Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1)
Published April 10, 2018
About Ace of Shades
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, Enne has only one lead: the 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…
I started listening to this book because it was included in my Audible membership, and I was really impressed with the performance of the narrator. Within a few minutes, I was pretty hooked on the story world of ACE OF SHADES, with its maffia-esque gangs and fancy casinos and clubs. It’s not a type of story that I usually seek out, but I was intrigued enough to give it a shot.
Some bits of it reminded me a little of SIX OF CROWS— in terms of the gangs and clubs, but I loved that the story had this very late 1800s feel to it, with the addition of an unusual magic system based on family lineage.
I really like that while Enne is challenged by the city, the secrets she uncovers, and the things she must to do survive, she doesn’t lose herself. She finds talents and strengths that she didn’t know she had, as well as a confidence she never believed possible.
The second and third books in the series are available on Audible, too, but they’re not included with membership right now, so I’d have to pay for them to continue reading– and I think it’s so worth doing that! I have a few other things on my listening list to get to first, but then I really want to get back to The Shadow Game series and find out what happens to Enne and Levi next.
Recommended for Ages 14 up.
Levi is Black.
Profanity/Crude Language Content
Mild profanity used infrequently. Other made up curses are used more often.
Enne is tasked with poisoning a man who is a known pedophile who goes after underage girls and has sex with them. He makes a clear pass at her, which terrifies and disgusts her.
Some descriptions of attraction between characters. At one point Enne sees a brief vision of herself in bed with another character.
Characters possess magic abilities that give them advantages or supernatural abilities.
One character curses others, binding them to her so they must do as she orders or else die.
Some scenes show battles between gang members with knives or fists.
Characters drink alcohol. One character offers another an alcoholic drink even though he believes her to be under age. Poison and other drugs are used to harm others.
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