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Masques by Patricia Briggs is actually a re-issue of her debut fantasy novel issued in 1993 that has been slightly expanded & revised. It is the first book in the Sianam series (a loosely woven series of books that have different lead characters, but set in the same world).

In this novel, the arch mage, Ae’Magi, is slowly over taking the land. Aralon, a spy and descended from a shape changing race for the city of Sianam ends up joining in with the rebellion that is trying to stop him with her mysterious companion, Wolf. The story is enjoyable and very different from her popular Mercy Thompson series. Aralon is not perfect and despite her shape-changing powers, not the best fighter in the world which was a nice touch. Wolf is just as enjoyable though I figured out most of his secrets before the big revelations at times.

While the book was a tad predictable for fantasy readers, it is still a nice, relaxing story with enough action and suspense to keep a reader interested. I am highly looking forward to the upcoming sequel, Wolfsbane. Another keeper and I give this one 4 stars.

Book Blurb for Masques

After an upbringing of proper behavior and oppressive expectations, Aralorn fled her noble birthright for a life of adventure as a mercenary spy. Her latest mission involves spying on the increasingly powerful sorcerer Geoffrey ae'Magi. But in a war against an enemy armed with the powers of illusion, how do you know who the true enemy is-or where he will strike next?

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2010 4.00