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Mask of Shadows
Mask of Shadows | Linsey Miller
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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.
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Kenyazero
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June 1: The first #LGBTQbook of the month follows a gender fluid protagonist in their quest to become an elite warrior to the queen's inner circle. #lgbt #lgbtq #genderfluid #fantasy #pridemonth2020

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Kenyazero
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This was a well written and interesting book. I was excited to find a fantasy work with agender fluid protagonist. The protagonist's fluidity felt really well written and characterized as well. I don't love the kill-your-competetors-one-will-live trope, but it was well executed. #fantasy #lgbt #lgbtliterature #queerbook #queerfantasy #lgbtcharacter #genderfluid #competitiontothedeath

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pythoness
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Pickpick

So, I love Sal, Sal being the very aggressively (and refreshingly) genderfluid main character of this murder-filled duology.

Anyway. I love Sal.

I would go into a burning building for Sal.

I would kill for Sal.

I would rip my still-beating heart out of my own damn chest for Sal.

Have I mentioned I love Sal? I‘m not kidding—I *love* Sal, and very much need to get my hands on the second book.

(A little more in the comments.)

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pythoness I‘ve been on an assassin kick lately, and would gladly take any other recommendations thrown my way—but even in the looming shade cast by Nevernight/Godsgrave, this book still manages to shine.

(And I love Sal, okay?)
3y
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BookishTrish
Mask of Shadows | Linsey Miller
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Panpan

Confusing world building and characters I didn‘t feel anything for (except Maud. She had pluck.)

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BookishTrish
Mask of Shadows | Linsey Miller
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No, YOU‘RE procrastinating

PerksOfBeingABookworm If you‘re going to procrastinate, this looks like the best way to do it. I watched The Office all afternoon... 4y
hes7 Yum! 4y
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BookishTrish
Mask of Shadows | Linsey Miller
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Dinner break

suvata Egg salad. Yummy. 4y
VanChocStrawberry Your view! 😍 4y
BookishTrish @VanChocStrawberry I know. I‘m a very lucky woman. 4y
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BookishTrish
Mask of Shadows | Linsey Miller
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Spending some time with this Hunger Games readalike before GoT

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BookishTrish
Mask of Shadows | Linsey Miller
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Still having trouble settling into a book. Maybe too much sugar is the problem? #breakfastchocolate #yesagain

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amsu311
Mask of Shadows | Linsey Miller
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Mehso-so

#Goodreads2018ReadingChallenge

I found out about this book through a review in a newspaper here. It was quite interesting. The review, I mean.

For me, I think its an ok book.

Its a duology by the way...

Now reading the 2nd one...

Mommamanzi How is the second one going for you? I‘m on the fence about reading it or not. I want to find out what happened... just don‘t know if I want to invest a whole book worth of reading to find out haha. 4y
amsu311 @Mommamanzi , well, i struggled to finish it. I was actually waiting for the story to end. The 1st one was much better. 4y
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wayfaringbibliomaniac
Mask of Shadows | Linsey Miller
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maich You still haven't posted my package #SummerBookSwap @MyBookSwapClub Did you received it? 4y
wayfaringbibliomaniac @maich I'm so so sorry. I have, but my partners mother is dying and my head has been scrambled. I will get it up soon, but haven't gotten around to pictures. 4y
maich @wayfaringbibliomaniac I'm so sorry! You don't need to post it. I was worried if the package was lost. I'm at the hospital and will stay there until December. Sending prayers and positive thoughts to you.❤ 4y
wayfaringbibliomaniac @maich I'm sorry to hear you're in hospital 🖤🖤 I hope everything is going to be okay for you. And I should have told you it arrived. I didn't think. 4y
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somebooksaround
Mask of Shadows | Linsey Miller
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My next fantasy read! As soon as I saw the cover I picked it up, and as soon as I read the synopsis I brought it home with me! Can‘t wait for this!⚔️
#reading #books #linseymiller #tbr #shelfie #hardcover #ya #fantasy

Sophoclessweetheart Gorgeous photo 💛😉 5y
somebooksaround @Wanderingwithwords aww thaaank you!✨✨💛💛🌸🌸😃😃 5y
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Bindrosbookshelf
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Genderfluid main character enters an assassin tournament to seek revenge on the genocide of their people. Chaos ensues. See the full review on my blog (link in bio).
5 Stars.
#jades2018reads #bindrosbookshelf

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mdemanatee
Mask of Shadows | Linsey Miller
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I think I‘ve hit a wall in the job hunt but trying to push through. Hoping I get some more interview offers soon 🤞

emilyhaldi Job hunting is the worst 😒 good luck! 5y
mdemanatee @emilyhaldi Thanks! I had forgotten how awful it can be. But I‘m a doin 💪 5y
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pirategirljack
Mask of Shadows | Linsey Miller
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#currentlyreading Ive been in a reading slump and havent finished anything in ages, but i think this one might get done! Loving it so far!

