Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody is the third and final installment in The Shadow Game series full of card games, city gangs, and epic imagination.
Return to the City of Sin, where the final game is about to begin…and winning will demand the ultimate sacrifice.
Only days after a corrupt election and brutal street war, one last bloodthirsty game has begun. The players? The twenty-two most powerful, notorious people in New Reynes.
After realizing they have no choice but to play, Enne Scordata and Levi Glaisyer are desperate to forge new alliances and bargain for their safety. But while Levi offers false smiles and an even falser peace to the city’s politicians, Enne must face a world where her true Mizer identity has been revealed…and any misstep could turn deadly.
Meanwhile, a far more dangerous opponent has appeared on the board, one plucked right from the most gruesome legends of New Reynes. As the game takes its final, vicious turn, Levi and Enne must decide once and for all whether to be partners or enemies.
Because in a game for survival, there are only losers…
If you haven’t read this series yet and you love a 1920s-feel full of cards, gangs, and fantasy, I highly recommend you pick this one next!!
Since this is a final book, I won’t be talking heavily on the content found in this one, but rather focus on the trilogy as a whole.
I didn’t know much of what to expect going in as I just saw the cover of the first book, Ace of Spades, and absolutely knew this series was for me! The cover shows exactly the vibes that you’ll find throughout the writing, world-building, and settings.
Ace of Spades was a fantastic book! The writing immediately drew me in and didn’t let me go throughout the fast-paced novel. Nothing was really predictable which I appreciated, and the ending was WOW! I will say that some of the characterizations did get slightly repetitive, but overall didn’t hinder my enjoyment.
For the sequels, I felt like I had first-book-syndrome, as I was blown away by the first one, leaving King of Fools and Queen of Volts just slightly less enthused which is very common for me with YA fantasies.
As the series progressed, we do get a few more POVs. Some more engaging than others, but all of it contributing to a well-rounded story. AND, there is even diverse, LGBTQ+ representation. I ended up giving the books the following ratings (in chronological order): 5, 4, and 4 stars. And for series as a whole, I gave it a high 4 out of 5 stars.
If you love getting deep into epic, fantasy worlds with drawn-out, likable characters, you need to get your hands on this series!
Published: 1 September 2020
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
How I Read It: eARC from the Publisher
*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way.*
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Amanda Foody has always considered imagination to be our best attempt at magic. After
spending her childhood longing to attend Hogwarts, she now loves to write about immersive settings and characters grappling with insurmountable destinies. She holds a master’s in accountancy from Villanova University and a bachelor of arts in English literature from the College of William and Mary.
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