Masks and Shadows is a wonderful historical story with a hint of magic. It is definitely one for the lover of historical / classics. If you love dramatic love affairs, mystery secret societies, and amazing lavish descriptions then this book is so for you. If none of those sound like your cup of tea then I would pass on this, even with its amazing cover.
For those who are looking for a historical with correct depictions, you will be happy to know that this book is set in a real-life estate. The author does a wonderful job with showing us the past. This book also has tons of different POV’s (Points of View) through the story. Yet even with all of the narrators, the author does a wonderful job weaving them all effortlessly.
As a whole, this is a pretty fast paced book with an interesting story.
The year is 1779, and Carlo Morelli, the most renowned castrato singer in Europe, has been invited as an honored guest to Eszterháza Palace. With Carlo in Prince Nikolaus Esterházy's carriage, ride a Prussian spy and one of the most notorious alchemists in the Habsburg Empire. Already at Eszterháza is Charlotte von Steinbeck, the very proper sister of Prince Nikolaus's mistress. Charlotte has retreated to the countryside to mourn her husband's death. Now, she must overcome the ingrained rules of her society in order to uncover the dangerous secrets lurking within the palace's golden walls. Music, magic, and blackmail mingle in a plot to assassinate the Habsburg Emperor and Empress--a plot that can only be stopped if Carlo and Charlotte can see through the masks worn by everyone they meet.