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In Masks, Mara Holdfast’s life changed forever. As the daughter of the Autarch’s Master Maskmaker, she had a clearly defined future: working with her father to make the Masks that must be worn by all adults—Masks imbued with a magic that would reveal any treasonous thought about the ruling Autarch. But when her own Mask cracked and fell to pieces during her Masking ceremony, Mara was exiled from everything she once knew. Rescued by an underground rebel group known as the unMasked Army, Mara was recruited to their cause when she learned the shocking truth about the Autarch’s reign.  And in a moment of crisis, Mara drew upon a volatile magical talent neither she nor her allies could understand or control.

In Shadows, Mara faces staggering new challenges as she struggles to master her terrifying, almost addictive ability to use all types of magic—and to rip magic from those around her to fuel her power.

When Chell, a young man from across the sea, is shipwrecked and washed ashore outside the rebels’ hidden base, it signals the first contact in centuries with the world beyond the borders of the Autarchy of Aygrima. But whether Chell and his people will help the unMasked Army or betray them to the Autarch is very much in question. His arrival, and Mara’s own need for answers that can only be found in the capital city of Tamita, sparks a covert mission to the seat of the Autarch’s power. It is there that an act of unspeakable brutality tips Mara dangerously close to madness…and in the midst of a desperate and bloody battle, she discovers just how horrifying her power can be….

Praise for Shadows

“The magic continues in this enthralling adventure, grabbing the reader’s interest and holding it until the final page. Each chapter brings a new twist in the already sensational story. Blake creates the perfect mix of adventure and romance…Mara’s struggle is relevant to readers of any age.” – 4 1/2 Stars, RT Book Reviews, Top Pick for August 2014

“Raw, powerful, emotional and intense. Shadows is a book that captivated me from page one and had me literally on the edge of my seat. A year until the next book?!  It’s going to be a long year, I need it NOW!”Candace’s Book Blog

“More action-packed and fast-moving than the first…I highly recommend this series for fantasy fans!” – Not Yet Read

“I devoured this story. I was hanging on to every word…The Masks of Aygrima’s dark magic, powerful young heroine, and group of rebels plotting to overthrow a tyrannical leader make this an addictive series that I would recommend to any fantasy fan.” – Addicted 2 Heroines

“Full of suspense, mystery, magic, and a bit of romance – the intensity builds to a climactic ending. I look forward to the next in this incredible fantasy series.” – SciFi Chick

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Shadows: The Audiobook

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Recorded Books has released an audiobook version of Shadows, narrated by Elizabeth Morton Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins Buy it from Audible (and listen to a sample) In Masks, Mara Holdfast’s life changed forever. As the daughter of the Autarch’s Master Maskmaker, she had a clearly defined future: a quiet, ordered life in the capital, making Masks …


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    • Emily on March 1, 2014 at 6:11 pm
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    So excited for this!

    1. Glad to hear it. Me, too.

    • Debra Hardcastle on March 4, 2014 at 7:37 pm
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    The worst thing about starting to read a new series is waiting for the next book to come out. It’s nice knowing that it’s not too far away. Besides the terrific story, the cover art is amazing!

    1. It is nice, isn’t it?

    • Denise Sanders on March 25, 2015 at 11:30 am
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    I totally devoured this book! It was such a wonderful story and brought me back to my childhood in ways that I haven’t been able to tap into with a simple novel. Thank you E. C. Blake for providing us such a tantalizing story. I ready for my second course and dessert!

    1. Thanks, Denise!

    • Jessica on February 9, 2016 at 2:12 pm
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    Hey Blake! I’ve almost finished reading Masks, do you have your books available to purchase as an e-book?

    1. Yep. The whole trilogy is available in ebook format through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Indigo…all the usual suspects.

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