Ruin of Stars (Mask of Shadows Series #2)

Ruin of Stars (Mask of Shadows Series #2)

by Linsey Miller


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ISBN-13: 9781492647522
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Series: Mask of Shadows Series , #2
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 67,775
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

A wayward biologist from Arkansas, Linsey previously worked as a crime lab intern, neuroscience lab assistant, and pharmacy technician. She is active in the writing community. She can be found writing about science and magic anywhere there's coffee. Visit her online at

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Ruin of Stars (Mask of Shadows Series #2) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lived for the thrill and action of what this story brought!! its defiantly a series I'd recommend to older teens 18++ because of the extremely detailed violence that theses books contain. the story of sal will tug at your heart strings, bring you to the edge of your seat and say "WTF just happened" and fare warning, you'll might get confused with some of the gender roles in both books with a few characters, I know it confused me when I read the first book. I defiantly didn't expect to enjoy reading this book, due to its dark twisted violence and blood bath vengeance, but I ended up loving it so much!!
MinMex_Reads More than 1 year ago
I received a digital ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is the sequel to Mask of Shadows which was released in 2017 and follows a gender-fluid pick-pocket turned assassin. Ruin of Stars has its fill of blood, violence and murder just like MofS and follows really close to the end in timeline so I would recommend reading them pretty close together.. There wasn't as much connection back to the first book in the way of recapping as I would like so I'm glad I read them back to back. This book felt a little more choppy and the transitions didn't flow for me. There were at least 4-5 times where I had to go back and reread passages because I didn't know what had just happened. This one had heavier themes and the competition action of the first one was replaced more with Sal on a quest for revenge and struggling with the feelings of right and wrong and how to retain yourself even when doing horrible acts. Do the reasons justify the actions? There was a heavy dose of diversity (racial, sexual and cultural) but some of it seemed like it was thrown in just in order for it to be present. This book is quite dark compared to most of my recent YA fantasy reads but I think it is important to see the diverse character representations which is gaining in popularity but still not quite mainstream.. What would make it more mainstream though is to not need to mention the gender fluid nature of Sal SO often. Magnus Chase series has a gender fluid character and Alex was blended in to the plot more and it wasn't a defining characteristic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the first book in this duology, and this one did not disappoint either, although I liked it slightly less than the first one. You can see my review of the first book here. The politics got way complicated and started to detract from my enjoyment of the book. I think if I had reread the first book before this one I might have enjoyed it more as some of the background and how the world was laid out would have been a little fresher in my mind. There was very little in the way of reminders of what happened in the first book and who people were, that also added to the confusion. The story picks up a few months after the first book ended. Sal has recovered and is hell bent on revenge. Sal spends much of the book on the road hunting down all of the Erland Lords who took part in destroying their country and culture. Sal meets others from their homeland in this book, which gave some insight into Nacea’s culture. Sal learns more about what it might have been like to grow up with a family immersed in their culture. Sal’s character doesn’t develop as much in this book, except for maybe learning that even when you trust someone they can still betray you. Sal’s relationship with Elise goes through some growing pains, but they are still good together. Sal’s being gender fluid was not as prominent in this story as it was in the first one, there was not as much emphasis on clothes and which way Sal was feeling. Maud, Sal’s servant/friend, was not in this book as much as I would have liked. She is still one of my favorite characters, even when I thought she might really be betraying Sal. Her wit and banter with Sal and others is a wonderful and a much needed comic relief in such a dark story. The one thing I really struggled with in this book was the politics and the way the world was structured. I got that Erland was very male centric and could only view people as either male or female, but the other countries were all sort of jumbled together and were hard to keep straight. Many of the secondary characters were also muddled, they were not fleshed out well and sort of all came under the heading of evil and not much else. Their names kept confusing me as well. There were also some new characters and concepts introduced that added to the general confusion of what was really going on. The whole magical system was the good part of this story, but could have used a little more clarification on how it worked. I liked how it was intricate to the whole ending of the story though. This was a good story and good conclusion to the duology. It could have been better with a little more clarity of the world and some of the characters. If I had read the first book again I might not have felt so confused, but I think there still would be some of that. The world the author created was elaborate and therefore needed more explanations than what we got.
drakenfyre More than 1 year ago
Ruin of Stars is the second book in the Mask of Shadows duology. The book picks up right where Mask of Shadows pick up. Sal is now the Opal for the Queen had been granted permission to seek out the people responsible that helped kill his family. Revenge, magic and assassinations, the internal struggle of right and wrong, if killing makes you just as bad a person or it can break you and change you. These are all things Sal struggles with during the story. Sal was doing everything in their power as an Opal to potentially stop another war and finding out the truth about Shadows and magic. Maud seemed to have a more vital role this time around which made my happy, she’s snarky, strong and honest. She tries her best to keep Sal in line despite everything they do against her advice. There is a good amount of action and killing in this one, but not as much as the first book, I guess since there are fewer people out to kill Sal since they are now the Honorable Opal. One issue I had was that yes, we know that Sal is gender-fluid, but it felt like it was more forced this time around and every time it could mentioned when discussing the different nations and how they feel about those “outside of the normal.” The best part of the book in my view was the Epilogue, did not expect that ending
