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The Mask of Mirrors
by M. A. Carrick




Overview -
"Lush, engrossing, and full of mystery and dark magic." --BookPage
"Immersive...a feast to savor slowly." --BuzzFeed News
"An excellent fantasy novel." --Los Angeles Review of Books

Darkly magical and intricately imagined, The Mask of Mirrors is the unmissable start to the Rook & Rose trilogy, a dazzling fantasy adventure from an incredible new voice.

This is your past, the good and the ill of it, and that which is neither...
Arenza Lenskaya is a liar and a thief, a pattern-reader and a daughter of no clan. Raised in the slums of Nadezra, she fled that world to save her sister.

This is your present, the good and the ill of it, and that which is neither...
Renata Viraudax is a con artist recently arrived in Nadezra. She has one goal: to trick her way into a noble house and secure her fortune.

This is your future, the good and the ill of it, and that which is neither...
But the deeper she is drawn into the aristocratic world of House Traementis, the more she realizes her masquerade is just one of many. And as corrupt magic begins to weave its way through the city's streets, the poisonous feuds of its aristocrats and the shadowy dangers of its impoverished underbelly become tangled--with Ren at their heart.

Praise for The Mask of Mirrors

"For those who like their revenge plots served with the intrigue of The Goblin Emperor, the colonial conflict of The City of Brass, the panache of Swordspoint, and the richly detailed settings of Guy Gavriel Kay."--Booklist (starred review)

"Utterly captivating." --S. A. Chakraborty, author of The City of Brass

"This novel will catch hold of your dreams and keep you from sleeping." --Mary Robinette Kowal, author of The Calculating Stars

"Wonderfully immersive--I was unable to put it down." --Andrea Stewart, author of The Bone Shard Daughter

"Exactly the fantasy adventure novel you're craving." --Tasha Suri, author of The Jasmine Throne

"A fantastically twisty read." --Fran Wilde, author of the Bone Universe trilogy

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

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Overview

"Lush, engrossing, and full of mystery and dark magic." --BookPage
"Immersive...a feast to savor slowly." --BuzzFeed News
"An excellent fantasy novel." --Los Angeles Review of Books

Darkly magical and intricately imagined, The Mask of Mirrors is the unmissable start to the Rook & Rose trilogy, a dazzling fantasy adventure from an incredible new voice.

This is your past, the good and the ill of it, and that which is neither...
Arenza Lenskaya is a liar and a thief, a pattern-reader and a daughter of no clan. Raised in the slums of Nadezra, she fled that world to save her sister.

This is your present, the good and the ill of it, and that which is neither...
Renata Viraudax is a con artist recently arrived in Nadezra. She has one goal: to trick her way into a noble house and secure her fortune.

This is your future, the good and the ill of it, and that which is neither...
But the deeper she is drawn into the aristocratic world of House Traementis, the more she realizes her masquerade is just one of many. And as corrupt magic begins to weave its way through the city's streets, the poisonous feuds of its aristocrats and the shadowy dangers of its impoverished underbelly become tangled--with Ren at their heart.

Praise for The Mask of Mirrors

"For those who like their revenge plots served with the intrigue of The Goblin Emperor, the colonial conflict of The City of Brass, the panache of Swordspoint, and the richly detailed settings of Guy Gavriel Kay."--Booklist (starred review)

"Utterly captivating." --S. A. Chakraborty, author of The City of Brass

"This novel will catch hold of your dreams and keep you from sleeping." --Mary Robinette Kowal, author of The Calculating Stars

"Wonderfully immersive--I was unable to put it down." --Andrea Stewart, author of The Bone Shard Daughter

"Exactly the fantasy adventure novel you're craving." --Tasha Suri, author of The Jasmine Throne

"A fantastically twisty read." --Fran Wilde, author of the Bone Universe trilogy

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

 

Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316539678
  • ISBN-10: 0316539678
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Publish Date: January 2021
  • Page Count: 672
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.45 pounds

Series: Rook & Rose #1

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BookPage Reviews

Sci-fi & Fantasy: February 2021

A clone, a con artist and a girl touched by death grace this month's sci-fi & fantasy column.

★ Remote Control

A beautiful, sad, enthralling novella set in a futuristic Africa, Remote Control is a refreshing oasis of creativity. One day, an object fell from the sky and Fatima forgot her name. The encounter imbued her with terrible, destructive powers, and she gave herself a new name: Sankofa. With a fox companion and a reputation for bringing death to everyone she meets, she searches endlessly for the object in the hope of finding answers to the innumerable questions in her mind. Hugo Award winner Nnedi Okorafor is no stranger to the novella; her Binti trilogy is a laudable (and much lauded) example of how freeing the form can be. Remote Control never includes any detail that isn’t needed, and Okorafor’s word choices have a simple beauty. They’re elegiac, like a translation from a text recently restored to us from the sands of time. I implore you to discover this lovely, captivating story for yourself.

The Mask of Mirrors

Lush, engrossing and full of mystery and dark magic, The Mask of Mirrors by M.A. Carrick is sure to please fantasy readers looking to dial up the intrigue. In this first installment of a new trilogy, Renata Viraudax, a thief and con artist, travels to the city of Nadezra to infiltrate House Traementis, planning to take advantage of their weak position within the aristocracy. But she slowly discovers a sinister magical threat and an underbelly of corruption that threaten the stability of the city. Can she find the right allies in a place where everyone’s running a con of their own? The richness of Nadezra—the class systems, the detail with which things like clothing are rendered—is a joy, but the story itself also brims with intrigue, wonder and real pain. Jump in and get swept away.

The Echo Wife

When I read Sarah Gailey’s Magic for Liars, I was drawn in by their wit and nimble control over their prose. Their new novel, The Echo Wife, delivers a tight, thrilling and funny ride. Evelyn Caldwell, a brilliant pioneer in human cloning technology, isn’t happy. She’s haunted by her divorce from her cheating husband, with whom she shared her research. Martine is a clone of Evelyn, designed to be everything Evelyn is not: gentle, submissive and calm. When Martine calls Evelyn in the dead of night asking for help, the two women are forced to find a way to survive together. Gailey’s writing is controlled, visceral and especially dazzling when Martine and Evelyn are in a room together. Fans of “Big Little Lies,” The Island, Frankenstein and “Killing Eve” will love this gripping, skillfully told firecracker of a book.

 

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