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Dreamwalker Paige Mahoney has eluded death again. Snatched from the jaws of captivity and consigned to a safe house in the Scion Citadel of Paris, she finds herself caught between those factions that seek Scion's downfall and those who would kill to protect the Rephaim's puppet empire. The mysterious Domino Program has plans for Paige, but she has ambitions of her own in th Dreamwalker Paige Mahoney has eluded death again. Snatched from the jaws of captivity and consigned to a safe house in the Scion Citadel of Paris, she finds herself caught between those factions that seek Scion's downfall and those who would kill to protect the Rephaim's puppet empire. The mysterious Domino Program has plans for Paige, but she has ambitions of her own in this new citadel. With Arcturus Mesarthim-her former enemy-at her side, she embarks on an adventure that will lead her from the catacombs of Paris to the glittering hallways of Versailles. Her risks promise high reward: the Parisian underworld could yield the means to escalate her rebellion to outright war. As Scion widens its bounds and the free world trembles in its shadow, Paige must fight her own memories after her ordeal at the hands of Scion. Meanwhile, she strives to understand her bond with Arcturus, which grows stronger by the day. But there are those who know the revolution began with them-and could end with them...


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Dreamwalker Paige Mahoney has eluded death again. Snatched from the jaws of captivity and consigned to a safe house in the Scion Citadel of Paris, she finds herself caught between those factions that seek Scion's downfall and those who would kill to protect the Rephaim's puppet empire. The mysterious Domino Program has plans for Paige, but she has ambitions of her own in th Dreamwalker Paige Mahoney has eluded death again. Snatched from the jaws of captivity and consigned to a safe house in the Scion Citadel of Paris, she finds herself caught between those factions that seek Scion's downfall and those who would kill to protect the Rephaim's puppet empire. The mysterious Domino Program has plans for Paige, but she has ambitions of her own in this new citadel. With Arcturus Mesarthim-her former enemy-at her side, she embarks on an adventure that will lead her from the catacombs of Paris to the glittering hallways of Versailles. Her risks promise high reward: the Parisian underworld could yield the means to escalate her rebellion to outright war. As Scion widens its bounds and the free world trembles in its shadow, Paige must fight her own memories after her ordeal at the hands of Scion. Meanwhile, she strives to understand her bond with Arcturus, which grows stronger by the day. But there are those who know the revolution began with them-and could end with them...

30 review for The Mask Falling

  1. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Shannon

    Hi, Goodreads: Thank you for your immense patience in waiting for the fourth book in the Bone Season series. The latter half of 2019 was very difficult for me for personal reasons, which slowed things down a little, but I'm thrilled to reveal that the title is The Mask Falling and it will be out in January 2021. There's also something on its way this summer to break up the wait, as I know it's been a long one. I absolutely love this book – it's my favourite in the series so far, and I really Hi, Goodreads: Thank you for your immense patience in waiting for the fourth book in the Bone Season series. The latter half of 2019 was very difficult for me for personal reasons, which slowed things down a little, but I'm thrilled to reveal that the title is The Mask Falling and it will be out in January 2021. There's also something on its way this summer to break up the wait, as I know it's been a long one. I absolutely love this book – it's my favourite in the series so far, and I really can't wait to share it with you. Just got my first glimpse of the cover and it's stunning. The Mask Falling is officially done now, off to the typesetter to be transformed from a manuscript to a book, so there should be no further delays. This is the first instalment in the series that will have a character list. I've designed this to double up as a recap, so if it's been a while since you read the first three books, I hope this will be a big help. On a cover-related note, Bloomsbury has decided to switch back to the classic hardbacks for the Bone Season series, so they'll all be in the old colour style. Not sure what's happening with the paperbacks yet, but I'll keep you informed as and when I can. The Republic of Scion France looks forward to welcoming you soon . . . Love, Samantha Edit, June 2020: Some news – The Mask Falling will have a mini-prequel, The Dawn Chorus, out 9 July 2020. I hope it helps break up the long wait. Edit, August 2020: We have a cover! I hope you love it as much as I do.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kai (CuriousCompass)

    I have no interest in continuing this series, but I have something to say... It doesn't matter how long this takes to come out. It doesn't matter if before she writes and publishes this book, Samanta Shannon decides to go to the moon or mars with Elon Musk and Grimes, goes bungee jumping in every country in the world, and writes and publishes a series of vegan cookbooks before getting back to this series. It. Does. Not. Matter. You can be sad, you can be angry, but for the love of God, leave her I have no interest in continuing this series, but I have something to say... It doesn't matter how long this takes to come out. It doesn't matter if before she writes and publishes this book, Samanta Shannon decides to go to the moon or mars with Elon Musk and Grimes, goes bungee jumping in every country in the world, and writes and publishes a series of vegan cookbooks before getting back to this series. It. Does. Not. Matter. You can be sad, you can be angry, but for the love of God, leave her the fuck alone, and leave other writers alone too. I've genuinely seen people saying 'Hmmm, well, she is on Twitter a lot.' SO WHAT? Let this woman live her life. Let George R.R. Martin live his life. You do not get to pretend an author is a bad, selfish, or entitled person for how much time they're on social media, what they're posting on Instagram (Wow why is she at the museum when she could be writing my precious book?!) or anything else they're doing! Short of coming into your house in a burglar outfit in the middle of the night, poisoning all your houseplants, and punching your mom in the face, you do not get to have an opinion on how this woman, or any other writer or artist, spends their time. Let humans be humans and try to have some damn understanding that: 1) Writing is hard, hard work. 2) People are people and not robots who can work 24 hours a day. 3) Art and writing are not typical work, some writers can approach it as such, but for most of us we require time to think and ponder and plan and live and glean inspiration and, you know, the will to even exist in this world, before we can pour all that into the page. 4) Samantha Shannon has been far more prolific than most authors (especially considering her books are huge) and has had a pretty damn impressive run so far. I've been waiting for a new Arthur Golden book for more than a decade and you don't see my ass online bullying him. (I'm aware this book is never coming - he got that sweet, sweet Memoirs of a Geisha money and BOUNCED, and good for him.) 5) A series this long is a huge undertaking and most writers would want a break to work on other projects here and there as a creative refresher. The skills gained from those works will be put back into this series, no doubt. PLEASE STOP TORMENTING WRITERS OR AGITATING THEM FOR HAVING A LIFE AND INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF PLEASING YOU. Thank you, this has been a PSA. Now go plant some trees or Google which plants native to your area/region in particular are good for/attract WILD bee populations, and then go plant a bunch of them. We need them bees, y'all.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)

