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Backlist Blast #9: Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

Happy Friday Junior, and Backlist Blast day! I’m so happy to see that so many of you have decided to join Backlist Blast, and in order to make your post for this meme more visible (and your blogs, Insta, or Twitter accounts too), I have decided to add a link-up form/widget to the bottom of every Backlist Blast post from now on! So, don’t forget to add your links to the form, so that all readers can see your posts.

Backlist Blast is a meme created by Milana from A Couple Reads and myself, and is meant to encourage book bloggers to feature and talk about backlist books (meaning books that were published 6 months ago, or earlier). We all get excited about all of the newest books coming out, but many of us also have a looming TBR of books published 6 months ago or earlier that we still need to read! The main purpose of this meme is to talk about those books, and remember why we wanted to read them in the first place. Another purpose is for readers to find out about awesome backlist books that they might have never heard of before! For more information on the meme, and for optional themes, please see the info page here.

– My Backlist Blast Choice –

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

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Soooo I planned on posting this some weeks ago, but then some things came up and I ended up taking a sort of meme break. Well, since then, I actually ended up reading this one. But I have the post written up, aaaand I do still want to spread the word about it because it was an interesting read (full review coming soon)! The sequel in this duology, Ruin of Stars, also comes out on August first of this year!

– About the Book –

Title: Mask of Shadows
Author: Linsey Miller
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Fantasy, LGBT
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Published: August 29, 2017
Source: Raincoast Books

I Needed to Win.
They Needed to Die.

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class—and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand—the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears—Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

– About the Author –


A wayward biology student from Arkansas, Linsey has previously worked as a crime lab intern, neuroscience lab assistant, and pharmacy technician. Her debut novel MASK OF SHADOWS is the first in a fantasy duology coming in September 2017 from Sourcebooks Fire. She can be found writing about science and magic anywhere there is coffee.

– Link-up –

Welcome to the new link-up feature! Please link up your Backlist Blast post specific to this week, rather than your blog or social media account in general. You can either share a blog post, an Instagram post, or a tweet from Twitter on here (or all 3 if you so desire)! I also welcome any feedback regarding the link-up!


12 thoughts on “Backlist Blast #9: Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

    1. Awe thank you! And I hope that you can join us too! 😀 <3 And I did enjoy the book hehe. Review will be going live today or tomorrow. Thanks for reading!

      1. Yeah I rated it the same. The story just kinda wasn’t whatI was expecting. I wanted more assassin stuff and less love subplot. Plus, everyone was named a number and I couldn’t connect with any characters.

  1. This book was alright, neither very good nor very bad. I hadn’t read Throne of Glass before it though, so I didn’t realize how much it matched up at the time.

    1. Ohhhh I haven’t read Throne of Glass yet but am planning to pick it up next month. I’m curious to see whether I’ll see the similarities hehe

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