Masque of Shadow by T.A. Miles

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Masque of Shadow by T.A. Miles
Publisher: Raventide Books
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror, Historical
Length: Short Story (29 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Heartbroken over the premature death of her young sister, Estelle conceives a dark plan to recover Lunette’s innocent soul from the thief she witnessed taking it. The price is higher than she anticipated, reaching far beyond the loss of her own innocence when she enters voluntarily into the realm of the Lord of Shadows, into a theater of madness constructed by the souls of the dead.

Few things in this world are stronger than the bond between siblings. What Estelle doesn’t know, though, is if that bond will give her enough strength to keep searching for her lost sister.

The horror elements took a little while to show up, but they were quite noticeable when they did. It was interesting to see how this author sampled the often gruesome origins of traditional fairy tales in order to make her story come alive. Masque of Shadows is truly intended for a mature audience. Given the dark subject matter, this was a great decision.

Once or twice I wondered why Estelle accepted all of the strange things she encountered so easily. This is a minor criticism of an otherwise mesmerizing book, but it would have been helpful to know a little bit more about her previous life in order to better understand why she was so eager to jump into a dangerous, new realm without any qualms about her own safety.

The villain in this piece was perfectly dastardly. I was especially creeped out by the physical description of him. It was a little unusual for this genre. In retrospect, it worked incredibly well given everything else the reader learns about him and his plans for Estelle.

Ms. Miles has a hypnotic writing style that made it impossible for me to tear my eyes away from the page. She described each scene in such precise detail that I felt as though I were watching a movie instead of reading a short story. This was my first introduction to her work. If it’s any indication of her talent, I don’t know how I’ll be able to remain patient while waiting for her next book comes out.

Masque of Shadow is a must-read for anyone who loves fairy tales. Just don’t be surprised if you follow in my footsteps and read it more than once!

Comments

  1. A sign of a great book is when it is hard to stop. Sounds like this will be one of those books.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    The book sounds really intriguing and I’m looking forward to reading it.

    ShirleyAnn(at)speakman40(dot)freeserve(dot)co(dot)uk

  3. This review makes me want to read the book… I’m gonna get it the first chance I get… It sounds like an awesomely gruesome read!

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