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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 fel 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.


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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 fel 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.

30 review for This Eternity of Masks and Shadows

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca | Fantasy and Sci-Fi Reviews ✨

    ~~I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review!~~ Reading this book felt like binge-watching an entire first season of a Netflix show. It was action-packed. I read this over several days; baffled enough to keep putting it down or re-reading entire chapters but intrigued enough to continue picking it back up. The protagonist is eighteen year-old Cairn Delacroix, in a world where gods live among us, as she investigates the death of her mother Ahna, a reincarnation of the Inuit goddess and mot ~~I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review!~~ Reading this book felt like binge-watching an entire first season of a Netflix show. It was action-packed. I read this over several days; baffled enough to keep putting it down or re-reading entire chapters but intrigued enough to continue picking it back up. The protagonist is eighteen year-old Cairn Delacroix, in a world where gods live among us, as she investigates the death of her mother Ahna, a reincarnation of the Inuit goddess and mother of the sea, Sedna. Set in Boston, this story is part murder-mystery, part detective-noir and part political thriller wrapped up in an urban fantasy, split between Cairn in the present, investigating her mothers death, and her mother, as Sedna, in the past, on an expedition to L' Isle du Sable Noir where it all began... ”... like watching a drop of ink diffuse through a glass of water, only in reverse, obsidian tendrils coagulating until a humanoid form took shape” I enjoyed a lot of things in this book: Cairn’s romantic relationship with her best friend, Delaphine; the hard-nosed reincarnated polar bear god turned detective Nook; and, how mythology, geology and nautical references were weaved into the narrative. Ultimately, the plot was just too-fast for me. Cairn’s geologist father, Emile, and her pet arctic tiger needed more screen time as they were both adorable. “Emile’s wistful eyes landed on his wife, ‘In my experience, it’s always the cutest ones that get you into trouble’” This book is great if you’re looking for a fun, fast, murder mystery “whodunnit” with mythological gods and superpowered vigilantes. This Eternity of Masks and Shadows is released on the 2 June 2020. Thanks to Netgalley and the author for an advance copy to review!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Heather Lou Reads

    I really enjoyed this book. This book was full of lessons and consequences of people's actions. It was also a great representation of learning who you are as a person and finding your way in the world. I loved that it was based on a head strong female lead who wants to avenge her mother's death. You can tell Karsten Knight put an extensive amount of time completing research about all mythology origins, which I very much enjoyed! The detective work in this was a nice surprise. I love reading dete I really enjoyed this book. This book was full of lessons and consequences of people's actions. It was also a great representation of learning who you are as a person and finding your way in the world. I loved that it was based on a head strong female lead who wants to avenge her mother's death. You can tell Karsten Knight put an extensive amount of time completing research about all mythology origins, which I very much enjoyed! The detective work in this was a nice surprise. I love reading detective storys. At first I thought having a polar bear God as a detective was going to be cheesy, but Nook ended up being my favorite character in the whole book! I love brooding characters who in actuality have a soft spot for their loved ones. I thought the ending was a little predictable, but with that being said, I thought the wrap up of this novel was done very well! I really hope there's another book to this series, because I will definitely be reading it!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jim C

    I received this book thru a Goodreads giveaway. I would like to thank the author and the publishing company for their generosity. This book is a YA book that combines fantasy, superhero, and mystery genres into one story. In this one, the gods walk among mortals. Cairn's mother is a goddess of the sea and she suddenly commits suicide. Cairn looks into the circumstances. First off I have to say I love the idea of the book. The problem was the execution. I believe that this book needed to be fleshed I received this book thru a Goodreads giveaway. I would like to thank the author and the publishing company for their generosity. This book is a YA book that combines fantasy, superhero, and mystery genres into one story. In this one, the gods walk among mortals. Cairn's mother is a goddess of the sea and she suddenly commits suicide. Cairn looks into the circumstances. First off I have to say I love the idea of the book. The problem was the execution. I believe that this book needed to be fleshed out more as we didn't receive much world building and often left me with many questions. One example is the gods are among us but it seems like they were weak versions of themselves at times. At these times they just seemed to be mortals with a special ability and I really couldn't see the difference between us and the gods. `My biggest problem with this book is the main character. She becomes a big Mary Sue when she starts looking into her mother's tragic demise. Cairn is an eighteen year old girl but can do everything. She is a font of knowledge, out detects detectives at crimes scenes, and survives encounter after encounter with gods. It got too much after awhile. I did like the antagonist and the motivation behind it. It works for this world. That was basically the only thing I did like besides the idea of this novel. This book should have been right up my alley. The fantasy aspect about the gods, the superhero genre tie in, and even the location of Boston which is the city I have lived my whole life. But even that bothered me as he used a fictional night club and this name seemed disrespectful to me as it was the name of a Boston tragedy many years ago. This book bothered me from beginning to end even though the idea is something I could appreciate. It probably hit me the wrong way and I do believe readers might enjoy this. It just wasn't for me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alleah

