(EBOOK / KINDLE) The Mask of Mirrors (Rook Rose, #1) By M.A. Carrick

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The Mask of Mirrors (Rook Rose, #1)G sides that everyone is a well drawn out complex character There is one character death that shocked me did not see that coming and definitely expected them to be around longer and overall the story is missing a bit of romanticism to balance out the harder characters however that being said you can t go wrong with them The Rook a masked avenger who proves his own motivations are complicated than simply playing Robin Hood Vargos a man from the wrong side of the tracks who wields his power and beauty like a weapon and has a Spider familiar yes a spider Grey Serrado a young Captain who tries to police those who don t respect or want him and our main lady #RenataArenzaRen who shows she s much much than just an imposter looking for a free ride #who shows she s much much than just an imposter looking for a free ride a Baba Yaga esue woman straight out of your worst nightmares along with a creepy semi vampiric army hiding in a shadow worldAs for the magic be patient it only trickles in in the early phases of the story like maybe you re not even sure there really is any major magical forces in this world but give it some time the trickle becomes a stream which eventually becomes a flood midway through the story with one of the big momentsturning points It s a wonderfully creative take on magic too with two sort of competing sidesbelief systems including a complicated pattern magic similar to tarot but with really awesome card names like The Face of Balance The Mask of Chaos Storm Against Stone Jump at the Sun and the Laughing Crow which ties the peasant population to their old gods and dream worlds alongside the Numinata of the ruling class and gentry a combination of magically imbuing things and creating chalk circles of symbols to express various magic I have my compass my edge my chalk myself I need nothing to now the Cosmos being their motto This story should appeal to than just fantasy fans but to historical fiction and mystery fans as well There s plenty of intrigue and action as well as complicated world building and great characterization That being said those who want a simple straight forward high fantasy probably wont get too into this and it is a commitment close to 700 but one I would recommend the seasoned reader take All I can say is I CANNOT WAIT for the next one My only complaint Why oh why is this not coming out in hardcover May 22 2020 You can give me a woman con artist with a stunning mask and I ll come running towards it AND there s going to be a mysterious swordsman too Nice The cover has just been revealed If I had to describe the recipe for Mask of Mirrors it would look something like this Take Six of Crows grishaverse as the basis and add The police and street force of Beka Cooper The vaguely Romani influences child napping of His Dark Materials The Blue Spirit from Avatar A dash of courtly VeniceOverall this was a strong first book in the new Rook Rose series and I am definitely planning on reading the second one The aesthetics of the city and the magical clothing Ren wears combined with reading the second one The aesthetics of the city and the magical clothing Ren wears combined with political aspects of the story made me eep turning the pagesHowever the overabundance of terminology magic semantics and politics without much backstory that we get particularly in the first chapters made me almost DNF the book It was in the first chapters made me almost DNF the book It was so many terms some of which aren t explained until over 50% of the way through the book Some of which aren t explained period Like City of Brass the story focuses on one city s ethnic divides based on subjugated vs colonizers but the different ethnic groups are a bit murky At first it seems the three classes of citizens are divided strictly on racial lines with distinctions being drawn between those of mixed races and two other groups But later on this seems to not be the case It also doesn t help that 23 main groups have uite similar looking names The terminology for each group within the city also seems to want to be heavily influenced by real societies namely Italian and Romanian But there s a lot that s hard to pronounce in one s head and hard to figure out I m hoping the map that final readers will have will help with this as trying to sort out the city is hard enough let alone sort out the 2 3 other countriesregions that are mentioned I think one seems to be Francophone inspired and another Welsh I think this shows promise for sure and the political aspects of the story really caught my attention but I would love to see the different magic systems particularly the numinatria which is numbers but also gods but also shapes fleshed out and explained a bit in future installments Other things of note lgbt themes throughout with one sub culture having what appears to be trans characters No real romance to focus on but hints at some to come A bit of a dark academia feel for those who enjoyed Jonathan Strange Mr Norrell If you want Nina from grishaverse but sweet this is the niche book for you ARC provided by the publisher for review consideration All thoughts are my ownOh wow this was an exceptionally imagined world reminiscent of historic Venice with twisty streets bridges connecting islands and cultural traditions featuring masks This is one of very few books that I want to reread almost immediately to better follow the threads laid out by Marie Brennan and Alyc Helms writing together under a pseudonym Review to com. Mentis she realizes her masuerade 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 hear. .

