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Eberron is considered a pulp-fantasy wonderland mixed with a dark nourish twist that creates wonderful opportunities for outlandish adventure plots, or sinister, complex mysteries. What we get in this novel is a little bit of both! The story, as with the previous three books, has as the main character, an Inquisitive, Eberron's version of the great detective. Soneste works for Thuranne d'Valderan's Investigative Services out of Sharn, city of Towers in the land of Breland. Soneste is coming into her own, as she has begun to garner fame for two recent high-profile jobs in which she was responsible for rescuing a royal aide and bringing to justice a serial killer. However, a request from her boss to travel to the neighboring country of Karnnath to help solve the murder of a Brelish aide visiting there leads to a plot that would certainly bring the two nations to war.
The story also involves Tallis, an ex-Karnnathi soldier-turned-renegade whose chief purpose in life is to bring down the enemies of Karnnath, but, at the same time, must hide from Karnnathi officials due to his "Robin-Hood-like" tactics. At first, we are led to believe that this is a straight-forward murder mystery, albeit with some interesting twists and turns. Soneste is a psionic, ability to use mental powers to assist her in her investigations, which doesn't take away from her innate ability to notice her surroundings. She would be a good inquisitive even without her mental talents.Read more ›
The plot of this novel is rather linear, on the surface anyway. It comes across as a very typical murder/mystery with a couple predictable elements, such as a young up and coming Inquisitor , a murder of a prominent dignitary with political ramifications, we also have a rogue who is a thorn in the local city guard's side who is promptly framed for the murder. As a fan of the fantasy genre, I have read this basic plot numerous times - some better than others. However, what Mr. LaSala does with the bones of this plot really makes it come to life. The added sub plots are near perfect.Read more ›
While the book is, at its simplest, a murder mystery, it is so much more than that. The author does an excellent job of weaving together a number of interesting subplots. For example, there is a kind of fish-out-of-water storyline with Soneste being sent from her home country of Breland to the harsh and bureaucratic city of Korth, in the nation of Karrnath. The author does an excellent job of showing us Karrnathi society from the perspective of an outsider. A second storyline looks at what it means to be a patriot. Tallis, once a revered Major in the Karrnathi army, now lives his life as a rogue, working to change his country for the better. Though labeled a traitor, Tallis remains fiercely loyal to his country.
There were other storylines I found interesting, such as the fragile political situation between Karrnath and Breland. Another storyline (and perhaps the most important) I won't mention out of fear of giving too much away, but suffice it to say the plot is multi-layered and the mystery will keep you guessing to the end.Read more ›
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Jeff LaSala's "The Darkwood Mask" is one of those books you come across and wish you had written. Blending fantasy with a murder mystery, LaSala weaves his way through an intricate... Read morePublished on June 2, 2013 by BWMatthews
The Darkwood Mask is the fourth (and final) book in the Inquisitives series set in the world of Eberron. Read morePublished on April 6, 2012 by Stefan
This the last book in the Inquisitive Series.
I found it mildly amusing to see references to Long Night of Shadows and Bound by Iron made by way of Abraxis Wren's name... Read more
GREAT STORY IS BOOK IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOK I READ FROM THIS SERIES... THE CHARACTER AND PLOT WAS AWESOME. I GIVE THIS ONE 5 OUT OF 5.. MUST READ BOOK.. Read morePublished on July 14, 2008 by Jose Rosa
I don't normally read game-based books these days. It's not that I have anything against them as a rule (I used to read them in high school), but since I'm long past my RPG-playing... Read morePublished on May 29, 2008 by Christopher Torgersen
I've just finished my second reading of The Darkwood Mask. I'm not an avid WotC reader, but have read every book in The Inquisitives cycle, and have been thoroughly impressed by... Read morePublished on May 28, 2008 by Joshua Wentz
I was up til 3 in the morning finishing this book. I've very impressed that this is Mr. LaSalad's first published novel. Read morePublished on May 10, 2008 by S. Simar