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.
I really want quite sure what to expect from this novel, besides that it dealt with gambling and casinos. I have read Foody’s first novel and enjoyed it. Daughter of the burning city was one of my top 5 books last year. This one had me intrigued as I could never put it down, but it didn’t hold up to my expectations in some ways as it did others.
One of the MCs Enne really started out as a snob, she gave off the attitude that she was better than ever else there because of the fact she came from Bellamy. The other MC, Levi is one of the best gamblers in the city of sin. Soon he is looking for a way to pay back debt and Enne is searching for her mother. The two form a weird, deceitful, loving relationship throughout there struggles.
For me this book didn’t hold up to the Vegas-style it was hyped up to be. Everyone had hyped it up to be this Vegas strip typestyle with casinos and gambling and it wasn’t any of that for me. It was more of a stereotypical type of Vegas with the dirty alleys and run down buildings. I think if I wouldn’t have listened to that aspect of the hype, I might have given it 4 Stars.
The mystery for me was really the only thing that had kept me reading this book was because I wanted to know more and what would happen with the characters. About halfway through I was too invested to stop reading. I only wanted the story to be a bit darker and grittier. I expected more murder and torture type scenes to be honest when it comes to dons and the gangs.
All the characters were very well developed and great backstory so that you gained more depth into who they were. The talents and split talents were something that added a great aspect of the story to the book. Magic isn’t has frequent in this book as DOTBC, but it is there.
I didn’t expect cards to be such a huge part of the book, but they were. Levi is a great card player, one of the best. You get a look into the casino world and how to play cards. It was really a great addition to the book honestly. I’ve never read a book about casinos and gambling before, so this was really interesting.
Overall I gave this 3.5 stars because it did keep my attention, but I just expected more from this book. I love Amanda’s writing and the way she can tell a story. I’m curious as to where she takes this trilogy.
Have you read Ace of Shades? What did you think?