King of Fools by Amanda Foody
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.
If you haven’t read Ace of Shades, you probably don’t want to read this review. There are spoilers from book one.
I’ve had a lot going on in my personal life lately, and it has made it hard to focus on books. But I still ended up loving this. This review is a bit hard to write without spoiling anything, but I think I will do ok.
King of Fools starts off right where Ace of Shades ends. Enne and Levi are wanted for murder and Vianca’s son, Harrison, has come back home. Harrison approaches Levi with a deal that ends with Vianca dead. Harrison is running for office against Vianca’s choice. This is tough for Levi because of the omerta, but he agrees. Enne is working for Vianca and attending political parties.
Enne created her own street gang. It starts off with just two others. Lola and Grace. I loved these characters so much. Lola was always grumpy, but so loyal. And Grace was lethal and smart. As the gang grows, it becomes all girls. I think this was my favorite part of the book. I loved their interactions.
Levi and Enne are keeping secrets from each other. Jac goes undercover into Torren territory to get information. What he finds is a girl, Sophia, that he feels a connection to. She tells him one of her secrets and he stays with her to help.
Tock is another favorite character. I loved the relationship she ended up in. And her banter with Levi was always enjoyable.
We went back and forth with Enne and Levi’s relationship. Enne’s group ends up coming up with a way for all the gangs to unite and make volts. They want to take on the whiteboots who recently killed a lot of people. But things never go as planned. There were a lot of politics in this book, betrayals, and secrets. Enne and Levi are left playing a new game that might be more dangerous than the first one. We’re left with another ending that will make you so impatient for book three. One death really broke me in this book.
Please note that there is a lot of violence and death in this book. There is also Jac’s issues with his past addiction and how he’s always fighting the urge. Drugs do play a part in the book.
I gave this book 5 stars. Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for my review copy.
Have you read King of Fools yet? Did you read Ace of Shades? Did you like one more than the other?