Hey all, Dani here.
My review today is of a sequel that I have been waiting for since I devoured the first book last year. I felt completely honored that I was approved for an e-galley of this one from the publisher via NetGalley…and I’m also very much looking forward to having the finished copy in my hands. As always, I do admit that I love being able to read books early, but whether they are early or late reads, or if they are in exchange for a review, a gift from a friend, or something I bought myself, my rating and review is all honest and all my own. So, let’s not waste any more time and I’ll just jump into the review.
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 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 Vianca Augustine’s estranged son. Meanwhile, Enne remains trapped by the mafia donna’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: To sacrifice everything they’ve earned in order to survive…
Or die as legends.
Rating: 5 stars
This book starts pretty much immediately after the first one ends, which was cool. Granted, it also made me wish that I had either read a recap of Ace of Shades or that I had made time for a reread…so I may still end up doing a reread in the coming months. Sometimes it’s hard to remember every detail when you read so many great books each year.
But man, I still had such a good time with this book. While it wasn’t jam-packed with action, it wasn’t like the characters had much downtime to simply relax. No, they find themselves in the middle of all the chaos, especially with the consequences and fallout from the events of the first book.
There is plenty of gang interaction, turf wars, a struggle for survival and to make a difference, plenty of secrets, lies, and betrayal, romance of many varieties, intrigue, danger, and plenty of new characters with intriguing new gifts.
With everything that has happened, as well as these really cool covers, I’m just left wondering exactly what will happen in book three–and also what color and design will it have? I’m curious and intrigued, and definitely excited for the next installment of the Shadow Game series.