Title: Mask of Shadows
By: Linsey Miller
Release Date: September 5th, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Summary from Goodreads: Perfect for fantasy fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, the first book in this new duology features a compelling gender fluid main character, impressive worldbuilding, and fast-paced action.
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.
Review: I loved this book to its core. It had assassins, magical mystery monsters, a selection kind of vibe going on with the trials for the new Opal. Mystery and deceit. Action and a little bit of romance. All the characters really brought a color to the world and each one had their own part in moving the story along. The book kept me entertained from start to finish. Five stars for Linsey Miller's Mask of Shadows.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.