Title: Mask of Shadows
Author: Linsey Miller
Series: currently book one of an untitled duology
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
My Rating: 3–>3.5/5 stars
Source/Format: e-ARC from Netgalley (DISCLAIMER: This is a review of an ARC, so there may be differences from the finished copy.)
**My first approval on Netgalley! 😄🎉 Thank you so much for accepting my request, Sourcebooks Fire!**
Mask of Shadows follows Sal, our gender-fluid protagonist, who at only eight years old was forced into a life of thievery. A life that Sal resents. A life that could have been avoided had Nacea, their homeland, not been destroyed as collateral damage in the recent war between the North and South. The only comforting thoughts Sal has are of one day exacting revenge on the noblemen directly responsible for Nacea’s ruin.
An opportunity soon presents itself when Sal learns that the Queen is holding auditions to replace the recently deceased member of the Left Hand–the Queen’s most trusted group of assassins.
Only thing is, it turns out that it is not so much of an audition as it is a fight-to-the-death competition.
But if Sal wins, it will give them immediate access to the nobility, therefore bringing Sal closer to achieving their ultimate goal of vengeance.