The Mask of Mirrors (Rook & Rose Book 1)

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Mask of Mirrors is the delightful product of a collaboration between fantasy authors Marie Brennan and Alyc Helms. I was a bit wary going in. I love Brennan’s work, but was unfamiliar with Helms. Some collabs are great. Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child, for instance. Others fall short.

The story centers on Ren, a young grifter trying to con a noble family. She ends up entangled in a much bigger, darker game that puts her loyalties to the test and dredges up a spectre from her past.

I enjoyed the rich cultures and the way magic was used. Basically, unique takes on astrology, tarot, and ceremonial/sigil magic. Being someone who uses runes and oracular decks, the concept of pattern resonated with me, as did the Vraszenian concept of a deity with two aspects: Face and Mask.

I must admit, for all that he was a scoundrel, Vargo was one of my favourites. I’d hate to play that man at chess! At times, he seems only out for himself; at others, more altruistic, putting his life on the line. It’s a great example of the Vraszenian duality of deity. I’m looking forward to learning more about his mysterious companion, Alsius. Overall, this was an excellent start to the trilogy.



Author M.A. Carrick
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 672 pages
Publisher Orbit
Publish Date 19-Jan-2021
ISBN 9781645671329
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Issue April 2021
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy
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