The Mask Falling
by Samantha Shannon
Dreamwalker Paige Mahoney has eluded death again. Snatched from the jaws of captivity and consigned to a safe house in the Scion Citadel of Paris, she finds herself caught between those factions that seek Scion’s downfall and those who would kill to protect the Rephaim’s puppet empire.
The mysterious Domino Program has plans for Paige, but she has ambitions of her own in this new citadel. With Arcturus Mesarthim-her former enemy-at her side, she embarks on an adventure that will lead her from the catacombs of Paris to the glittering hallways of Versailles. Her risks promise high reward: the Parisian underworld could yield the means to escalate her rebellion to outright war.
As Scion widens its bounds and the free world trembles in its shadow, Paige must fight her own memories after her ordeal at the hands of Scion. Meanwhile, she strives to understand her bond with Arcturus, which grows stronger by the day. But there are those who know the revolution began with them-and could end with them…
Well, where do I even begin with this book?
I think anyone else who’s already read the latest instalment in the amazing Bone Season series will understand how much it really puts you through your paces – just when you thought you had reached the twists of all twists, there’s another right around the corner. Thankfully I didn’t have to wait too long for this like all the other fans did because I only picked up the Bone Season last year, but I can imagine a book as action-packed and dramatic as this was well worth the wait.
Shannon brings us back into the world of The Bone Season with the fourth instalment, and she does so masterfully. Her character and setting are rich as always, and perhaps even more so in The Mask Falling. I especially adored the setting and world-building of this book, which was set in Paris. It really felt like the city had come alive on the pages, and I think it’s a testament to Shannon’s marvellous writing ability to see how well and realistically she crafted this inventive setting. I also really enjoyed to explore more of Paige and Warden as characters, I think this book did such an excellent job of developing them even more and enhancing their characters. The attention to detail was so admirable, especially in Paige’s trauma after the events of The Song Rising.
And the twists! I mean, seriously. This book was so action-packed that I couldn’t bear to put it down. Every time I wasn’t reading it I was thinking about it – that’s how much it captured my attention and I think that’s a perfect example of when a book is great. It kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end, and now I don’t know how I’m going to cope while I wait for the next book. Like seriously? All advice welcome.
And Samantha Shannon, I bow down. Writing Goddess.