Mask of Shadows (Mask of Shadows #1) by Linsey Miller

Mask of Shadows (Mask of Shadows #1)

I Needed to Win.They Needed to Die.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 ...

Details Mask of Shadows (Mask of Shadows #1)

TitleMask of Shadows (Mask of Shadows #1)
Release DateAug 29th, 2017
PublisherSourcebooks Fire
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Lgbt

Reviews Mask of Shadows (Mask of Shadows #1)

  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
    This book was so dull, which is weird, for a book that contains mostly action and not much else.To mention this book in the same breath as Sarah J. Maas or Leigh Bardugo is just laughable. I don't even like Maas' books, but she has a writing style that makes her books easy to follow, and easy to read. This book is composed of too much action and dialogue, with little introspection and no art. Had I not read the blurb for the book, I would not hav...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    Over half of my friends didn't like this book but I freaking loved it! There was only one little aspect I didn't like but it wasn't too bad. Sal gets into the Audition to become the next Opal a particular assassin for the Queen. Sal has other plans, Sal wants to find out all of the people involved in killing everyone in Nacea. This book is freaking awesome if you like assassins and people going around trying to kill each other and blood and guts ...
  • Bentley ★
    Per Linsey Miller's Twitter:"There are new ARCs out, so bringing this back. Sal explains it in text, but please use they/them pronouns for Sal in reviews & discussions." @LinseyMillerIn light of this, I've updated this review to reflect "they/them" pronouns when referring to Sal. I apologize if my choice to review to Sal as "he" in my previous review for ease of understanding for readers offended anyone! _______________________________If I had on...
  • Melanie
    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This is a hard one to review. Linsey Miller’s debut novel truly did have a lot of potential, and I do believe that the following installments will be much better than this first book that was laying the groundwork for this world. Unfortunately, this book read very slow and it makes the story in general feel very underwhelming. Trigger Warnings for: misgendering, violen...
  • Simona Bartolotta
    Full review now posted!*I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*•I don’t think there is much to say about a book like Mask of Shadows. In some respects, it very much reflects every single YA fantasy book out there. Specifically, and I apologize if this comparison has already been made by, basically, every single person who’s already read the book, the plot bears remarkably similarities to the H...
  • Sh3lly
    RELEASE DAY! August 29, 2017 - This book has crazy-mixed reviews, but I LOVED it and highly recommend! :PReview also found at The Paranormal Paladin.The only person I think of at the moment who reminds me of Sal is Arya Stark from Game of Thrones, even though that isn't accurate. But, it kind of fits in my mind, so I'm going with it.I was Sallot Leon—one of the last children of Nacea, orphan and street fighter, highway thief and Twenty-Three.Th...
  • Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
    DNF @ 34% As much as I hate leaving books unfinished, there’s nothing that makes me want to continue. Taking place in a generic fantasy world, Linsey Miller’s debut focuses on Sal, a thief who enters a competition to become one of the Queen’s Assassins. ...sound familiar yet? This offers some really great representation, as Sal is genderfluid. I appreciated how they weren't completely defined by this, and the plot was the primary focus. How...
  • Ashwood (애쉬 우드).
    Dull, confusing and disappointing. Wow, I was really excited to read this book because of all the hype around it but it completely crashed and burned for me. I rarely rate books (even the ones I really couldn’t get into) one star but this is the exception. I’m not gonna believe all the hype about another book again until I’ve read it myself so that I’m not as disappointed, like in this case.
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    Release date: September 5, 2017I read this because the description said it was perfect for fans of Bardugo and Maas, but this is nowhere near the same level of writing or creative story. I can see how the competition feels like the one in Throne of Glass, but it's pretty much just a Hunger Games ripoff. The only thing this book has going for it is Sal, the gender fluid thief who's the main character. Sal likes to be referred to as he/she/they dep...
  • Fables&Wren
    WrensReads Review:This was me when I read this:"Perfect for fantasy fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, the first book in this new duology features a compelling gender fluid main character, impressive worldbuilding, and fast-paced action."This was me about fifty pages in:I'm not sure who decided to come up with that little quote about it being like Maas and Bardugo, but I just have one question: have you read any Mass or Bardugo? Like I unde...
  • Claire
    - Full review coming soon, closer to pub date - Action-packed, daring, engaging and romantic, Mask of Shadows was everything I wanted and more! I will definitely be pre-ordering my own copy of this one off of Amazon, and I already can't wait for the sequel!
  • Eryn
    I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not persuade my actual opinion of the book.1 star - maybe 1.5, if I'm feeling nice.I'm sorry, but I just couldn't enjoy this. From the first chapter I sort of guessed that I wouldn't, with how the story just jumped into the action so quickly and so suddenly - I really disliked it. But not only that, but the writing wasn't great either - it lacked depth and barely describ...
  • Julie
    fuckkkkkk this book. I'm so glad it's over. Oh my god. This was a struggle to finish. I had to skim read the last few pages because I was so angry and ready to be done with this shit. For my review I'm going to try to be as non spoilery as I can, but if spoilers come out then I'm sorry. You've been warned. Also I'm sorry if this is super incoherent, but I'm just writing down my thoughts as they come to me. Here we go. Words to describe this book:...
  • Dianne
    You know that feeling when a book jumps out at you and the rest of the world fades away? MASK OF SHADOWS by Linsey Miller did that to me and getting to the end had me thinking, now that’s a great story! Imagine Fate dumping the opportunity to better your life, gain the respect of others and get a long awaited revenge on those responsible for the death of Sallit’s people. Sallit is all that is left, a skilled thief, living in poverty and filth...