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Bindrosbookshelf
Mask of Shadows | Linsey Miller
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Currently reading....
so far my YA fantasy picks for the Readathon have been about kick arse main characters trying not to get killed in dangerous surroundings and turning the strategy/politics/game around to their advantage and I am soo here for that 😍
#24in48 #24in48AUSNZ @24in48

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lauras.enchanted.library
Mask of Shadows | Linsey Miller
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Mehso-so

Overall, this book tired me out. Sal‘s story felt very generic, it was every other competition/assassin type book rolled into one and honestly it annoyed me how easy it was for her - or him, depending on the day - to accomplish something that seemed so impossible at the beginning.

However, the end did surprise me. And yet it didn‘t. I liked it. 3.5⭐️

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Shadow_Queen
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Pickpick

5/5 stars
I absolutely loved this book. Assassins are aways a way to win my heart but the way Linsey was able to normalize the main characters gender-fluidity is what really won me over. One thing I've noticed with many LGBTQ characters is that the author makes them being queer the only main thing about the character. Linsey made Sal more than just being gender-fluid. It was a bit predictible at times but I didn't mind it as much with this novel.

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InLibrisVeritas
Mask of Shadows | Linsey Miller
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I quite liked this one! The rather inventive auditions was pretty cool and I liked the air of mystery (and sarcasm) from the members of the Left Hand.
Sal was a pretty cool character as well and marks my first gender fluid protagonist.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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InLibrisVeritas
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New work audio! I've gotten into the habit of picking things I know nothing about, and so far this one is pretty good!
It has a gender fluid protagonist as well!

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Candidceillie
Mask of Shadows | Linsey Miller
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I love love LOVED this book y'all. Full review is on my blog at candidceillie.com and y'all should read it. 😍

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DrJAdMerricksson
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A great beginning to a new fantasy series! Love characters with lots of snarky sass and Mask of Shadows doesn't disappoint! Doesn't hesitate to play around with notions of gender fluidity, without it having to bludgeon the reader unnecessarily. Did feel there were times when Sal‘s personality and actions didn't match their words, which made it confusing to get a full read of their personality.

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Sneakybea
Mask of Shadows | Linsey Miller
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Mehso-so

Fast-paced with great world building & an intriguing gender fluid protagonist. The romance was pretty sweet, too. But the plot was extremely similar to Throne of Glass, with some Hunger Games thrown in. Sal's need for vengeance was amply explained, but so much of their motivation was hidden in a past we don't see. It's hard to build sympathy for a murderous character & simultaneously keep them distant that way. I'm very conflicted about this book.

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Thebookshirehuntress
Mask of Shadows | Linsey Miller
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RaimeyGallant raimeygallant.com is my wordpress.com site and @raimeygallant on Instagram. I 'll go follow you now. :) 5y
Msmithbooks Hi! I'm a book blogger as well :) I blog at https://bibliobakes.com ❤️ I'd love to check out your blog! 5y
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Eme
Mask of Shadows | Linsey Miller
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I got this on the mail and I squeaked. @Sourcebooks

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Emory
Mask of Shadows | Linsey Miller
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Finally getting around to this one. It sounds great so I have very high hopes!

BrainyHeroine I loved it!!! The representation Miller gives with a fluid lead, and allllllll the death scenes, the became quite humorous after a while. 5y
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shanaqui
Mask of Shadows | Linsey Miller

Review copy. Love the gender fluid main character, but otherwise it feels like Maas' Throne of Glass...

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breemariegarcia
Mask of Shadows | Linsey Miller
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Me as an assassin. #nopatience

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mbaldini
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this book. I feel most reviews knocked it cuz it's not original in the plot. I agree I wouldn't call it an original plot line but I feel that way about most books! It was fun and exciting!! I liked the characters a lot!!

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Melli
Mask of Shadows | Linsey Miller
Mehso-so

I received a copy in the mail as a surprise from @Sourcebooks so I want to say thank you. I'm not sure if it was because it was an arc however I felt like the story line didn't flow very well. I loved the story and the idea but when things happened they weren't explained or it jumped from one thing to the next with no connection. I think that if a little more detail with events were needed to make the flow of the story better

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Melli
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This is what I'm doing right now almost done with the book like 3 chapters to go. I really like the story however I'm having an issue with the flow of the book. It jumps from one thing to the next with no connection

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mbaldini
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I'm totally loving my fiances family pool! I could get used to reading out in the sun like this every morning! ☀️😎

Andrea4 Excellent water feature!!! 5y
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mbaldini
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Brunch and a book!! #readingtime #eggs #breakfast #brunch

