Friday 56: Mask of Shadows

This blog meme happens every Friday, hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you share an excerpt of a book you’ve read.

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

I chose Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller.

Mask of Shadows (Untitled, #1)

I’d done everything as planned, and it was all for nothing. Maud had trusted me to be Opal, and I’d let her down, not just me. I might as well be dead to Elise because I’d no chance of seeing her again.

No Opal, no Elise, no Maud, and nowehre to go that was safe.

I needed a place to hide – a place the others wouldn’t look.

I can’t talk too much about the passage above without spoiling it but I thought this twist was good and the way Sal got themselves out of it was so good. When this book got to the competition, it really picked up and I found myself reading through it really quickly. Sal’s relationships with both Maud and Elise were really interesting as well.

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. Summary from Goodreads

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