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Mask of shadows /

by Miller, Linsey [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Fire, [2017]Description: 345 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781492647492; 1492647497.Subject(s): Gender identity -- Fiction | Gender identity -- Juvenile fiction | Young adult fiction | Assassins -- Fiction | Revenge -- Fiction | Fantasy fiction | Science fiction | Fantasy fiction | Science fiction | Fantasy fiction | Fiction | Juvenile worksSummary: Gender fluid Sallot Lean is a thief who wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class, and the nobles who destroyed their home. Sal auditions to become a member of The Left Hand, the Queen's personal assassins, named after the rings she wears, in order to infiltrate the court and get revenge. But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.
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When petty thief Sal Leon steals a poster from a royal scribe announcing open auditions for The Left Hand, Sal knows it's a chance for a better life. The Queen's powerful personal assassins are named after the rings she wears--Ruby, Emerald, Amethyst, and Opal--and are her most trusted advisors. But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly qualifies as preparation, but with each success, Sal comes closer to victory...and to the nobles who destroyed everything. Because Sal is there not only to win--but to get revenge.

Gender fluid Sallot Lean is a thief who wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class, and the nobles who destroyed their home. Sal auditions to become a member of The Left Hand, the Queen's personal assassins, named after the rings she wears, in order to infiltrate the court and get revenge. But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

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Thief Sal auditions to become one of the four assassins serving the queen. Winning the deadly competition will allow Sal to then seek revenge on the nobles who destroyed Sal's homeland. Miller's tale, the first in a planned duology, is easy to read, though overly violent at times; notably, Sal's gender fluidity is presented in a clear manner (Sal's clothing choice dictates which pronoun Sal prefers). (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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