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Darkly magical and beautifully imagined, The Mask of Mirrors is the unmissable start to the Rook & Rose trilogy, a rich and dazzling fantasy adventure in which a con artist, a vigilante and a crime lord must unite to save their city. 

Nightmares are creeping through the city of dreams....

Renata Virdaux is a con artist who has come to the sparkling city of Nadezra - the city of dreams - with one goal: to trick her way into a noble house and secure her fortune and her sister's future. 

But as she's drawn into the aristocratic world of House Traementis, she realises her masquerade is just one of many surrounding her. And as corrupted magic begins to weave its way through Nadezra, the poisonous feuds of its aristocrats and the shadowy dangers of its impoverished underbelly become tangled - with Ren at their heart.

©2021 M. A. Carrick (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"Utterly captivating. Carrick spins an exciting web of mystery, magic, and political treachery in a richly drawn and innovative world." (S. A. Chakraborty, author of The City of Brass)

"Wonderfully immersive - I was unable to put it down." (Andrea Stewart, author of The Bone Shard Daughter)

"An intricate, compelling dream of a book." (Melissa Caruso, author of The Tethered Mage)

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A very very good listen

I don't usually read "fantasy" stories but I was but I was drawn in by the write up, I am very pleased I was. This is a thoroughly enjoyable and intriguing story. Set in a very different world with different customs and very believable characters all brought to life by very good and creative narration. I really could not stop listening, the plot just pulls you in. I am really looking forward to book 2.

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Enjoyable and richly detailed fantasy

This falls firmly into the 'Renaissance Mediterranean reimagined and rewritten' sub genre of fantasy, but that is not a criticism, and it is well thought out and very detailed, with the political system akin to Italian medieval city states, and multiple national groups with a fully realised history. There are also magical elements, but again, properly thought out and not too whimsical . It reminded me a little of Robin Hobb or CJ Parker, and I approved of the female led plot, which included multiple strong and varied characters. Regional or ethnic accents are always a dilemma for fantasy works read aloud or filmed, as the choices rather break the illusion (why Eastern European for one nation and Irish for another?) but it does help to differentiate the groups and characters, which for an audiobook is definitely a plus. The narration is good, although you do need to keep your wits about you to keep track of plot and characters, and is very long (good value for money!) but as my first exposure to this author I was favourably impressed