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Review: The Mask of Mirrors by M.A. Carrick

When you tell me a book is magic meets masquerades meets con women I am sold. No questions asked. So when I was sent The Mask of Mirrors as a review copy, I knew I needed to jump right in. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always work out that way, but I read it now! Keep reading this book review to see my full review.


Fortune favors the bold. Magic favors the liars.

Ren is a con artist who has come to the sparkling city of Nadežra with one goal: to trick her way into a noble house, securing her fortune and her sister’s future.

But as she’s drawn into the elite world of House Traementis, she realizes her masquerade is just one of many surrounding her. And as nightmare magic begins to weave its way through the City of Dreams, the poisonous feuds of its aristocrats and the shadowy dangers of its impoverished underbelly become tangled…with Ren at their heart.


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

The Mask of Mirrors merely confirms my love of con artists. There’s something about a web of lies that just gets my heart. Not to mention The Mask of Mirrors also features a sister relationship too! This multiple POV novel can take a little time to sink into, because of the multi-faceted world, it unfurls in full color. With gorgeous fashion, The Mask of Mirrors has a fascinating world with all the POVs intersecting and merging. I loved that we can see events from different angles, the ways something might mean nothing to you, and everything to someone else.

If you love the idea of fancy balls, Robin Hood-like characters, and magic that is simmering with atmosphere, you have to check out The Mask of Mirrors. All these lines of subterfuge and ambitions are swirling within the pages. These layers of manipulation in this political world of cons and gilded liars. In these characters you can find something to love. Whether it be their hope to bring justice to the forgotten, their cleverness amidst a world of danger, or these fleeting moments of happiness.

The action of The Mask of Mirrors swept me away. After I got used to the characters and the world, I was immersed. How can we unravel this web of lies and tangled loyalties? As the story descends into chaos, there are slights over cards and in alleyways. The past has a way of not letting us go. And it’s up to us if we let it drag us down. Find The Mask of Mirrors on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, & The Book Depository.


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2 thoughts on “Review: The Mask of Mirrors by M.A. Carrick

  1. Glad you enjoyed this one! The cover pulled me in but I DNF’d after about 30%. The subterfuge and ambition and layers dragged on too long for my taste, haha. Long books and I don’t get along…

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