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The gifted hide their talents, but dare they step into the light?

Micah's Chimaera powers are growing, until his dark visions overwhelm him. Drystan is forced to take him to Dr Pozzi, to save his life. But can they really trust the doctor, especially when a close friend is revealed to be his spy?

Meanwhile, violent unrest is sweeping the country, as anti-royalist factions fi
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400 pages
Published March 9th 2017 by Tor
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Laura Lam
Sep 28, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Now that this is up on Netgalley, here's a picture review! Masquerade features:

Court magic, complete with ballrooms:


Royal intrigue:


Chimaera:


A reliance on a mysterious medicine:


Fire & Flames


And it wouldn't be called Masquerade without a masked ball:


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Sarah
I first fell in love with Micha and Drystan way back in 2013 when Pantomime was first released so I went into Masquerade with mixed feelings from the excitement that we were FINALLY going to get a conclusion to their story to the sadness that the journey was nearing an end. I still don't feel quite ready to say goodbye to this world or these characters but I do think this was a fitting end to the series and it did answer all of the biggest questions that had been raised in previous books. Some t ...more
☙ percy ❧
I'm like 99% sure I marked this as finished but it's saying I didn't so *shrug* ((I HATE THIS APP HOW TF DO I LOOK FOR DUPLICATES))
Morgan P
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Let me tell you a story.

Three years ago, at the tender age of 14, I was asked to read a book called Pantomime, because it had been shortlisted for a local award and then provide feedback. The shortlist was actually 6 books, but Pantomime is the only one that stuck with me all these years.

I was invited to attend the award ceremony along with the other students in my school that were participating. I remember holding my copy of Pantomime and listening to Laura Lam talk about her book. It was awe
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Eilonwy
I'm never sure how to review middle and final books in trilogies/series, for fear of dropping unintentional spoilers.

This was a satisfying end to Micah Grey's journey. I would have personally liked a little more focus on Micah's inner development and a little less on the national politics, but it was overall a well done plot and a fascinating world. I really loved Micah's friendship into love affair with Drystan, and the way he found a conscious place for himself in the world, with a chosen fam
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Nikki
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, queer
I was pretty much glued to this for a train journey in which I just ate it up. There are some very satisfying reveals, and one particular plot element I was somewhat dreading was actually handled in a way that made me feel not so terrible about it. Content note, though, if you have problems with addiction — there’s quite a few references to drugs and craving in this one. There’s a lot I still want to know — how can Cyan be Matla and Micah, Dev? What exactly did Doctor Pozzi do? And other aspects ...more
Saima Nisbet
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
I loved Pantomime and Shadowplay but Masquerade didn't quite hit the mark, the world built by Laura Lam is quite wondrous but the writing in this finale contained far too much exposition to make the book enjoyable. For that I deducted one star. It was a great beginning in the first book, the second was almost as good but the third was a bit of a flop and I didn't feel as invested in the story at all. Almost deducted another star but decided to leave it at four.
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)

I was (incredibly) lucky enough to act as beta for Laura - trust me guys, you will love what happens in this book!

A full review shall be posted once the book is out for ARCs, and I can't wait to get my hands on a finished shiny version with cover art and everything.

Thank you Laura for the privilege - this is easily one of my favourite books for 2015!
Hannah
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of this through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I loved Pantomime and Shadowplay so very much and to say I was excited about this book was an understatement.

Did it live up to my expectations? Yes and no. Laura Lam is still a beautiful writer and I love the world she's built so well, plus the characters are still brilliant. But there were moments that felt a touch info-dumpy and things seemed to come to a quite neat conclusion at the end.

However! It w
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Jane
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have waited such a long time to read this the final volume in the Micah Grey series. It is utterly fitting and beautiful and Drystan will always be my favourite character because he needs smooshes.