    Everything hurts. Please bare with me through these trying times. This book just blew this series onto a whole new level. Every page felt like a shift in the system as more was discovered, and I loved seeing the progression made. The combination of dystopian politics and spirit magic has always been my favourite thing, and this book really shows its strength in this aspect. Though introducing a lot of new power dynamics, mysteries, and problems to be confronted, not for a moment did it feel overw Everything hurts. Please bare with me through these trying times. This book just blew this series onto a whole new level. Every page felt like a shift in the system as more was discovered, and I loved seeing the progression made. The combination of dystopian politics and spirit magic has always been my favourite thing, and this book really shows its strength in this aspect. Though introducing a lot of new power dynamics, mysteries, and problems to be confronted, not for a moment did it feel overwhelming. It's so easy to get pulled in, especially when you're this far into the series. The characters will always remain some of my favourites, and again with the shift in situation showing a different side to them all, I can only say I fell more in love. I just want to give everyone a hug and one hell of a large coffee. Lord, do they need it. I feel like there's not too much I can say, with this being the fourth in my favourite series, besides it really is an emotional rollercoaster that I didn't know whether to love, hate, or all of the above. I already know I'll be reading it in the next few months, and I'll love it even more when taking in the details for a second time. But for now I'm just in awe, and shock, and possibly a stage of recovery too. CW: PTSD, Self Harm

  4. 4 out of 5

    Becca & The Books

    The Bone Season series is one that continues to keep growing with every instalment and The Mask Falling was no exception. The world opened up, giving us a glimpse of another City crippled by Scion as Paige joins a covert network of spies trying to take down the government from the inside. Paige continues to remain true to her impulsive nature while also taking the time to process the events of the last year and rebuild relationships that have suffered as a result of the constant turmoil of her li The Bone Season series is one that continues to keep growing with every instalment and The Mask Falling was no exception. The world opened up, giving us a glimpse of another City crippled by Scion as Paige joins a covert network of spies trying to take down the government from the inside. Paige continues to remain true to her impulsive nature while also taking the time to process the events of the last year and rebuild relationships that have suffered as a result of the constant turmoil of her life. The pacing in here is a well balanced mix of slow-burn character development & dynamic action scenes with shocking plot twists. The twist that this book ends on should honestly be a crime. I loved getting closer to the truth of the Bone Season world throughout this instalment. 4 books deep and there are still a lot of mysteries to unravel and I enjoyed inching closer with every chapter. Overall The Mask Falling just further cemented The Bone Season as one of my favourite series of all time and I am eagerly anticipating book 5.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Abbie (boneseasonofglass)

    What the actual fuck Samantha?!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (BookNerdMomo)

