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…
Thank you to HarperCollins for letting me be a part of this blog tour. The finale to the Shadow Game series was one of my most anticipated releases, so I was beyond excited to be able to read an eARC (thanks NetGalley!).
Queen of Volts is the conclusion of this series, so I don’t think I’ll be going into too much detail about the plot because I want you to read this series and not be spoiled. I love the world this story takes place in. New Reynes is chaotic and the characters I love so much are doing their best to make it a better place, a place no longer filled with violence and people being thought of in a specific way because of their abilities. I would love to live in the City of Sin. It’s such a fascinating place, filled with so much history and so much potential. I would read so many more books set in this world just because I love the politics. I think that’s what I liked the most about this book. It was more political than the others. Well, we get more of the actual government rather than the mobsters we get to know in books one and two. We still deal with some of the same families, but they’re working with the government now. There are so many different players in the story. I was impressed that Foody managed to give them all distinct and unique voices.
Enne is really struggling with her identity. She learns that most of her life was a lie and she created a new persona that is more fitting for the City of Sin. But it’s led her to make some choices and do some things that haunt her. Haunted, that’s a great word for Enne. She’s trying to work through her guilt while losing too many of the people that she cares about. By the end of the story though, she’s grown so much and I was so proud to see it.
Levi, my poor, sweet, Levi. He’s lost so much. And he loses more in Queen of Volts. But he accomplishes dreams he never thought he would, but also realizes his dreams were not what they used to be. Levi also really struggles with his feelings for Enne. She’s not the same girl he fell in love with and she’s done things he doesn’t know if he can accept. I loved how adaptable Levi was. He takes life in stride and always has another plan, even when it looks like there’s no way out. I just love him.
There are honestly too many characters to talk about. Lola’s perspective made me sad. She learned important information but lost so much. I loved how her story was resolved though. Grace, my poor little Grace. She did not deserve how Foody did her dirty. I love Grace with my whole heart.
Overall, I’m sad to see this series end. I loved being in this world. It’s a dark and gritty place. It’s a place where you kill or be killed and I loved every minute I spent in it. I loved these characters so much. They changed and grew so much in these pages. They loved one another and they lost friends along the way. I cannot recommend this series enough. Also, all three of these covers are freaking stunning.
“Lola wouldn’t throw her life away to become a legend—she’d die to make sure the legends were finished.”
“Everything in his life was a performance, but if he had, in fact, come here to die today, then he would die a gangster or a king?”
“That was the problem with loving someone. Once you let someone into your heart, they could take a sledgehammer to it.”
“The City of Sin was a game, and you couldn’t win if you played nice.”
“But Sophia had come to realize that she was the type of girl who some respected but few liked—like a shot of something bitter and strong. And she’d always clung to those who’d been willing to tolerate the burn.”
“It was the sort of power that made her broken throne feel sturdy enough to support her. Whatever her mistakes, whatever her story, she would not fall.”
“It felt as though the City of Sin was out there, and them in here. Or maybe it was the other way around. New Reynes wasn’t lights and cards and debauchery—it was the blurry line between friends and enemies, the smile of someone you used to know, the ghost of a victim gone, the dagger edge of a legend.”
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.