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King of Fools

(The Shadow Game #2)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,902 ratings  ·  554 reviews
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 Seance, a mysterious underworld
Paperback, 599 pages
Published May 2nd 2019 by HQ Young Adult (first published April 30th 2019)
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High Lady of The Night Court
“Because the hero of one story is the villain of someone else’s. It’s all just a matter of who wins.”

King of Fools was so much more than I more was expecting from this world. It was so much more complicated and the sheer amount of things that happened in this book is unbelievable. There was not a single moment that wasn't packed with plot and not a single moment which was slow.

The relationship between all the characters evolves so much and just as new relations and made old ones can be
Chaima ✨ شيماء


_ did someone say...
(・ω・) GIRL GANG ??
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read
Amanda Foody!!!
((foot stomp))

((hand clap))



I will never be the same again.


Picking up directly after the final events of Ace of Shades, this book, the second in the Shadow Game Trilogy, is so full of action and political intrigue it left my head spinning!

We see the return of our favorite characters from the first book, Enne, Levi, Lola and Jac, and get to meet some great new characters as well; most notable for me, Tock. Love
Emma Giordano
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars!

I received a copy of this book from Inkyard Press. I had no obligation to read or review this book and all opinions are my own.
Helena of Eretz ✰

Everything that could’ve gone wrong DID. All of my babies are suffering and I’m so, so sad. Can I just treat this book as a hoax? This can’t possibly be how everything went down.

I need the finale NOW!
Apr 27, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-to-read

I just finished Ace of Shades;

1. You can't end there like that.
2. Please see above.
3. I need more.
4. 2019?!
5. Amanda Foody, if you want to give me a copy ASAP, thankssss xoxoxoxxo

We have a cover and it’s blue and I looooooove it
julianna ➹
1. Ace of Shades
2. King of Fools
3. Untitled

This was so much cleverness and un-subtle feminism— and I love it so much. Amanda said that this was her girl gang book and she is not wrong, at all. Why is this called King of Fools when it should be called Badassery.jpg?

you: Second Book Syndrome
Amanda Foody:
kicking in the door

misogynists: h-
Amanda Foody:
kicking in the door

people who hate on strong girl characters:
Amanda Foody:
kicking in the door

If someone wanted to call her naive, then they would. If someone wanted to call her heartless, then they would.
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sent-for-review, arc
I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

King of Fools was one of my most anticipated sequels this year and I was not disappointed. Am I mad a this book and at Amanda Foody? Oh, hell yes. But I loved every second of it.

I believe that, in trilogies, second books should feel completely different from book one, and then book three should be an expansion of book two. We'll see what book three has in store for us,
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
I liked this sequel. Unfortunately there was just a lot of romance coupling, angst and not a whole lot of magic. I’m curious how the third book will wrap up the story!
May 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
I need to reread Ace of Shades asap so I can start this one!
Lauren Lanzilotta
4.5 stars for how violated King of Fools left me feeling. Amanda Foody, you sly fox, how dare you do this to us?

“Don’t let your fallen heroes stop you from wanting to become one.”

After the events of Ace of Shades, Levi and Enne have got large bounties on their heads. The faces of the Irons, Doves and Scarhands are in the papers for everyone to see, except Enne’s identity remains unknown, leaving only her assumed role ‘Seance’ for the public to ponder over. In hope of regaining their freedom,
sam {inkquisitivereader}⚔
blood, scheming, betrayal, plot twists oh my. This book really went all out. The reason i’m only giving this a 4.5 is because i kept getting confused in between and it could’ve been my fault or the writing i’m really not sure but other than that this book delivered and reached my expectations. The character growth for Erienne was tremendous and honestly if you compare her character in the first book to this one you’ll find few similarities. I love the representation and i found it quite unique ...more
Hope (HopelessBookAddict)
Dnf at chapter 32. I thought I was going to love this since I loved ace of shades but this just felt forced and longggggg. I lost all interest.
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, ya-fantasy
The second book in The Shadow Game series by Amanda Foody. This book picks up where the first book, Ace of Shadows, ended.

Favorite characters are back (Enne, Levi, Jac) and new characters are introduced. The characters in this series are so intriguing. This novel is told using multiple points of view, which gives insight into several characters. I especially love the strong female characters.

The fun thing about this series is the politics in New Reynes. With so many people trying to be in power,
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The Nerd Daily
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Portia Brown

“Because the hero of one story is the villain of someone else’s. It’s all just a matter of who wins.”

King of Fools by Amanda Foody is the second book in her The Shadow Game trilogy. A sequel often tends to suffer from second-book-syndrome, but this one felt like a totally different book in comparison to the first book, Ace of Shades. The first book felt more like its own original story while the second successfully expands on the
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
Me the first 30-40% of the book:

Me the remainder of the book:

I think it's about time I realized this series just might not be for me. Because when I think dark, when I think gangsters, I do not think this book AT ALL. It's like my main issue with the first book became even more apparent to me here. That these aren't gangsters. These are kids in way over their head.

