Monday, 4 January 2021

The Mask Falling

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge for review purposes only. Receipt of a book does not guarantee a review or endorsement. My reviews are my honest opinion and are not biased for the purpose of personal gain.

Want your heart put through a wringer? Get ready for the fourth Bone Season book! It has been a while since we last left Paige and the Mime Order, so I recommend a quick recap. The back of the book has a good reference guide of characters and terms, which might help jog your memory.

If you have not started this series yet, go read my review of The Bone Season instead. This review may contain spoilers for the previous books.

It is a beautiful mask, but all masks fall. In the end.

The opening chapter covered much of the same ground that the novella The Dawn Chorus contained, although without so much focus on Arcturus helping her with her new-found phobia of water. If you had forgotten, Paige was tortured by Scion and she has been left fragile and worn out.

Now in a safe house in Paris, Paige is expected to assist the Domino network in their work against Scion. She is to be a spy, despite her not seeming to be up to it. Arcturus is her associate, and I was so happy to see him back playing a role in her life. The Mask Falling is a little slow in places but honestly, I could have read a whole novel on their domesticity! It would have definitely been less harrowing.

I am of the considered opinion that for every person, there exists a book that will sing to them. I trust that you will find yours.

I enjoyed the new setting with familiar aspects. Paige must infiltrate the house of France’s leader to find information to help sow discord between France and Scion. A broader picture is painted of how Scion operate in other countries. Along the way there are returning characters but plenty of new faces, a lot of betrayal and secrets to be unearthed.


The Mask Falling is published by Bloomsbury and will be available in hardback and ebook editions from 26th January 2021. Thanks go to the publisher for providing a copy for review.

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