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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon, read by Alana Kerr Collins. 

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 Programme 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.... 

©2021 Samantha Shannon (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"This is an ebullient, gloriously complicated fantasy [...] the characters feel grippingly real. Shannon unravels her tangled tale in galloping prose, which will carry even the reluctant readers to the very satisfying end." (Telegraph)

"Dark, embattled, highly wrought fantasy." (Observer)

"Fabulous, epic fantasy thriller." (The Times)

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  • 30-01-2021

I am halfway though and love the story as always,

but a warning to the listeners, the change in narration style that ruined the book three is also present in this book. The narrator emphasizes every third sentence raising the volume and pitch of her voice, which is extremely annoying and distracting as it continues throughout. She sounds like an alarm siren!

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  • Polina G
  • 16-02-2021

I don't know French

Lovely story and writing as always from Ms Shannon, but what was with all the untranslated French?? It was hard to follow. The names, all beginning with LA or Le were also difficult to keep track of. But, the story was nonetheless engaging.

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  • Ashleigh Perry
  • 26-01-2021

Phenomenal and heartbreaking

Loved AKC as Paige again. Reading it and listening to this are both different experiences.

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