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RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Novel nominee interviews

I was thrilled when Masks was named one of the finalists for the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Fantasy Novel, alongside some tough competition (Paul Cornell, London Falling; Kate Elliott, Cold Steel; Mary Robinette Kowal, Without A Summer, and Stella Gemmell, The City. The RT Book Reviews blog posted the mini-interviews it did …

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“A good book that will appeal to fans of young adult fantasy”

Bookworm Blues says of Masks: “The magic and world is rather fascinating and well done…There’s a hint of romance and the possibility of a love triangle in future books, which is all very young adult, but it’s balanced by the world and the magic, which have a very adult feel to them. This makes Masks, …

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Interview with me at Fantasy Faction

There’s a great interview with me (under my other name) at Fantasy Faction, which begins with a discussion of Masks, part of which I’ve excerpted below: Your protagonist, Mara, is an adolescent girl, which makes it seem like it should be aimed at the YA market, but much of the plot is definitely not for …

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Masks nominated for Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award

i’m thrilled to announce that Masks has been nominated in the category of Best Fantasy Novel for a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Other nominees in the same category are London Falling by Paul Cornell (Tor), Cold Steel by Kate Elliott (Orbit), The City by Stella Gemmell (Ace), and Without a Summer, by Mary Robinette …

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Who are those Masked marketers?

Apparently the Penguin marketing people REALLY get into the books they promote…

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Enjoy my guest post at My Shelf Confessions on the writing of Masks

Here’s my guest post for My Shelf Confessions on the writing of Masks. You can read it over there, or you can read it right here! Hi, I’m E.C. Blake, author of Masks, and I have a confession to make: it isn’t at all the book I originally set out to write. I thought it …

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The Bibliosanctum finds Masks “riveting from beginning to end”

“Masks is the very promising first novel of what’s shaping up to be a phenomenal series…I liked this book a lot; the story had me riveted from beginning to end, and there’s lots of potential for the main character and the series’ fantasy world.” – M. Mogsy, The Bibliosanctum

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My Shelf Confessions lauds “amazing world-building”

“Tension building that will curl your toes and amazing world building!…I applaud the author for creating such a world and character that I am already aching to learn more about. Those that love reading about worlds other than our own and rich magical systems will surely want to give Masks a read.  I am most …

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RT Book Reviews gives Masks 4 1/2 stars

“Masks grabs the reader’s attention on the first page and holds it until the last…The characters are complex and relatable and grow throughout the story, and the storyline itself is fresh and never predictable. Masks is simply impossible to put down and will leave readers begging for the last two books in the trilogy.” – …

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Publishers Weekly likes Masks…

First big review has arrived! Publishers Weekly says of Masks, “Mara’s personal growth is a delight to follow. Sharp characterization, a fast-moving plot, and a steady unveiling of a bigger picture make this a welcome addition to the genre.” Read the whole thing.

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