August 29th, 2017
Sal is a damn good fighter–crafty, stealthy and smart. When a position comes open among the queen’s assassins, Sal can’t resist. It’s an opportunity to gain revenge on the enemies of the state that were responsible for Sal’s entire country–family included–falling to slaughter and ruin in war.
The assassins are named for the rings on the Queen’s hand, and the opening is for Opal. Becoming one of the Queen’s assassins means giving up identity and becoming Opal–wearing a mask and never having your face seen. Sal will do it, one way or another.
Mask of Shadows has an interesting premise–that to become an effective tool, one must outwardly lose one’s own identity. It’s presented like the anonymity keeps the assassin’s families and loved one’s safe, but it also seemed to serve as a transformative tool.
The pacing of the book works well, and it’s not got a single dull moment. Thoroughly enjoyable, and appears to be the start of a series. I’ll gladly look for the next one.
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JL Jamieson is a strange book nerd who writes technical documents by day, and book news, reviews, and other assorted opinions for you by night. She is working on her own fiction, and spends time making jewelry to sell at local conventions, as well as stalking the social media accounts of all your favorite writers.