Pub Date 29 Aug 2017
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.
“I love every aspect of this amazing book—a gender fluid hero, a deadly contest, and vicious courtly intrigue. Get! Read! Now!” –Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“An intriguing world and a fantastically compelling main character make for a can't-miss debut. Miller's Mask of Shadows will make you glad you're not an assassin—and even gladder Sal is." —Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken
“Compelling and relatable characters, a fascinating world with dangerous magic, and a dash of political intrigue: Mask of Shadows completely delivered. Fantasy fans will love this book.” –Jodi Meadows, New York Times bestselling coauthor of My Lady Jane
"Gory, well-plotted, suspenseful on every page, and poised for the sequel." -Kirkus
"This is a memorable, sharply written character. While readers who identify on the GLBTQ spectrum may be easy fans as Miller handles Sal’s identity with aplomb, that’s certainly not the only point of note here; the impressive, intricate world building, tense action, and fierce competitors are equally strong." -Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"This fantasy’s gender-fluid protagonist, Sal Leon, makes Miller’s book worth picking up for diversity’s sake alone. Her treatment of the gender issue is most notable in that it isn’t really an issue… Violent and action-packed, this offering by first-time novelist Miller will circulate." -School Library Connection
“Miller’s gritty, lightning-paced debut features a
rough-and-tumble yet movingly vulnerable protagonist: Sal is uncompromising in
their convictions, and doesn’t hesitate to kill when necessary but wishes to be
more than just a weapon of vengeance. A complex but intriguing start to this
planned duology.” -Publishers Weekly