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City Of Masks

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  11 reviews
In a city where appearance is reality, a naive diplomat and his clever servant set out to catch a serial killer and prevent an assassination.

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
Paperback, 130 pages
Published January 20th 2008 by C-Side Media (first published January 17th 2006)
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Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-english
This was an extremely interesting book. While the cover reminds me a bit of fifty shades, the story isn't even remotely similar to that, thankfully. Instead, it's a political story about a city in which everyone had to wear masks and act like their character. The story is told through the diaries if an envoy. Because he just came to the city, he didn't know much about the masks and we learn with him. Well written and very interesting concept.
Leslie Hammes
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This tale of manners and identity is a fascinating exploration of how a very tightly constrained society can be immensely freeing. Having to accept people in the guise they choose allows the hidden to be revealed and the obvious to be overlooked. I found it fascinating that our main character was so different from how his brother-in-law saw him once he was able to leave an "open" society for one where everyone's character was based on their chosen mask. Initially I had expected him to be a fool ...more
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, fantasy
Very confusing world and format, both of which could have been great.
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
ok so after reading the first few pages of this book you are probably going to think you will hate it, but give it a chance! really!

basically it opens with the main character's brother-in-law complaining about what an idiot the MC is and how his wife [MC's sister] won't sleep with him until he appoints the MC to some important position which he OBVIOUSLY doesn't deserve because he's so useless and i'm like OH MY GOD I HATE THIS MAN ALREADY? WHAT A TWAT? but never fear because we then leave him E
L.J. Cohen
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tony Duxbury
Nov 16, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this murder/mystery style fantasy of a country where everyone must wear a mask and act in accordance with what that mask represents. The politics and psychology behinds the masks are very complicated, but also entertaining. It is a strange, off-beat idea for a novel, but once I got into it, I found it interesting. I liked the character of Bass, the bluff and not too bright envoy. The two old rogues, Tamas and Felkior are like a comedy duo. It has some great twists and surprises.
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 :)
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 25, 2010 rated it liked it
(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 :)
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I might come back to it later on, but I had to give it up for now. Trying to keep all the characters straight was too frustrating!
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For someone with an English degree, Mike Reeves-McMillan has spent a surprising amount of time wearing a hard hat.

He lives in Auckland, New Zealand, the setting of his Auckland Allies contemporary urban fantasy series; and also in his head, where the weather is more reliable, and there are a lot more wizards.

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