Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class―and the nobles who destroyed their home.
When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand―the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears―Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.
But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.
My review: *I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
When it comes to fantasy books I either love them or hate them. In the case of Mask of Shadows I loved it.
It’s a gripping and fast paced read. I loved the plot line and found it really interesting. I’ve heard a few comments about it being ripped off from Sarah J Maas or Suzanne Collins but in my opinion it is not. There’s only so much variation in a genre. Also remember the Hunger Games was accused of being a copy of Battle Royal (pretty sure that was the title) therefore that aspect does not bother me. Mask of Shadows has it’s own unique world and characters.
Sal is a really interesting character. Their motivations through the story were very clear and drove the story on.
This book was not perfect but overall Mask of Shadows is a strong opening to a new duology that I look forward to continuing.