I have no doubt that most of you have heard of this upcoming magical adventure full of mystery, dark secrets, betrayal, and a hint of romance? This was everything I thought it would be and so much more.
Short recap: Enne travels to the city of New Reynes, aka City of Sin, to find her missing mom with only a very short note to guide her. This note tells her who to contact if she needs help – Levi. Enne was raised to be a proper young woman so traveling to the City of Sin scares her half to death, but her need to find her mom is greater than her fear. What Enne and her new companion, Levi, discover along the way will absolutely change the course of history for everyone within New Reynes.
I went into this with a bit of hesitancy only because I wasn’t sure what I was going to get. Sure, fantasy books are always an adventure but not all are done well. THIS BOOK WAS DONE WELL. It was so well done that I was hooked from the start. There is a lot of history throughout the book so thankfully I was able to follow along with no problems. I loved reading the imaginative history Foody developed for this complex story. The idea of having a magical gift and then a split talent was fascinating. I had to wonder what my talents would be… Would I be a Salta dancer or perhaps something more uncommon, like an acrobat or a blood gazer? So many options! Brilliant! All of this together along with Foody’s ability to create a truly unique world made this setting marvelous. With ever turn of phrase I swear I could picture myself walking down Sweetie Street or into one of the many casinos. The amount of detail that went into this story blew my mind. I never would have dreamed of using volts as currency, how they were made, or how they can be used against someone. Mind blowing. Those types of details really pulled the story together to make one phenomenal adventure.
Along with the setting, the characters are the other integral part of this story. Enne and Levi were amazing yet wonderfully flawed. As mentioned, Enne was raised to be a proper young lady who knew what was expected of her. She had that at the front of her mind at all times. She knew that being in the City of Sin was unbecoming of a young lady but knew she had a bigger mission and was willing to set all of that aside. Her character arc was something to behold. I loved her progression and how she grew, never backing down from danger. She was strong enough to face everything head on, yet always gave herself some quiet time to either have a good cry or silently reflect. Brilliant. Levi was just as great. If I could claim him as my book boyfriend now, I’d like to do that. (Are you reading that, Amanda? I’d like to claim him!) The secrets that boy carried, oh my! It was as if he was carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders daily, but his people never knew because he was good enough to not show it. As Iron Lord he could not ever show signs of weakness. It made me adore him even more. He was strong when he needed to be, and showed just the right amount of kindness. Amazing.
I have touched on the overall topic of the story – Enne travels to the City of Sin to find her missing mother, only to uncover a mound of buried secrets that will change her fate forever – but I did not expect it to be as good as it was. I don’t mean that in a negative way, I mean that in the best possible way. It pacing, the reveals, the adventure kept me turning pages long past my bed time. I could not get enough of this and desperately need book 2.
I will be singing the praises of Ace of Shades for a long time. If you are looking for a stunning novel full of dangerous secrets, savage magic, and non-stop action, you need this book in your life. You will fall for the characters, be swept away in the imagery of the setting, and be captivated by magic. I hope you already have this on your TBR or have it pre-ordered. You do not want to miss out on this fantastic read.