January 10, 2021

#BookReview: The Mask of Mirrors (Rook & Rose #1) by @ma_carrick @Netgalley

Synopsis: Nightmares are creeping through the city of dreams...

Renata Viraudax is a con artist who has come to the sparkling city of Nadezra -- the city of dreams -- with one goal: to trick her way into a noble house and secure 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 corrupt magic begins to weave its way through Nadezra, the poisonous feuds of its aristocrats and the shadowy dangers of its impoverished underbelly become tangled -- with Ren at their heart.

Darkly magical and intricately imagined, The Mask of Mirrorsis the unmissable start to the Rook & Rose trilogy, a rich and dazzling fantasy adventure in which a con artist, a vigilante, and a crime lord must unite to save their city.


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review: 
This is one of those books that grows on you. For me it was a bit of a rough start. The first few chapters were difficult to get through mostly because of all of the confusing, hard to pronounce names of the characters. The plot however draws you and and keeps you hooked. By chapter four I was invested and just had to find out what was going to happen. Following Ren through her schemes to become a member of House Traementis was nail biting at times. Carrick creates such an in depth world that you can almost feel and smell it. I loved the Venetian feel of the city of Nadezra. I also loved the loyalty Ren and her "siblings" Tess and Sedge show each other throughout the story. The twist at the end with the identity of the Room was one I wasn't expecting, I was almost certain it would have been a different character. I also found the glossaries at the end rather helpful. While I was hesitant to start this book initially because of the shear size of it, I'm extremely happy that I did. I can't wait to see what happens next in this trilogy. 


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.

--This text refers to the audioCD edition.


"A tightly laced plot dripping with political intrigue. Carrick has built a strong foundation for things to come."

-- "Publishers Weekly" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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