OMG y’all- thank you sooooooo much to Inkyard Press for asking me to be a part of the Queen of Volts blog tour (and their Fall Reads Blog tour in general)! And thank you so much to Inkyard and Netgalley for letting me read a copy of it early! Queen of Volts came out last week, on September 1st, with about a million other books, so make sure you go check it out! I absolutely loved Ace of Shades and King of Fools, so I knew I was going to love Queen of Volts, but did I know just how much I was going to love it? Definitely not. Now, just as a warning, since Queen of Volts is the third book in this trilogy, there are going to be spoilers for books one and two in my review, so if you haven’t read Ace of Shades or King of Fools, one, what are you doing? Go read them now! And two, you probably don’t want to read my review for Queen of Volts.
Queen of Volts 5/5 Stars
Summary 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…
First off, the one thing that kept coming up for me throughout the whole book was the fact that Jac was gone and every time they mentioned that and someone said how much they missed him, it made my heart hurt. I missed Jac too! I’m sure he had done terrible things in the first two books, but all I remembered about him was how he was a little bit of goodness and light and happiness who was Levi’s best friend, Sophia’s lover and honestly her everything, Lola’s confidante (and the person who made her feel more normal)- he was so much to so many people. I was so pissed at Amanda Foody when she killed him at the end of King of Fools, but I don’t think Queen of Volts would have been the incredible book that it was had she kept Jac alive, so I should have trusted her all along (I guess authors do know what they’re doing…)
Whenever y’all are reading Queen of Volts, I highly recommend rereading Ace of Shades and King of Fools first- I didn’t and while I remembered the broad strokes of the books, I didn’t remember minute details or all of the characters and it took me a little bit to really get back into the world. This is definitely a book that you want to be all in on from the very beginning, so make sure you’re super up to date on who everyone is and what their talents are and where they come from as soon as you start reading. I’m planning on doing a reread sometime in early 2021, so I’ll probably start a handy chart for myself in book one and keep adding to it as characters get added (and keep crossing people off as they get killed…)
I loved being able to get to know the Bargainer in this book- she’s such a cool legend of the North Side and the fact that everyone knew her and so many people were so scared of her and [___] was hanging out with her and doing things with her was a great way to grow that character and show a side to them that we didn’t see before. I mean, it does suck that they’re only with the Bargainer because the Bargainer took away a good chunk of their memories and enhanced their paranoia but…
Overall, I feel like all of the characters grew so much over these books and Amanda Foody wrote such an incredible trilogy with incredible characters. I can’t imagine not being able to go back to New Reynes again for new stories, but at the same time, I know that the stories that needed to be told about this set of characters and this time are done and they ended on such a human and real note- like everything wasn’t good, everything wasn’t happy- it didn’t end wrapped with a perfect bow, but there were hints of a future where you could see everyone you had grown attached to as happy as they could be given the new world they lived in. I cannot wait to read more of Amanda Foody’s work, especially if it’s anywhere close to as good as the Ace of Shades trilogy is. This is definitely my favorite book of the set and this series is going to be one of my favorites for a long time.
Have y’all followed Amanda Foody on social yet? Her Twitter is one of my faves and her Insta has adorable pictures of her cat, great pictures of her books, and amazing pictures of food! Since you’re already going to be checking out her social, you might as well check out her website too!