I know I have struggled when it comes to reading fantasy books but this was one that I truly enjoyed. The story flowed and the characters worked. I really liked this one.
Short recap: Sal has not had an easy life. She was forced to become a thief and defend herself at a very young age. Her homeland was destroyed by shadows and her people used as bait. After years of sneaking around and training, an opportunity presents itself for Sal to audition to become a member of the Queen’s Left Hand. Sal is trying out to become the new Opal, but she must survive and prove herself worthy to carry the title.
I already mentioned how much I enjoyed this book and I cannot saying that. I really enjoyed Sal’s character and her story arc. I felt as if I really connected with her and her struggles. What stood out to me the most about her was that she was the first gender-fluid character I had read as a MC. How awesome is that?! To be able to read a character that changed their entire wardrobe based on their mood for the day was enjoyable. I know that sounds weird to say about a fantasy book but that’s how it was for me. I was not ever confused about how Sal was on any given day, it was very clear and concise. Miller did such a wonderful job that I cannot give her enough props.
I think I have just nailed down why I enjoyed this fantasy novel – it was a rather generic plot and those are the easiest for me to follow. Anything more than what this book gave and my brain stops functioning. I know that may sound confusing or crazy but high fantasy books throw me off my game. This was a wonderful plot with the right amount of fantasy to make it more than regular fiction story, if that makes sense. There was nothing complex or utterly mind blowing but it was still very enjoyable.
Mask of Shadows does have a Hunger Games feel, which I really liked. Sal was warned early on that s/he would have to survive the other players and their murder attempts. If one of the competitors died, oh well, one less person to beat later. Marvelous! The competition starts within three chapters of the start so Miller wasted no time in getting the action started. I am not going to give a lot of this story away because I want everyone to read it.
While parts of this story were predictable, it still held my attention to the very end. I cannot wait for the second book! Please, give this one a try and let me know your thoughts.