Book Review – The Mask Falling

Samantha Shannon has always kept us on the ball with her brilliant writing and exciting nothing-on-hold stories. Book four of The Bone Season has been heavily anticipated, especially with the long pause between books, and with the way book three ended. No spoilers, although I will be sharing the synopsis of The Mask Falling below the cover image. Thank you SO much to Bloomsbury for my proof copy of the book.

Dreamwalker Paige Mahoney has eluded death again. Snatched from the jaws of captivity and consigned to a safe house in the Scion Citadel of Paris, she finds herself caught between those factions that seek Scion’s downfall and those who would kill to protect the Rephaim’s puppet empire.

The mysterious Domino Program has plans for Paige, but she has ambitions of her own in this new citadel. With Arcturus Mesarthim-her former enemy-at her side, she embarks on an adventure that will lead her from the catacombs of Paris to the glittering hallways of Versailles. Her risks promise high reward: the Parisian underworld could yield the means to escalate her rebellion to outright war.

As Scion widens its bounds and the free world trembles in its shadow, Paige must fight her own memories after her ordeal at the hands of Scion. Meanwhile, she strives to understand her bond with Arcturus, which grows stronger by the day. But there are those who know the revolution began with them-and could end with them…

Paige is one of my favourite lead characters, and she has been through a huge amount since the beginning on the series. Samantha Shannon doesn’t let her off in The Mask Falling, and this book is not only action packed but emotionally fueled, taking you on a real ride through everything you have ever felt at the hands of the author and more.

Books that focus on dystopian worlds are ready to truly captivate you and take you off under the influence of a whole new mindset, and that’s what I love about them, and this series in particular. It’s created with so much detail and so much planning, that becoming totally absorbed in the story laid out in front of you is the only possible option. This is not a book, or a series, you can read casually. From the first chapters of book one until the end of book four, so much has happened and changed for Paige, but you just simply are absorbed into it.

Once again my thanks to Bloomsbury and to Samantha Shannon for bringing Paige back into our lives.


  1. Fabulous review Erika. I really need to start this series soon, so many have sold it to me and it sounds like you loved this book, so it’s even more a motivator to pick it up! xx

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  2. Thanks Erika! I hadn’t even realised Book 4 was imminent – I have read the first 3 books so will get this as soon as I can! ❤


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