The Mask of Mirrors by M.A. Carrick
(Rook & Rose #1)
Fortune favors the bold. Magic favors the liars.
Ren is a con artist who has come to the sparkling city of Nadežra with one goal: to trick her way into a noble house, securing her fortune and her sister’s future.
But as she’s drawn into the elite world of House Traementis, she realizes her masquerade is just one of many surrounding her. And as nightmare magic begins to weave its way through the City of Dreams, the poisonous feuds of its aristocrats and the shadowy dangers of its impoverished underbelly become tangled…with Ren at their heart.
What I thought
Thank you Orbit Books and Netgalley for giving me an ARC copy of this book for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings expressed are my own.
This was one of my most anticipated books this year and I and happy to say that I will be surprised it is not my most favorite book this year. Yep, I am betting that nothing that I read is going to top this one.
I have never read anything by these authors separately but now I am going to have to look them up because this book was amazing.
Ren is a con-artist who tries to attach herself to a house thinking that she would be well off once that was done. What she did not know is that she chose a house that was financially in trouble. I loved watching Ren grow as a person.
I tried guessing who the Rook was the whole time and I failed horribly. I never would have guessed who it was. (This does not happen very often).
Part of me loves Vargo and part of me just wants to shake him. What is his end game and who is the person with him…
This is definitely a world that you are pulled into I felt like I was there. Then when I did have to put the book down I kept thinking about it.
This is a fantasy book but it does not have a strict magic system. There are those that read cards. There is a drug that lets you see beyond the vale and not everything they see is good. So please remember that before you jump in.
I loved this book so much and if it appeals to you even a little please pick it up it was amazing!!
NOTE: I have seen in some reviews that some people had a rough time getting into the story because of the lack of a “strict” magic system. If you want to talk more about how I saw groups of people or the magical elements please let me know. I realize that I looked at some of this in a different way which I think took all of the confusion out for me. I am willing to share if anyone wants to.
My Rating: /5