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Publisher's Summary

A clever con artist, a legendary vigilante, and a dashing crime lord must fight to free their city from the clutches of a dark and ancient magic in the second novel of M. A. Carrick's “utterly captivating” Rook & Rose trilogy (S. A. Chakraborty, author of The City of Brass).

Trust is the thread that binds. And the rope that hangs.

In Nadežra, peace is as tenuous as a single thread. The ruthless House Indestor has been destroyed, but darkness still weaves through the city’s filthy alleys and jewel-bright gardens, seen by those who know where to look.

Derossi Vargo has always known. He has sacrificed more than anyone imagines to carve himself a position of power and influence among the nobility, hiding a will of steel behind a velvet smile. He'll be damned if he lets anyone threaten what he's built.

Grey Serrado knows all too well. Bent under the yoke of too many burdens, he fights to protect the city’s most vulnerable. Sooner or later, that fight will demand more than he can give.

And Ren, daughter of no clan, knows best of all. Caught in a knot of lies, torn between her heritage and her aristocratic masquerade, she relies on her gift for reading pattern to survive. And it shows her the web of darkness that traps her city.

But all three have yet to discover just how far that web stretches. And in the end, it will take more than wits and knives to cut themselves free.

©2021 Bryn Neuenschwander and Alyc Helms (P)2022 Orbit

Critic Reviews

"Utterly captivating. Carrick spins an exciting web of mystery, magic, and political treachery in a richly drawn and innovative world." (S. A. Chakraborty, author of The City of Brass)

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Love love love these characters

I just binged this book over 3 days. Excellent follow-up to the first. I love dark and urban fantasy but sometimes the “against the odds” stories where everything goes wrong all the time is draining to read. This series has a nice blend of setbacks and success. It’s really fun seeing how the clever characters improvise and plan and juggle through the main arc as well as the various masks all the characters wear. Can’t wait for the next book!

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Phenominal.

The writing, the intrigue, the character development, the world, and the narrator's performance. All simply phenomenal.

The plot built upon threads left over from the first boo and introduced more for the next, the growing mystery in the background was fun to follow, the expansion and growth of so many characters was moving, and the narrator's commitment to the tone of the writing and personalities of the characters was amazing.
Though I will say the narrator seems to be at odds with words of French origin.

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Fun and immersive

great continuation of the story. lots to unpack, and can't wait for the next one. the reader was the same one from the first book, and it looks like whoever directed the reading took notes from reviews, because this one was much better. you could actually hear the male voices, and the performance itself was better as well.

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Excellent Storyline!

I am loving this series! CanNot WAIT for the last one to be released. Also, hoping for some pattern cards. Excellent story. Excellent narration.

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Loved it

I'm absolutely in love with this series. First book was wonderful and the second is just as good.

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Even better

Last year Mask of Mirrors was in my top three favorite for the year and this one is even better. We really get to know Vargo and his “spirit “ and I absolutely love him. Well written, great story that kept me interested and entertained the whole way through. I hope the author has many more books to come.

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Great Fantasy

All the characters are multidimensional and the story is compelling. I will listen more than once and wait eagerly for the next in the series.

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I’m not far along listening to this book but the excruciatingly precise enunciation is very distracting. The performance seems forced and the narrator sounds uncomfortable when reading parts of the story. It’s at times halting, as is she’s bracing herself to say something particularly difficult. Hopefully, as the narrator gets further along she will settle into a better rhythm. At present, it’s tough to listen to her. Some passages are read in a monotone and cause my mind to wander from the story. I may revise my review if the narrator improves. Here’s to hoping….

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Enchanting

Seriously I suck at writing reviews, and it doesn't really matter because it doesn't seem like anyone reads them anyways.
But! In the off chance than anyone does, I just have to say: YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!!! Well, you should definitely read "The Mask of mirrors" first, but you get what I mean.
It's a bit slow burn, but that is perfect for this book. Its just such a beautiful world. Just read it, you understand.
And BTW, I know a lot of my friends here enjoy YA (I do to, so no judging) but I just have to underline that this is not that. It's definitely more high fantasy.

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  • 06-11-22

Charming and compelling.

I really am really enjoying this series - the narrator’s tone is wry and funny, the characters are mysterious and there are some surprising plot twists. The world building is also pleasingly rich. Would thoroughly recommend.

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  • 05-20-22

Recommended

well read. Well thought out engaging story. The characters have personality and there is a spectrum of good and bad. Much recommended. Best book in a while

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  • Wendy French
  • 04-19-22

Exquisite

O.M.G. I am obsessed. This book is so beautifully written and read. Captivating & impressive.