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Review: The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon (spoiler free!)

Pub date: 26 January 2020

The Mask Falling (The Bone Season, #4) by Samantha Shannon

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for a copy of this book in return for an honest review!

I’ve seen Samantha Shannon refer to The Mask Falling – the fourth book in her seven-book series – as ‘the heart of the series’. And oh wow, was she correct. In my review of book three, The Song Rising, you may recall me saying that I thought she’d got the pace right, but was hoping that she’d invest more time into relationship and character development. And that’s exactly what she did!

The Mask Falling is just as action-packed and fast-paced as The Song Rising, but it’s also more reflective. While the stakes have never been higher, there is still the time and space in this novel for us to truly explore Paige’s mental health, her character development and her relationship with Warden. My little shipper heart lapped up every second of this novel, loving the blend of action and character.

I think this is the book where everything started to pull together and the threads from the other novels all built into one overarching plot, rather than the slightly more broken-up feeling from the previous three books. This novel is set in Paris, and I really enjoyed seeing the syndicate in a different country, and the way that Samantha Shannon describes Paris was beautiful. She certainly has a knack for creating a world and setting the scene. She really upped the stakes in this novel, expanding Paige’s remit not just from the underworld of London to, well, the whole world, really.

I will warn you: once again, this book ends on an INSANE cliff hanger. The end of the novel was enough to give me heart palpitations, and I immediately want the next book in the series. This is definitely the first book in the series that has made me immediately want to pick up the next.

I really recommend this series for dystopian/fantasy lovers, and if you read the rest of the series a while back and are wondering whether to get stuck into it again, I can only say: do it.

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