Ah! I was so happy to finally get to this novel during my read-a-thon. I thoroughly enjoyed it and got through it pretty quickly, so that’s saying a lot!
Let’s get right into the review, I hope you enjoy!
Goodreads Rating: 3.59/5
Pages: 384 pages
Series: Untitled #1
Publication Date: August 29th, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class―and the nobles who destroyed their home.
When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand―the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears―Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.
But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.
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So this novel was something I’d been hearing a lot about, and when I got accepted to receive an ARC of this novel I was ecstatic.
I must admit that reading from a gender fluid character’s POV was something very new to me and it did take a bit of getting used to. When I did get used to it, it was such an enjoyable experience. I got over my need to put the protagonist in a box and got to simple enjoy the plot of the story for what it was.
Reading the premise of this novel was all I needed to get on board with it. Assassins. Competition. Death. Yes. Yes. YES.
This novel had a slow start to it, but once we got into the meat of the audition it was action packed and super fun to read.
It gave me Throne of Glass vibes and I really was not mad about it.
Additionally, this novel had great characters which really made me look forward to reading of what they’d do next. Sallot was a character who’s point of view I really enjoyed reading from. Sallot never took shit from anybody and always was confident in their skills – which I loved so much.
The writing in this novel was also something that made the novel all the more enjoyable for me – there were times where I found myself getting a bit confused, but other than those moments I found myself enjoying the way Miller wrote.
All in all, I think this novel is one that everyone should keep their eyes out for! It’s coming out on August 29th, 2017 and I have no doubt that anyone who reads it will enjoy themselves immensely.
That concludes my review for Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller!
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