    There's a quote in The Mask Falling that perfectly describes not only my feelings towards this installment but the whole series in general so far; "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 always say, with each new one that I read, how fond I am of this series, how incredible it is, how potent it is, how dear it is to my heart. But when I read that quote I realized, to sum it up, it truly is a series th There's a quote in The Mask Falling that perfectly describes not only my feelings towards this installment but the whole series in general so far; "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 always say, with each new one that I read, how fond I am of this series, how incredible it is, how potent it is, how dear it is to my heart. But when I read that quote I realized, to sum it up, it truly is a series that sings to me. This book it took me on this unforgettable and unputdownable journey that had me so intensely trapped that a theory I had since book one flew straight over my head because I was so caught in Paige's experiences, trauma, healing, and reactions. It says a lot about Shannon's writing that I didn't see, not only the ending coming, but also that twist even though it was something I had found myself wondering about for so long. I also had trouble figuring out which characters I could trust and which I couldn't trust, again attributed to Shannon's writing and myself being so caught in Paige's perspective, and also a major factor in what led that twist to flying straight over my head. Paige has gone through so much leading up this point in the series and the accumulation of all of that was beautifully conveyed and written. I don't think I have ever read a book that has so perfectly showcased the effects of trauma in a character that has been through anything similar to what Paige went through. I cried with Paige, I cried when she didn't even cry. It was heartbreaking and then experiencing her growth and her slowly beginning to piece herself back together was so potent. Arcturus/ Warden. The romance that has been slowly building since book one. I don't even want to really go into detail about this in my review because it was such a joy to experience first hand that I don't want to spoil that for anyone else. If he hadn't already stolen my heart he would have surely stolen it ten times over in The Mask Falling. How gentle he is with Paige, how supportive. I'll never be over it. (view spoiler)[I am literally so angry at myself for the fact that I was so trapped in the story I believed he would betray them. I believed it for a hot minute before I figured out what happened. I have now realized the worst pain isn't a character death but believing your favorite betrayed everyone. (hide spoiler)] He deserves the whole world and will always be my favorite. As always I am also completely blown away by the continued growth and complexity of the world in these books and how far reaching it spreads between the different countries and different voyant syndicates. There is no other series I have read to date that has been able to achieve this as seamlessly as Shannon does in The Bone Season. I can't wait to see where the next book is going to take us after the events of this one. I don't want to say much else beyond the fact that my emotions as still all over the place after that cliffhanger and I don't know what I'm going to do while I eagerly await TBS5. (Probably come up with a ton of new theories.) The Mask Falling was a journey that definitely left me on the edge of my seat and left a lot unknown about the future. Bring on book hangover mode as I try not to just reread the whole series over and over again! As always this book was completely worth the wait. -------------------- 4.20.2017 When it's been nearly two months since you read The Song Rising and all you can think about is how you really want TBS4 now. *wishes for a time machine* 8.8.2019 Finished rereading the whole series up to this point again. Is it 2020 yet!? I need this book. Dx 3.11.2020 YESSS! Finally a title and a blurb, now next a cover! I need it to be 2021 now please and thank you. 8.12.2020 WE HAVE A COVER AND IT’S GORGEOUS!! The excitement is building!! Is it February yet!?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. (spoilers ahead) LITERALLY WHAT THE FLYING FUCK I'M SUING SAMANTHA SHANNON FOR DAMAGES i cannot express to you the REACTION i had when all the shit started happening at the end like i was LYING ON MY FLOOR, SCREAMING AT THE SKY, NEAR TEARS, YELLING, and it just kept GETTING WORSE??? like the last 3-4 chapters i barely read any of the words i was just skimming trying to get to the end bc it was all over the place holy shit did i just run a marathon what even happened me @ me: okay ma'am calm down and (spoilers ahead) LITERALLY WHAT THE FLYING FUCK I'M SUING SAMANTHA SHANNON FOR DAMAGES i cannot express to you the REACTION i had when all the shit started happening at the end like i was LYING ON MY FLOOR, SCREAMING AT THE SKY, NEAR TEARS, YELLING, and it just kept GETTING WORSE??? like the last 3-4 chapters i barely read any of the words i was just skimming trying to get to the end bc it was all over the place holy shit did i just run a marathon what even happened me @ me: okay ma'am calm down and allow yourself to write some kind of review for this book also me: *spongebob running around his brain screaming, everything's on fire* OKAY OKAY WHEW DEEP BREATHS i'm not kidding you i haven't had this kind of feeling about a book in like....months....years....ever? this is one of the CRUELEST endings i have ever read in my life and i don't know how i feel about that oh my god...this might be the worst cliffhanger i've ever read oh my god ANYWAY (view spoiler)[ this is the fourth book in the series and we knew it was going to ramp things up but my god this is like...wow. there is SO MUCH expansion of the world - it's all about france and paris - but it also explores more of like...the rephs and a little more of jaxon and ALSO PAIGE PROCESSING TRAUMA anyway getting ahead of myself... so objectively by the end of this like...i'm so mad at ms shannon. she literally crushed my heart in a million pieces. but also...this is the best book in this series. it's the funniest, the most romantic, the most heartening, the most adventurous....the growth in paige in this is just incredible. her relationship with warden is......*has war flashbacks* ....something else. i'm obsessed with this world and these characters and this has cemented this series for me. second half is going to be a goddamn BEAST and i for one cannot WAIT to see where all this is going holy cow okay i DEFINITELY predicted that cade was a dreamwalker like she has that line where she goes "his aura feels familiar" and i was like HAHAHA unless? and then i forgot about it and THEN I WAS RIGHT????? when warden got taken i screamed and laid on the floor for like ten minutes and then when he got possessed i literally couldn't stop yelling at the top of my lungs it was the worst pain i've ever felt and THEN when she kept calling him the blood-consort i couldn't even read i just skimmed like a whole chapter AND THEN SAMANTHA HAD THE AUDACITY TO ALMOST BRING THEM TOGETHER AND THEN PAIGE IS GONNA FORGET EVERYTHING I SWEAR TO GOD AND FUCKING JAXON AND HIS WHOLE MYSTERY LIKE WHAT THE HELL IS HE PLAYING AT WHO IS CADE WORKING FOR OR WHO IS WORKING FOR HIM AND OH MY GOD WHEN THAT REPH LET HER GO AFTER THREATENING HER WTF AND WE STILL DON'T KNOW WHY THE FLOWER BLOOMED AND WE STILL DON'T KNOW THE LAST CARD IN THE TAROT DECK AND MICHAEL'S MISSING AND THUBAN'S STILL OUT THERE WITHOUT AN EYE can we talk about arcturus swinging those two opaline swords bc holy shit i ascended THE SCENE WHERE HE TELLS HER TO LEAVE HIM AND SHE'S LIKE "BITCH I WANT THIS DO YOU" AND HE LITERALLY JUST HAULED HIMSELF UP BC HE LOVES HER SO MUCH THE OATH! HOW COULD SHE EVER THINK HE'D BETRAY HER WHEN HE MADE THAT FUCKING OATH TO HER!!!! WHAT THE HELL!!!! CADE IS THE DEVIL? BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN HOW DOES PROMETHEUS AND PANDORA FIT INTO THIS guys i'm not okay this book broke me how am i supposed to wait another year or two for the next one oh my god AND WHO THE FUCK IS DOMINO! WHERE IS WARDEN! WHERE IS PAIGE GOING NEXT! (hide spoiler)]

  8. 5 out of 5

    Maxwell

    [4 stars] Thanks to Bloomsbury for sending me an early copy of this for review. All thoughts & opinions expressed in this review are solely mine. Longer review to come closer to publication date. I think I might even read this one again in January before it comes out so I can give more proper thoughts. But boy oh boy is this a heck of an installment in the series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte May

    February next year release date!!! Hell yeah!!! Maybe I can fit in a reread of the series before it comes out?

