Ace of Shades

Take a Card and Stake Your Soul

The first installment in The Shadow Game series, a young adult fantasy trilogy.
2019 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Pick
2019 YALSA Teen Top Ten Fiction Nominee
Featured in the April 2018 OwlCrate

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.

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Content warnings: high violence, mild sexual content, mild profanity,
mild drug content, inferred (and highly condemned)
pedophilia, alluded parental abuse

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Praise for Ace of Shades

“House of the Rising Sun meets Six of Crows in Ace of Shades. Thieves, rogues, and shady characters have always fascinated me, and so I enjoyed my dive into the morally ambiguous world of New Reynes.” – Cinda Williams Chima, NYT Bestselling Author of The Seven Realms and The Shattered Realms series

Ace of Shades has it all–incredible world building, cinematic set-pieces, heart-pounding pacing, and unpredictable, deliciously messy characters. Foody’s impressive and ambitious vision for the City of Sin will linger in my senses for a long time. An utter delight.” – Claire Legrand, NYT Bestselling Author of of Furyborn

“A positive take on sexuality…the relationship between Enne and Levi simmers, and dangers pile up to an exciting climax. Readers will eagerly wish for a sequel that will allow them to revisit New Reynes.” – Kirkus Reviews

“With this beautiful game of life and death, Amanda’s gritty writing solidified for me my love of the author’s talent as a story teller. She takes her time building this darkly twisted tale, knowing when to slow down and then escalate the narrative, giving readers a city of sin they won’t want to leave and a band of characters they’ll want more of after the last page.” – Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, San Diego, CA

“The world in this promising series debut is dark but enticing.” – School Library Journal

“I was completely enthralled with New Reynes–it was dark and frightening, but at the same time completely alluring. An elaborate plot coupled with exceptional world-building and fully developed characters.” – Heather Herbert, bookseller, Children’s Book World in Haverford, PA

“Its cinematic, action-packed plot contains enough romance to satisfy readers of that genre while piling on danger, thrills, and plot twists. A shocking conclusion sets the stage for book two in the series.” – Booklist

“A rich, satisfying, complicated story… One of the best YA fantasy books I’ve read in years.” – Christine Lynn Herman, author of  The Devouring Gray

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