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Just started The Black Seraphim myself. Very nice set of covers. I like to collect covers too but I mostly stick with paperbacks because of the price. I just finished reading The Danger Within, and really enjoyed it. Otherwise haven't read much Michael Gilbert or I read them so long ago I can't remember. I bought several at a book sale so hope to read more this year. Looking forward to the post on Calder and Behrens, as I do like espionage stories, although I usually stay away from short stories.

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To ask other readers questions about Mask of Shadows , please sign up. Is this even close to being as epic as Sarah J. Maas's work like it says in the blurb? Jackie Comparing authors is really difficult, and I wouldn't say Miller's writing style is anything like Maas' It's very …more Comparing authors is really difficult, and I wouldn't say Miller's writing style is anything like Maas' It's very different. I liked it, though, and I strongly disagree with a previous answer stating that Sal's only characteristic is being genderfluid. In fact, they don't even mention it often Is the main character male of female?

I read the book and still don't know. See all 7 questions about Mask of Shadows…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. This book was so dull, which is weird, for a book that contains mostly action and not much else. To mention this book in the same breath as Sarah J.

Maas or Leigh Bardugo is just laughable. I don't even like Maas' books, but she has a writing style that makes her books easy to follow, and easy to read. This book is composed of too much action and dialogue, with little introspection and no art. Had I not read the blurb for the book, I would not have known what it was about, even after reading it 1 This book was so dull, which is weird, for a book that contains mostly action and not much else. I guess one of the main "selling point" of this book is that we have a gender-fluid protagonist.

I really didn't notice the gender fluidity at all, nor did I understand the point of it, if there is a point to it at all? Am I being obtuse? I don't really know. At the risk of being politically incorrect, and I will put the disclaimer here that I am a raging liberal, and pro LBGQT rights and I don't give a fuck who you are and what you fuck and what your identity is as long as it's legal and even when it's not legal, cause some countries are ass-backwards , there really is no point of the main character's gender definition or lack thereof.

I guess it's good for the sake of representation and political correctness, but that's about it, as far as my impression goes. Their gender fluidity was not well-written, for instance, during a discussion of killing people and introductions and shit, all of a sudden, out of nowhere. I dress how I am. Where did that come from?

I had to go back to read that entire section again because that comment was just so random. And then there's moments when they tell us "I dress how I like to be addressed—he, she, or they. My bunnies are damned cute, by the way. Whatever, gender whatever is not the point of the book. The point is that a book should have a point, a clearly defined plot, excellent writing, compelling characters, believable dialogue.

This book had none of the above, and that is my sole reason for the one star rating.

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It didn't draw my attention at all. View all 44 comments. Over half of my friends didn't like this book but I freaking loved it! There was only one little aspect I didn't like but it wasn't too bad. Sal gets into the Audition to become the next Opal a particular assassin for the Queen. Sal has other plans, Sal wants to find out all of the people involved in killing everyone in Nacea.

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This book is freaking awesome if you like assassins and people going around trying to kill each other and blood and guts and what not. There are a group of these assassins Over half of my friends didn't like this book but I freaking loved it! There are a group of these assassins and they all wear masks with a number on them.

They are known as their number. They can kill each other during trials, during the night, pretty much any time accept while eating with their trainers and while in training. It's pretty cray. Sal is already pretty experienced in fighting since Sal has from childhood and in street fights. Sal's also a thief and knows how to do other cool things that pertain to that. I love how Sal is just telling them all, I'm going to be the Opal and does what has to be done to not get killed in the process.

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I wanted to smack someone at the end of the book though because of that little aspect I don't like about the book almost gets Sal killed. But, that's all I'm saying about that. And no one can try to kill Sal while in study time. This book is great. Oh, they also learn about poisons and other ways to kill people. View all 34 comments. I apologize if my choice to review to Sal as "he" in my previous review for ease of understanding for readers offended anyone!

Have you read the Hunger Games, or any other dystopian fight-t0-the-death novel? Then good news, you've already read this one!


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Mark it off your "read" shelves folks! There is nothing new or exciting about any of this. I suppose it could be the familiarity of it all that made this book a total snooze for me, but I also think a distinct lack of character development definitely didn't help. Lets take a look at the plot for a second: Katniss Everdeen Sal, our gender fluid we'll get back to that later! Sound familiar? At least in the Hunger Games, the author took the time to establish and develop characters.

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Here, Miller employs a really strange narrative choice, by making the competition require every character to wear a mask with a number on it. Sal becomes Twenty-Three, and every other contestant in the game is only referred to by a number. Four, Five, Fifteen, Eleven, etc. Every time a number was referred to, I couldn't help but think: "Why was 6 afraid of 7? We don't even know the ages or genders of almost all of these characters.

Sal's gender-fluidity is such a nonentity that it hardly factors into the story at all.

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I think it was Miller's intention to create a world where gender fluidity is accepted by all, because no one ever questions Sal on what it means to be gender fluid. However, Sal still gets teary eyed when people accept them dressing how they like, implying that an accepting society isn't the case at all. Because there's no extrapolating on what it means to be gender-fluid and how Sal fits into this world and society as a gender fluid character, there's no learning or growth for either the characters or the reader.

Like it was included as an afterthought almost. I was incredibly disappointed. Additionally: There are just so many strange choices made in this story. Such as: making Sal illiterate, only to turn around and have them be able to read a name on a piece of paper that a messenger is carrying, from their vantage point, hidden high above in the branches of a tree, after 2 reading lessons.

Like, what? I just don't even know. I really wanted to like this, but I was totally let down. I'm sold! Can't wait to crack into this one View all 51 comments.


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  • Feb 08, Melanie rated it it was ok Shelves: read-in , lgbtqiap , young-adult , arc , fantasy. ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a hard one to review. Unfortunately, this book read very slow and it makes the story in general feel very underwhelming. Trigger Warnings for: misgendering, violence, and gore.