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
ruin of stars concludes the story of sal, the gender fluid pickpocket that began in mask of shadows. the series needs to be read in order or it won't make much sense. there's a lot of characters and a lot of world-building mythology and at times i found it confusing. but sal as a character is so compelling. you can't help rooting for them as they set about avenging their family. the relationship between sal and elise continues to grow and deepen. there are still plenty of twists and turns, but where things end is pretty much exactly where they should. i recommend binge-reading this series because the two books are so closely linked. but it's enjoyable and the characters are wonderful. you can't help rooting for them. **ruin of stars will publish on august 28, 2018. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/sourcebooks fire in exchange for my honest review.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Sal can finally seek vengeance and retribution behind the mask of Opal. The seek and destroy mission is now a thing of reality and Sal will make them pay. But will the greater price be paid by Sal’s soul? Enter the intriguing and dark world of Linsey Miller’s RUIN OF STARS as one young assassin will enter a world filled with deceit, magic and love, with little hope of coming out emotionally intact, just the last person standing. Is the magic of the world really gone or has it been hidden away, coveted by others? Will Sal finally find peace of mind and a true purpose to a life stained with hatred and blood? Linsey Miller brings this duology to a close with the same bold strokes of her pen, filling this tale with rapid-fire action, brutality and even tender moments of love and longing with a uniquely drawn character that allows each reader to decide how they interpret who Sal is as they travel through the intricate world at Sal’s side. I received a complimentary ARC edition from Sourcebooks Fire!
Caroldaz More than 1 year ago
I also read the first book, The Mask of Shadows and can only reiterate that this book is a real treasure, delightful, haunting, action-packed and thrilling!
KristyJewel More than 1 year ago
When I read Mask of Shadows I was blown away by Linsey Miller's book. I loved Sal and so many of the characters. They were truly lovely. It was horror filled love letter written and I loved everything about it. When I saw that Ruin of Stars was up on NetGalley, I knew that I had to read it! When I was accepted as an ARC reader I did a little jump of joy as well. Just like Mask of Shadows, Ruin of Stars brings us the wonderful character of Sal. I honestly loved the gender fluid nature of Sal though at times in this book I felt is was a little too preachy on sexuality. What I loved about it is that though slightly preachy at times, Sal is still Sal. Sallot is written well and isn't a gender fluid character just to be gender fluid and I loved that Sal was so beautifully written. This book revisits all of our favorite & least favorite characters from Mask of Shadows, you see Sal trying to cross off his list. You also see the struggle of all of the characters when it comes to living, dying, and everything in between. The descriptions, the characters, and everything you loved about Mask of Shadows is here. This is one of my favorite reads so far. I loved it so much, I refused to finish it for the longest of times. If you liked the first one, you'll love this one too.
onemused More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars "Ruin of Stars" continues the world and story of Sal from Mask of Shadows. Sal is a thief who happens to be gender-fluid. Still suffering from post-traumatic stress about the damage of Shadows (magical creatures that wiped out Sal's country), Sal is on a quest for revenge. As one of the four deemed the Queen's Left Hand, Sal as Opal is given the opportunity to enact this revenge after determining who they are. Sal has a list of names of the 5 powerful people from Erland who released the Shadows and directed them into Nacea, wiping out a whole country and culture. Alongside the quest for revenge, Sal has a lot of internal struggle to confront- does killing make you a bad person, even if you are killing the worst kinds of people? What is the ultimate goal of revenge and what happens when it doesn't feel as good as expected? How does one remain true to oneself in the face of it all? In a potentially even darker journey than the first book, Sal must confront his/her own demons and forge a path forward. Along the way to discovering who the 5 were, Sal also learns about other terrors occurring now, and the mission becomes bigger than just revenge. The book is highly engaging, and I could not stop reading it. However, there were some scene changes that felt a bit smash/cut or too fast, and I almost felt like we were following too many stories/characters (all through Sal's eyes though). They all eventually began to tie together at the end, and we see the bigger picture of what has been happening. I also would recommend reading the first book again before picking up the second- there isn't much recap if at all and characters are not re-introduced, so it would be better to have it fresh when picking up this book. The strength with this book, as with the first, is in the characters who are well-formed and diverse. We meet some new characters in this book also and get to experience some diverse cultures- it's an interesting journey. And, of course, Sal is fully formed and three-dimensional, and a really great main character, battling with inner demons and imperfections. The gender fluidity is explained a bit more in this book also, and it's great that it is presented not as the defining characteristic or the only characteristic but just what Sal is (if that makes sense). Overall, it was a fast-paced and darker/thoughtful story. The epilogue also wraps things up nicely and it's a good conclusion to the duology. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.