Review: Masks by Karen Chance

May 17, 2014     Danielle Romero     4stars, reviews

Masks (Cassandra Palmer 4.3)
Release Date: March 18, 2014

Fifteenth century Venice is a safe haven for the masterless dregs of the vampire world, a city where they can live without the fear of retribution for violating another’s territory.

Still, there are plenty of ways for a young vampire to die in the glittering city, a lesson that prince turned pauper Mircea Basarab must learn quickly. But there are opportunities, too—in the service of a secretive courtesan, in the bed of a beautiful senator, and in the hunt for an ancient assassin.

As a vendetta older than Venice itself comes to a climax, Mircea struggles to evade the dangers of his current life, to come to terms with his past, and to uncover the truth hidden behind a city of masks…

So obviously if you have ever read any of Karen Chance’s books before, you’d come to Masks with pretty high expectations and honestly, I think she delivered. Masks focus’ on Mircea’s life shortly after his transition when he was living in Venice. It was a great look at what ultimately shaped him into the man he is in the Cassie Palmer books and it was a great peak at what makes him tick. Masks is not quit as action packed as the Cassie books are, I wasn’t really left with any of the ‘edge of my seat’ feelings but it was still a fun ride. 
The ending definitely had me itching for more…the book is 406 pages long and I didn’t want it to end. I’m now wondering if the photo album that Cassie finds in Curse the Dawn in Mircea’s room is filled with images of who Mircea connects with at the very end of Masks? It would answer a lot of questions but at the same time, creates so many more. Where is this person now? Why haven’t we seen them in the Cassie books yet? It’s driving me crazy but in a good way. I cannot wait to see what Karen has in store for us next and I’m 100% on board for another Mircea book! I’d love to see his fight to power and how he gained his seat on the senate in the future! I’d also like to see what maybe happens to come of the side characters from Masks.
Karen Chance is the author of two New York Times bestselling series, plus a number of novellas and short stories, all set in the Cassandra Palmer universe. A full-time writer since 2008, she was previously a university history teacher, which comes in handy when writing the time-travel aspect of Cassie’s crazy adventures. She loves Las Vegas, the main setting for her novels, but currently lives in Florida near her family home.
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