4/5 stars

I received an e-copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you both to Karsten Knight and Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!

This Eternity of Masks and Shadows is set in a universe where gods walk the earth in human form with supernatural powers of varying strength. The story follows a young woman named Cairn Delacroix, as she searches for truth surrounding her mother’s apparent suicide. As Cairn digs deeper, she starts to uncover a murderous plot eighteen years in the making involving gods both well-known and obscure.

It took me a bit to get into the story, but after I hit the 100-page mark, I could not put it down! I absolutely fell in love with all of the characters (especially Vulcan and Nanook). I found it impossible to hate any of the characters (with the exception of one certain antagonist) and the romance in it was so beautiful and cute! I truly adored Cairn as the main character. She is strong, absolutely hilarious, and takes sh*t from absolutely no one. She also owns up to her mistakes and worked constantly to make herself and the world around her a better place. My one wish is that some more attention was given to some other minor characters such as Vulcan or Nook, or even have Cairn’s father more present.

Throughout the story it becomes quite clear that the author put some serious attention to detail for all mythology and I loved that they included gods that were lesser known. Though this book was fiction, I felt like I wound up learning a lot about mythology. The way their powers were used in the modern world was so clever and in the case of certain gods, quite terrifying. The book’s universe really gave me some X-men vibes where the public opinions of these gods is constantly changing as they navigate a world where humans don’t put them up on a pedestal that they were once used to.

In the end, I am so mad at myself for almost putting this book down! It was a fun, action-packed read bursting with witty dialogue and characters you just can’t hate. I really do hope that the author continues with Cairn’s story!

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