Mask of Shadows
by Linsey Miller
My rating: 5 stars
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (August 29, 2017)
Publication Date: August 29, 2017
Genre: Fantasy YA
Print Length: 352 pages
I Needed to Win.
They Needed to Die.
They Needed to Die.
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.
Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
You know that feeling when a book jumps out at you and the rest of the world fades away? MASK OF SHADOWS by Linsey Miller did that to me and getting to the end had me thinking, now that’s a great story! Imagine Fate dumping the opportunity to better your life, gain the respect of others and get a long awaited revenge on those responsible for the death of Sallit’s people. Sallit is all that is left, a skilled thief, living in poverty and filth. This is Sal’s chance to change that, but first the auditions must be survived…only then can Sal become a member of the Queen’s Left Hand, her personal assassins. Skilled in the art of bringing death when one least expects it in ways too numerous to count.
Ms. Miller has skillfully created an almost dreamlike atmosphere as we witness the making of an assassin, the best of the best, the one who outwits and outlasts their fellow auditioners by any means necessary, even killing them. Feel the tension of distrust, the wariness of every action, every look and the loneliness of knowing you are all that is left of your people. Know how desperate and determined Sallit is to bring down the monsters responsible for the genocide of good and trusting people.
Dark, violent, mysterious and brilliantly executed, Linsey Miller has created a fantasy that will raise the hairs on your neck and actually trying to devise means of helping Sallit stay alive to win the title, Opal, the masked assassin for the queen. Sometimes justice and revenge can be a driving force to one’s own destruction, yet it is also a powerful motivator. Sallit is proof, but is it worth possibly losing your soul and your life? You decide. Linsey Miller makes a powerful statement in the fantasy world that begs to be read!
I received an ARC edition from Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for my honest review.