Review: Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1) by Amanda Foody

“People do not play this game to win, my dear. They play this game not to lose.”

(Amanda Foody; Ace of Shades)


I finished this book in four days. Well, I guess more three as the first day was just 20 minutes of reading after finishing another book. Anyhow, this is quite fast for me and that says something. I went through it so easily and had zero issues picking the book up in spare time, just as I did with the other book of Amanda Foody, Daughter of the Burning City, which I read last year. That is a great thing, as I pre-ordered Ace of Shades pretty much blindly, because of my love for DOTBC.

For a while I deemed Sarah J. Maas as my favourite writer overall, but I think I have a two-seat throne now on top of my list. This story was so . . . something else, which was exactly what I was looking for. At the very first I had a Six of Crows -ish vibe, but that faded quite fast as the story had such unique twists and elements. I honestly think this is one of the more unique fantasy stories I have read so far. It takes place in a fairly modern world, comparable to 1900-something, but still a twist that it was a totally different world than the one we are living in. Amanda also did an amazing job describing the world (in this case the city, New Reynes) which made you catch different vibes for different places, giving it more identity. Reading about walking through the dark streets on the North Side felt different than reading about the South Side. I was really impressed, as I don’t experience this very often.

I cannot wait for the sequel, King of Fools. The 273 days wait will be tough, but it will definitely worth it.

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