**Disclaimer, I have not read King of Fools or any spoilers about it. I received it today from an Amazon preorder. The following post is pure speculation on what I think I will like and dislike about it.**
Title King of Fools
Author Amanda Foody
Description from Amazon
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 Séance, 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 the estranged son of mafia donna Vianca Augustine. Meanwhile, Enne remains trapped by Vianca’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: sacrifice everything they’ve earned in order to survive…
As some of you may or may not know, I attempted to read Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody but was unable to finish it. Since I had completely forgotten about this preorder until I got a shipping notification, I didn’t have a chance to revise the order. However, after seeing the cover and reading the description, I think my interest in the first book has re-awakened.
I have always been a big fan of cards, games, etc. It’s a family thing (everyone on my mom’s side of the family loves it). So the cover of this book really appeals to me. I love the clubs and the shadow that almost looks like an upside down crown. I think there is a lot of hidden and literal meaning in this cover.
Notes on the Dust Jacket
This summary makes me actually want to read about the characters. The first story didn’t grab my attention the way this does.
Again, I hate to keep mentioning it, but I still cannot say that I loved the first book. I am newly interested in finishing it now but it’s hard to say if that’s out of subject matter interest or it’s the will of my inner completionist. I can’t judge the value of this series yet.
I’ve always found that book two in a trilogy tends to be the weakest link. It’s the awkward bridge that’s usually filled with filler garbage to make the beginning and end stick together nicely. However, I think King of Fools might prove to be an exception to this idea.