Christopher Paolini Interviews Authors M.A. Carrick!

Greetings, all! We are delighted to share Christopher’s interview with Marie Brennan and Alyc Helms, who co-authored The Mask of Mirrors under the pen name M. A. Carrick. Join in as the three storytellers discuss world building, anthropology and its influence on writing, and the themes that recur in their work. And more of course!

The Mask of Mirrors is now available. Its sequel, The Liar’s Knot will publish on December 7, 2021. Don’t miss out on this intriguing fantasy trilogy!

The Mask of Mirrors

This is your past, the good and the ill of it, and that which is neither.

Arenza Lenskaya is a liar and a thief, a pattern-reader and a daughter of no clan. Raised in the slums of Nadežra, she fled that world to save her sister.

The Mask of Mirrors, M.A. CarrickThis is your present, the good and the ill of it, and that which is neither.
Renata Viraudax is a con artist recently arrived in Nadežra. She has one goal: to trick her way into a noble house and secure her fortune.

This is your future, the good and the ill of it, and that which is neither.
As corrupt nightmare magic begins to weave its way through the City of Dreams, the poisonous feuds of its aristocrats and the shadowy dangers of its impoverished underbelly become tangled—with Ren at their heart. And if she cannot sort the truth from the lies, it will mean the destruction of all her worlds.

Darkly magical and intricately imagined, The Mask of Mirrors is the unmissable start to the Rook & Rose trilogy, a dazzling fantasy adventure from an incredible new voice.

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