When Mark Seaton's father disappears and his mother is murdered, he becomes a pawn in a deadly world of nobles, masked courtiers, and mysterious beings that whisper in his mind.
The only way a pawn can survive is to gain position and power.
The only way Mark Seaton can be free, is to become a player.
"Prazeman has crafted a magnificent, credible fantasy where noble lords symbiotically bond with masked jesters whose machinations and assassinations further their ambitions without imperiling their souls. She does a uniquely wonderful job of honoring her readers' intelligence, parsing out little hints and nibbles, barely enough information to figure out what is going on as her hero navigates the intrigue. The result is a swift and satisfying read that leaves us begging for a sequel. Whole-heartedly recommended!" - Lawrence Kane, ForeWord Magazine
"Prazeman's jesters dance fine lines through a world of byzantine politics. Real, fallible people lie behind complex masks. The subtle weave of influences, and the dangers they produce, will keep readers hooked." - Sara Mueller, Endeavor Award Committee Member
"The world of MASKS is a fantasy world unlike any other I've encountered, rich with mystery, intrigue, and danger, and its hero Mark is complex and unusual - a young man trying to solve the riddle of his parents' deaths while concealing dangerous secrets of his own. No one in this book is exactly what they seem, Mark least of all. We all have our masks, and MASKS lifts the façades of its characters and its world to expose the ambiguous truths behind them." - David Levine, Hugo Award Winning Author
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About the Author
Well, for starters, it's a pseudonym. The artist known as E.M. lives and loves and sometimes brawls in the Pacific Northwest, a big change from being an illegal alien refugee from the old Eastern Bloc.
Fully naturalized now, E.M. writes and gardens and raises livestock. Has a fondness for swords and history. Is a better shot with a bow than with a gun, but isn't too bad with a .45.
In the last year the Prazeman household has hosted Kurdish expatriates, SWAT medics, former special operations soldiers, (ostensibly reformed) criminals, Finnish martial artists and the occasional author or school teacher from a remote village. These people come to E.M. to decompress and think.
I know. I'm one of them.
- Rory Miller, Author of "Facing Violence"
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It was well written despite the romance interest between 2 men