  • Sarah
    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Fire and NetGalley.) “They’d welcomed me into their house, and I was going to tear it down.” This was a YA fantasy story, about a gender fluid thief who trained to be an assassin.Sal was an interesting character, and it took me a while to realise that he/she was gender fluid, and changed his/her preferred gender as often as he/she changed his/her clothes. It was an i...
  • Avery (Book Deviant)
    Update: Reread March 2018: god that was as amazing and heart shattering as i remember. :-) not okay.God I love this book with all my being.Check out my full review here.Trigger warnings for gore/violence, misgendering, kidnapping, murder, self-harm, classism
  • Wren [t(he)y]
    This review can also be found at http://fortheloveofbooksreviews.blogs...I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. Sal is a thief, living in a world complicated by politics and war. Still haunted by the 'shadows', they steal for Grell, but they're tired of it. After stealing from some nobles, Sal finds a flyer that could change their life. If they prove their worth, they can audition to be part of the Queen's Left Hand, a group of assassins ...
  • Carrie DiRisio
    I was lucky enough to read an earlier draft of this, and it is seriously one incredible book. Perfect for fans of Tamora Pierce and Scott Lynch, this action-packed, twisty novel will keep you on the edge of your seat. Sal is an incredible protagonist, the world-building is incredibly real-feeling, and there's even some gorgeous romance for all your shipping feels.
  • K. Wolf
    THIS BOOK GUYS.EVERYBODY ADD THIS TO YOUR TO-READ.BUY ITALL THE THINGS.I can't impress upon you how awesome and amazingly written this book is, and the feels you'll be reeling with for a week(s) after. So yeah.YOU GUYS HAVE GOT TO READ THIS.
  • Lo Bookfrantic
    3★★★ stars Genre: Fantasy Young Adult Type: Book 1 in the Mask of Shadows Series POV: First Person Sallot Leon aka Sal a twenty three year old; was an orphan. Survived in the streets by fighting and becoming a great thief. He was the last children of Nacea; he had a goal, it was to become the next "Opal" aka the right hand of the Queen. He wouldn't stop until he accomplished it. Honestly, this book was a bit hard to follow like I unders...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    A big thank you goes to Linsey Miller, Sourcebooks, and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this free copy in exchange for an unbiased review.What an original premise and a bold move on Miller's part! Sal, a street fighter and highway thief, auditions for a place on the Queen's Left Hand, her trusted band of assassins. She/He then goes by Twenty-three and learns how to kill and also falls in love. It's a battle to the death. It's also an androg...
  • The Captain
    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this young adult fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .This novel is about a young gender-fluid adult in a competition to become a court assassin for the purposes of revenge. Should have been a perfect catch but ended up being such a disappointment that I hereby decree that this book must walk the plank! Be forewarned dark opinions abide below . . .Now this...
  • Taylor Knight
    The synopsis for Mask of Shadows says "perfect for fantasy fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo". I think whoever wrote that set this book up to fail in comparison to those two writer's books. Comparing a book to the likes of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo is a very bold claim and I feel like because of that claim and the epic sounding synopsis, I was let down by this book.The plot is kind of boring and unoriginal. It felt a lot like The Hung...
  • Julie
    This book grabbed me from beginning to end. The assassins, the deadly competition, the world in turmoil, the slow-burn romance! Sal is a hero to root for, cunning and ingenious and ruthless when they need to be, but with a spark of goodness and humanity. The gender fluidity isn't a huge plot point here, especially since it seems to be accepted by others in this world. I especially loved the witty repartee between the members of the queen's Left H...
  • Joanna (joreadsalot)
    UpdateI am not going to spend to much time on this review because I'm glad to have gotten through it at all. I DNF'd this book but was curious to see how everything ended or if it would get better. The last couple of books I have decided to finish reading after I DNF'd them have made it on my Come Back Kid list at the end of year (DNF'd to 5 stars) but I guess sooner or later there had to be one that should have stayed as a DNF.This book suffered...
  • Christina
    I received this book from NetGalley for an honest opinion and I feel so incredibly lucky I did.Ahhh, my friends. This book, this book is a beauty. Right away I need to say that I am both cis and straight, so the gender fluid aspect of the book, while a huge delight to me, can't possibly be as important to me as someone who identifies similarly to Sal. I'm so looking forward to those reviews in the future, seeing how special and meaningful this bo...
  • Crazy4Books
    This book has a gender fluid thief competiting to become the Queens assassin. OMG! Yes Please! The assassin competition totally gave me Throne of Glass vibes and I really enjoyed the representation of a gender fluid character. The Queen has 4 assassins called the Left Hand and each assassin is called by the gem the queen where on her left hand. Theres Ruby, Emerald, Amethyst and Opal. Since Opal died the Queen is holding a competition to replace ...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    This book had a lot of potential. The premise was there and it made sense, but it lost itself in info dumping, inaccessible characters, and overt similarities to other books. Things I Liked :I actually thought the premise of the competition to become the Queen’s next assassin was great. It made complete sense: kill the other competitors and don’t get caught. It was smart and allowed the book to have a lot of action and fight scenes. The test...
  • Atlas
    I was what I was - what Nacea had made me, what Erlend had made me, what Our Queen had made me. There was no innocence left in this world, left in me, not after all we had done* * .52.5 / 5I had very high hopes for Linsey Miller's debut novel and, on the whole, I was a little disappointed. Whilst there's intrigue, assassinations, politics, a competition (there's very little I love more than game plots - see A Gathering of Shadows), and a reasonab...