  10. 4 out of 5

    kate

    For me, the soul of this series has always been the relationship between Paige and Arcturus. It’s apt that this book, the exact middle of the series and as Samantha Shannon describes it, its heart, spends so much time with this pair. The intensity and uniqueness of their bond really emerges as the shining jewel of this series. It’s clear that Samantha Shannon was intentional about putting Arcturus and Paige on equal footing for the first time in The Mask Falling. She manages the power dynamic bet For me, the soul of this series has always been the relationship between Paige and Arcturus. It’s apt that this book, the exact middle of the series and as Samantha Shannon describes it, its heart, spends so much time with this pair. The intensity and uniqueness of their bond really emerges as the shining jewel of this series. It’s clear that Samantha Shannon was intentional about putting Arcturus and Paige on equal footing for the first time in The Mask Falling. She manages the power dynamic between them with such attention and nuance, reversing their roles often and fluidly escaping gender roles. The protector role comes naturally to Arcturus, given his immortal strength and anxiety about losing Paige (it’s even part of the etymology of their names), but for much of The Mask Falling he is her silent shadow, trailing behind her and supporting her quietly. They negotiate their differences with refreshing candor and in good faith, their arguments free from ego. “My fear is not your cage,” Arcturus tells her. “I will never ask you to mold yourself to it.” His affection for her is empowering, supportive, never constrictive or diminishing. Paige herself is markedly independent, doing the bulk of her fighting and plotting on her own. When she does seek support from Arcturus, there is no sense of her own strength being diminished, and as often as he rescues her, she turns around and rescues him just as easily. Indeed, while Arcturus is the immortal god, it is Paige’s power that really shines in this book. Her incredible ingenuity and strength is on full display, getting her out of certain-death scenarios at such a gripping pace I had to cover the pages with my hands to avoid glancing ahead. She couples her incredible powers with extraordinary mental fortitude and an acute conscience; each of her escapades has a satisfying emotional resonance that breathes life into her political quest. Whereas many YA heroines possessed of supernatural power oscillate between immobilizing moral anxiety and moral bankruptcy, Paige tempers her impulsiveness with reason (most of the time) and a powerful motive for justice. It’s clear that she has yet to access the full extent of her abilities, and I’m eager to see what roles she’ll play in the fight to take down Scion. While previous installments show Arcturus/Warden on various levels of guardedness, The Mask Falling gives us time and space in excess to see his true character. I was struck by his compassion, his hopefulness despite all that he has endured. He is often reassuring and comforting Paige, his optimism clear-eyed and measured. The contrast is especially stark with his persona in The Bone Season, where he appears cold and calculating, morally gray at best. In this book, he is almost unbearably kind, devastatingly sweet and thoughtful. As Paige remarks, “there was nothing terrible before me now.” The almost unimaginable beauty of his character is achieved with such a soft touch; the books are not about Arcturus being the the epitome of goodness - he simply is. A central thread of tension of this book follows Paige and Arcturus negotiating their relationship and coming to terms with their mutual attraction. Samantha Shannon manages this tension beautifully, carrying it forward constantly with poignant moments of intimacy interspersed with Paige’s honest internal dialogue. The smallest interactions and gestures between them felt so heightened. There are all the classic scenes - getting drunk and saying too much, jealousy spirals about past relationships, almost-kiss scenes interrupted, near-death confessions - all building up to a beautiful and satisfying climax. Samantha Shannon writes intimacy incredibly well. The love scenes feel specific to the characters, managing to be both meaningful and erotic. Romances between an immortal man and a mortal woman in particular tend to translate the man’s primal instincts and extreme physical strength into a voracious sexual appetite that leaves little room for gentleness and consideration. Arcturus really breaks the mold in this respect. He is so reverent, so sincere, so generous with Paige in a way few male characters with female partners approximate. Rather than relying on an imbalance of power in order to convey eroticism, the sexiness of Arcturus and Paige’s dynamic derives from the equality of their relationship. It’s so difficult to create a heterosexual romance unsullied by patriarchy, and Samantha Shannon gets close to that here. I wonder if it is Arcturus’ immortal nature that makes him such a uniquely engaging character. Samantha Shannon really commits to that aspect of him - he’s not just a hot teenager. The best word I can think of to describe him is mature. He is so beyond the petty concerns of YA love interests, so ego-less and self-reliant. One of my favorite ways he diverges from human men - and traditional male love interests - is his lack of fixation on Paige’s physical appearance. This book has several of the classic moments that would typically elicit a remark or a look from the love interest on the heroine’s appearance, often framed as a cute romantic moment. Yet when Paige dresses up, or dyes her hair - even when she asks him outright - he never comments on the way she looks. “A human might have whispered in my ear, told me I was beautiful or perfect, but not him.” I love that. I’ve never found that lustful, almost predatory demeanor in male love interests nearly as sexy as the author would like it to be, and it always rubs me the wrong way when the man telling the woman she’s beautiful is framed as the epitome of romance. It strikes me as a very lazy way to convey attraction, for one thing, and it reeks of benevolent sexism. Arcturus never plays into those supposedly romantic tropes of disparaging other women in favor of the heroine or being selectively kind. His love for Paige is so pure. I continue to be impressed by the sheer scale of worldbuilding in this series. Many books attempt to create fictional tyrannical governments, but few succeed in building one as convincing and elaborate as Scion. The Mask Falling peels back even more layers of this complex world, bringing to fruition seeds planted in the very first book. Although the basic plot leans on some familiar tropes, Samantha Shannon always manages to add an additional twist of the screw. The complexity of this series is truly extraordinary, drawing on etymology and mythology, dropping mysteries and complicating loyalties with incredible dexterity. (I will be eagerly spinning out my theories on my Tumblr if anyone cares to join!) (view spoiler)[I am still struggling with Arcturus’s possession and Paige’s failure to connect the dots and realize the reality of his situation. I see Samantha Shannon has pointed out on Twitter that Paige’s trauma and illness may have affected her judgment and decision-making. She says, “There's a particular scene where Paige reacts to an event in a way that is so deeply rooted in her PTSD and past experiences.” (I assume this is the scene she’s referring to.) I think that’s fair - Paige has been so inundated with the Rephaite aversion to humans that it’s almost as if she only needed one piece of evidence to confirm her doubts and destroy her trust in Arcturus. And it’s not as if she just takes it at face value, either - she does question him and try to convince him otherwise. But I still can’t help feeling that it’s a stretch. The Mask Falling makes Arcturus’ character so clear that the prospect that he would be loyal to Nashira the whole time is just ludicrous. Not to mention the fact that Paige somehow overlooked the obvious signs that he was being possessed. His eyes were such a dead giveaway - Paige had already seen that same thing happen when she possessed him! And when he moved to strike her and then suddenly stopped and his eyes flared - come on! That’s a classic mind-control trope. Paige is usually so perceptive, and they had built such a strong foundation… it feels unrealistic that she wouldn’t have connected the dots just because she hadn’t thought there could be another dreamwalker. If I had to find fault with this book, and it is difficult, I would say that it leans a little too heavily on some YA dystopian fantasy tropes towards the end - the mind-controlled love interest, for example, instantly made me think of Divergent, The Hunger Games, The Mortal Instruments, etc. Likewise, the forced memory loss is a fairly common fantasy trope that tends to be really frustrating to read. I have faith that Samantha Shannon will keep it from sliding into those tropes, and of course there remains so much mystery still to be untangled from those final 100 pages. (hide spoiler)] This was the kind of book that captivated me immediately, left me lying awake at night and had me eating energy bars for dinner so I could keep reading. It was such a visceral, immersive experience, the kind where returning to the physical reality is almost physically disorienting. It’s been two days since I finished it and I’m still clinging to that fictional world, wishing I didn’t have to leave. Books like these are rare for me, and I’m still marveling at the miracle of finding that book that in Arcturus’ words, exists for everyone: “a book that will sing to them.”

