A hugely entertaining work of fiction, weaving real-life historical characters and locations into an engrossing and richly embroidered supernaturally enhanced stew… All in all, a terrific book that you’ll have trouble putting down once you start reading.
Spies, alchemy, blackmail, and beautiful music make for one irresistibly catchy medley.
The storyline is fresh and full of intriguing magic and forbidden love… Masks and Shadows will keep readers captivated until the thrilling, theatrical finale.
– Romantic Times Book Reviews
Burgis (the Kat, Incorrigible series), trained as a music historian, does justice to an unusual choice of time period and subject matter in this enjoyable historical fantasy… The political intricacies and the details of court life and court music are intensely evocative, and the characters are charming.
– Publishers Weekly
An eloquent and offbeat mix of dark fantasy, alchemy, and spycraft.
– Faren Miller, Locus Magazine
A gorgeous, glorious opera of a story…a scrumptious parfait of a book.” – Fantasy Literature review
Atmospheric, suspenseful, and beautifully crafted, Masks and Shadows cost me a night of sleep because I simply couldn’t put it down. This is an utterly magical novel.
– Terri Windling, author of The Wood Wife
This deftly told and hugely engaging story weaves together the glittering court life of 18th century Europe with a love for music (and Haydn), a thrilling taste of love and politics, and the bitter threat of a deadly magic.
– Kate Elliot, author of Cold Magic and Court of Fives
Stephanie Burgis plays her magical music with assurance and a profound knowledge that delighted and enlightened me as much as it entertained.” —Ellen Kushner, author of Swordspoint and the Locus Award-winning The Privilege of the Sword
Romance, music and dark alchemy rise to a pitch-perfect ending in this wonderful historical novel. Memorable and utterly delightful.
– Aliette de Bodard, Nebula-Award-Winning author of The House of Shattered Wings
I’ve been looking forward to this book since I first saw the announcement—and it is absolutely worth the wait. Wonderful setting, fascinating characters, and beautiful music. It truly feels as if the author has lived with those people in that period, and has written them from life—magic, demons, angelic singers, and all. I can’t wait to read the next. There will be a next? Yes? Please?
– Judith Tarr, author of World Fantasy Award-nominated Lord of the Two Lands and the Hound and the Falcon series
In Masks and Shadows, Stephanie Burgis has created a cast of remarkable and complex characters and set them loose in a story of intrigue, music, magic, love, and terror that kept me up late into the night.
– Delia Sherman, author of The Freedom Maze
Terrific. A lush adventure fueled by music and alchemy and peopled with irresistible characters. Masks and Shadows blends history and magic into a rich, believable love story fraught with royal intrigue. I finished it in one sitting.
– Donna Thorland, author of The Dutch Girl
A romantic dance of intrigue, wit and derring-do, Masks & Shadows enthrals from start to finish.
– Justina Robson, author of Glorious Angels and the Quantum Gravity series
A delightful tapestry of courtly intrigue, deadly magic, music, and romance. Stephanie Burgis has woven an unforgettable tale, steeped in 18th-century atmosphere and full of unique, well-drawn characters. This is a must-read for lovers of historical fantasy.
– Leah Cypess, author of Mistwood
Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis stole my heart from the very first page. Set against the lush backdrop of a Prince’s estate and the Habsburg Empire, this is a story rich in music and dark magic, intrigue and romance, finding the courage to be a hero, and discovering dreams can come true.
– Jaime Lee Moyer, author of the Delia’s Shadow trilogy
An intricate, passionate tale of love, difference, and danger. Loved it!
– Laura Florand, author of the Amour et Chocolat series and the La Vie en Roses series