Author: Amanda Foody
Series: The Shadow Game #1
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Summary: “Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.
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, her only lead is a 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…
And she’ll need to play.” -From Goodreads
Review: Books with this type of story always seem to interest me for some reason. After reading it I can say that this was a book I could not put down during the last two weeks of college when I had so much going on.
Enough I have not read Amanda Foody’s debut book, I still loved her writing. She is able to make the characters come alive, including the setting and scenes. The use of two perspectives made the story feel more fleshed out and didn’t feel like I was only getting one side of the story.
These characters were written realistically in my opinion because of having faults and not always feeling like they are doing the right thing to reach their goal. Enne isn’t that generic main female character. The reader watches her grow and become strong, but her faults are still there. Levi is the same way. He does have his faults and wants to make sure that Enne doesn’t fall too far down in the hole of this city like he has. Both these characters work together to complete their goals, including helping each other out.
The whole magic system was different from other books I have read because I never read a book where people are born with certain talents, which with those talents gives them a certain type of job. It’s really fascinating and makes me wonder how that would play out in the real world.
I highly recommend you to read if the summary interests you or if you have read Amanda Foody’s other book.
Have fun reading!!