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This is the best fantasy I've read in a long time. It's difficult to combine fantasy, world-building, horrible murders, mystery and humor into a mix that works, but somehow, the author does just that and makes it look easy.
Usually, even when I'm reading, my mind is busy thinking about other things in the background. After the first few pages of Masque, my mind was immersed in the world of Civet and Lacuna, trying to solve the mystery of the murder of Lady Farrah's guardsman friend. I do so love the character of Lady Farrah. She's strong without being overbearing. Thrill-seeking without being foolhardy. Capable of taking care of herself and the people she loves, but also vulnerable and smart enough to seek and accept help at times. She's also very witty and intelligent and can hold her own, even with the beastly but personable and equally witty Lord Pecus.
I also loved the other fully-fleshed main and some minor characters. Her young servants made me laugh, as did her friends in the horse guards. Lord Pecus was one of the most intriguing and mysterious characters I've run into between the covers of a book. I do wish that there had been more information about his curse, but maybe that will come out in a future book with these characters in it?
The romance was "clean", no explicit sex and it didn't overwhelm or take away from the mystery or fantasy aspects of the story. The banter between the two romantic interests reminded me of Katherine Hepburn and Bogart in the African Queen or Tracy and Hepburn in one of their movies. The scene where Lord Pecus proposes to Lady Farrah for the first time was very funny and set the mood for their relationship, which took a while to develop and was iffy at times.
The murders in the book are gruesome but integral to the story, not gratuitous. The world that Civet is in was very well depicted, but somehow the author explained the world without explaining it, but rather by showing it as the story unfolded. Not an easy thing to do. I'm not an easy reader of fantasy. Terry Pratchett is my standard and Gingell lived up to it. I can tell if a book is out of the ordinary by whether or not it fades from my memory soon after I read it. This one hasn't and won't. I can tell that I'll be hearing and seeing scenes from Masque until they nudge me to re-read it somewhere down the road.
As a footnote, I really enjoyed the cover and the small illustrations before each chapter. I don't usually notice things like that because I'm not a very visual person. I'll read a good book with a boring cover, just because of the description. But Masque's cover pulled me in and the little chapter decorations really added to the overall satisfaction of reading the book.
I can't recommend this book enough to anyone who likes fantasy and even readers who don't think they do. It's a very good read in any genre. I can't wait to read more from this author.
But the reason why I recommend this book isn't because of that (I mean, how many BatB retellings are out there?), but it was actually the protagonist. Girl was TWENTY-EIGHT and was like "Yo, I'm an old maid and I am proud of it!"
After my own heart, right?
Really, it was so refreshing to see a woman who patted the twenty-something men on the top of their head and sent them on their merry way, who treated her teen/tweenaged servance as her "children," and was totally cool with an unmarried life. No bitterness, no snide remarks to her friends with kiddos. And when Prince Charming shows up, she's very much like "Uh, we will get to you when we have time."
Even though the protagonist is 28, the heat rating is negligible, so this one is actually for most fans of YA and up. Definitely put this one on your TBR if you haven't already.
A reimagining of the Beauty and the Beast tale, Masque has a remarkable freshness and a unique approach. It is light and funny with charming characters -- in spite of the rather dreadful murders that occur.
Lady Isabella Farrah is the daughter of Civet's Ambassador to Glause and a very independent minded, happily unmarried spinster in her late twenties. Attending the Annual Ambassadorial Ball, Isabella finds herself besieged by the much younger Lord Topher, who seems determined to fall in love with her. Isabella has no intentions of letting his budding interest go further, but wants to let him down gently.
In the meantime, Lord Pecus does catch her interest. Known as the Beast Lord, Lord Pecus is under a curse and always wears a masque. Her friend Dylesia has done her best to dislodge the masque, quite unsuccessfully. This piques Isabella's curiosity.
Then events at the ball go haywire when an old and trusted friend is murdered and suspected of espionage. And away we go.
Isabella is a daunting investigator. Gathering allies who are dedicated and a little in awe of her, she proceeds at will to tackle the twists that occur. Even when she ends up as a hostage, Isabella manages to untangle many of the threads to the mystery.
I loved the dialogue. Isabella is never at a loss for just the right words for the occasion. Gingell has created amusing, articulate characters who romp through the pages, enjoying themselves immensely.
A light, clever, and engaging fairy tale retelling that manages to be fresh and original.
I had 3 minor quibbles. I won't mention them here, but don't think that they put me off the book. It was great fun!
Kindle purchase. :) for .99 and well worth it!
Fairy Tale/Fantasy. 2015. print version: 335 pages.
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