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Review | Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody

Title: Queen of Volts
Author: Amanda Foody
Publication Date: September 1, 2020
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Page Count: 416
Goodreads Rating: 4.36

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Synopsis (from Goodreads)

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…
And monsters.

My Thoughts

Hi, it’s Danielle with a review for Queen of Volts! Queen of Volts may have been released a little over a week ago now, but I still wanted to share my thoughts on the highly anticipated conclusion to The Shadow Games series. I did receive an e-ARC from Inkyard Press through NetGalley (and Edelweiss!) in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own!

Queen of Volts is a satisfying conclusion to Amanda Foody’s The Shadow Game series. Out of the entire The Shadow Game series, I have to say that Queen of Volts is my favorite book – and may also be my favorite book that I have read from a continuing series so far this year (Ruthless Gods is a close second, though!). Compared to Foody’s previous two novels in the series, the main point-of-view characters (Enne, Levi, Lola, Sophie, and Harvey) demonstrate tremendous character growth. Each of the main characters has to overcome his or her own personal demons while also ensuring that he or she is able to survive the outcome of Balfour’s twisted game. The stakes are high in Queen of Volts and Foody does not shy away from killing off her characters.

As for the game itself, I found it best if I created my own chart to track the progress. In my handwritten chart, I included all the players’ names, their shadow cards, and their respective targets. Without that chart, I feel that it would have been harder to follow the game. Foody does an excellent job of reminding readers of each player’s shadow card and/or target, but I found it easier to track the game’s progress myself. Whenever I was reading the story, I could easily reach for my handwritten chart and compare my records to the events that were occurring.

Overall, The Shadow Games series is a highly enjoyable read. For those readers who like deception, high stakes, and morally grey characters, I strongly eager you to read The Shadow Game series! If you have already read The Shadow Game series, I have included three additional recommendations below. For each review, we always like to share 2-3 reads that are similar to our featured book. My recommendations focus on books where the characters and/or narrative are deceptive.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I confess that I have yet to read The Gilded Wolves, but I have heard good things. It is constantly compared to Bardugo’s Six of Crow series and features a heist, so I felt thought it would be a perfect recommendation for those who have already read The Shadow Game series.

Have you read Queen of Volts? What did you think of the story? Was Queen of Volts a satisfying conclusion to The Shadow Game series? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Published by Danielle

I am a licensed PreK-6 teacher who is also an avid reader and a Cat Mom. I love sharing the joy of reading with all of you!

3 thoughts on “Review | Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody

    1. Thanks! 😍 Usually I have mixed feelings when it comes to the concluding book in a series, but I felt this one was well-written. All lingering questions were answered and most importantly, the characters grew (and changed for the better!) from the experience. – Danielle

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