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September 10, 2017

Sunday Street Team Tour | Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller ARC Review + Giveaway

Sunday Street Team Tour | Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller ARC Review + Giveaway

Mask of Shadows (Untitled #1) by Linsey Miller
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on August 29th 2017
Pages: 352
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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 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.

  • Descriptions: I genuinely loved how Miller described the surroundings and the land that Sal lived in. It was that perfect place of not to prose-y in which can set people back with boredom and not to simple as to lead the same thing to happen to people who prefer prose (gosh, I hope that made any sense whatsoever). I absolutely loved how the description of how each of the Queens Assassins Guild, The Left Hand, were represented by different color rings on the Queen’s left hand. 
  • Sal’s genderfluid representation: I am a cisgendered female and so my understanding of genderfluidity is nil and I am not the one that should be speaking about this. For a specifically #ownvoices reviewer please see Wren over at For The Love of Books for their review. With that being said I have seen a lot of people talk about the fact that Sal’s gender does not play a part an intrical part of story and I find that refreshing. Fuck yes, a book that doesn’t need to teach anyone anything about why they should feel like this character is a human being and deserving of love, respect, and care and how real people like them in our own society do TO!  Sometimes, it’s just good to have a book center around a character of a different sexuality/gender/race/religion without it having to be the whole book.
  • Competition: This is just my taste, but I love books about competition. I also really love that said competition has challenges that actually seem to fit with how they’re training and what position they’re competing to win. I’ve read so many books that seem to be competitions to just seem competition-y.
  • Info-dumpy beginning: Now this is just somewhat a picky thing on my part but I have a hard time connecting to a story that just dumps information on my lap and says “here you go now you know”. This could be chalked up to the fact that I believe this is Miller’s debut novel and so it gets a slight pass from me.
  • Romance: Meh, I get the romance, but then again, it could have probably been left out and I would have been completely fine with just having Sal do their assassin thing.
  • Number Aliases: Ahhh, I get having code or pet names for people but I could not find myself connecting to characters as I should be with the way that the aliases were set up.  It just did not work for me and kept throwing me off the flow of the story. Most of the issues with the writing style I can get over but this made it so difficult to read this book that it became frustrating at times.
  • No sense of struggle: While I commend Miller on her ability to not fall back on her characters genderfluidity as a way of creating tension (thank you!) I think that there still needed to be something. You’d really think a book about an assassin competition would feel…more. I guess maybe off my other assassin/competition books I was expecting too much out of this book and it was more of a “me and not you” sort of situation but it still was disappointing.

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