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The Shattered Mask (Sembia, Gateway to the Realms #3)

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After Shamur Uskevren is tricked by the wizard Marance into making an assassination attempt on her husband, Thamalon, she realizes her mistake, but it may already be too late.
Paperback, 310 pages
Published June 1st 2001 by Wizards of the Coast
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Matthew Atherton
I absolutely LOVED this one. The plot was complex, but not overly so, and the descriptions, the dialogue, the prose - all were fantastic!
The Shattered Mask by Richard Lee Byers is the third book in the Sembia: Gateway to the Realms. The story centers around Shamar Uskevren, the matriarch of House Uskevren. The story follows closely with Richard Lee Byers short story in The Halls of Stormweather, called Song of Chaos.

I’ll just simply reword what the description says on the back of the book. It follows Shamar as she learns who poisoned her niece causing her to take her identity and marry Thamalon Uskevren. Lo and behold, she finds
This is a quick, enjoyable read. Some good fights, some interesting backstory. I liked the bad guy, you don't see too many wizards that summon monsters to do all their fighting for them. It made the battles more epic without the reader wondering why gnolls and ettercaps would be fighting along side one another.

I also enjoyed the fleshing out of the Uskevren children; it made me eager to read the rest of the series that I've been putting off.

The marriage plot between matriarch and patriarch seeme
Zachary White
Byers did a god job telling the story of Shamur Uskevren. And seeing more of the Uskevren children galavanting through Sembia was fun, all around.
Richard Lee Byers has such a rich vocab and great manner of storytelling. Plus, I love Shamur and the ending is awesome. on to the next!
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A resident of the Tampa Bay area, Richard spends much of his leisure time fencing, playing poker, shooting pool and is a frequent guest at Florida science-fiction conventions. His current projects include new novels set in the Forgotten Realms universe and the eBook post-apocalyptic superhero series The Impostor.
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