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The Conclave of Shadow

(Missy Masters #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  19 reviews
The line between enemy and ally is thinner than a shadow's edge.

Ever since she saved the spirit guardians of China by selling out to her worst enemy, Missy Masters -- a.k.a. the pulp hero Mr. Mystic -- has been laying low. But when knights serving the Conclave of Shadow steal secret technology from a museum exhibit on the Argent Aces, everyone looks to Mr. Mystic for help.
Published July 5th 2016 by Angry Robot (first published February 2nd 2016)
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Beth Cato
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, urban, superhero
If you like your urban fantasy mashed up with martial arts and mythology and superheroes, well, this is the series for you!

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series, The Dragons of Heaven, though the back and forth flow of the book threw me off at times. No such issues here. The book zooms along. Missy Masters is a fantastic heroine/hero who has adopted the superhero identity of her long-lost grandfather, Mr Mystic. He trained her how to wield the powers of the shadows. In the last book
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Conclave of Shadows is the second book in Alyc Helms' Missy Masters series. You should definitely pick up & read the first book before you buy this one.

Picking up where the superbly fun, ultra-twisty The Dragons of Heaven left off, Missy tries to re-establish normality in her day-to-day life in San Francisco. Her alter ego, Mr Mystic, has been hiding from the press attention and the clutches of Argent,
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Some series can be read starting at any point - Alyc Helms' Dragons of Heaven series needs to be read from the very beginning, or you will have difficulty understanding the underlying mythos.  The Conclave of Shadow is the second book in the series, so I highly recommend reading The Dragons of Heaven first.

The world of Missy Masters is filled with a fascinating blend of Eastern magic and technology.  There are the Argent Aces who are superheroes who ostensibly work for the Argent corporation.  T
I don't have anything particularly brilliant to say about this book. I enjoyed this book more than book 1, and the things that really irritated me in book 1 were not present, or not present to the same degree as the first book.
I liked that this was a book with women teaming together to deal with a problem, which was a result of what Missy had done in book 1 to fix the big, dumb, world-ending problem introduced there. The scope was smaller this time, and the female characters were interesting, a
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
So, full disclosure: I'm a friend of the author and am thanked in the acknowledgements for tromping around the California Academy of Sciences with her as part of the research for this book.

This book offers more of the unique blend of urban fantasy and superhero hijinx provided by the first book. Plus it has multiple kick-ass female characters, creepy blood beetles and mannequins in wedding dresses that save the day, and some revelations that will leave you hungry for the next book. As a bonus,
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up Helms' first book during one of my excursions to Borderlands Books. She was one of two new authors I was trying during that splurge and I remain thankful for making that decision. I made a second trip, not long ago, to pick up her second book (the less said about the other new writer I elected to try, the better).

Missy Masters' adventures are not perfect. Helms' might be doing a little Mary Sue here, or at least that thought crossed my mind after looking at her Twitter account, but s
Jun 13, 2016 rated it did not like it

Publisher: Angry Robot

Publishing Date: July 2016

ISBN: 9780857665195

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 1.2/5

Publishers Description: Ever since she saved the spirit guardians of China by selling out to her worst enemy, Missy Masters — a.k.a. the pulp hero Mr. Mystic — has been laying low. But when knights serving the Conclave of Shadow steal secret technology from a museum exhibit on the Argent Aces, everyone looks to Mr. Mystic for help. If Missy doesn’t want her masque
Oct 22, 2016 rated it liked it
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.25 of 5

I wasn't a huge fan of the first book in this series (see review here) but I found it intriguing and compelling enough to give it another shot. I do think that The Conclave of Shadow steps it up a notch, but is plagued by the same problems that I had with book one. I give author Alyc Helms kudos for going out on a limb and trying something a bit different - even if i doesn't quite work for me.

Missy Masters (also known as
Fantasy Literature
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars from Marion, read the full review at FANTASY LITERATURE

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In The Conclave of Shadow (2016), the second MR. MYSTIC / MISSY MASTERS novel by Alyc Helms, Missy, AKA “Mr. Mystic,” a shadow mage, has saved the spirit guardians of China at great cost to herself. Now back home in San Francisco, she makes a reluctant rapprochement with the corporate superhero group called Argent. Increasingly frequent eart
In some ways better then book one but I wish the setting was China again instead of San Francisco.
My biggest disappointment is that it seems publisher dropped this series and we will never find out how it ends.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Still great fun, but will there be another book in this series? I hope so...
Booknerd Fraser
I liked it better than the first. More adventure and action, more about the Conclave (obviously) and Argent. Almost all the leading characters are women.
Carlie George
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
(Full disclosure: the author is a friend.)

Lots of fun. Quickly paced, very funny, tons of action. There's a lot going on here, and Alyc does a good job reminding the reader of things that went on in the last book, although I probably still should have skimmed the first one before reading this. There's a complex mythology here, with a lot of interesting characters, one or two I had apparently forgotten. (More full disclosure: my memory sucks.) This really isn't the kind of sequel that you can jus
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: spec-fic
c2016: FWFTB: spirit, China, technology, barriers, dragon. Very rarely can I start with the second in a series and enjoy it. I could with this one. Although it was clear that there had been a previous book with a lot of background, the plot of this second book was good enough not to make it matter too much. I missed some of the nitty gritty understanding behind certain actions but it was still okay. Alex Bledsoe (an author who I have read and enjoyed his books) is quoted as saying "magic, monste ...more
Debra Martin
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Having read the first book, "Dragons of Heaven," I was looking forward to reading the sequel. I thought the beginning of this book dragged a bit, but it picked up when Missy Masters aka Mr. Mystic agreed to help keep the Voidlands in check. There were so many wonderful characters in this book. I especially enjoy The Lady.

Ms. Helms takes us on another heart pounding adventure in this book and it's well worth the ride as she explores the Shadow Realms and faces off with dragon guardians of China.
Saleena Davidson
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-and-fantasy
Conclave of Shadow is Missy Masters #2, and it is definitely keeping up the momentum from the first. Missy is still dealing with the fallout from China and the loss of the Guardian for San Francisco; when more trouble comes calling. Now she has to fight off bad guys, and figure out who the good guys are...all without losing focus on what is truly important....and to figure all of that out, it would help if the world would stop falling apart. I love Helms character and world building, and the sto ...more
Daniel O'Brien
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Helms improved on the first entry in the Missy Masters series with this superb piece of urban fantasy. Her prose remains tight and highly readable. Character development improved quite nicely and the world-building continued to intrigue me.
Whilst this book lacked that something-special that I demand for 5-stars, I have no particular criticisms to make of it. Definitely a series to be following.
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Alyc Helms fled their doctoral program in anthropology and folklore when they realized they preferred fiction to academic writing. They dabble in corsetry and costuming, dance Scottish Highland and Irish Ceili at Renaissance and Dickens fairs, and game in all forms of media. They sometimes refer to their work as “critical theory fanfic,” which is a fancy way to say that they are obsessed with limi ...more

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