• King of Fools

  • The Shadow Game Series, Book 2
  • By: Amanda Foody
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (604 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 the estranged son of Mafia donna Vianca Augustine. Meanwhile, Enne remains trapped by Vianca'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.

©2019 Amanda Foody (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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Not what i was expecting

The first story was amazing and full of great action and suspense while this story just kinda ruined the whole plot in the end. Disappointing ending. Disappointing character realizations.

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second book syndrome

I was truly looking forward to listening to this period the narrator is a fantastic fit for all the characters. I just felt like the 1st 7 and a 1/2 hours were drugged on and it could have been shorter

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Nowhere near as good as the first book

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Ace of Shades, but King of Fools was a let down. Not only is the story convoluted and difficult to follow (especially if you haven’t read the first book), but this series might not be the best choice for middle grade readers who gravitate toward YA books, as earlier reviews have suggested. Murder, manipulation, cruelty, hints of sex and seduction, themes of drug addiction and horrible family secrets - not light stuff, and maybe not for young or sensitive readers. In any case, I got tired of the character’s predictable bad choices, “to the death” threats and battles that I no longer cared about, inexplicable plot holes, and what seemed like a long, repetitive series of bleak, depressing scenes. I love YA literature and fantasy. This just wasn’t fun. At all. Kudos to Saskia for getting through this whole book with her usual passionate narration.

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  • YZ
  • 08-13-22

king of fools drinking game

take a shot every time you read "cringed" or "breath hitched."
quick & easy excuse to get very plastered very, very quickly.

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I did my best: dropped at 4h to go

The first book I enjoyed. It wasn't maybe the most engaging book ever but I liked the main character enough and I was actually pretty taken by Levi's story. Enough to give book two a chance (despite seeing several bad reviews on it).
Unfortunately the bad reviews mirrored my feelings. While I like some of the new characters (Enne's new crew in particular) it seems like everyone is just... aimlessly wandering. What are they doing? What do they want? I don't know and I don't care.
In truth I think I stopped paying attention 4 h ago. I have been listening to this for 15 mins while trying to fall asleep (been working terribly well) bc I decided that since I can't return it, I should at least finish it. But I can't. 4h left for the end and I give up and decide to stop torturing myself.

Unless you absolutely fell in love with the first book and its characters (not the story bc you won't find the same kind of plot here) do yourself a favour and skip this one.

(Narrator is an effing marverl as always).

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Excellent

I started this series not knowing it was a series. It now has me rapt and completely engrossed. The wiring is great and the narrator is phenomenal. I can see everything so vividly between the descriptions and the narrator's telling. I'm excited for the last book.

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Cruel Reality

I really loved Ace of Spades

in this one the author successfully made me depaie Levi ramblings and double standard

can not wait to see what Enn does now that she can flaunt her Talent

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Amazing Sequel!

Great story! Great narration! A little romance, a little mystery, a little magic and lots of amazing characters. I couldn't ask for more. I will be reading all of these and honestly anything else this author writes.

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Good at the end

After completing this book I did enjoy it as a whole, it took me a long time to finish it because the middle felt like it was drug out. But I’m looking forward to the next book in the series Bc the ending was GREAT!

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Ending had me leaning in.

Great second book. The ending was fantastic. I had my radio up loud so I didn’t miss a word!

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  • Josie H.
  • 07-20-22

Gripping Story

Great second edition to the series. Very gripping story line. Well read and imersive.

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  • De Melo
  • 03-03-22

Great Sequel

If you enjoyed the first book of the series, then you'll definitely enjoy this one, fleshing out more of the side characters and with unexpected twists and turns.

This book is filled with even more action and political intrigue than the last, inviting some new interesting characters to the mix.

Foody's writing improved and evolved over the course of telling this story and is genuinely better than the first book. If you found the first book okay, then I hope you do carry on because it does get better!

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  • A. C. Brawn
  • 10-03-21

fab

I don't know what the other reviews are on about. I found the book just as gripping as the first one. The narrator is excellent, even if the characters sound like they're putting on s fake eastenders accent.
All in all a great fantasy book.
I'll be buying the third installment and starting it straight away.