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Masks [Format Kindle]

Karen Chance
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Fifteenth century Venice is a safe haven for the masterless dregs of the vampire world, a city where they can live without the fear of retribution for violating another's territory. Still, there are plenty of ways for a young vampire to die in the glittering city, a lesson that prince turned pauper Mircea Basarab must learn quickly. But there are opportunities, too--in the service of a secretive courtesan, in the bed of a beautiful senator, and in the hunt for an ancient assassin.

As a vendetta older than Venice itself comes to a climax, Mircea struggles to evade the dangers of his current life, to come to terms with his past, and to uncover the truth hidden behind a city of masks...

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1328 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 406 pages
  • Editeur : InterMix (18 mars 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00J0H0NQK
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Divertissant 9 juin 2014
Par tonksie VOIX VINE
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Contrairement aux autres romans de Karen Chance, celui-ci est légèrement ennuyant. La première moitié du livre est particulièrement chiante. Pourtant Myrcea est surement l'un des personnages les plus intéressants de l'univers de Cassandra Palmer si on excepte les figures historiques comme Marlowe etc.

L'histoire nous emmène à Venise, deux ans après que Myrcea soit devenu vampire et comment il s'est fait arrêté par la Garde pour être ensuite vendu à une bordel. On ne sait pas vraiment où va le livre, est-ce les années formatives de Myrcea en tant que Vampire, est-ce une sorte de polar ? C'est avec la seconde partie du livre qu'on comprend mieux où Chance nous emmène et c'est finalement très divertissant et nous apprend beaucoup de choses sur son passé.

Et ça change beaucoup dans le rythme des romans de Chance qui vont à toute vitesse, c'est même quelque chose qu'on pourrait lui reprocher, que ca n'arrête pas. Ici, c'est plutôt l'inverse, beaucoup de plages de repos entre-coupés de scènes plus ou moins intéressantes.

Je conseille tout de même car ca fait partie intégrante de l'univers des Cassandra Palmer.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Background story on Mircea 20 mars 2014
Par H. G. Hettinger - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
the Mircea we meet in this story is far from the powerful senator that we meet in the Cassie Palmer stories. He is a two-year-old, practically powerless, baby-vamp - and it was almost painful to watch him being victimized by those with more power.

But it was also inspiring to see him come to terms with the uncomfortable reality that he doesn't even have enough power to be considered an annoyance - much less a threat - yet refuse to let that stop him from doing what he thinks needs to be done.
Instead of giving up he finds ways to work within his limitations - going even so far as to use the fact that he doesn't even cause a blip on the threat radar of the older vamps to his advantage.

I think that anyone that had enjoyed either the Cassie Palmer, and/or the Dorina Basarb series will enjoy reading this story as much as I did.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great addition 18 mars 2014
Par Randy S - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Masks is set in Venice, when Mircea is young, poor, alone and recently changed. This was, to me, a sometimes dark story of survival when one has lost everything, is an an easy victim in a violent world. a world where he has not yet figured out if survival after the losses is going to be more than endless drudgery and sorrow. Mircea is one of my favorite characters-Dory being the favorite and reading about his beginnings in Venice was uncomfortable. He knew was not yet the powerful leader but I had expected the Mircea of dory's childhood. This is years earlier. The story covers not a growth of the powers he has in later stories, rather it examines his personal growth, his self discovery of who he is and will always be no matter human or vampire, slave or senator.
Read this as pure adventure fantasy, as a tale of endings that turn to beginnings, as a fantastical spin on historical Venice..worth reading any way you like.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Masks was also more introspective than I was expecting 17 avril 2014
Par Under The Covers Book Blog - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

Set in fifteenth century Venice, Masks brings us the tale of how Mircea Basarab, a familiar character from Karen Chance’s Cassandra Palmer series, began his life as a vampire. Venice is a haven for masterless vampires and as a Mircea was cursed rather than made into a vampire, he is as masterless as he can get. But Venice isn’t quite the beacon of safety he thought it would be, captured by slavers and bought by a brothel mistress Mircea has gone from Prince to whore. But the senate is coming to Venice, giving Mircea an opportunity to become more, but with the senate comes an assassin with centuries worth of hatred and a plot to take down an ancient queen.

