"Ace of Shades leads you down the dangerous back allies of a place where kindness can be found behind masks of cruelty and the truths you uncover can destroy and save you. With this beautiful game of life and death, Amanda’s gritty writing solidified for me my love of the authors 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. I loved the Las Vegas feel of certain parts of the city combined with the gang politics and fantasy setting.”
Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets...and secrets hide in every shadowEnne 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, Enne has only one lead: the name Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected--he's a street lord and 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.