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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon, read by Alana Kerr Collins.

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Bone Season and The Priory of the Orange Tree, the stunning fourth novel set in the world of Scion.

Dreamwalker Paige Mahoney has eluded death again. Snatched from the jaws of captivity and consigned to a safe house in the Scion Citadel of Paris, she finds herself caught between those factions that seek Scion’s downfall and those who would kill to protect the Rephaim’s puppet empire.

The mysterious Domino Program has plans for Paige, but she has ambitions of her own in this new citadel. With Arcturus Mesarthim - her former enemy - at her side, she embarks on an adventure that will lead her from the catacombs of Paris to the glittering hallways of Versailles. Her risks promise high reward: the Parisian underworld could yield the means to escalate her rebellion to outright war.

As Scion widens its bounds and the free world trembles in its shadow, Paige must fight her own memories after her ordeal at the hands of Scion. Meanwhile, she strives to understand her bond with Arcturus, which grows stronger by the day. But there are those who know the revolution began with them - and could end with them....

The Mask Falling is a gripping, fantastical new addition to this "intoxicating urban-fantasy series" (NPR.org) that will leave listeners begging for more.

©2021 Samantha Shannon (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"Keenly imagined.... Atmospheric and unnerving.... Once again, the predicaments are complicated and suspenseful, the new and returning characters are intriguing.... For all its superbly choreographed action and paranormal inventiveness, this is, at heart, a gripping tale of trust and love, valor and sacrifice, and equality and justice." (Booklist)

"Shannon expertly blends genres to create a story that is at once a political thriller, a dystopian epic, and a paranormal adventure. This bold series installment will leave fans eager for more." (Publishers Weekly)

"Real entertainment. Shannon has continued to build on this imagined world with intricacy, and Paige’s voice comes through to deliver a suspenseful story." (The Washington Post)

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THRILLING INSTALLMENT, BRUTAL CLIFFHANGER!

It was a long almost 4 year wait for this book, but boy did Ms. Shannon deliver!

The book begins exactly where The Song Rising ended - with Paige and Warden on a cargo ship set for France. Paris itself was almost its own character, and the underqueen wastes little time trying to forge alliances with the local clairvoyant population.

There were a lot of revelations including betrayals that completely took me by surprise. I was on the edge of my seat for the entire book. Paige's peril is just non-stop. When you don't think it could possibly get worse, it does.

We all know that this is only the 4th book in a 7 book series, but prepare yourself for the biggest cliffhanger ending yet. I can only hope that we won't have to wait 4 more years for the next book.

As for the narration, I feel it is Ms. Collins' best performance thus far. This book was a challenge with A LOT of French dialog and she did a great job with the pronunciation. Another note about all that French dialog - the author doesn't always translate it to English. If you don't have a decent grasp of the language it may get a bit frustrating.

Overall, the best book in the series thus far. Credit well spent!

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I love this world but…

The plot “twists” become repetitive, the phrasing is definitely repetitive. Still I eagerly await each new installment of Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season because the plot is generally imaginative and I could listen to Alana Kerr Collins all day.

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The narrator has an unfortunate habit of dropping both volume and pitch every 3 or 4 sentences making it very difficult to hear, especially in anything other than a quiet room and paying full attention. It also sounds weirdly sing song and repetitive because of that. As with most Sci fi and fantasy books, it helps to have already learned/seen made up words in print. I don't speak French so without visual spelling I can't even guess. The last chapter talks about language. A listener may want to listen to it first.

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NEXT BOOK HURRY PLEASE

There are few fantasy sagas that capture both my heart and mind. This is one of them. Creating a parallel universe that splits off from our reality in Victorian England but takes place in the future is not an easy write. Kudos to Shannon!

Who can you trust? Who is a double-agent? Who is after you? For you? Against you? In love with you? Using you?

Trying to describe this book series is impossible because it is honestly must-read-to-understand. I can compare it to... let's see. A cross between Hunger Games and Court of Thorns and Roses... only cleaner. And smarter. And more colorfully written.

Each character brings their own strength. There is something for everyone here... imagination, creativity, intelligence, food-for-thought.... these books are mystery, romance, coming-of-age, and fantasy.

With monikers like Pale Dreamer, White Binder, Red Vision, and The Rag and Bone Man, you are able to visualize masks, intrigue, anonymity and the underworld of future London.

With characters like Paige, Jaxon, Nick, Hector, Warden, and Ivy, you are able to run the gamut of emotions while launching headlong into dreamscapes, underground cities, and candle-lit seances.

Waiting anxiously for the next in the series! Hurry please!

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A must read!!

I am really in love with this series. Every book has keep me on the edge of my seat.


A must read!!

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Great Next Chapter

Loved the performance, loved the story, loved the added depth to the world. Can't wait for the next installment!!

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Another truimph

Samantha Shannon never disappoints. A fast paced addition to The Bone Season series, filled with spies and espionage. Revelations about several characters lead to additional insights into events in previous books.

Alana Kerr Collins is one of my favorite narrators. Her accents for each character really paint the picture of the story. With the introduction of France/French in this book, Collins continued to excel.

I cannot wait to re-read this book. 😍