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The Silver Mask (The Vasini Chronicles #1)

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The gods and goddesses are dead, killed two hundred years ago. With their destruction the moon split apart, the sun dwindled and the land was devastated. Civilisation has re-emerged from the carnage, but twisted creatures still prowl the savage Wildlands between the city-states. In the skies above the city of Vasini, a falling star, a fragment of the dead moon goddess Seri ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 21st 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Bill Door
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rounding up from 4.5, solid book. Better review to come.
Jessica
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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That was a lot of fun! Full review to come soon

7/12 Update
Took way longer than I meant to get this up. 5/5 review for The Silver Mask!

"As with the deaths of the gods and goddesses, it is unclear how Serindra died. It is simply known that one day the moon was whole and the next she had cracked and great tendrils reached out from her temporal form. In recent times, closer inspection with telescopic devices has shown these tendrils are made of the very rock that formed the body of the moon and may
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JK
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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What an utter marvel this is; I’m still in awe.

I’ve read a lot of fantasy recently, a lot of it being through authors requesting reviews as Ellingsen has done here. The Silver Mask is utterly unique in its charm; not many fantasy novels feature murder mysteries alongside falling stars and terrifying hybrid creatures, yet here we are. There is something in this fantasy which doesn’t feel fantasy at all - it feels real, and this was Ellingsen’s triumph.

His crafting of Vasini is stellar. Their pol
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Jordan
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I don't read many fantasy books where the main plot is kicked off by a murder mystery, so I was very intrigued to pick up Christian Ellingsen's flintlock and alchemy fantasy novel The Silver Mask.

The first thing I want to mention about this book is how impressed I was with Ellingsen's worldbuilding. What particularly fascinated me was how carefully he shared the details about the world without ever giving too much information at one time. There aren
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Hayley
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A thoroughly entertaining read, The Silver Mask focuses on a distinctly Georgian fantasy world, with an interesting history and magic systems. I personally love my political schemes and conspiracies, so I was in my element with the plot. Some minor issues with how certain parts of the novel were laid out on my e-book version, but nothing that detracted hugely from my enjoyment. I would definitely pick up the next book in the series.
David
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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The cover looks like a photograph of a museum piece. While accurate, I don't believe it's enough of a draw to pull in a reader. If this was non-fiction about said mask, maybe it would be sufficient. But even so, the lighting is too dim. The color chosen for the title font is muddled. It should stand out more, like the byline actually does. The typeface is fine. Still, there's so much going on in this novel that the cover should have been a scene from the book rather than the mask, which plays su ...more
Thomas Brand
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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200 years after mankind rose up and destroyed the gods, civilisation has rebuilt itself and the city-state of Vasini stands proud in a world filled with twisted creatures that roam the wildlands. But the murder of a wealthy socialite leads Captain Fox of the city Inspectorate along a path that shows that the political divisions within the city may be leading to something far more dangerous.

Once I got into it, I really enjoyed this book. The story is interesting and well thought out. Starting of
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Jane
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although this is a long novel, and wordy in places, I really enjoyed it. A cracking story with excellent characters. The only downside for me was the small text and I didn't care for the block paragraphing. Also the italic paragraphs. The words seemed to bleed into one another. Otherwise, an enjoyable read. I received this copy as a Goodreads Giveaway. Thank you.
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Christian Ellingsen grew up first near treacle mines in Hampshire and then in the depths of the South Wales valleys.

He attended the University of Wales, Lampeter, and Cardiff University, graduating with a BA in History & English and a MA in Creative Writing. After several jobs in community regeneration in one of the most deprived areas in Wales, he worked for the BBC, first on the Switchover H
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