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Masques (Sianim Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

The rebellion against magical evil story line is entertaining

Aralorn the shapechanger has been a spy for Sianim for years as the money is great. She is assigned to penetrate the Kingdom of Reth where the powerful sorcerer Geoffrey ae'Magi has established a cruel dictatorship; her mission is to assess how potent the mage is and w...
Aralorn the shapechanger has been a spy for Sianim for years as the money is great. She is assigned to penetrate the Kingdom of Reth where the powerful sorcerer Geoffrey ae'Magi has established a cruel dictatorship; her mission is to assess how potent the mage is and what he is scheming on beyond this beleaguered land. To Aralorn accompanied by Wolf, this is another easy task.

However, once inside she realizes how dangerous and powerful Geoffrey is. Aralorn quickly completes her mission and rushes back to Sianim to report. Only she now learns how far Geoffrey has ties as his insidious control reaches everywhere. With Wolf at her side, Aralorn the mercenary takes her first stand without a thought of money when she joins the resistance.

This is a revision of Patricia Briggs' first fantasy from the early 1990s; the sequel never released before will soon follow. The rebellion against magical evil story line is entertaining even without Mercy although the cast comes across stereotypical of the sub-genre. Still fans will root for Aralorn as she goes from avarice give me the money realist to rebel with a cause idealist.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on August 30, 2010

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Brutal

I accidentally purchased the sequel to this book, Wolfsbane, not realizing it was the sequel until I was a few pages into the book. Realizing that I needed to read this book first, I went ahead and bought it. I CANNOT GET THROUGH THIS BOOK!!!! I keep hoping that if I...
I accidentally purchased the sequel to this book, Wolfsbane, not realizing it was the sequel until I was a few pages into the book. Realizing that I needed to read this book first, I went ahead and bought it. I CANNOT GET THROUGH THIS BOOK!!!! I keep hoping that if I keep reading it will get better but I eventually give up, buy and read a whole other book and then try to go back to this book but I STILL can't finish it! The characters spent way too much time STUDYING BOOKS about how to defeat the bad guy and going off into tangents about random folk tale than they did actually FIGHTING the bad guy. (yawn)

posted by SherE1 on January 27, 2011

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  • Posted October 14, 2010

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    Entertaining 1st Book - If you like M. Lackey Check this out!

    Reading the review of this book I knew that the story was the writer's first novel and that it would be a bit rough :D Still even though the plot is fairly obvious and the ending pretty certain it was an entertaining read. I am REALLY glad Patricia did not go back over this, after being given the chance, and polish the story. I think it is very true that it would have changed the story into something the original readers would not have liked. It is a very good book for; people getting into the fantasy genre, people who are young readers, and also for people who "are between their to-die-for books" but do not want to pay for a bad book. The characters are memorable and I am glad Patricia has a sequel being released soon because I am dying to see what she does with the sequel. This is also a good book to see the transition between a *slightly rougher* first book and the later polished work of an author. I would definitely check out her other books, if you like this one even a little, the later works just get better! :D I would recommend this book for discussions whether in book clubs or in high school reading classes. Get this book if you like the free reading sample.

    Bright Blessings, MeriCalandra

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2011

    Enjoyable

    It was fun to have the beginning of the sianim story. I enjoyed it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2011

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    This was a great book!

    Little hard to get into but once I got passed the first 30 pages it was smooth reading and a pageturner

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  • Posted October 19, 2010

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    Love Patricia Briggs, this book will NOT disappoint!

    I have read most of Patricia Briggs' books and knowing that this was her first, was amazing! I love the story and I love the characters. They really are just as good as any other story. Though this story doesn't have many of the sharp turns in plot that she usually has in her books but this book doesn't disappoint at all!

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  • Posted October 18, 2010

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    Great Story

    I love Patricia Briggs books, she always keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next. I really enjoyed reading Masques, I went straight to get the next in the series, I was bummed to find I had to wait till Nov.2nd, but I am sure it will be worth the wait. Definitely recommend to read, fun story of suspense and love.

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