In Shadows, by E.C. Blake, I found a world filled with magic and special people. Mara Holdfast is an intriguing main character. The author weaves a journey for her that many will connect with. It was fun to go through every emotion with her along the way. The classic good versus evil takes a turn in this novel that adds the perfect twist. I didn’t realize when I began reading that this book is the second in a trilogy. I will definitely go back and read the first book, Masks. Usually books such as this one can stand alone whether you’ve read the others or not. I found this to be true up until the end which was way too abrupt for me. It was almost like stopping a novel in the middle and never picking it back up. Maybe a ploy by the author to get readers to buy the next in the series, Faces. Spring 2015 can’t get her fast enough. I need to know what happens to Mara.
In Masks, Mara Holdfast's life changed forever. As the daughter of the Autarch’s Master Maskmaker, she had a clearly defined future: a quiet, ordered life in the capital, making Masks with her father and doing work important to the ruling Autarch. But when her Mask, specially made by her own father, cracked and fell to pieces during her Masking ceremony, Mara was exiled from everything she once knew.
Now she has become part of an underground rebellion, rejecting the unjust rules of a Masked society. She must try to understand her unprecedented ability to use all types of magic?and to tear magic from the living bodies of those around her. But Mara has yet to discover just how horrifying her power can be?.