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Melli
Mask of Shadows | Linsey Miller

Got this in the mail yesterday as a surprise from the publisher. What I'm reading this month: I don't for TBR but well.. valley of amazement by Amy tan, Winter Wolf by Cecilia Ekback but first let me start in this one

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DrJAdMerricksson
Mask of Shadows | Linsey Miller
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I just joined the #ARCAugust Challenge hosted by Read Sleep Repeat. http://wp.me/P6C2DX-Gq

My Goals

*Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

*Black and White by Nick Wilford

*Crash Land on Kurai by SJ Pajonas

*Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

*The List by Patricia Forde

*The Funeral Flower by Michelle Jester

*Temptation Trials by B Truly

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Eme
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I don't know why this won't let me upload the whole image but HELL YEAH ALL DAY. #MaskOfShadows @Sourcebooks

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MrsV
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Got a bit of a late start! But, I did manage to get a few hours in. Now off to bed to rest up for tomorrow!
#24in48readathon

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Starlightbooktales
Mask of Shadows | Linsey Miller
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Pretty excited to be reviewing this book before it comes out next month! #review #book #books #reading

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Eme
Mask of Shadows | Linsey Miller
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Sal is a total anti-hero since all they care about is having their revenge. They‘re not a killer but since the trial is a death fight they don‘t mind getting through it whatever it costs. But at the same time, you can clearly tell they‘re a good person at the core. I loved how the author treats the genderfluidity of Sal. Not making a big deal out of it since it doesn‘t define them, but at the same time talking about it, making it visible.



Eme I forgot to tell @Sourcebooks gave me an eARC via NetGalley! Thank you! 5y
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CatLadyBibliophile
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I really did try to stick it out, I wanted to love this book. But I'm so bored I can't finish it. The plot line is interesting, the non-binary main character learning to be an assassin is cool, but the writing is just so...so. Part of it is my preference for details, I like an abundance of details. Describe the shape of literally every floorboard for me. The first person narrative here leaves HUGE chunks up to the reader which I didn't like.

Mommamanzi At least the cover was cool? 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5y
CatLadyBibliophile @Mommamanzi very true, I love the cover! 5y
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athorne
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Mehso-so

I love the history in this book and would love to see more dealing with the Shadows. The flow is wonky and hard to follow at times though. This was my read for #pridemonth. The main character, Sal, is #genderfluid.

Read the full review: http://theghastlygrimoire.com/2017/06/23/book-review-mask-of-shadows-by-linsey-m...

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CatLadyBibliophile
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"There was no room for gods in a world of monsters and monstrous men..."

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auroralector
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This is a huge deal. I love the sound of this book! (We're still not talking about all the other books I haven't submitted feedback on.)

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MrsV
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So happy to get this on Netgalley!

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abookfae
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utopia.state.of.mind
Mask of Shadows | Linsey Miller
Mehso-so

I loved the main character, even though she was a little flat. But in general it was a mash up of many different plots, and wasnt very descriptive. It was middle of the road. Like just over average but not omg worthy

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athorne
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LauraJ Truth! 5y
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athorne
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RaimeyGallant He's beautiful. My little girl is named Misha, and we have a tabby named Posie. I've seen Posie's doppelganger on here. #CatsOfLitsy 5y
athorne @RaimeyGallant Kitties are the best! 5y
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athorne
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Look at that #littenkitten!

I've never read a book with a non binary character, which makes this rather odd for me. I'm an ally, but the concept of gender fluidity is still extremely new to me as well. I'm stuck on old grammatical ways, so getting pronouns wrong has been issue for me. That said, Sal makes for an interesting character. I don't care for their attitude much, but the story's nice so far.

#gingerbrat #garfield #catsoflitsy #pride

ReadingEnvy Reading and learning. :) 5y
RaimeyGallant Ah! You have one too! 5y
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nebrinkley
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Today's #PrideRec prompt is "nonbinary character." I wanted to recommend SHADOW RUN - one of the side characters is genderfluid, and is written by a genderfluid author - but I appear to have lent out *both* of the copies that I own. Instead, I'll highlight MASK OF SHADOWS, a fantasy book coming from Sourcebooks with a genderfluid assassin protagonist. I love magic and murder and can't wait to see how MASK OF SHADOWS twines them together.

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ElyssaReads
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Mehso-so

When comparisons are drawn to Sarah J. Maas (one of my current faves) and the book is literally about a competition to become an assassin for a ruler (hello Throne of Glass), it can be hard to live up to expectations. I felt the competition in itself was rushed, Sal didn't have time to develop the necessary skills and instead lucked into success, and the backstory of the world didn't become compelling until the last quarter of the book.

Elisa That cover, though 😍 5y
Jabberwowie You had me at assassin. 😅 5y
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