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City of Masks

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  6 reviews
City of Masks is a swashbuckling adventure in a setting reminiscent of Shakespeare's Italy (complete with twins). In the city-state of Bonvidaeo, by custom and law everyone must wear a mask and act in character with it, or face civil, social and religious penalties. Gregorius Bass is sent to Bonvidaeo as the Envoy of Calaria, primarily to get him out from underfoot. Masked...more
Paperback, 130 pages
Published January 20th 2008 by C-Side Media (first published January 17th 2006)
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L.J. Cohen
Jun 09, 2012 L.J. Cohen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers of fantasy who enjoy complex world building
City of Masks is an entertaining fantasy combining fascinating world building, stylized language, and well realized characters. The story has a Shakespearian feel in its musings on identity and I was drawn into it from the first few pages.

I appreciate the way Reeves-McMillian shows us the intricate details of this world without resorting to info-dumping. Told in a series of journal entries, the story's writing is clean and flows well. I especially liked the view we get of the protagonist as some...more
I love epistolary stories, and I love political intrigue, and I love masks. This book was all three wrapped into one delicious package. Reeves-McMillan has created a fascinating society with Bonvidaeo where all the citizenry wear masks and take on the persona of the character - and are legally their mask. Bass, by virtue of being the brother-in-law of Calaria's Undersecretary to the Foreign Minister, is assigned to be envoy to Bonvidaeo. Not only is he thrown into a confusing new culture but he...more
This book has been a delight! Even if epistolary works aren't your preferred format, if you enjoy a good story with rich characterization that's well narrated, give this one a listen. Not only is the story engaging, the mystery is remarkably well crafted. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author :)
Sheila Hendrix
City of Masks was a great read! I loved the storyline and I fell head over heels in love with the characters. It's not the type of book that I'm used to reading but I must say that I am not at all disappointed. I highly recommend this book to anybody that wants to go on a great adventure! I can't wait to read other books by this author.

This was pretty good... set back in time, which was fun to read. I started it on trains in Europe, and finished it here, and I enjoyed it. The fact that people needed to wear masks all the time, and to be in character of their masks at all times, was fantastically put together, and also confusing in a good way. It kept you thinking.
(I read this ages ago) I was fascinated by the social implications of the masks - in fact, this may be the reason that I started collecting them in the first place :)
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Mike Reeves-McMillan has a black belt, which holds up his trousers. He's not sure why authors make such a big deal of these, but they are certainly convenient, trouserwise.

For someone with an English degree, he's spent a surprising amount of time wearing a hard hat. He's also studied ritualmaking, hypnotherapy and health science.

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