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Masks
     

Masks

4.5 9
by Karen Chance
 

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The thrilling prequel to the New York Times bestselling Cassie Palmer series, featuring seductive and dangerous Master Vampire Mircea Basarab.

Fifteenth century Venice is a safe haven for the masterless dregs of the vampire world, a city where they can live without the fear of retribution for violating another’s territory.
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Overview

The thrilling prequel to the New York Times bestselling Cassie Palmer series, featuring seductive and dangerous Master Vampire Mircea Basarab.

Fifteenth century Venice is a safe haven for the masterless dregs of the vampire world, a city where they can live without the fear of retribution for violating another’s territory.
Still, there are plenty of ways for a young vampire to die in the glittering city, a lesson that prince turned pauper Mircea Basarab must learn quickly. But there are opportunities, too—in the service of a secretive courtesan, in the bed of a beautiful senator, and in the hunt for an ancient assassin.

As a vendetta older than Venice itself comes to a climax, Mircea struggles to evade the dangers of his current life, to come to terms with his past, and to uncover the truth hidden behind a city of masks…

Includes a bonus excerpt of the first Cassie Palmer novel, Touch the Dark.

Praise for the Cassie Palmer Novels:

“A series well worth getting hooked on.”—Fresh Fiction

“Karen Chance will enthrall you.”—USA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca York

“The urban fantasy equivalent of a summer blockbuster.”—SF Site

“Chance takes her place along[side]...Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, MaryJanice Davidson, and J. D. Robb.”—SFRevu

Karen Chance has lived in France, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong, but always comes back to America. She currently lives in central Florida, the home of make-believe, which may explain a lot. She’s the author of the New York Times bestselling Cassie Palmer series, including Reap the Wind, Tempt the Stars, and Hunt the Moon.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698182936
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/18/2014
Series:
Mircea Basarab Series
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
406
Sales rank:
91,621
File size:
1 MB

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Meet the Author

Karen Chance has lived in France, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong, but always comes back to America. She currently lives in central Florida, the home of make-believe, which may explain a lot. She’s the author of the New York Times bestselling Cassie Palmer series, including Reap the Wind, Tempt the Stars, and Hunt the Moon.

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Masks 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great look into Mircea's past and some if the things that made him into the Vampire senator he is today. I was pleasantly surprised with learning his connections to the American and European Consuls. Absolutely loved seeing a glimpse of young Dori and Mircea's fierce desire to protect her from the beginning.
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Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Set in fifteenth century Venice, Masks brings us the tale of how Mircea Basarab, a familiar character from Karen Chance’s Cassandra Palmer series, began his life as a vampire. Venice is a haven for masterless vampires and as a Mircea was cursed rather than made into a vampire, he is as masterless as he can get. But Venice isn’t quite the beacon of safety he thought it would be, captured by slavers and bought by a brothel mistress Mircea has gone from Prince to whore. But the senate is coming to Venice, giving Mircea an opportunity to become more, but with the senate comes an assassin with centuries worth of hatred and a plot to take down an ancient queen. I am a huge fan of Karen Chance, I have yet to read a book by her that I didn’t love and Masks isn’t breaking that winning streak. Mircea is already a character I know and adore from her Cassandra Palmer and Dorina Basarab series, so having a book showing how he started vampire life is a real treat. However, although I do keep mentioning him in association with other series don’t be afraid to pick this up if you are new to Karen Chance, no prior knowledge of her other series are required for this book. What I liked most about this book, was finally seeing inside Mircea’s head, he is normally so inscrutable and self possessed, seeing him so young (in a vampire sense), confused and struggling endeared him to me so much more than seeing any display of power. He is a classic hero, noble even whilst in the gutter, a natural leader doing his best to help those weaker than himself *cue heartfelt sighs* not to mention wickedly hot. Masks was also more introspective than I was expecting, normally with a Karen Chance novel I expect to be dizzy afterwards from all the near misses with the grim reaper, from crazy flying car rides to battles with an impossible foe, and although there is a good amount of action in this book it also gave you room to breath. This allows you to soak in the atmosphere of Venice, the gaiety and decadence as well as the sensuality. This was a fantastic read, once again Karen Chance has written a book that I had difficulty putting down, it had an interesting story with some great characters, both familiar and new leaving more excited to read whatever she has in store for us next * ARC provided by publisher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading this I have a better understanding in who Mircea is and how he became one of the most important senate member. Karen showed use a who new perspective in vampire society and even though the consul is not very friendly, she is an important figure in the dynamics of vampire society.  I have to say that I am not surprised Mircea had a sexual relationship with the consul. I wonder how Cassie  would feel about that if she ever finds out. I can see why Mircea is loyal to the consul now. After reading this, I just can't wait until the next  Cassie book and Dorina book come out! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great find! After following the series (and loving it) it is fabulous to get a completely different perception of Mircea the master vampire in the Cassie Palmer saga.  I am blown away at the depth of this story and can't wait to hear more. I felt like I won the lottery when I found this novel. Kudos to Karen Chance for once again taking us on a high speed thrill ride hosted by  the sexy and powerful Mircea!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing point of veiw story about the early beginings of Mercea's early life as a vampire. It follows and fleshes out the character allowing him to discover that who your are at heart is who you will be. Absolutly wonderful discovering and meeting characters in existance prior to Cassie. Nice intro to Dorinda too.