Backlist ARC Review: This Eternity of Masks and Shadows



SERIES: Standalone

REPRESENTATION: Inuit MC, Black diabetic LI

GENRES/ SUBJECTS: Urban Fantasy, Mystery, Superheroes


This was a fun book.

It combines a lot of elements and genres into something really action-packed. It’s an Urban Fantasy with superheroes and undercover gods with a noir-style investigation into a string of murder and a political conspiracy. Although it’s a YA it’s got some dark themes and pretty graphic violence, making it something akin to an adult Percy Jackson. Knight doesn’t pull punches, there were a couple of gory moments.

I liked the way the dual timeline played out, and how the secrets of her mother’s journal was gradually revealed to the reader. Although Cairn knew the most of story before we do, she was kept just in the dark enough to keep the investigation fresh and compelling.

I would have perhaps liked a tad more development and explanation of the ways the reincarnated gods fit into society in all their different ways, and perhaps a few quieter moments between Cairn and her estranged girlfriend, but THIS ETERNITY OF MASKS AND SHADOWS was a real page-turner.

I particularly loved Nook, Cairns grumpy Detective mentor and shapeshifter polar bear.

I could definitely see this as a Netflix limited series. The story wraps up perfectly in this standalone novel, but leaves a few threads in the epilogue to hint at the character future, which could lend themselves to a follow-up.

In a city of gods and mortals, secrets never die.

The gods walk among us. Some lurk in the shadows, masquerading as mortals; others embrace their celebrity status, launching careers from Hollywood to Capitol Hill.

One of them just murdered Cairn Delacroix’s mother.

As Cairn sifts through the rubble, she uncovers a conspiracy two decades in the making: a cursed island, the fellowship of gods who journeyed there, and the unspeakable act that intertwined their fates. One by one, the members of that voyage are dying, and Cairn’s investigations land her in the crosshairs of the rogue goddess responsible.

With the help of Nanook, a polar bear god turned detective, Cairn descends into Boston’s underworld of supernatural crime and political aspiration. To avenge her mother and unmask her assassin, she’ll first have to reckon with a gut-wrenching secret that will rewrite the life she thought she knew.

A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.

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