The Mask Falling is the fourth book in The Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon. I will link my reviews of The Bone Season, The Mime Order and The Song Rising if you are interested in checking them out. I will try and keep my review a spoiler-free as possible for this book, but it may not be possible to keep it spoiler free for the whole series. So do be careful if you haven’t read the series yet!
Title: The Mask Falling
Author: Samantha Shannon
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…
WOW! I’m not sure how I will be able to articulate my feelings about The Mask Falling because I loved it so much. It had just the right amount of drama, as well as some tender moments that left me wanting more. I can’t wait to see where the next book in the series will go because I have so many thoughts and theories.
The characters in The Mask Falling are some of the best characters that I have ever read. They are all so morally grey that it means the story is continually changing in ways that I did not expect. Even the characters you thought you could trust have their secrets. Paige is an excellent main character, and you really feel for her after everything that she has been through. We are introduced to some new characters within The Mask Falling, and while old characters are mentioned, we don’t see them on the page. I liked this as it meant we were learning about the world outside of the UK and the other voyants that exist.
The Mask Falling does also bring Paige’s demisexuality to the forefront of the story, especially when she is exploring the feelings that she has towards Warden. This is something that I loved because demisexuality is not generally seen within fiction, so it was terrific to have that representation on the page. It also made her relationship with Warden seem more profound and meaningful, which I love because they have one of my favourite relationships.
As we have moved to a new country, we also got some more world building. I love Samantha Shannon’s world building because it is so immersive, and you feel as if you are there with the characters. She also creates a fantastic atmosphere that helps build up the tension that The Mask Falling needed. I think her writing style helps this as while it is descriptive, it does not include overly flowery language, which would be unnecessary and wouldn’t fit the themes.
The plot of The Mask Falling and The Bone Season as a whole is very intricate, and it constantly leaves you questioning what you have read and whether to believe everything you are told. I love how Samantha Shannon incorporates things and people you have not seen for a long time and makes them once again relevant. This means that while you do get answers to some of the questions you have, you are also left with more in the same paragraph.
I can’t wait to pick up the next instalment in this series, but I am not sure how long we will have to wait for it. I have so many questions that I am desperate for answers to; otherwise, my mind is going to go crazy with theories. If you have not picked up this series already, I highly recommend doing so; you will not regret it!
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