people he has killed, once jumping from Eight-Three to One-Zero-One in a single day. He is remembered as One-One-Six, his name at the time he died.
- Eight Fingers
Reymond “Eight Fingers” Kitamura is the only person who successfully broke ties to the Doves gang and lived. It is believed he only did so due to his friendship with one of the city’s most prominent weapons dealers, who offered him protection in exchange for Eight Fingers’ business mind. After expanding this venture into a monopoly, Reymond killed his partner and established the Scarhands, one of the modern gangs of New Reynes.
- Hattie Hatchet
Harriet “Hattie” Hatchet began her career as the lead vedette act in a famous Casino District cabaret. Her position allowed her to cultivate romantic relationships with several influential criminals of the time, and she leveraged these connections into establishing her own empire of criminal informants. She was eventually incarcerated for bribing officials in order to further her political agenda. Several child labor and safer sex work regulatory laws are the result of her influences.
Iris was an Apothecary who successfully broke away from the Augustine Family to create his own drug smuggling operation. The drug he brewed, called Mystique, came from the iris he became named after, and it induced waves of euphoria, vivid hallucinations, and–on occasion–violent inclinations. At one point, tea sales were entirely shut down in New Reynes, when it was discovered he and his associates were adding their leaves into any mix or bag. It is still recommended not to use tea labeled older than three years.
Inanormata was a woman of many disguises who appeared to those in times of financial need. Selflessly–almost saintly–she offered ways out of numerous debts, but in return, her clients came to work for her on Sweetie Street. With impossible interest and frequent mental abuse, Inanormata was eventually murdered by one of her own associates. Her body was found covered in over thirty of kiss stains and twenty bullet wounds.
During a time of frequent rise and falls of various gangs, Innocence was one of the few figures on the South Side. He worked as a criminal lawyer, both clever and shameless, and he bribed or weaseled his guilty clients out of any conviction. He was eventually arrested himself for use of physical coercion on a judge during the famous trial of Iris, believed to be his lover. They were hanged two days apart.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amanda Foody has always considered imagination to be our best attempt at magic. After spending her childhood longing to attend Hogwarts, she now loves to write about immersive settings and characters grappling with insurmountable destinies. She holds a Masters in Accountancy from Villanova University, and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from the College of William and Mary. Currently, she works as a tax accountant in Philadelphia, PA, surrounded by her many siblings and many books.
DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY is her first novel. Her second, ACE OF SHADES, will follow in April 2018.
- Prize:5 copies of ACE OF SHADES (The Shadow Game #1) by Amanda Foody (US Only)
- Starts: 3/26
- Ends: 4/19
Blog tour schedule link: http://fantasticflyingbookclub.blogspot.com/2018/03/tour-schedule-ace-of-shades-shadow-game.html
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you pre-order Ace of Shades!