Blog Tour: Queen of Volts

Today, I’m delighted to be in the opening day of the blog tour for the wonderful Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody. The Shadow Game series is such an underrated gem of YA fantasy and I was over the moon that the lovely Sian Baldwin at HarperCollins invited me onto the tour and sent me an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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.

TW: extreme violence, death, grief, attempted suicide/suicidal ideation, PTSD, toxic and abusive relationships (particularly regarding a parent and a romantic partner), addiction, emetophobia

My Thoughts:

Foody wastes no time, plunging you straight back into the darkness and brutal nature of survival prevalent in New Reynes. You’re thrust straight back into this tumultuous world and reminded of the often tragic consequences of the dangerous games played. 

The Shadow Game series is such a refreshing, well imagined YA fantasy series that truly transports you and Queen of Volts is no different. You feel like you’re getting the dirt of New Reynes right under your fingernails and can vividly picture the vast, vibrant and complex cast of characters that populate it. Foody has real skill at crafting characters that slowly find their way into your heart, in all their flawed, messy glory. No one here is perfect or indeeed claims to be perfect. I loved how we got some new POVs and characters from the previous books, further expanding the many plot threads that Foody expertly spins into an extremely satisfying web. However, my heart still belongs to Enne and Levi, as we’ve seen them grow and change over the course of this journey. They’re bad to the bone, but also deeply caring and protective of their found families. Their relationship has always sparked with great chemistry, witty banter and jusT the right pacing. 

 This series has always been so shrouded in mystery and finally, after precisely drip-feeding us, we get to marvel at the full picture. After I finished this, I immediately wanted to reread the series to pick up on all the little breadcrumbs previously left behind. That has to be the hallmark of a special series and I definitely believe that The Shadow Game series deserves a lot more love. 

Foody’s writing is mischievously deceitful in its trickery. Every time you think you know where something is going, trust me you don’t. Even here, there are plenty more shocking moments to be revealed, many with such emotional intensity. I also like how they always add more depth and texture to the overarching plot; they’re never just there for the sake of it. The pacing is also immaculate, which is a tricky balance to find. 

Queen of Volts is such a brilliant conclusion to a stand-out fantasy series that deserves so much more love. 

Thank you again to Sian, HarperCollins and HQ for including me and please make sure that you check out the rest of the incredible blog tour posts.

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