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School Library Journal says Masks encapsulates “the best features of a good teen title”

School Library Journal gives a good review to Masks. Kathy Kirchoefer of Henderson County Public Library in North Carolina writes: “Encapsulating the best features of a good teen title, Masks is sure to resonate with readers…With an intriguing setting and a suspenseful story line that will hook readers, Masks is the first of a promising …

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Masks a Locus Magazine “New and Notable” book

Locus Magazine, the leading news magazine of the science fiction and fantasy field, named Masks one of the “New and Notable Books” for January 2014: “A young woman’s masking is supposed to confirm her as a Gifted magic uses, but instead sends her to slave in the mines in this powerful fantasy novel, the first …

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Masks makes Sci-Fi Chick’s list of the best of 2013

I was very pleased to see Masks on Sci-Fi Chick’s list of the Best of 2013. In her review, she wrote: “Masks is a fresh and original take on a coming of age story. Fantasy fans will want to check this one out. I loved the concept of the masks that hide everyone’s faces, yet …

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Masks named to Fantasy Faction’s list of best fantasy novels of 2013

This is nice: Masks has been named to Fantasy Faction’s list of the top 25 fantasy novels of 2013. And I get compared to Garth Nix, which is an honour anytime. Marc Aplin writes: Masks is a book that took me by complete surprise. Not since the likes of Lirael or Sabriel have I enjoyed …

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Good review for Masks in Locus Magazine

Locus Magazine, the news magazine of the science fiction/fantasy field, has a good review of Masks in its December issue. The review isn’t online, but Faren Miller begins: “Masks, first in a fantasy series by E.C. Blake…chronicles the trials of a Gifted though largely untrained teenage heroine in an exotic, perilous world of magic, after …

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Ten autographed copies of Masks on sale for charity at Patrick Rothfuss’s website

The estimable Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times-bestselling author of the amazing fantasies The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear, with whom I share the honor of being published by DAW Books, has a long history of selling signed books and other artifacts through his website to raise money for charity. Right now, …

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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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