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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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YA or not YA? Qwillery review of Masks hits on a salient point

I haven’t been posting about all the reviews Masks has been getting because there have been quite a lot of them–more than I’m used to, and a function, I think, of this being my first hardcover release and getting some early favorable attention from the likes of Publishers Weekly and RT Book Reviews. There’s also …

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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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“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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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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Early blog-review of Masks offers praise

Masks,Blogger Kari Lynn Mackey, who picked up an ARC of Masks through Goodreads, reviews the book and offers some kind words: Aygrima, the fantasy world in which Masks is set, is carefully crafted with backstory and geographical descriptions that gives the land a life of its own. These features almost beg for fan fiction to …

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First review for Masks!

Well, kinda. My sister-in-law Laurel Stein, who read an ARC, says, “I thoroughly enjoyed it! Looking forward to the next one.” So there you go. Not exactly a starred review in Publishers Weekly, but it’s a start!

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