Book Review; The Mask Falling TBS4 – Samantha Shannon

Page Count 514

Publication date January 2021

Publisher Bloomsbury

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Dreamwalker Paige Mahoney has eluded death again. Snatched from the jaws of captivity and consigned to a safe house in the Scion Citadel of Paris, she finds herself caught between those factions that seek Scion’s downfall and those who would kill to protect the Rephaim’s puppet empire.

The mysterious Domino Program has plans for Paige, but she has ambitions of her own in this new citadel. With Arcturus Mesarthim-her former enemy-at her side, she embarks on an adventure that will lead her from the catacombs of Paris to the glittering hallways of Versailles. Her risks promise high reward: the Parisian underworld could yield the means to escalate her rebellion to outright war.

As Scion widens its bounds and the free world trembles in its shadow, Paige must fight her own memories after her ordeal at the hands of Scion. Meanwhile, she strives to understand her bond with Arcturus, which grows stronger by the day. But there are those who know the revolution began with them-and could end with them… 



Here we are folks, the fourth installment of The Bone Season. If you follow the author on twitter you’ll have been subjected to the same slow torture as I, gobbling up every hint Shannon has dropped over the past 18 months.

My first piece of advice- start with the glossary. TBS is its very own world and if, like me, you hadn’t read Song Rising recently, (or you struggle to keep even simple plot details in your memory!) you may need the reminder too. What does amaranth do? What are Toshers? It’s all there with a neat little reminder of some major plot points.

[*Update* after writing this I discovered the author had posted on goodreads to say the character pages in back were written as a form of recap, I wish I had known this going in!]

I was fortunate enough to be granted a Netgalley and -knowing I’d be gone from this world the moment I started- I saved it up to read over Christmas. We all needed something good this year, for me it was TBS4.

It took just minutes to be right back in that world with Paige and man have I missed it. For those like me who didn’t read The Dawn Chorus novella between installments of TBS you can continue without. It doesn’t take long to feel like you never left. I like that Shannon picks up each novel where the last was left.

This time we see a new side to Paige who has been left drained after the tremendous finale of Song Rising and is now hiding out in Paris.
New characters arrive thick and fast with an entire new host of enemies and allies alongside those we already know and love.
Prepare to fight for every breath alongside Paige as the black moth rises once more to battle for the rights of unnaturals in Sheol II.

As much as I loved The Mask Falling, for me there was one tiny drawback. I didnt like the amount of French written dialogue. I read this on a kindle so it was simple enough to click and translate, but still this pulled me out of the story, and had I been reading on paper I would have been unable to do this. Yes you can continue without translating, but my brain wouldn’t let me miss a single word so I had to check it wasn’t vital!

Time flies when you read this book and it will be over all to soon. Be ready to grieve in the mother of all book hangovers whilst we wait once more for TBS5!

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Author: Roxanne Michelle

Dramatic, curly-haired wannabe writer from a nowhere town in Somerset. Stop-starter of all projects great and small. Here to talk books, film, mental health and lifestyle.

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