For each stop on the Masquerade blog tour, Laura Lam explains a different chapter introduction.

Neonatal death. Low temperature. Jaundice. Atypical anatomy: tail, caul, ichthyosis. Cause of death: unknown.

— Unsigned medical notes, Royal Snakewood University

Every chapter in the Micah Grey series has a short found document at the start, ranging from a variety of sources: history books, diaries, songs, poetry, and more. It’s basically a sneaky way to add in more worldbuilding and detail about Ellada & the Archipelago.

As in Pantomime and Shadowplay, performance is still a mainstay of the world, but Micah has more dealings with doctors. The operating theatre can be a different sort of stage. For reasons detailed in Pantomime, Micah is very wary of doctors and what they might want with him. There are few ways for Micah to avoid a certain doctor in this book, and he’s worried about secret, hidden motives. Hard to say much more without spoilers!


If you buy Pantomime or Masquerade and send your receipt to Laura, you can claim a free 10k short story, “The Mechanical Minotaur,” set in the same world. If you buy all three, you can claim 60k of free fiction as well. More details here.