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Even though found myself referring to the Dramatis personae frequently, I enjoyed this second book as much as the first one. The characters were interesting, the magic, different and the world description, unique. First time ever I loved a spider!
I adored "The Mask of Mirrors", it was the best book I’ve read all year and my anticipation for the sequel was therefore through the roof. Whenever I start the sequel to a book I loved, I’m a tad nervous… what if it isn’t as good as the first, or worse, what if it diminishes my joy of the first one… Well, in this instance, my fears could not have been shattered more thoroughly.
I loved the Liar’s Knot! It excels at everything that was great in the first book and I am confident that everyone that loved The Mask of Mirrors will equally be bewitched by its sequel.
The story continues immediately where we were left off in the last book and all our three main characters are back. Ren, Grey and Vargo all have their own arc in this sequel and following them was such a joy. They (and all the side characters) are multi-layered and seeing their struggles and how they work against and/or with each other was a large part of what made the story so impactful.
The world-building was another high point in the Mask of Mirrors, and the authors continue to build on it in a way that feels incredibly innovative and real. There are so many details to this world and its cultures, politics, religion and magic systems. It is an excellent example for deep world-building in my opinion. The whole story takes place in Nadežra and the city truly comes alive, it feels like its own character at times. What makes the world and its people feel so real is the sheer complexity of everything. Languages, traditions, religions and magic are all tightly interwoven and beautifully complex (and even chaotic at times). Which is what makes the world ring true and mirrors actual real-world cultures! We learn a lot more about the different magic systems in this book, which is another aspect I really enjoyed.
The plot is as intricate as in the first book, with many different threads. Many questions are answered from the first book… some of which I didn’t even realise I should have asked! I’m already excited to reread the first book and see all the hints for things yet to come. There are lots, and I mean lots of secrets. The title of the book is very fitting, but seeing characters with different levels of knowledge about each other interact was so much fun. And when secrets are finally revealed (though not all of them) the pay-off is just beautiful. The stakes are high in this second book and based on the ending will be even higher in the third! The ending was very satisfying and makes me eager for the third and last book in the series!
In short: An excellent sequel, solidifying The Rook and Rose Series as one of my all-time favourite fantasy series.
Every time I picked up this book, it was like dropping into another world, it was a wonderful escape. Without giving away the plot, in this book we dive deeper into the mystery, corruption and characters in Nadezra. It is easy to read other than the unusual names/items. Grateful for the glossary in the back! This book is 629 pages, but it leaves you wanting more.
These books are so good I'm going to go back to the beginning and reread them. Apparently there will be a third, but it's not even got a publication date. Some of the names are a bit of a trial, which is another reason to reread both books.... I could have done with a pronunciation guide.
Even though this one felt a little bit slower than the first one, it wasnt any less thrilling. Clearly The Liar's Knot was much more character driven than plot driven, but I assure you there's plenty of plot for you to enjoy. The ending was neat and the next book's excerpt at the end of this book has me more excited than it should about the sequel. I can't wait!