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marifer Castillo

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. "Years I had dreamed of living England, but never as contraband. Damaged contraband" Beware, because this book has spoilers for the last three books in the series, and possibly this one too. Well, I´m officially fucked. I don´t even have any words to describe what I felt throughout reading this, other than: "I didn´t eat, I didn´t sleep, I didn´t attend online classes and I didn´t do my homework either to be able to read this." I´ve been expecting this book for years. Years. I´ve re read this se "Years I had dreamed of living England, but never as contraband. Damaged contraband" Beware, because this book has spoilers for the last three books in the series, and possibly this one too. Well, I´m officially fucked. I don´t even have any words to describe what I felt throughout reading this, other than: "I didn´t eat, I didn´t sleep, I didn´t attend online classes and I didn´t do my homework either to be able to read this." I´ve been expecting this book for years. Years. I´ve re read this series countless of times to the point that a whole reading year can be made up with just the amount of times I´ve read this. I´ve never, ever in my life read a book like this, never had I felt so passionate and anxious about a book. This series, will be the type of series I look back to and remember with love and nostalgia. I feel incredibly privileged to have read this book, and I don´t know honestly, how to cope. "Death is not an ending. It is only a change of seasons" I´ve been thinking about this book all day, so I think it best I do a review to at least try and calm down a little. The book starts where the third one left off. Paige is on her way to France with Warden, having escaped from torture, and is to wait for instructions from the Domino Program, a free world espionage organization within Scion. Her mission? Well. It is brought to the attention of the organization that Mènard, the Inquistor of the Scion Citadel of France has been avoiding meetings with Weaver (England´s Inquisitor) on a really particular and specific subject: Sheol II. Paige´s first mission after convalescing for a month, is to infiltrate the court and find out the reason why. Aside from the Domino mission, then, Paige manages to establish a connection with the Court of Miracles (France´s voyant syndicate) in order to find information about Sheol II´s location and destroy it (and trying to create an alliance). However, she didn´t count on the fact that most of its voyant leaders (except one who had disappeared) were just as corrupted as London once was. As the story progresses then, we see her uncovering Scion´s secret, learning about the Rephaim, creating alliances, recovering and strengthening the bond with Acturus... "His home lay in decay, and mine lay in the shadow of the Anchor. Scion had made wanderers of us" This maybe, will contain some more spoilers so I guess you should stay back. I did put a warning, two times so I will not be held responsible, dear reader. As always, Samantha Shannon´s writing is impeccable. It mesmerizes me, how someone can have so much talent, not only in crafting such a well paced plot and such an intricate world building but just, the beauty of it, the beauty of the words. Im fascinated. The characters? Brilliant, aside from my two love birds, I loved loved loved the characters that made up The Court of Miracles. The appearances of David and Ivy? Astounding. The dialogues? I have no comments. Its a perfect balance of information, light chatting and tension. The bond between the two? I may cry. I believe I may die. The ending? I need professional help. Aside from all my positive, non coherent blurb, I got to admit however, that this book was entirely different from the first three. I was scared, at first, that I may not come to like it as much as I did the last three books but well, I´ ve been traumatized for the last 3 days so I´m taking that as a pretty good sign. Conclusion: I was excited, then doubtful, and then I had a fit. I loved it. That is all. ""If you make me your home, you´ll wander forever"

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Elend Wolf

    That ending... I'll need forever to get over that ending. Honestly, a book ending hadn't chilled me so since Lord of Shadows. My heart is in little pieces and I'm so anxious and shocked. The sole idea of having to wait years for the next book is making suffer even more already. Like I wasn't in deep, agonizing pain already. I'll need an eternity to get over this book. RTC. __________________ After the amazingness of The Dawn Chorus I've been super excited to finally be able to read this contin That ending... I'll need forever to get over that ending. Honestly, a book ending hadn't chilled me so since Lord of Shadows. My heart is in little pieces and I'm so anxious and shocked. The sole idea of having to wait years for the next book is making suffer even more already. Like I wasn't in deep, agonizing pain already. I'll need an eternity to get over this book. RTC. __________________ After the amazingness of The Dawn Chorus I've been super excited to finally be able to read this continuation, not that I wasn't excited before, and now it's finally here!!!! I'm all here for the emotional rollercoaster this is gonna be and to get back into this very, very interesting world. The fact that it takes place in Paris, and will probably give me an excuse to practice my French, is just a bonus that I'll take gladly and obsessed over for the foreseeable future.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Beatrice in Bookland

    1) The bone season ★★★★☆ 2) The mime order ★★★★☆ 3) The song rising ★★★★★ *distant sobbing* So... is it 2020 yet?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mary S. R.

    So I might not be able to prove this with mathematics or geometry or whatever, but this cover is so aesthetically perfect it just changed the centre of gravity to my life. I’m actually falling sideways. Or maybe that’s just me fainting. Interesting. Okay, wait a sec I think I can prove it *picks up ruller and golden ratio* Companions Book series playlist: Spotify URL Books in series: ⤷ The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1) ★★★☆☆ ⤷ The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season, #0.5) ★★★★☆ ⤷ The Mime Ord So I might not be able to prove this with mathematics or geometry or whatever, but this cover is so aesthetically perfect it just changed the centre of gravity to my life. I’m actually falling sideways. Or maybe that’s just me fainting. Interesting. Okay, wait a sec I think I can prove it *picks up ruller and golden ratio* Companions Book series playlist: Spotify URL Books in series: ⤷ The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1) ★★★☆☆ ⤷ The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season, #0.5) ★★★★☆ ⤷ The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2) ★★★★✯ ⤷ The Song Rising (The Bone Season, #3) ★★★★★ ⤷ The Dawn Chorus (The Bone Season, #3.5) ★★★★★ ⤷ The Mask Falling (The Bone Season, #4) ☆☆☆☆☆

