First off, this is a placeholder before a much longer review. My partner and I have just bought our first house (with all the mid-pandemic fun) and moved into it this weekend, which has been time-consuming to say the least.
And, in addition, our internet was supposed to turn on yesterday but there’s been a problem with the line and no engineers until Thursday. Which has kept us very focused on unpacking, but doesn’t really solve the wider problem of how we are going to work from home this week …
Anyway, on with the partial review! As you might imagine, all of these events mean that I haven’t yet got to the end of the nearly 700-page-chonker that is The Mask of Mirrors. I’m reviewing this book as my spot on the Compulsive Readers blog tour.
The Mask of Mirrors is set in a rich and complex world of Venetian-style political intrigue, rising and falling ruling family statuses (stati?) and an Oliver Twist meets Locke Lamora underworld of thieves and long cons.
Not forgetting, a varied and complex magic system and plenty of opportunities for our con artist to go deeper and deeper into her own lies.
After escaping the clutches of her Fagin, Ren and her little sister Tess disappear, reappear posing as members of the nobility, only for their ploy to get increasingly complex as they begin to gain sympathy for the family, and attract the attention of the vigilante-cum-Robin Hood, the Rook.
There’s a huge amount of backstory as well as a thorough and complicated political and social world. That can mean that it gets a bit description-heavy and can be a bit of a slog at times, but the characters and story are interesting enough to keep you pushing onwards.
I’m not quite there yet, but I’m really looking forward to spending time in my newly set up reading corner and getting to the end of this imaginative and detailed story!
I received an e-ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review, in conjunction with a Compulsive Readers Blog Tour