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- Book 1 of 2 in Rise of the Masks (2 Book Series)
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Instead, she pushes you off a cliff and wishes you luck as you plummet head first into this action-packed story of a young woman named Mel who is desperately trying to find her place in the world that Kaplan has so artfully created.
The action starts right on Page One when Mel, who is in training to become a Mask, is kidnapped by a hulking, vaguely humanoid monster and carried pell mell through the woods toward an uncertain fate before she is rescued by a woodsman. From that point to the end of the novel the action never lets up and, for me, that's a good thing. The reason: In my experience too many fantasy authors spend too much time setting scenes and building worlds rather than just getting on with the story. Make no mistake, Kaplan has built an impressive world full of mysterious - and often misunderstood - characters but she does so in the context of the story, often while her protagonists are fighting for their lives. She doesn't waste chapters waxing poetic about the sun and stars: She does not, in other words, pause her narrative so she can dump a ton of information on the reader before moving on. As a result, the narrative maintains its headlong momentum allowing us, as readers, to learn about the world that Mel inhabits as she and the other characters make their way through it.
The characters are appealing, each in their own way. Mel is, for example, the daughter of a man and woman who are Masks - the mysterious arbiters of disputes and healers of the sick. She is also, however, a highly emotional young woman born into a culture in which people do their best to shun their feelings so they can better act as mediators.Read more ›
The abduction of Mel sets the pace with such suspense that I could not find an excuse to put the book down!
The story line revolves around the life of masks-somewhat supernatural-humans who work and help humanity in their community mainly to resolve conflicts, in which their livelihood is threatened by an attack by giant-hogwash creatures, namely trogs.
The plot flows well with vivid description, which brings every character and scene to life.
I kept reading on because there’s so much excitement from the introduction and I got curious to learn
The outcome of the storyline, especially of what would become of Mel, and the fate of the Masks.
However, I found vivid description to be overly dominant throughout the book, which became a minus for and a temptation to skip a couple of pages.
The main concern for me was the plot twist at some instances in which EM revealed the outcome of some conflicts cutting short the heavy suspense that is heavily to blame for my interest in the book!
One of these instances involved the revelation of Rob Cool’s killer, Guyse; before it actually became a concerned to the parties who accused Rob of killing his father! The revelation of the offender would have served the plot of the story better by building on suspense. As such, the plot twist would have been more interesting
All the same, I enjoyed the ride meeting masks, Mel and her friends and of course the Trogs apocalypse!
And there grab your copy and watch out for the trogs!!!
I loved Mel right way, possibly because she is such an observer/outsider herself. I also relished the intensity of her insatiable desire for Ott. I actually liked all the characters, not just Mel and Ott, because Kaplan spends time developing the desires of her secondary characters too. They have stayed with me long after I finished reading.
I felt quietly pleased by Mask culture: arbiters and archivists of the highest authority. Think librarians as superheroes, only much, much cooler.
With beautiful language choices, Kaplan created a world rich in detail, unique in creative touches, and filled with enjoyable sensory imagery. Because of the story's complexity and blend of genres, it has a wide potential audience. In some ways, it reads like a romance, similar to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander. As I read, I thought of both Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (no small compliment from me) and Game of Thrones. Although it was written for adults, young adult fans of fantasy would like it too.
I hope Kaplan writes another story in this memorable world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was hooked from the start, could barely tear myself away to eat,sleep, or work. The heroine struggles between her training/mission as a neutral judge / mediator and the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Christie Cole
Unmasked (Rise of the Masks Book 1) by EM Kaplan was filled with likable characters ( very important to me ) and chapter after chapter of interesting adventures. Read morePublished 8 months ago by just kath
UNMASKED is a complete shift from Kaplan's Josie Tucker mystery series. I went into it expecting the same terse, snarky style of the mystery series, only to find a lush tale that... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Janet
Excellent fantasy book my EM Kaplan. It is inventive, intriguing, exciting, and very enjoyable to read. I literally didn't want to put it down. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bob Steele
Unmasked really took me by surprise. I had no idea that when I picked up this book I would encounter such an entertaining plot and set characters! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Samantha Britt
Ms. Kaplan’s draws the reader in right from the start in Unmasked. The world she creates is full of engaging characters and vivid descriptions. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent romantic adventure. Set in a romantic age, a group of people with special powers have to make some judgments, while on their journey, in their carriage they are attached... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mr. George G. A. Wensley
The author has done a great job creating a whole new world, filled with interesting characters and many adventures. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Rex Hampton
EM Kaplan’s novel UNMASKED is a surprising story of love, fantasy and adventure. EM Kaplan describes a world that is very believable and grabs the reader’s attention immediately. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Scott A. McPherson
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