The Mask of Mirrors

Rook & Rose #1

M.A. Carrick

fiction fantasy lgbtqia+
adventurous slow-paced

663 pages | first published 2021

The Mask of Mirrors is the un-missable start to the Rook & Rose trilogy, a darkly magical fantasy adventure in which a con artist returns to the city that betrayed her, determined to have her revenge—only to find that her fate might be to save it.

This is your past, the good and the ill of it, and that which is neither . . .
Arenza Lenskaya is a liar and a thief, a pattern-reader and a daughter of no clan. Raised in the slums of Nadezra, she fled that world to save her sister.

This is your present, the good and the ill of it, and that which is neither . . .
Renata Viraudax is a con artist recently arrived in Nadezra. She has one goal: to trick her way into a noble house and secure her fortune.

This is your future, the good and the ill of it, and that which is neither . . .
As corrupt nightmare magic begins to weave its way through the city of dreams, the poisonous feuds of its aristocrats and the shadowy dangers of its impoverished underbelly become tangled—with Ren at their heart. And if she cannot sort the truth from the lies, it will mean the destruction of all her worlds.

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adventurous 82%
mysterious 77%
tense 51%
dark 46%
emotional 33%
challenging 26%
sad 8%
hopeful 6%
reflective 4%
relaxing 2%


medium 45%
slow 41%
fast 13%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 75% | Character: 13% | Plot: 10%

Strong character development?

Yes: 79% | It's complicated: 15% | No: 4%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 56% | It's complicated: 43%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 84% | It's complicated: 13% | No: 2%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 85% | It's complicated: 7% | No: 7%

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