  15. 5 out of 5

    Raquel Flockhart

    ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 1. The Bone Season | ★★★ 2. The Mime Order | ★★★★ 3. The Song Rising | ★★★★ “With this, whenever you desire, you can conceal Paige Mahoney—all her fears, all her sorrow, all her rage—and inhabit Black Moth. You can write her story. You can sing it to the streets of Paris. And I promise you, this citadel will call eternally for more.” As you might know, The Bone Season septology is one of my favourite series ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 1. The Bone Season | ★★★ 2. The Mime Order | ★★★★ 3. The Song Rising | ★★★★ “With this, whenever you desire, you can conceal Paige Mahoney—all her fears, all her sorrow, all her rage—and inhabit Black Moth. You can write her story. You can sing it to the streets of Paris. And I promise you, this citadel will call eternally for more.” As you might know, The Bone Season septology is one of my favourite series. After reading The Song Rising as soon as it came out back in 2017, I have been patiently waiting and highly anticipating the publication of this fourth instalment. And let me tell you, my experience reading The Mask Falling has been quite a roller-coaster. I didn’t love the first two-thirds as much as I loved The Mime Order and The Song Rising. I even thought this would turn out to be my least favourite instalment in the series. But then, the last third of the book happened and it completely blew my away. Dealing with the aftermath of the previous book, Paige arrives to the Scion Citadel of Paris. She knows the clairvoyance cause needs more allies and, in order to accomplish that, she decides to explore the Parisian underground with the goal of finding its syndicate, also known as Le Nouveau Régime. At the same time, the mysterious Domino Programme and its network of spies are expecting Paige to carry out a mission that can get both parties the answers they need in order to take Scion down. As I mentioned before, I had some issues with this book. I just think some aspects happen too quickly and very easily, with some revelations being pretty much convenient. Furthermore, and for the first time while reading this series, Paige got on my nerves. I just couldn’t understand a couple of very reckless and crucial decisions she makes in The Mask Falling. That being said, I absolutely loved the last part. There are so many insane plot-twists, shocking revelations and heart-wrenching scenes. It has been more than a day since I finished this book and I’m still thinking about everything that takes place in that last part. Samantha Shannon is a genius. A sadist genius. There is absolutely nothing that could have prepared me for those intense last chapters. “Fear is a constant for us mortals,” I said, “but so is the knowledge that no matter how careful and afraid we are, life does end. So you might as well take every shot you get.” I might re-read this instalment once my finished copy arrives so I can properly take it all and formulate a more solid opinion. Because I feel that one of the revelations that takes place towards the end does justify Paige’s main reckless decision, the one that bothered me. Honestly, I just need to comprehend how this went from a 3-star book for me to an infinite-star instalment in the last third. Because those last scenes were truly a masterpiece. As always, I cherished every scene between Paige and Warden. This book truly delivers in that sense, since it’s the one that has more scenes of these two together. Their relationship is so pure, complex, beautiful and angsty. I also liked how this book is so focused on how Paige deals with PTSD and aquaphobia, something we already got a glimpse of in The Dawn Chorus, a novella that takes place between the third and four instalment and that I highly recommend to every fan of the series because of how it focuses on mental and physical health—and because of the foreshadowing that includes. Overall, and even thought my start with The Mask Falling wasn’t as promising as I hoped for, I ended up loving this instalment. I honestly don’t know how I’m now supposed to wait two years to know what happens next after that ending. I never thought an ending could have shocked me as much as Golden Son did, but Samantha Shannon just proved me wrong and managed to achieve the impossible. If you haven’t picked up this series yet, I really don’t know what are you waiting for. “Paige,” Kornephoros said again, spinning out the syllable. “An archaic word for a messenger or servant, as I understand it. Incongruous, since you appear to resist authority. Or perhaps you were named for a leaf of paper, blank, its tale yet to be written. Which is it?” P.S.: I’m not English, so I’m sorry if there are any spelling or grammar mistakes. Instagram | Twitter | Youtube | Tumblr

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melanie (TBR and Beyond)

    I will riot if she pushes this series back again! Don't be that person Samantha!!! I will riot if she pushes this series back again! Don't be that person Samantha!!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ashleigh (ash_and_books)

    I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review. Songs for this book (all by Ruelle): -Find You -Hold Your Breath -Closing In -Daydream -Madness -The Other Side TW for the book: aquaphobia, mentions of torture, death of a parent (before events of TMF) TW for the review: aquaphobia Representation: LGBTQ+ characters (demisexual main character, pan love interest, ace character, non-binary side character etc) The Mask Falling (TMF) was one of my MOST anticipated releases for 2021. I knew I would absolu I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review. Songs for this book (all by Ruelle): -Find You -Hold Your Breath -Closing In -Daydream -Madness -The Other Side TW for the book: aquaphobia, mentions of torture, death of a parent (before events of TMF) TW for the review: aquaphobia Representation: LGBTQ+ characters (demisexual main character, pan love interest, ace character, non-binary side character etc) The Mask Falling (TMF) was one of my MOST anticipated releases for 2021. I knew I would absolutely love this book and I did. Samantha Shannon has a way with words that compels you to keep reading and makes it extremely hard to put the book down. I should know, as I binged this in one 16-hour sitting finishing it at 3.30am. While I may have had an emotional spiral thanks to that ending the next day, it was beyond worth it. Every emotion you could possibly feel was felt in this book and to be honest The Bone Season (TBS) series as a whole. TMF had me on edge the entire time, waiting for the other shoe to drop. Making me second guess EVERYTHING someone says or does and that in itself really puts you into Paige’s shoes after all she has been put through in the past 3 books. Some things that I loved about TMF was Paige’s continued character growth on her own. It is hard to forget that Paige is now 20 years old in this series and has had to grow up quickly because of Scion. Shannon finds that balance between being a young leader making the hard, right and wrong choices and trying to survive as a fugitive. And all of that takes a toll emotionally and physically. Paige’s journey is far from over and there is still a lot for her to process from previous events and now the events in TMF. Writing about trauma and phobias in any form is difficult to get right and with care. The aquaphobia that a character has developed because of trauma experienced in the previous book is not glossed over within the first few chapters as if it did not exist or was easily overcame, which is unrealistic. Shannon put this character into mundane situations where that aquaphobia does realistically affect them. Like drinking water, trying to take a shower, or having a bath. Reading these parts were sometimes difficult because my heart was breaking for them and how they were struggling. Slow burn relationships (SBR) are something that I have a love/hate relationship with. Paige’s character growth and SBR with a certain character has organically developed more deeply because of their close proximity and they have had the time to do that in and around the events of TMF. But how Shannon has written how the 2 characters have come to care for one another not just platonically but also romantically has me loving the SBR and hungry for more. Paige’s menstrual cycle being talked about openly and in a matter of fact way in an adult fantasy/dystopian/sci-fi is rare to find. I just loved that it was included. TMF has a lot of travelling and new places to figure out. The back and forth between places and where characters were going was difficult to follow at times. Because as this is an unfinished review copy it does not have a map that can help navigate. When we do have maps in the final copies, personally I think this will make it much easier to follow Now. The last 100 pages that cemented TMF as a 5-star read for me. I knew from past experience with this series that Shannon will give us small moments of happiness and then proceed to rip out our hearts and stamp all over them. I was not prepared for the 100-page emotional rollercoaster at the end in anyway and it makes me terrified for the next 3 books in the series and how Shannon will wrap up this story. Final thoughts are: this book has exceeded any expectations I had for it both on what was going to happen and how emotionally destroyed I was going to be when I finished it. Bring on TBS5