Jess Jackson
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
BRILLIANT CONCLUSION TO AN AMAZING TRILOGY


Micha and Drystan along with Cyan and the Phantom Damselfly are catapulted even more deeply into a world of conflicting politics and legends of the past coming to the life.
The book starts a couple of weeks after the previous, where we find that the inhabitants of Maske's theatre are still on a high from winning their magic duel. Soon however disaster strikes which leads them all to flee the home they've began to feel safe in.

Now not only do they have
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Nicole Field
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've waited for what seems like SO LONG to see this series to its end. Now that I have, I wanna immediately go back and read again from the start.

Thankfully, I still have some Vestigal Tales to catch up on.

Masquerade is the long awaited finale in the trilogy about Micah Grey, a young Kedi--intersex--character who fell in love with a circus performer and ended up becoming a magician. In this novel, he, Drystan and their friend Cyan struggle to make sure that a fringe group in Ellada doesn't make
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Ricky
Luckily, having discovered the first two books of Micah Grey's trilogy pretty late, I only wound up having to wait about a year and a half before finally getting around to the long-awaited conclusion - and thank the Lord and Lady that Laura Lam got to see the whole series through in the end, because I, for one, would've been extremely devastated if Micah and Drystan didn't get their shot at a happy ending. That said, though...haha, I almost said "that sad," because while this book does devote a ...more
Daphne
It has been nearly three years since I read the first two books in this series, which means it was kind of tough for me to remember what exactly had happened in those books. But thankfully, there was a short summary at the start which really helped me get into the book. It still took me a little bit to get into it, but once I was I really enjoyed the story. I'm glad to now have read the final part of Micah's story, which really expanded the world into something interesting and unique. I think so ...more
Anne Archibald
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: queer
The series didn't really live up to the first book. That is, what I liked about the first book was the main character's sorting out of their own identity. That was kind of over by the end of that book, and what was left was developing the world and advancing its - much less interesting - story. There's nothing wrong with the series, but it's just not that new or interesting. The setting is a little more Victorian than most fantasy, and the remnants-of-the-past parts are reasonably well handled, ...more
Exillior
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it
The third book in a trilogy is always the hardest to pull off, I think, because everybody's expectations from the previous books hinge on this one to address all the questions and doubts they had with the other two books.

I think this is probably the problem I have with this book and why I feel in the middle ground about it. It's a good book, and concludes the series well, but I am left with the feeling that it could have been just that little bit more.

The biggest problem I had was that we were
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Anita
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
I don't know what to think of this one. I really liked Pantomine, and Shadowplay was ok, but this left me feeling nothing. It fell flat. I'm not sure if this is the last book in the series as there was no cliffhanger, but the story just didn't meet expectations. I love the magical Gothic feel of the world Lam has created and i really liked some of the characters in the first book, but i felt like the story was lacking in this one. I loved that she summarised the previous books at the beginning o ...more
Cara
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is by far one of my favourite series of the year, if not of all time - not just because of the story's premise, but its execution.
What I loved most is how the author has managed to portray the reality of many social topics and situations whilst never diverting from the fantasy of the world. This series has dealt with many important social topics such as gender, sexual orientation, racism, politics, and social divides (and portrayed these topics pretty damn good in my opinion). But my favou
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Lucy-May
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with this series so quickly, and my heart is broken now that it's over.

This series will live on my shelves for the rest of my life.

I don't know what it is about Laura's writing, but she is always able to intrigue me more than most writers. This entire series has been a privilege to read and I can't even begin to explain why everyone should read these books.

The ending to this series was wonderful; Laura didn't let me down at all and managed to create a perfect ending - but I so
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Laurie
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is the final in the Micah Grey trilogy, wrapping up all the loose ends. Micah and Drystan are living in a shoddy apartment in the bad part of town after the theater is destroyed. Micah is ill; Drystan is forced to take hir to Dr. Pozzi, who injects Micah with a mysterious elixir that strengthens hir- and also increases hir Chimaera powers. S/He’s having nightmares where s/he inhabits the body of a grave robbing doctor. Protests against the royalty are increasing and some are getting vi ...more
Lisa
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Okay so first off let me start this with a wow. Wow! WOW!! What an ending to a fascinating trilogy! New mysteries are uncovered, violence breaks out, family bonds are formed again, friendship becomes more important than ever, the political climate gets worse by the day.

