REVIEW: King of Fools by Amanda Foody

King of foolsMy rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 602
Pacing: Slow to normal
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Published: April 30th, 2019

Trigger Warning: Addiction, Violence and Death.



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. – synopsis from Goodreads

my thoughts

“I think it takes more strength to be vulnerable than it does to appear invincible.” 

I was excited to pick the sequel to Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody, since I really enjoyed the  first one. I couldn’t wait to be taken back to New Reynes to meet up with Enne and Levi again. Unfortunately, this sequel fell a bit short for me.

OK first off I have to ask, am I the only one that thought that this was a duology? I had to check on Goodreads and I was definitely wrong, book 3 comes out next year. I swear it started off as a duology though?  Ok moving on.

King of Fools starts right where Ace of Shades ended. The story follows Enne, a proper young lady that came to the city of New Reynes to find her missing mother. On our journey she meets Levi, a street lord and con man that will help her find the truth behind her mother’s disappearance. In King of Fools, Enne and Levi will have to put everything on the line if they want to survive. I don’t want to say to much about the plot because I don’t want to spoil anything.

I found this book a bit slow. It probably could’ve moved a bit faster in the first part but it picked up pace in the second part and towards the end the story it really started to pick up speed up and get more interesting. There were stretches of the story that definitely felt like filler and could’ve been taken out.

In the Ace of Shades I was a bit on the fence about Enne. She seemed a bit blah to me and I didn’t really get invested in her story that much. What I really enjoyed in King of Fools was her character arc Enne slowly transforms from the quiet proper girl to a formidable woman that is starting to play the game of New Reynes. Levi, on the other hand, seemed to stay stagnant and didn’t show a lot of growth in this one. His attitude, sometimes,  towards certain characters didn’t really appeal to me, and frustrated me quite a bit as well.

What really did it for me was the women in this story. From Lola – this knife collecting blood gazer, to Grace – who I can only describe as this badass assassin mathematician,  and last but not least – Tauck this spunky little firecracker ready to bomb the whole city. The number of kickass ladies in this book is amazing. Who doesn’t like strong women doing it their way?

In King of Fools, Amanda Foody adds the POV of Jac as he comes face to face with his demons when he is given a certain task. The depiction of his struggle to stay sober I thought was really well done and felt authentic. You can really sense him fighting to not go back down that road again.

In the end, I did enjoy King of Fools just not as much I was expecting to. I will definitely continue with the series cause I HAVE to know! There are still some mysteries about this bunch of misfits that I feel haven’t been revealed yet, so I am looking forward to the third book in 2020.

3 stars