Book Review | King of Fools by Amanda Foody


You guys, the girl gang is back and I AM HERE FOR IT.

If you’re new here, you should probably know that last year one of my favorite books was Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody. I can’t justly describe to you how excited I was to get my hands on King of Fools.

And yet, even in my excitement for this book, I still didn’t read it immediately upon release.

Synopsis (from Goodreads)

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.

A Little Too Political

Almost the entirety of this novel centers around a political election. I’m not normally opposed to this, but I felt like it almost took away from the magical elements I expected from the second book in a newfound favorite series.

I guess my whole thought process behind this being almost too political is it’s supposed to be centered around street wars. It didn’t feel like that for me. I wanted it to be more street war and stealth, but it felt more like this novel skirted around all the tensions between the gangs. In this sense, I felt the story was lacking.

Lady Friendship!

One of the best parts of this second installment is the progression of Enne’s friendship with Lola. I adore the Lord of the Spirits and her second and was THRILLED when we are introduced to the third in the #GirlGang. Honestly, this may very well be my favorite aspect of the novel. The strength of friendship among these gang of women is wonderful and fresh. I loved it.

I also really loved that it wasn’t so focused on Levi and Enne. I mean, don’t get me wrong, the relationship aspect was there, but it wasn’t the most important issue and it was nice to see Enne branch out from Levi more.

The Irons

I am all about the Irons. If I had to choose a gang to be a part of, besides the Spirits, I’d want to be an Iron. I love Levi and I love Jac. But I didn’t love the Irons in this book. It didn’t feel like the gang was as tightly knit as in Ace of Shades. It hurt my heart a little to see a weakening in this group of young adults.

And I really didn’t like that Levi and Jac basically spent this ENTIRE book apart and were pretty much always angry at each other. It seemed wasteful to have the Iron’s second away from the Iron Lord for the vast majority of the book, but I get it. Jac HAD to go away for his mission, but it doesn’t change the fact that I hated that he had to go.

Also, I’m still really mad about Mansi, but I LOVE the newest addition to the Irons!

Love Interests

Like I’ve said, Levi and Enne’s relationship isn’t the focal of this novel. In fact, romantic relationships aren’t the center of the novel, but they’re still there. There’s basically someone for everyone and it made my heart happy.

And while I enjoyed a break from Enne and Levi pretending not to be in love, I was frustrated that they weren’t together. Obviously, they’re perfect for each other.

General Thoughts and Opinions

In general, I thought this was an excellent follow up to Ace of Shades. I didn’t love it as much, but it was still captivating, for the most part. I did find certain parts to be a bit… anticlimactic which was slightly disappointing for me.

But I will say this, though, the ending SHOOK me to my core. Honestly, now I can’t wait for the next book!

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Overall, I enjoyed my time reading this. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I hadn’t been so worried about grad school grades.

Let’s chat!

Which of the street gangs in New Reynes would you want to join? I’d want to be an Iron or a Spirit! The Doves scare me too much lol.

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