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.

Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 672 pages
Publisher Orbit
Publish Date 19-Jan-2021
ISBN 9781645671329 Buy this Book
Issue April 2021
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy


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