Ace of Shades
by Amanda Foody
Enne Salta heads to New Reynes, the City of Sin, in search of her mother. Her mother, Lourdes, has been missing for four months, and Enne wants her mother back. Unfortunately, Enne has never been to New Reynes, and is unfamiliar with the city. She only has one contact name that her mother mentioned, Levi Glaisyer. Enne is a very proper young woman, and she expects others to behave accordingly… but Levi is not a gentleman. Levi is basically a con man who is in over his head. He offers to help Enne find her mother because he thinks Enne will be able to help solve his problems.
The story seemed simple, but this novel had so much to offer. The complex city was my favorite. The fantasy aspect was different and entertaining. The characters were interesting, though I had to read a while before I felt that way.
Amanda Foody’s description of the city was one of the best things about this novel. The different areas of the city had personalities of their own. The fantasy part of this novel only added mystique and intrigue. Everyone says the city corrupts, and it appeared to be true.
The story is told from Enne and Levi’s points of view. The chapters rotated between characters, and it was a nice balance of what was going on with each of them.
Enne was my favorite. She was from a very conservative society and raised to be a proper lady. She was smart and feminine yet tough. Though New Reynes was in contrast to everything she was accustomed, she handled herself well. She was raised with a set of rules to follow, and she was faithful in her adherence to those rules. Her journey through the book was transformative.
Levi was less likable for me, though I did begin to care for him more as the story progressed. He was presented as a street lord and con man, so not exactly a likable guy. Sometimes he appeared a bit weak, and that seemed to go against how someone in his position would behave. Anyway, he had both good and bad qualities, and his character did a little growing too.
I look forward to reading more of this series. This book is good for those who enjoy fantasy YA with a strong female protagonist.
I won an uncorrected proof of this book in a Goodreads Giveway. This book is set to be released in April 2018.