**ARC Provided by the NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
Publication: August 28th, 2018
Series: Mask of Shadows #2
Read: August 2018
Rating: 5 Caffeinated Stars
The thrilling conclusion to the Mask of Shadows duology that weaves a tale of magic, shadows, and most importantly, revenge.
As one of the Queen’s elite assassins, Sal finally has the power, prestige, and permission to hunt down the lords who killed their family. But Sal still has to figure out who the culprits are. They must enlist the help of some old friends and enemies while ignoring a growing distaste for the queen and that the charming Elise is being held prisoner by her father.
But there’s something terribly wrong in the north. Talk of the return of shadows, missing children, and magic abounds. As Sal takes out the people responsible for their ruined homeland, Sal learns secrets and truths that can’t be forgotten.
When I read Mask of Shadows I was blown away by Linsey Miller’s book. I loved Sal and so many of the characters. They were truly lovely. It was a horror-filled love letter written, and I loved everything about it. When I saw that the Ruin of Stars was up on NetGalley, I knew that I had to read it! When I was accepted as an ARC reader I did a little jump of joy as well.
Just like Mask of Shadows, Ruin of Stars brings us the excellent character of Sal. I honestly loved the gender fluid nature of Sal though at times in this book I felt it was a little too preachy on sexuality. What I liked about it is that though slightly preachy at times, Sal is still Sal. Sallot is written well and isn’t a gender fluid character just to be gender fluid, and I loved that Sal was so beautifully written.
This book revisits all of our favorite & least favorite characters from Mask of Shadows, you see Sal trying to cross off his list. You also see the struggle of all of the characters when it comes to living, dying, and everything in between.
The descriptions, the characters, and everything you loved about Mask of Shadows is here. This is one of my favorite reads so far. I loved it so much, I refused to finish it for the longest of times. If you liked the first one, you’ll love this one too.