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REVIEW! The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for gifting me an e-arc of this book, I did end up reading my finished copy that I pre-ordered myself. This review will have spoilers for the previous books in this series.

Rating: ★★★★★

The blurb for this book (taken from Goodreads) is:
Dreamwalker Paige Mahoney has eluded death again. Snatched from the jaws of captivity and consigned to a safe house in the Scion Citadel of Paris, she finds herself caught between those factions that seek Scion’s downfall and those who would kill to protect the Rephaim’s puppet empire.
The mysterious Domino Program has plans for Paige, but she has ambitions of her own in this new citadel. With Arcturus Mesarthim-her former enemy-at her side, she embarks on an adventure that will lead her from the catacombs of Paris to the glittering hallways of Versailles. Her risks promise high reward: the Parisian underworld could yield the means to escalate her rebellion to outright war.
As Scion widens its bounds and the free world trembles in its shadow, Paige must fight her own memories after her ordeal at the hands of Scion. Meanwhile, she strives to understand her bond with Arcturus, which grows stronger by the day. But there are those who know the revolution began with them-and could end with them…

After the ending of The Song Rising I knew this book would be a wild ride and would more than likely break me, and I was not wrong. This follows on from two weeks after the events of The Song Rising with the novella, The Dawn Chorus that fills in that 2 weeks between the two books.

I love Paige’s character, she’s been through so much and is still such a powerful, strong person, but here we get to see her overcoming what she sees as a weakness, but is actually the trauma from the torture she had to endure in the previous book. The pain, both physical and mental, was heartbreaking to read, but I think Samantha Shannon wrote it brilliantly. There was no quick fix to the trauma – like with real life, coming to terms with any type of traumatic experience takes time and it is hard, and this was really well reflected with Paige, as throughout the book she would have flashbacks and had triggers to remind her of the torture she endured. I loved seeing how Paige and Arcturus’ relationship developed and I absolutely love them to pieces (even more than before).

This is the first book in the series set in a different country (not counting Paige’s flashbacks from when she was a child in Ireland) and it was refreshing to see a different setting. As well as seeing Paris, we got to meet new characters, see how Paris deals with Clairvoyants and hear more about the other countries and how they are suffering and also trying to fight back. The whole ending of this book has left me in shock, I did not see the ending coming at all and I know the wait for book five is going to be painful, but I cannot wait to see how Paige deals with the events that happen in The Mask Falling because… wow.

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