I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. So here it is:

Masquerade (Micah Grey, #3)

Title: Masquerade

Author: Laura Lam

Series: The Micah Grey Trilogy

 

What’s it about? Micah’s Chimaera powers are growing, until his dark visions overwhelm him. Drystan is forced to take him to Dr Pozzi, to save his life. But can they really trust the doctor, especially when a close friend is revealed to be his spy?

Meanwhile, violent unrest is sweeping the country, as anti-royalist factions fight to be heard. Then three chimaera are attacked, after revealing their existence with the monarchy’s blessing – and the struggle becomes personal. A small sect decimated the chimaera in ancient times and nearly destroyed the world. Now they’ve re-emerged to spread terror once more. Micah will discover a royal secret, which draws him into the heart of the conflict. And he and his friends must risk everything to finally bring peace to their land.

[Blurb taken from Goodreads]

 

What’s good about it? The world building is still lovely and you discover so much more about Elladan in this book. Everything gets political as civil war looms on the horizon and, despite the circumstances, it was great to see Elladan really come to life.

Micah and Drystan remain an adorable couple, although Drystan does skirt the edges of being a whiny, irritating sod for a while, he pulls himself together relatively quickly. I just love the little ways they support each other and just their love in general. There’s a section between them, late in the night, that I thought was such a genuinely lovely show of care for another, even if they’ve stumbled a little.

Actually, to be fair there’s a lot of moments of true love and support between most of the main cast, despite the backdrop of a brewing civil war. Also, it includes a really interesting look at addiction and how it can change you little by little, from more than one perspective, which I liked

 

What’s bad about it? There are a few moments (prologue, I’m looking at you) that felt a little… info-dumpy and it did feel like everything was tied up a little too well at the end (although it was lovely, don’t get me wrong).

 

The verdict?

I’ve waited years for this book – Pantomime and Shadowplay were amongst my favourite reads and I was pretty gutted when I heard about Strange Chemistry shutting down, meaning no closure. So to say I was over the moon to get my greedy little mitts on this was an absolute understatement.

And then I left it untouched on my kindle for two weeks. What if it didn’t live up to the expectations I’d created in my head? But it did, mostly. To be honest, even with the little niggles, it was still a more satisfying conclusion to a trilogy than I’ve read in a while.

The world building was gorgeous, Laura Lam’s writing style is beautiful and the characters are a delight. All-in-all it was a fitting end to a fantastic trilogy and I’m a little sad it’s over.

 

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