Darkly magical and beautifully imagined, The Mask of Mirrors is the unmissable start to the Rook & Rose trilogy, a rich and dazzling fantasy adventure in which a con artist, a vigilante, and a crime lord must unite to save their city.
Nightmares are creeping through the city of dreams . . .
Renata Virdaux is a con artist who has come to the sparkling city of Nadezra — the city of dreams — with one goal: to trick her way into a noble house and secure her fortune and her sister’s future.
But as she’s drawn into the aristocratic world of House Traementis, she realises her masquerade is just one of many surrounding her. And as corrupted magic begins to weave its way through Nadezra, the poisonous feuds of its aristocrats and the shadowy dangers of its impoverished underbelly become tangled — with Ren at their heart.
I collect Venetian carnival masks, they’re hanging on my wall right now so the gorgeous front cover of this book called to me.
But we should never judge a book by its cover although it is very eye catching, the book inside is so, so, good.
A magical, intricate fantasy, a con artist running a scam gets dragged into a terrible conspiracy that could leave thousands dead.
Ren has returned to the city she was born in to run a long con on a noble family, but all sorts of intrigue abound and she finds herself at the heart of it all.
Tess is probably my favourite character, she’s resourceful and fiercely loyal to Ren, with a core of steel running through her.
I don’t want to just spout superlatives about this book but I think it’s one of the best fantasy books I’ve read in a while and I’m already hungry for book two.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.