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Rigue and action as well as complicated world building and great characterization That being said those who want a simple straight forward high fantasy probably wont get too into this and it is a commitment close to 700 but one I would recommend the seasoned reader take All I can say is I CANNOT WAIT for the next one My only complaint Why oh why is this not coming out in hardcover Thank you to NetGalley and MA Carrick for the advanced copy This is a voluntary reviewThis started out strong but uickly lost me around 250 pages in There were so many concepts complicated names and secondary characters that weren t introduced smoothly into the story so I often did not now who they were mixed them up with others or forgot what they were entirely There was a lot of world building but it wasn t explained well despite the level of detail I was overwhelmed reading and just couldn t get past the sheer volume of information unfortunately However the writing was uite good and I would like to read from this author down the road Despite the info the base plot was uite simple it was just imbued with many layers of politics and societal expectations I am really interested in the concept of the story and perhaps after a few revisions this could be a uniue gem of a fantasy Ooh Marie Brennan and Alyc Helms writing an awesome sounding epic fantasy under a pen name re It has fencing fighting torture revenge monsters chases escapes true love and miracles and we re only sorry we didn t manage to get a giant in there maybe we can make somebody really tall during editorial revisions Also the Redeeming the Republic Federalists Taxation and the Origins of the Constitution kind of worldbuilding that happens when you let two anthropologists off their leashes It has a con artist a vigilante and capers as flirtation It has normalized ueerness and weird dream shit because we love that stuff yo It has noble politics and street gangs and deception Source This book Hm I don tnow how many pages it had but it felt like a thousand I also don t now if this is YA or adult fantasy The characters were on the younger side but they didn t seem like teenagers and the sexual content while not straight smut explicit was pretty heavyThe familiar themes drawn upon here are legion There were elements that reminded me of Ace of Shades Definitely a Ketterdam feel in the long con being pulled and the strings of power manipulating both the nobility and the scum of the city although the setting is Fantasy Italian For some reason although this is less hardcore I m also feeling a Night Angel trilogy vibe Is it the gutter rat gangs The Two Hundred Year Old Magic Man of Mysterious Identity The conflicted feelings Ren has for the family she infiltrates despite intending to take advantage of them Not sure but it s there This book is intricate It has a Fantasy Tarot which is leaned on a lot There is a type of rune based magic less explicated but also very present There is noble family after noble family so #Many Vaguely Italian Names Going By So #vaguely Italian names going by so There is social rule after social rule clothing and racial dynamics and politics and fantasy religions And usually a fleshed out world is better than a thinly drawn one But this just dragged for some reason If I hadn t been grimly determined to soldier through I would have put this down so many times before even reaching the thirty percent mark I m really not sure what it was The time slipped by slowly months passing in universe as Ren did little but visit people ingratiating herself with her marks The tie between Tess Ren and Sedge should have been something I loved The dance of winning influence through clothing and politesse should have been something I enjoyed I didn t really I was just tired I couldn t care about the characters enough to make all the other many many lovingly rendered details worth it unfortunately Where to start I LOVED this book I was enmeshed immersed I was lost "in this beautifully strange and dark world It was part historical esue mystery and intrigue with dreamy layers of dark "this beautifully strange and dark world It was part historical esue mystery and intrigue with dreamy layers of dark and magic added on The setting is reminiscent of a historical Venice injected with Eastern European Gypsy vibes and implanted with the rookeries and docklands of a Victorian LondonI read so much that a story can often leave me within a day or two of reading it but these characters and concepts are still swimming around in my head a week later The culture and shadowy dreams and echos "of strong personalities they have all left an imprint that s not ready to fade yet "strong personalities they have all left an imprint that s not ready to fade yet is the ind of book I want to read with a group and then talk about for hours I can t recommend it enough What starts out as a simple con a talented pair of sisters impersonating their way into a noble life of privilege and wealth uickly develops into a many character angled charade of intrigue mystery with multiple view points and and contrasting needs and wants The world building is intense and those who find themselves struggling with the details may find this overwhelming There s a lot of terminology specific to this world and its society along with its magic but it works so well within the story and setting they ve created that I welcomed this complete immersion in the culture The characters Oh these characters So so well done and there are so many angles and various loyalties and cross loyalties and clashin. E city of dreamsRenata 