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Ace of Shades

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Ace of Shades

A cross between Leigh Bardugo’s SIX OF CROWS and Stephanie Garber’s CARAVAL, Amanda Foody’s ACE OF SHADES enchants readers with its magic and mystery. Readers follow main characters Enne Salta and Levi Glaisyer as their paths cross when Enne arrives in the City of Sin looking for her mother, who has disappeared. Her mother has left her a name to seek, and that name is Levi’s. As Levi’s enemies start to catch up to him, however, Enne is dragged into the world of the City of Sin and the secrecy and debts that its people are hiding.

"Foody is able to create worlds and characters that are highly gripping and leave readers dumbfounded at new plot developments."

Just when I thought I could never love a book as much as I love SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo, Amanda Foody comes along and comes pretty close! Her previous novel, DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY, was also a delight to read with its similar elements of fantasy, secrets and magic. Foody is able to create worlds and characters that are highly gripping and leave readers dumbfounded at new plot developments. From the first chapter I was hooked and the storyline carried me from chapter to chapter until I only had a few pages left and then closed the book, upset that there wasn’t more.

The world of ACE OF SHADES is so fascinating and any spin-off books or prequels would be a dream to read. The concept of blood talents and split blood talents were a bit underdeveloped and skimmed over because there was so much other content to get to, but I would love to read a whole book that guides readers through the various blood talents and which talents the characters that we know from the book have. There is so much that the readers don’t know about this world simply because there never is a right time to information dump and I am eager to learn more about the other cities besides the City of Sin and learn more about Enne’s hometown as well.

The book was very fast-paced, the events taking place over the span of several days and though I felt that some characters knew each other forever (even though it was only several days) I questioned the insta-love a little bit. The romance, sprinkled in with the action, fantasy and mystery were all combined to create this amazing story with sinister characters that you just wanted them to have a whole book of their own. I did not expect an 18-year-old boy to be a lord of a gang and I also found it a little disbelieving that a lord would allow himself to be sucked into such debt that Levi was in. It undermined his credibility and made him look weak.

The ending is also very sinister and leaves readers wanting the next book to see the events unfold. I would recommend this book to all fantasy lovers who love that element of magic and mystery as well as a good con. The characters are all so interesting and I would love to know the backstory behind each one. If you enjoy reading books that leave you wondering what is going on asking yourself “did that just happen?” then this is the book for you.

Reviewed by Ilona K., Teen Board Member on April 26, 2018

Ace of Shades
by Amanda Foody