Ace of Shades | Amanda Foody Review



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.30238163

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.

*blurb from



‘Reader, if you’ve made it this far, if you’ve glimpsed the first lines of these pages, if you see the City of Sin’s skyline before you…then it might already be too late.’

-Amanda Foody

I couldn’t wait to read this book, and when I received it in a certain bookish box I was so pleased! The story sounded different from anything else I have read, a town run by gangs and casinos?! Yes please! (no I haven’t read Six of Crows yet it’s on my spring TBR) so I have nothing to really compare this to as some other people have? But it felt like an original story to me and I absolutely adored Amanda Foody’s writing style, she made it so easy to immerse yourself into the City of Sin.

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Enne is a good but strange character and her progression was really well done. She turned from a young woman who was worried about being ‘lady like’ and was quite vulnerable, to someone who was willing to do anything to help save her friends and find out the truth about her talents and family (WARRIOR WOMAN). I liked that and I liked her as a character, I wish we could have learnt more about her talents and the history behind her family.

I just felt like I needed more information to fully understand what was happening to Enne.

‘Enne perked up at the mention of Levi. So they both knew him.’

-Amanda Foody

Levi was interesting, and I liked the history he had with Vianca (who is a total wicked woman who needs to re-evaluate her wants in life) but the talents Levi had were amazing! I loved the intricacy of his talents too. And the end of the book made me love him even more than I already do. He was a very complex character, who wanted to protect and care for his friends but also he was human. Committing acts that found himself and the ones he cared for, in danger.

The story was really interesting and I liked The Doves, The Scarhands and The Irons. They all had their different ways to survive in the city of sin. However, there was so much history and information within the book that I would find it impossible to relay it back to someone as well as making sense.
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved the intricacy of the gang’s stories and it made the characters feel less two dimensional. But I can only remember snippets of info and I don’t even know if it’s correct.

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I also absolutely loved the epilogue, it has left me with major excitement for the next book and I hope we get to learn more in detail about Enne’s past. As I do sort of feel as if that was slightly rushed, and the whole ‘I have purple eyes now and so does this coin’, why?! I want to know in more detail why these things have happened and what do they all mean? As I do think all of these answers were sort of rushed. Or maybe I’m just slow.

HOWEVER, overall I really enjoyed this book. It was fun, interesting and nothing like I’ve read before! Also THAT COVER, so beautiful! I literally want to keep looking at it and appreciating it. SO LOVELY. In the future I can’t wait to see the characters, what they are now doing and how their lives have changed and also, how the city of sin progresses and develops.

It is definitely somewhere I would like to keep visiting!




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