ace of shades
shadow game #1
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.
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.
Drug Addiction, Gambling, Torture, Violence, Pedophilia
First book of 2018 and I’m mad. I’m upset that I waited so long. I’m mad at that ending… I’M MAD THAT I HAVE TO WAIT A YEAR FOR THE NEXT ONE.
Enne Salta heads to the City of Sin to look for her mother who has been missing for four months. She only has one source that her mother mentioned, Levi Glaisyer. Levi is a con man who is trying to pay his debts to get his gang back to where it use to be. He offers to help Enne find her mother because he thinks Enne will be able to help solve his problems.
First off, this book was wild. We have gangs and talents and desire and cons and a Shadow Game which honestly? Blew my mind? At first, the plot was confusing. Yes, Enne and Levi’s separate plots were easy to follow, but they kept foreshadowing this Shadow Game which didn’t make its full appearance until late in the book. And though I’m still kind of grasping what it is, that whole scene was amazing. But, there are still some things that weren’t explained, though I guess that’s what we have the sequel for.
I think the best part of this book was the characters. I’ll start with Levi because I instantly clicked with him. This bisexual charming, young and though a street lord, had some issues that ultimately led to his downfall. I just loved him so much. His kindness in this city that takes and takes was a bit of a surprise because of course I was expecting a Kaz Brekker type of character. Enne easily became one of my favorite character… of all time
no it’s not too early to decide these things. Her character development was so fluid and believable and I cheered my ass off. And when you put the two together? THE SPARKS. They had chemistry and their relationship is still in the “we shouldn’t, but I want to” phase.
The side characters we meet of course grabbed my heart. I loved the dynamic between Enne and Lola; how it went to enemies to begrudging acquaintance to friendship. I’m a little confused on the villain, she was definitely creepy, but I have an almost solid feeling that there are bigger chips in the background. Overall, this was a great start to the new year.