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Mask of Shadows #2
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on August 28, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
The thrilling conclusion to the Mask of Shadows duology that weaves a tale of magic, shadows, and most importantly, revenge.
As one of the Queen’s elite assassins, Sal finally has the power, prestige, and permission to hunt down the lords who killed their family. But Sal still has to figure out who the culprits are. They must enlist the help of some old friends and enemies while ignoring a growing distaste for the queen and that the charming Elise is being held prisoner by her father.
But there’s something terribly wrong in the north. Talk of the return of shadows, missing children, and magic abounds. As Sal takes out the people responsible for their ruined homeland, Sal learns secrets and truths that can’t be forgotten.
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I wish I could say I enjoyed Ruin of Stars as much as I enjoyed Mask of Shadows.
Unfortunately, I didn’t. In Miller’s debut novel, we are introduced to Sal, a genderfluid thief who auditions to become a part of the Queen’s Left Hand, a group of assassins who work for her, particularly for Opal. Sal hopes that with their success, they can get closer to the people who have destroyed their home.
Ruin of Stars continues with Sal successfully becoming a part of the Queen’s Left Hand, which gives them the opportunity to find out and hunt down the people who killed their family.
Ruin of Shadows isn’t as exciting or adventurous.
Reading the first novel, there was never a dull moment except for maybe the very beginning. But Mask of Shadows quickly picked up in pace and didn’t let down. I expected the second book to be similar, but that didn’t turn out to be the case. While the sequel provides plenty of action, it is definitely not as action-packed as the first novel.
The characters from Mask of Shadows return and are still lovable.
You’d think that being one of the highest parts of the court would change Sal’s life completely around, which would mean new characters to meet. This isn’t the case at all with Ruin of Shadows. While Sal meets new people who will either help or hinder their goal of revenge, Miller brings back the characters who played an important role in Sal’s life as a pickpocket and thief. People like Maud (so much sass, that one), Rath (omg their friendship) and Elise (I really don’t know how I feel about you), among others.
I especially loved the friendship between Maud and Sal, though.
There wasn’t enough urgency in some parts.
Mask of Shadows constantly had a sense of urgency in every page and there wasn’t a moment in time where I wasn’t worried about Sal’s end coming from another competitor. Somehow, though, that sense of urgency disappeared. Where there should have been urgency, there was talking and discussing of plans. In fact, it wasn’t just about plans, but it was a lot of catching up as well.