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Masques is a comfort book. The kind of book you pull out on cold wet days and enjoy with a nice warm blanket and a cup of hot tea. While certainly no Tolkien, Robert Jordan or Anne McCaffrey, Patricia Briggs knows how to tell an emotionally satisfying tale.
We begin the audio book with an author read introduction which explains the real world context within which the book was written. I loved her final 'compromise', in that she admits to fleshing details in the book out with a rewrite, while taking nothing away from the original novel.
As far as the story itself, it is an emotionally satisfying tale, with main characters that are interestingly flawed. This is no epic, but it was enjoyable, and had a few interesting twists and surprises along the way. The two main characters had great chemistry, and the romance between them built comfortably and believably throughout the story.
As far as the reader, she did an excellent job maintaining individual voices for several of the key characters. Her timing and general storytelling skills were definitely great. Sometimes her 'excitement' when reading action passages was noticeable, but it didn't really detract from the story or my enjoyment of it at all.
To summarize: Satisfying, cozy story of sword, sorcery and romance.
26 of 27 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of Masques to be better than the print version?
They are equally good, but I love Katherine Kellgren's interpretation. I listen to this book and it's sequel, Wolfsbane, over and over.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Masques?
When Wolf rescues Aralorn from the ae'Magi's castle.
What about Katherine Kellgren and Patricia Briggs (introduction) ’s performance did you like?
It was interesting to hear the evolution of this book. I have only lately discovered Patricia Briggs through the Mercy Thompson books, so I have never read the original.
Katherine Kellgren does a stellar job. Her voice is soothing and easy to listen to, but she manages to convey the cynical Wolf, the unctious Geoffrey ae'Magi, the earnest Myr and the miscellaneous denizens of Myr's refugee camp with aplomb, bringing them all to life with her characterizations.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Can two mercenaries save the kingdom?
Any additional comments?
I really enjoy this book, even though it was reworked from an earlier publication and has some rough spots. These characters are like comfort food - they just make you feel good.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Masques is Briggs first published novel. This is en rewrite of novel and frankly I didn't really expect very much as Patricia herself says she has learned alot since.
What do I know! I enjoyed the story, the action and the characters. Yes it is the first and is shows but the plot, the suspence and Briggs subtile writing style is great.
I do hope Audible will stock Briggs other books, including the Mercy Thompson serie and the Alpha and Omega serie.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I like all of Patricia Briggs, books. This is a very early book, but I still enjoyed her characters and storyline. However, I was very sad at the choice of narrator whose performance spoilt the book for me. In my view, she has a sharp, penetrating voice with strange inflections.