The writing itself is not bad, but I just could not bring myself to care much about anything that was happening.

The only thing
prag ♻
• the wildest part of this reading experience was Ju accidentally guessing the ending in the first chapter
• SAPPHIC LOLA SANGUICK!! (i called it)
• #girlgangbook lives UP
• i love girls
• feMINism yeAh
• levi?? jac?? everything?? IT'S SO WELL WRITTEN
• enne <33333
Candace Robinson
ARC received via publisher!
4.5 stars




Kal ★ Reader Voracious
While this review is spoiler-free, if you haven't read Ace of Shades yet, I'd recommend not reading this review or book synopsis as both have spoilers for book 1.
"Oaths, omertas, Chainers - there's a reason so many in the North Side favor such weapons. New Reynes killed the queen the very day she hoped to negotiate peace. The City of Sin was built on duplicity."
Friends, this was one of my most highly anticipated sequels of 2019 and Foody did not disappoint! There is a lot going on in this
I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 13, 2019
Wow. Somehow I got approved for the eARC. I guess this is where I add that disclaimer?
Thank you Netgalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Did I do that right?

"The hero of one story is the villain of someone else's. It's all just a matter of who wins."

This book picks up right where Ace of Shades left off. And right from the get go things are
Sail ♛ A Wicked Reader
4.5 stars!! And you can check out my full review here

“The city felt like the hush before a stage curtain lifted, but what the city waited for was war.”

The previous novel in this series, Ace of Shades, is one of my all time favorites and I’ve read it a couple of times. This was everything I could have hoped for in a sequel, and more, but I didn’t enjoy it quite as much because it was a bit slower paced. It was still a fantastic read, albeit a long one, so I ended up giving it 4.5 stars.

First and
Wow, it has been a while since I've read the first book of this little series. Yet, I still didn't reread that book and just dove into this one.

King of Fools was a good book. I loved the audio but I have no idea how I would feel if I actually read the ebook or physical at this point. Mostly because I'm at work, super busy (there's absolutely nothing for me to do) and yet.. I'm constantly getting distracted. Super happy I didn't have a buddy for this because I would be making up comments left
Esmée van der Weide
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
''I think it takes more strength to be vulnerable than it does to appear invincible.''

Amanda Foody wrote another breathtaking book that just tore my heart out. It was beautiful, painful, emotional, entertaining and so much more. I very much enjoyed this book and it was in several ways better than book one. The ending was even more exciting than the one of Ace of Shades and it seems really promising for the finale.

The plot was tailored perfectly. The story picked up right after the ending of
Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
You can find this review and others on my blog shades of paper

“For Levi, when the cards no longer ran in his favor, he cheated – simple as that. Luck was a mechanism to be devised, and luck and destiny were merely two sides of the same coin.”

After completely falling in love last year with Ace of Shades, I was so anticipating its sequel, and it was one of my most anticipated releases of this year. I had such high expectations, and though I didn’t love it as much as the first installment, I
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
If you haven't read Ace of Shades, you probably don't want to read this review. There are spoilers from book one.

I've had a lot going on in my personal life lately, and it has made it hard to focus on books. But I still ended up loving this.

King of Fools starts off right where Ace of Shades ends. Enne and Levi are wanted for murder and Vianca's son, Harrison, has come back home. Harrison approaches Levi with a deal that ends with Vianca dead. Harrison is running for office against Vianca's
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, romance, ya

Reviews like this can also be found on my blog, Vicariously & Voraciously

With the shadow game over, Enne & Levi are both wanted for murder. Now they must not only survive not getting caught, but they need to build (or rebuild) successful gangs on the north side of New Reynes. Gambling with everything they have may bring on their downfall, but may also gain them freedom from the one who basically owns them.

The Story-
I was so happy to be in this world! I love how the story has become so
•°• gabs •°•
i'm reeling i have no idea how to rate this.

u know those books where ur like "i came for [insert character/trope/ship] but stayed for everything"? this, sadly, wasn't it for me. i guess i came for the girl gang and unfortunately it was the only thing i stayed for too...

it started off so promising and i was SO IN LOVE with the characters and then as the story went on i started having second-thoughts because i really didn't like jac's arc and enne and levi's will-they-won't-they started getting
Lauren Elise
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3/5/2018: *in W2S’s voice* IT’S BLUE!!! IT’S BLUUUEEE!!!!!
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Amanda Foody has always considered imagination to be our best attempt at magic. After a double life as an accountant preparing taxes for multinational corporations, she now spends her free time brewing and fermenting foods much more easily obtained at her local grocery store. She lives in Philadelphia, PA with a hoard of books guarded by the most vicious of feline companions, Jelly Bean.

She is

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