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Title: Masques
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Aralorn book one
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: A few fantasy kingdoms.
Reason for Reading: I heard good things about the sequel Wolfsbane. Of course, at that point I didn't realize that Masques was Briggs' first book ever and only lightly edited...
Finished In: Weeks
Pages: 306, including a sneak preview of Wolfsbane
Copyright Date: 1993
Cover: A girl in an underbust corset and a white shirt holds a sword in her right hand. Her left hand rests on a large black wolf with yellow eyes. Or is it just a big dog?
First line: "The wolf stumbled from the cave, knowing that someone was searching for him and he couldn't protect himself this time."
Themes: Abuse, slaves, shapeshifting.
Best part: It was interesting to see some of the origins of Briggs' themes.
Worst part: This book needed a LOT more editing than it got.
Imaginary Theme Song: Definitely something in the filk genre.
Grade: C+
Recommended for: Hardcore Briggs fan.
Related Reads: Zodiac by Neal Stephenson.
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