|Digital List Price:||$4.99|
|Print List Price:||$15.99|
Save $11.42 (71%)
Masque (The Two Monarchies Sequence) Kindle Edition
|Length: 335 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
Matchbook Price: $0.99
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
- Similar books to Masque (The Two Monarchies Sequence)
Browse award-winning titles. See more
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.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Top customer reviews
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.
Isabella can't help but insert herself into a murder investigation that begins when her friend and head Guardsman, Raoul, is found dead. While the intriguing Lord Pecus tries to keep her from interfering in the investigation, he can't control her as well as he would like and so begins a fun story of a murder unsolved, magic, and a mysterious curse to be broken. Isabella is a likable character who never tries to hide the fact that she manipulates people shamelessly until she runs headlong into Lord Pecus. He recognizes her manipulations, is one of the few people to out maneuver her, and still enjoy her efforts. Isabella is a force to reckoned with and cheerfully finds herself in the most interesting situations to Lord Pecus' frustration.
I always highly anticipate another book by Gingell. When I get one I cant help but binge-read until I turn the last page, wondering why I didn't make it last longer. This is probably the reason why she is one of the authors whose books I will read several times, and enjoy every minute!
I haven't read this author before, but this was a really fun read and I'm certainly going to look for other books by W. R. Gringell.
I can't tell you how many B&B and fairy-tale themed books I've read over the decades. Most are OK. This one, thankfully, played around only loosely (and in an amusing way) with the Beauty and Beast elements, but went off happily on it's own way with solid world-building (Isabella is aiding her Ambassador father in a neighboring kingdom), and focus (lots of murder and intrigue and comedy of manners--with romance being a thread, but not really the main feature).
I loved the mash-up of fantasy/alt.history sort of Regency/ adventure-intrigue/ murder-mystery/ magic vs. tech/ feisty heroine who still observes (some) of the proprieties/ hero who isn't stepping in to save the day. Definitely lots of fun.
Heroine is 28 years old, so while this can be read by YA readers, this is fine for the more adult reader, too.
I did find the conclusion a little bit abrupt and the epilogue a little less than what I would've wanted. However, that is really my only complaint in the entire book.
I do seem to have read the books out of order as this is my first W.R. Gingell book, but it will certainly not be my last . Since Gingell is an indie author, I was also extremely impressed with the editing as it is not uncommon to become so involved in the errors in an indie writer's book that you lose the pleasure of the book. That was certainly not the case here.
Most recent customer reviews
Gingell's spin on the story we know is refreshing.Read more
I read it on the recommendation of several other readers, and I'm so glad I did.Read more
Set up an Amazon Giveaway
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Look for similar items by category
- Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror > Dark Fantasy
- Books > Literature & Fiction > Mythology & Folk Tales
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Horror > Dark Fantasy
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Mythology & Folk Tales > Fairy Tales
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Fairy Tales
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult