Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Faces (The Masks of Aygrima) Mass Market Paperback – July 5, 2016
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Praise for The Masks of Aygrima:
“Mara’s personal growth is a delight to follow. Sharp characterization, a fast-moving plot, and a steady unveiling of a bigger picture make this a welcome addition to the genre.”
“Blake brings his fantastic world to life through offbeat links between magic, nature, and human behavior in a caste-ridden society.”
“Fans of Masks will not be disappointed with Blake’s amazing sequel, Shadows. The magic continues in this enthralling adventure, grabbing reader’s interest and holding it until the final page. Each chapter brings a new twist in the already sensational story. Blake creates the perfect mix of adventure and romance as the main character, Mara Holdfast, struggles to come of age in a world that is quickly changing.” —RT Reviews
“The tension and stakes were definitely ratcheted up much higher this time around.... I highly recommend this series for fantasy fans!” —Not Yet Read
“Raw, powerful, emotional, and intense. Shadows is a book that captivated me from page one and had me literally on the edge of my seat.” —Candance’s Book Blog
“The story has taken some pretty dark turns, and the emotional trauma transforms Mara into an uncontrollable element.... Shadows was a worthy sequel and promises to bring even more thrills and delights in the next installment.” —Bibliosanctum
“[Shadows] was a fantastic story describing a power struggle between those without magic and those with it.... I am trembling in anticipation for the next book.” —Litpick
“An excellent sequel.... Mara deepens as a character as we learn more about the struggles she faces in controlling her gift.... Fans of realistic heroines will love Mara.” —The Qwillery
About the Author
E.C. Blake was born in New Mexico, “Land of Enchantment,” and the state’s nickname seems to have rubbed off: he started writing fantastical stories in elementary school and wrote his first fantasy novel in high school. He’s been a newspaper reporter and editorial cartoonist, a magazine editor, a writing instructor and a professional actor, and has written (under another name) more than 30 works of nonfiction, ranging from biographies to science books to history books, but his first love has always been fantasy. He now lives in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, with his wife and a daughter whose favorite stories all involve “sword-fighting princesses.” Come to think of it, so do his. He can be found at ecblake.com.
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top customer reviews
This may not be the happy feel-good story you are looking for but it will keep you in thrall to the very end.
I can't wait to hear what happens next and hope the author continues on with Mara's tale in a new series.
Instead Blake builds a world that is engrossing. He writes characters that are true individuals and ones that seek to be better but often find the consequences are unexpected and even unwanted. There is a grand struggle here. But even the "villains" are intriguing and have a nice amount of layering. Nothing is too black and white or cut and dried in terms of motivation. Which I find can encourage a reader to think and appreciate the choices made and the responses to them. Basically for me this is a strong addition to an already smart series.
E.C. Blake's Faces, the third book in the Masks of Aygrima series, closes out a spectacular story arc. I believe this won't be the last time I read a story with Mara as the protagonist, which is a wonderful prospect.
Blake has done a marvelous job of creating a very sympathetic protagonist in Mara, a teenage girl discovering she has the power within her to overturn the villainous ruler of a small nation. The only
problem is her gift seems to do more harm than good to the people she cares about. In the third book she finally learns to control her power, but with the control comes a darker problem. The supporting characters are all fully fleshed.
My one and only complaint with this series is never resolved, as I never get to truly know or understand the villain. He remains a mystery and frankly a very minor role in the series. A second villain, that from the start of the series seemed minor at best, takes on a more prominent role in this book, which was nice. I would have preferred if the main antagonist was treated in the same way. It would have made the ending more powerful.
The world building, like the characters, is pretty much established with little to no new developments or details added to strengthen the world. I felt this could have been improved on as it would only add to strengthen future books. It is however understandable as the majority of the story was spent resolving issues and revealing secrets.
I felt satisfied with how the story was resolved. There are still minor things left unexplained, but in no way did it hinder the overall story. It gives the story a realistic feel, by leaving some mystery. I particularly enjoy how Blake set up a possible future for the series.
Blake's Faces is a wonderful story with some great characters and world-building. I was completely satisfied with how Faces ended and can honestly say I hope Mara returns. There are descriptive acts of violence, minor language and minor sexual situations, so I'd recommend it to older teens and adults. Anyone who started the series or have been waiting to see how it ends needs to finish it. You won't regret it. Fans of realistic heroines will love Mara.