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bright Star

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. The Mask Falling is the fourth book in The Bone Season series and it was one of my most anticipated releases of 2021. Once again, Samantha Shannon didn't disappoint. Every time, she's able to create a complex story with an incredible worldbuilding and a lot of action, twists and emotional moments. The Mask Falling picks up where The Song Rising left off, with Paige and Warden headed to Paris to accomplish this new assignment for the I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. The Mask Falling is the fourth book in The Bone Season series and it was one of my most anticipated releases of 2021. Once again, Samantha Shannon didn't disappoint. Every time, she's able to create a complex story with an incredible worldbuilding and a lot of action, twists and emotional moments. The Mask Falling picks up where The Song Rising left off, with Paige and Warden headed to Paris to accomplish this new assignment for the mysterious Domino Programme. I'm not going to spoil anything, you have to read and devour every single word but be ready for anything. The stakes are higher and each chapter will lead you to the last one that will leave you speechless and shocked. Every time I think about that ending... I don't know how I'm goint to survive years for the next book. Needless to say how much I loved Paige and Warden. Two strong characters, and yet both vulnerable. Their relationship grew through the story and you can't help but love them even more. One chapter in particular was absolutely perfect and my heart couldn't handle all the feels I had in that moment. So, if you haven't started this series yet, what are you waiting for? I highly recommend it!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Caylynn

    Update: January 26th, 2021 I DIDN'T KNOW THIS CAME OUT TODAY WHAT THE HELL. BRB gonna go speed REread the second and third books before I snatch this shit up at Barnes & Noble!! ----------------------------------- Update: August 17th, 2020 LOOK AT THAT COVER!! Me currently when I see that we're back to the OG design and not the mess that was The Song Rising's messed up changes- ----------------------------------- Update: April 26th, 2020 What? The actual? Fuck? When did this book get a title??? And an up Update: January 26th, 2021 I DIDN'T KNOW THIS CAME OUT TODAY WHAT THE HELL. BRB gonna go speed REread the second and third books before I snatch this shit up at Barnes & Noble!! ----------------------------------- Update: August 17th, 2020 LOOK AT THAT COVER!! Me currently when I see that we're back to the OG design and not the mess that was The Song Rising's messed up changes- ----------------------------------- Update: April 26th, 2020 What? The actual? Fuck? When did this book get a title??? And an update from our beloved author herself?? January 2021?? WHERE ARE MY SUPPOSED FRIENDS AND WHY DIDN'T ANYONE INFORM ME OF THIS GLORIOUS UPDATE??? I NEED this book more than I NEEd air. But I'm also glad that Samantha Shannon took her time, because I just know that this is easily going to be the best installment yet of the series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gabriela Pop

    how dare Samantha Shannon make a perfect series even more perfect? This is the literary equivalent of an emotional rollercoaster and you can picture me screaming throught this entire emotional journey it feels like I've embarked along with the characters. The stakes of this series always felt so high, yet Shannon keeps escalating and rising the bar, both on a personal microlevel and on a broader scale. Bravo, my metaphorical hat off to you Ms Shannon, it is an honour to have my heart stomped on how dare Samantha Shannon make a perfect series even more perfect? This is the literary equivalent of an emotional rollercoaster and you can picture me screaming throught this entire emotional journey it feels like I've embarked along with the characters. The stakes of this series always felt so high, yet Shannon keeps escalating and rising the bar, both on a personal microlevel and on a broader scale. Bravo, my metaphorical hat off to you Ms Shannon, it is an honour to have my heart stomped on by you

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    1.) The Bone Season ★★★ 2.) The Mime Order ★★★ 3.) The Song Rising ★★★★ 1.) The Bone Season ★★★ 2.) The Mime Order ★★★ 3.) The Song Rising ★★★★

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tilly

    5 stars TW: aquaphobia, PTSD, torture and murder, blood and gore, shocking scenes. Samantha Shannon has done it again. I am in shock and can barely think of words to review this incredible book as it has blown me away. Wow, where do I even start? The storyline is in keeping with the first three books of the series in that it is incredibly intricate, filled with surprising/shocking twists and turns and crammed full of emotion. There were many times when my heart was pounding out of my chest or I was 5 stars TW: aquaphobia, PTSD, torture and murder, blood and gore, shocking scenes. Samantha Shannon has done it again. I am in shock and can barely think of words to review this incredible book as it has blown me away. Wow, where do I even start? The storyline is in keeping with the first three books of the series in that it is incredibly intricate, filled with surprising/shocking twists and turns and crammed full of emotion. There were many times when my heart was pounding out of my chest or I was welling up with tears. It takes an incredible storyline, engaging writing and brilliant characters to cause these kind of physical responses. It is a very full on book but there are some beautiful scenes that added real depth. Our amazing lead Paige is in my opinion taken to a whole new level in TMF. Paige is such a strong character but in this book we see alot of vulnerability which made her relatable and REAL. Many authors put characters through a lot but never show any affects, even when physically hurt they somehow managed to be fine. Samantha Shannon made sure all of this was realistic and that was a breath of fresh air to read. The old and new characters played such fantastic roles and noone was redundant. We get to see a lot more of Warden (who I adore), which is an absolute treat! There is an abundance of schemes and politics in TMF, however I never found it too complicated and it added a great deal of depth and drama. Overall, this is a stunning addition to The Bone Season story. It swept me away and kept me gripped throughout. If you enjoyed the first three books then you will LOVE this. I already want to read it again! I cannot wait for the next book and once we have a date will be counting down the days! I highly recommend this series, it is one of my top 5 series of all time and it's not even finished yet!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lucie