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 futureBut as she's drawn into the elite world of House Trae. This book was just on the right side of Interesting but skirted Boring freuently The writing was solid The world building was done well The characters were almost all dimensional and most were decidedly gray like I like them then why was I not completely won over If a book was able to woo on technical aspects alone then The Mask of Mirrors would be a no brainer BUT for some reason it just didn t wow me Then there was the Magic The Magics were sporadically mentioned yet not explained until much later in the book if at all confuuuusing SO between the vague Magic system and the boggling names and terms I spent a lot of my time second guessing or inferring I inferred so much that I feared I might be making up a completely different story The worst part all of these things had me debating the merits of skimming I Plato and Parmenides: Parmenides' Way of Truth and Plato's Parmenides know Inow skimming no bueno especially when reviewing an ARC BUT the pacing confusing termsnames silly confused faces wandering attention Surely not a recipe for success but still not horrific OverallThis book was unfortunately only middle of the road Meh I tried I truly did but I found it difficult to care what happened with the various intermingling plotssubplots and when I say subplots I mean Subplots with a capital S There were side hustles aplenty I really liked 2 secondary characters Leato and Tess but the rest were again Meh Please excuse my descriptor repetition something which normally would irk me BUT it s succinct AND apt so I thought it bared repeating That might sound rough and for that I apologize but even though it ticked off all of the technical boxes it just didn t compel me or demand my undivided attention It might be a 5 star read for others but for this gal it was of a drip than the tidal wave I was hoping for after reading the synopsis I was given a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Where to start I LOVED this book I was enmeshed immersed I was lost in this beautifully strange and dark world It was part historical esue mystery and intrigue with dreamy layers of dark folklore and magic added on The setting is reminiscent of a historical Venice injected with Eastern European Gypsy vibes and implanted with the rookeries and docklands of a Victorian LondonI read so much that a story can often leave me within a day or two of reading it but these characters and concepts are still swimming around in my head a week later The culture and shadowy dreams and echos of strong personalities they have all left an imprint that s not ready to fade yet This is the ind of book I want to read with a group and then talk about for hours I can t recommend it enough What starts out as a simple con #a talented pair sisters impersonating their way into a noble life of privilege and #talented of sisters impersonating their way into a noble life of privilege and uickly develops into a many character angled charade of intrigue mystery with multiple view points and and contrasting needs and wants The world building is intense and those who find themselves struggling with the details may find this overwhelming There s a lot of terminology specific to this world and its society along with its magic but it works so well within the story and setting they ve created that I welcomed this complete immersion in the culture The characters Oh these characters So so well done and there are so many angles and various loyalties and cross loyalties and clashing sides that everyone is a well drawn out complex character There is one character death that shocked me did not see that coming and definitely expected them to be around longer and overall the story is missing a bit of romanticism to balance out the harder characters however that being said you can t go wrong with them The Rook a masked avenger who proves his own motivations are complicated than simply playing Robin Hood Vargos a man from the wrong side of the tracks who wields his power and beauty like a weapon and has a Spider familiar yes a spider Grey Serrado a young Captain who tries to police those who don t respect or want him and our main lady RenataArenzaRen who shows she s much much than just an imposter looking for a free ride Plus a Baba Yaga esue woman straight out of your worst nightmares along with a creepy semi vampiric army hiding in a shadow worldAs for the magic be patient it only trickles in in the early phases of the story like maybe you re not even sure there really is any major magical forces in this world but give it some time the trickle becomes a stream which eventually becomes a flood midway through the story with one of the big momentsturning points It s a wonderfully creative take on magic too with two sort of competing sidesbelief systems including a complicated pattern magic similar to tarot but with really awesome card names like The Face of Balance The Mask of Chaos Storm Against Stone Jump at the Sun and the Laughing Crow which ties the peasant population to their old gods and dream worlds alongside the Numinata of the ruling class and gentry a combination of magically imbuing things and creating chalk circles of symbols to express various magic I have my compass my edge my chalk myself I need nothing to now the Cosmos being their motto This story should appeal to than just fantasy fans but to historical fiction and mystery fans as well There s plenty of int. Darkly magical and intricately imagined The Mask of Mirrors is 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 Nightmares are creeping through th. ,