The Mask Of Mirrors

Book Review: The Mask Of Mirrors by M.A Carrick

The Mask Of Mirrors is the perfect start to 2021! Did I expect the book to be as good as it was? Not really so let me tell you, my mind is blown! I am speechless. Read on to find out what I thought about this book in detail.

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The Mask Of Mirrors book cover. A Blue and Gold masquerade mask with blue feathers in the face of a dark woman in the shadows

About The Book

Fortune favors the bold. Magic favors the liars.

Ren is a con artist who has come to the sparkling city of Nadežra with one goal: to trick her way into a noble house, securing her fortune and her sister’s future. But as she’s drawn into the elite world of House Traementis, she realizes her masquerade is just one of many surrounding her. And as nightmare magic begins to weave its way through the City of Dreams, the poisonous feuds of its aristocrats and the shadowy dangers of its impoverished underbelly become tangled…with Ren at their heart.

My Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Details

Author: M. A Carrick
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit Books
Date Of Publication: 21st January 2021
No. Of Pages: 663
Format: E-ARC
Source: NetGalley

I need a minute to sit back and gather my thoughts about The Mask Of Mirrors. This book is certainly one of my favorites that I have read in a long time. One of the main reasons why I requested to read this book is its cover. Can we just talk about how beautiful and striking this cover is!? I am in love! Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love a pretty cover and I cannot wait to get my hands on a physical copy of this book because of how pretty it is!

The Mask Of Mirrors tells us the story of Ren, a con artist who along with her sister, arrives in the land called Nadezra with the goal of infiltrating into the ranks of the noble houses. Her plan seems to work until she’s drawn into a web of lies, deceit and power. When everything goes awry, it’s up to Ren and The Rook, a masked vigilante, to save the city and the people within.

Let me start if by saying how much I loved The Rook! This character brought so much mystery and enigma to the plot. I think one of the most appealing things about The Rook was that you spend all your time trying to “unmask” him and try to figure out who is this man? Have we seen him before? I literally squealed with delight when I came to the part at the end when his true self is revealed! Ren is also a brilliant character and she has so many layers to her. In fact, all the characters have several layers about them and I completely enjoyed unraveling them as I proceeded through the book.

Final Thoughts

I am still in awe of the world-building in this book. There was a lot of thought that went into it and the results could be seen on each and every page. Whether it was the streets of Nadzera, the religious rituals and beliefs of the various races or even the history behind the land and the people; everything was perfect! I felt myself drawn to this fictional city, yearning to be a part of it and its celebrations.The plot and writing is as immersive as it can possible be, with each line drawing you in. The book is a slow build up and while I didn’t get bored I know some may. But once you cross the halfway point the pace shoots up leaving you wanting more.

The book ended on a great note, tying everything together that happened in the story to a close. It also left for a lot that is yet to be said which I hope we get to know about in the sequels. Would I recommend this book? Yes! If you like fantasy and reading about a fantastical world in detail, you will love this book.

About The Author

M.A. Carrick is the joint pen name of Marie Brennan (author of the Memoirs of Lady Trent) and Alyc Helms (author of the Adventures of Mr. Mystic). The two met in 2000 on an archaeological dig in Wales and Ireland — including a stint in the town of Carrickmacross — and have built their friendship through two decades of anthropology, writing, and gaming. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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