But let's start from the beginning. Micah who normally never grows sick has fainted quite a bit in the second book and right at the end he
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Kaarna
Sep 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Short review on the whole series.

I really really liked the first book. And I really liked the second book. This third one was okay. So not the way a series should end, I feel. The build up was amazing, we were truly going for something big and then... well, I won't tell you but I was disappointed.

I loved the characters, though. Micah is young and resilient and brave and such a Gryffindor. I admired the way his relationship with Drystan developed in the first and second novels. My inner teenager
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Emily Casella
I am so pleased with how this trilogy ended. I loved the heightened politics, the metaphors for our contemporary world, the mystery, the shock and happiness that came with this book and of course the magic. Laura Lam has created a full world with satisfying characters and conflict.

This trilogy is so important for the world. It makes you love and appreciate the complexities of life and fellow human beings. The writing is beautiful and I'm just so glad I got to go on this journey.

There is so muc
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Miriam Joy
I will try and write a coherent review of this, because it was from NetGalley and I was particularly keen to read it so I feel like a review is important. However, I'm feeling pretty unwell at the moment, so this isn't likely to be the greatest thing I've ever written.

First of all, I was glad I decided to reread the first two books before I read this one. Although Lam is quite good at summarising the plot and past events within the narrative of the current book -- there are a few parts that are
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Jana
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I am absolutely in love with the first 2 books of this trilogy, so I hate to give the last one such a comparably bad rating, but I was honestly disappointed.
Laura Lams writing is beautiful as ever & I was again impressed with how much worldbuilding she manages in the space she gives herself. However for me the story went kind of downhill from about halftime on. It was obvious (this being the last book in the series) that there would be a lot of revelations & solutions, but to me they did
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Martin Nisbet
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
I have really enjoyed this trilogy - Pantomime and Shadowplay were both excellent reads and I was looking forward to seeing how it all played out in the finale. I did enjoy this book but it did feel that the author struggled somewhat to join the dots in her plotting, particularly in the amount of exposition characters were forced to utter at significant moments which made their individual voices start to fall away into sameness. However I don't wish to be too negative here as this trilogy is mor ...more
Jessica Patterson
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When in the book store looking at this series, I was drawn to the idea that this book would be full of magic where Micah Grey would be endowed with magical abilities that would be a major part of the books.

It wasn't until this book, that the use of magic really came into play, and I was still left wishing for more. It felt like the book didn't quite live up to the expectations that the description gave.

All in all I did still like the book, but the ending here came way to fast. There was a huge
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Tom Loock
By now, I know I'm probably not just at the edge of the target group (as I thought when I finished volume two), but definitely outside. Still, I really enjoyed this one - and I did not just read it because I wanted to finish the trilogy.

It had hoped the scope would widen more because the world outside the city sounds very intriguing, but the circle only widens to include (view spoiler) while it stays in the city.

Lam's style is very pleasant and the overall d
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Laura May Hill
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, and felt it was a great wrap up to the trilogy. I love the plot line, the characters, their relationships and Laura Lam's writing. Also love the representation! However, I'm giving this 4.5 stars (4 on Goodreads) because the characters' reactions to evil people dying (sorry if that's a spoiler) really annoyed me? Like good things happen and the main characters are really upset about it??? Ugh I don't know, I guess I'm being picky but still. Loved this book otherwise, ...more
Duoshellg
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-book-list
This final book in The Micah Grey Trilogy was worth the long wait! Laura Lam once again leads us through the wonderful enchanted world of Ellada, and Micah Grey's coming of age. Learning who to trust is a big factor in Micah's journey.
As the political tension grew from the lower classes, it was up to Micah and his friends to take action before innocent lives were taken. The way the story was woven along with the complexity of the characters makes the reader never want to leave this mystical pla
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