    I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The Mask Falling is my favourite book in the series so far! 💛 Following the events of The Song Rising, Paige Mahoney finds herself in the Scion Citadel of Paris, where the Domino Program has plans for her, while Paige has ambitions of her own. I loved that this book was set in Paris: as someone who used to live there, I'm always a bit wary to read books set there, but Samantha Shannon did a fantastic job! You could I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The Mask Falling is my favourite book in the series so far! 💛 Following the events of The Song Rising, Paige Mahoney finds herself in the Scion Citadel of Paris, where the Domino Program has plans for her, while Paige has ambitions of her own. I loved that this book was set in Paris: as someone who used to live there, I'm always a bit wary to read books set there, but Samantha Shannon did a fantastic job! You could tell how much research she put into this book through her vivid descriptions of the city and how she tied French history to the history of clairvoyants and Scion. Samantha Shannon expanded her world yet again: I found so interesting to learn how things worked in the Scion Citadel of Paris, from the governing body, led by the terrifying Benoît Ménard, to the inner workings of the criminal underworld. If The Mime Order is your favourite book in the series, you are sure to love The Mask Falling! Paige Mahoney still remains one of my favourite protagonists to read about, she feels so real, and I wish I could hug her and tell her that everything is going to be okay, she sure needs it. The Mask Falling introduced a new cast of characters that I loved to get to know, as well as made me reacquainted with characters we hadn't seen in a while. My only problem with the characters is that I still don't love Arcturus Mesarthim like everyone else... I am so indifferent to him, whether he's there or not doesn't change much for me, and I don't know why... I really enjoyed that the author took her time with the plot, starting by showing us how the characters were dealing with what happened in The Song Rising, as well as exploring this new Citadel. Once the plot really got started, I flew through this book, because it was full of twists and turns, Samantha Shannon sure didn't hold back her punches. The Mask Falling was a game-changer for this series, the stakes got even higher for the characters, and its ending left me shocked and speechless. Overall, The Mask Falling was a fantastic fourth instalment that set up so many things for the series, I can't wait to see where the next few books will go! It has amazing character development, a plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and to me, it was the strongest book in the series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elle Rose

    ”But the king had the capacity to fight. It could sit and tremble in the wings, or it could match up the board, straight for the enemy side, and attack. It might even win the game. I would heed that lesson. I had hidden for too long. Queens could be steel, too.” I don’t even know where to start. The Mask Falling was one of my most anticipated releases for 2021 and boy has it delivered. Samantha Shannon instantly drew me back into the world of Scion and I didn’t want it to end. The Bone Season is on ”But the king had the capacity to fight. It could sit and tremble in the wings, or it could match up the board, straight for the enemy side, and attack. It might even win the game. I would heed that lesson. I had hidden for too long. Queens could be steel, too.” I don’t even know where to start. The Mask Falling was one of my most anticipated releases for 2021 and boy has it delivered. Samantha Shannon instantly drew me back into the world of Scion and I didn’t want it to end. The Bone Season is one of my all time favourite series and this instalment has to be the best so far. It’s an intense read, a literal emotional rollercoaster, with an incredible storyline. Paige and Warden are two of my favourite characters and for once I’m enjoying the slowest of slow burn romances. The manner in which Samantha Shannon treats Paige’s trauma from The Song Rising is beautiful to read. The new characters are great, the old characters are great. Jaxon in the palace of Versailles is an aesthetic I’ll treasure forever. The last 100 pages have ripped my heart out my chest and torn it into tiny pieces. I don’t know whether I loved it or hated it. All I know is I want to read it again immediately and I need TBS5 asap!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I fully realize that, at this point, I'm not able to be objective about this series. I care too much for the characters--this book has my emotions thrumming like very few ever have. If you like what The Bone Season does... how Samantha Shannon writes and the ways she makes you feel... you will love this. I adored every single page, and I am sorry the joy couldn't last longer than it did. More, please!! I fully realize that, at this point, I'm not able to be objective about this series. I care too much for the characters--this book has my emotions thrumming like very few ever have. If you like what The Bone Season does... how Samantha Shannon writes and the ways she makes you feel... you will love this. I adored every single page, and I am sorry the joy couldn't last longer than it did. More, please!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    Oh shit... when did we get a release date and title?!?!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alexa

    I was unprepared for how stressful and incredible and compelling this installment of the series would be, and I am left feeling dizzy from the highs and lows of the emotional roller coaster of this experience. Basically, THE MASK FALLING punched me (in the heart and head) and I would happily allow it to do so again. This installment? Brilliant.

  28. 4 out of 5

    dani

    the ending traumatized me, and i will not be the same until i get the fifth book (i cried a lot, i need therapy)

  29. 4 out of 5

    kath | novel + folk

    Oh my GOODNESS

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nicole (Half Wild Books)

    I have no words It’s hard to find the words when a book exceeds all your expectations in the most wonderful way. The Mask Falling was my most anticipated release of 2021, and I am forever grateful to have it early. Paige and Arcturus have such a special place in my soul, and I treasure every moment with them. Samantha Shannon crafts a beautiful, epic fantasy, that will leave readers furiously turning the page. Dark and dangerous, The Mask Falling left me breathless, gaining a place in my heart as I have no words It’s hard to find the words when a book exceeds all your expectations in the most wonderful way. The Mask Falling was my most anticipated release of 2021, and I am forever grateful to have it early. Paige and Arcturus have such a special place in my soul, and I treasure every moment with them. Samantha Shannon crafts a beautiful, epic fantasy, that will leave readers furiously turning the page. Dark and dangerous, The Mask Falling left me breathless, gaining a place in my heart as one of my favourite books of all time. While The Mask Falling kicks off where The Song Rising ended, it is vital to read the short novella, The Dawn Chorus, to truly grasp the depths of this book. Paige suffers from PTSD, and it’s depiction was handled with such care that Samantha Shannon must be praised for her beautifully authentic depiction of mental health and trauma. Her relationships too, are written with such elegance that the slow burn feels real and honest, as though the characters involved are real, human, and not fragments of the readers imagination. With trauma comes character development, and there is an abundance of it. We see Paige, now twenty-years-old, grow into a determined young woman, who will not let anyone extinguish the fire inside of her. Having recently re-read the first two books, it’s nice to see her growth, as well as the areas she still has to work on. The Mask Falling belongs to Arcturus, as much as Paige. He is given a lot of space within this book to grow and evolve, and we finally get a lot of questions answered. His character is complex, and each aspect of his personality is fully flushed out. I really appreciate the extra time given to him. There is a lot of new information in this novel, evenly spread throughout. The reader is offered different clues and insights into how the world works, and what secrets have been hidden beneath. It opens up a whole new realm of possibilities, and I look forward to seeing them explored further. What can readers expect? New and familiar faces, truths to shatter the world and a relentless plot. This book made me cry, laugh, swoon, gasp. It was an experience to read it, and one I will treasure. I have often said The Mime Order is one of the best books written – I have a tattoo for it, after all – but The Mask Falling just became my favourite book in this series, and with three more still to come, I can only imagine that we should start bracing ourselves for heartbreak now.

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