I am a huge fan of Karen Chance, I have yet to read a book by her that I didn’t love and Masks isn’t breaking that winning streak. Mircea is already a character I know and adore from her Cassandra Palmer and Dorina Basarab series, so having a book showing how he started vampire life is a real treat. However, although I do keep mentioning him in association with other series don’t be afraid to pick this up if you are new to Karen Chance, no prior knowledge of her other series are required for this book.

What I liked most about this book, was finally seeing inside Mircea’s head, he is normally so inscrutable and self possessed, seeing him so young (in a vampire sense), confused and struggling endeared him to me so much more than seeing any display of power. He is a classic hero, noble even whilst in the gutter, a natural leader doing his best to help those weaker than himself *cue heartfelt sighs* not to mention wickedly hot.

Masks was also more introspective than I was expecting, normally with a Karen Chance novel I expect to be dizzy afterwards from all the near misses with the grim reaper, from crazy flying car rides to battles with an impossible foe, and although there is a good amount of action in this book it also gave you room to breath. This allows you to soak in the atmosphere of Venice, the gaiety and decadence as well as the sensuality.

This was a fantastic read, once again Karen Chance has written a book that I had difficulty putting down, it had an interesting story with some great characters, both familiar and new leaving more excited to read whatever she has in store for us next

* ARC provided by publisher
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 One of my favorite Karen Chance books yet! 5 mai 2014
Par Kate - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
**Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy**

While I’d have to go back and read all of Karen Chance’s books again to be sure, I am pretty sure MASKS is my favorite. I always loved Mircea as a character and been disappointed when he was fairly absent in the last Cassandra Palmer book, and the opportunity to have a book devoted all to him was pretty awesome.

To be perfectly honest, it took me a while to really get into Karen Chance’s writing. I started with Cassie’s series, but it took Dory’s series and a second try at Cassie before I really started to enjoy them, so I was a little worried about the possibility that I wasn’t going to enjoy MASKS. Sure, it stars Mircea, a character who appears in both series, but MASKS is also a historical paranormal, and stars Mircea from way back before he’s a master (which for me was a large part of his appeal, the power) – it could have fallen really flat. Not to mention the idea started out as a freebie novella. Luckily, MASKS totally worked for me. Now, I’m just upset that we don’t have more to read about Mircea’s back story.

My one complaint was that at times, the sheer number of characters was a bit overwhelming. I suppose I should be used to it, since it’s not as if Cassie’s books ever skimp on people, but since this is a stand-alone, there obviously isn’t going to be the investment in each individual that you’ll get in a series. Otherwise, I loved reading about the vampire politics, and Mircea as a newly created vampire was a wonder. His thinking seemed so much different than his thinking now, and it was fascinating to get inside his head, since that’s one place I always want to be in the Cassie series. Not to mention the action, mystery, and relationships (Mircea’s friendships especially) that keep the plot moving along and make sure the reader is always occupied.

For a fan of the Cassandra Palmer and Dorina Basarab series, MASKS is a must-read. While not perfect, it is an awesome addition to the world, and gives some great back-story of a main character and vampire politics as we know them from their modern day counterparts. Even if you aren’t a fan, I think MASKS offers plenty for you. Since it’s back-story, this isn’t like jumping in at the middle of the series, and like I said, the story moves along at quite a clip, so readers not familiar with Mircea should find it interesting while they’re getting to know him. If you’re curious, I would definitely try it out – and have Dory’s books on order, because I’m confident you’ll want to move directly to them.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Lovely and stands alone if you haven't read the others 24 avril 2014
Par Jwes - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I adored this book. I've read several of the Cassie Palmer books and I was already predisposed to love Mircea, but this book just amplified my admiration (and curiosity...hint hint author!). The book had lots of action, a challenging mystery and enough interesting...intimate situations that it satisfied my desires as a reader. But most of all, I liked its message. Sometimes right does win over might - and we should always strive to be our best selves. You don't need to read the other books to enjoy this one, and it was definitely enjoyable. Bravo!
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