Mask of Shadows (Hardcover)

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Many years ago, during war between two kingdoms, a country called Nacea was destroyed when the troops protecting the land abandoned them to the “shadows”—monsters that kill in gruesome ways. As far as Sal knows, she is the only Nacean to escape the massacre & she wants revenge. Then Sal discovers a poster pronouncing the auditions for Opal, one of the “Queen’s left hands,” her personal group of four assassins. Sal jumps at the chance to reach her goal: kill the ones responsible for her people’s death. However, the auditions certainly are not to be fun & games. In fact, they don’t end until the Queen chooses the remaining top three or…until there is one person left alive. Unknown to Sal, not al of the lords & ladies who surrendered are happy with the way the war went. As dissatisfaction grows, a plan is set in motion & soon becomes clear that things are about to change. This YA fantasy has plenty of action with a hint of romance to carry you from page to page.

— ARC REVIEWER Adella C., age 14


When petty thief Sal Leon steals a poster from a royal scribe announcing open auditions for The Left Hand, Sal knows it's a chance for a better life. The Queen's powerful personal assassins are named after the rings she wears--Ruby, Emerald, Amethyst, and Opal--and are her most trusted advisors.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly qualifies as preparation, but with each success, Sal comes closer to victory...and to the nobles who destroyed everything. Because Sal is there not only to win--but to get revenge.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781492647492
ISBN-10: 1492647497
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: August 29th, 2017
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Mask of Shadows