This is the THIRD book in the Ace of Shades series. Do not continue to read if you haven’t read Ace of Shades and King of Fools
Return to the City of Sin, where the final game is about to begin…and winning will demand the ultimate sacrifice.
Only days after a corrupt election and brutal street war, one last bloodthirsty game has begun. The players? The twenty-two most powerful, notorious people in New Reynes.
After realizing they have no choice but to play, Enne Scordata and Levi Glaisyer are desperate to forge new alliances and bargain for their safety. But while Levi offers false smiles and an even falser peace to the city’s politicians, Enne must face a world where her true Mizer identity has been revealed…and any misstep could turn deadly.
Meanwhile, a far more dangerous opponent has appeared on the board, one plucked right from the most gruesome legends of New Reynes. As the game takes its final, vicious turn, Levi and Enne must decide once and for all whether to be partners or enemies.
Because in a game for survival, there are only losers…
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
The end of a series that I’ve been reading from the beginning is always bitter sweet. I picked up Ace of Shades immediately upon release, devoured it and then not so patiently waited for King of Fools. Naturally, I also devoured King of Fools as I have little to no self control when it comes to books. The wait for Queen of Volts was painful, but so so worth it. While I have enjoyed every installment in this story, the third and final book was by far my favorite.
It seemed to me that each book in this series escalated. And when I say escalated…I MEAN it. The stakes in each novel are exponentially higher, with some new game being introduced each time. I loved the way Amanda Foody fleshed out the world, creating drinks and games to go with this incredibly unique premise.
Every single character is well developed and shows clear growth over the course of the series as they face hardships, some of which broke my heart. Trust me, this is not a series with a perfect happy ending. It is, however, a series with a more realistic ending that I as a reader and reviewer can appreciate even as I cry inwardly over the injustice of it all.
These books mark the first of Amanda Foody’s that I have read, but they will most certainly not be the last. I do wish that we could’ve gotten a little bit of a longer ending, but realistically, who doesn’t wish for that. I think, if given the choice, we would all beg Authors for more time with our favorite characters. I know that I personally would love to spend some more time with Levi and Enne.