    Thrilling. Diverse. Intricate. This was such a fun read. I had no idea what to expect with this story, and for that I'm so glad because every twist, every turn- all of it was a complete surprise. And that really enhanced my reading experience. I adored the fact that the main character was lesbian, and the way her sexuality was handled was so normal and real and was some great queer inclusion for the story. I also loved how strong the female characters in general were in this story without having t Thrilling. Diverse. Intricate. This was such a fun read. I had no idea what to expect with this story, and for that I'm so glad because every twist, every turn- all of it was a complete surprise. And that really enhanced my reading experience. I adored the fact that the main character was lesbian, and the way her sexuality was handled was so normal and real and was some great queer inclusion for the story. I also loved how strong the female characters in general were in this story without having to literally spell out the fact that they could kick butt. Although there were some overly convenient plot points and the main character was unrealistically good at everything (including fatal combat) right away, it was clear from the very first page that she--as well as many of the other women characters--were more than their skills and their bodies. And for that I was incredibly appreciative. The world took a few chapters to get myself familiarized with, but by the end of the book I understood most of it and found it utterly enthralling. Also, the whole concept is just insanely cool and unique and it was super admirable how much this novel transcended typical genre boundaries. The attention to mythology was fascinating, and I loved how mundane certain aspects of these gods were. The fact that you could just as well be a therapist as a vigilante when you have these godly powers is so awesome. In the beginning, the names of everyone were hard to keep up with but I found familiarity in the main cast soon enough. I would have appreciated a larger focus on character development as our main character herself stayed relatively stagnant throughout the entire book. A character arc for Cairn and literally anyone else would have been appreciated. The banter between the characters was very fun to read and read realistically enough, and the relationships between characters--although not incredibly complex or something we haven't seen before--were sweet and genuine. I strongly believe that the strongest part of this novel was the adventure elements. When our main characters started to fight all of these gods and monsters, it was incredibly action packed and both thrilling and terrifying at the same time. I would have to stop reading at parts because the monstrous descriptions were truly violent and horrific and spectacular. The plot was excellent, and the setting was unique and the world building was well done, but all that was lacking for me was in the characters. My favorite would have to be Vulcan, as he was very endearing. Besides him, I just needed more from this cast. The villain lacked nuance and a truly real objective, and the book definitely suffered because of that. All in all, a super solid read that was not without its flaws, but was still something I would recommend for fans of superheroes, thrillers, and urban fantasy. Thank you NetGalley for approving me this advanced reader's copy, an I look forward to this novel's release!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lyn *NomadicWorlds

    In a world where Gods reincarnate as humans, Cairn is an 18-year-old whose life used to be normal and her worries that of a simple teen. Then she lost her mother in what looked like suicide. Her life fell apart and she spiraled into a dark place, hell-bent on self-destructing. Until she unearthed secrets her mother had been keeping. As she dug deeper, she found out there was a lot more to her mother’s death than she realized. At first, the book was very slow and it took me a while to get into the In a world where Gods reincarnate as humans, Cairn is an 18-year-old whose life used to be normal and her worries that of a simple teen. Then she lost her mother in what looked like suicide. Her life fell apart and she spiraled into a dark place, hell-bent on self-destructing. Until she unearthed secrets her mother had been keeping. As she dug deeper, she found out there was a lot more to her mother’s death than she realized. At first, the book was very slow and it took me a while to get into the story. But as I kept reading, it got better. The story shifts from past to present, revealing the plot twists little by little, and with maximum impact. Truth be told, I didn’t like Cairn’s attitude. But I enjoyed the plot-line so much, I couldn’t stop reading. Karsten Knight crafted an extraordinary plot-line with a backstory that left you stunned. I found myself intrigued, with a voracious curiosity as to what secret would be revealed next. The villain was wicked and super cool when first met. But I was kind of disappointed with the later character development. Despite not liking the main character, I enjoyed the different side-characters and all the Gods with the detailed backstories. The action scenes were well done with vivid descriptions. I enjoyed this book a whole lot more than expected and I’m still wowed over by the story. Plus, let’s not forget that gorgeous cover! *Thanks to Netgalley & Karsten Knight for the ARC. https://nomadicworlds.wordpress.com/2020/06/18/book-review-this-eternity-of-masks-and-shadows-karsten-knight/v

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Everything began with the death of a parent...it's a classic trope to set in motion a chain of revelatory events for an adventurous young adult character. And for our 18-year-old protagonist Cairn Delacroix, reeling from the sudden death of her mother, she finds herself in the thick of a conspiracy involving reincarnated gods. Events that took place 19 years ago involving her mother are being hashed out in murderous ways today. The past appears to be catching up, and Cairn needs to figure out wh Everything began with the death of a parent...it's a classic trope to set in motion a chain of revelatory events for an adventurous young adult character. And for our 18-year-old protagonist Cairn Delacroix, reeling from the sudden death of her mother, she finds herself in the thick of a conspiracy involving reincarnated gods. Events that took place 19 years ago involving her mother are being hashed out in murderous ways today. The past appears to be catching up, and Cairn needs to figure out who is behind a revenge/murder plot. We get flashbacks of the past through her mother's journal, and vague scenes with nefarious side characters that hint at a villain. There were interesting twists but not enough to keep the pace from feeling slow at many points. The overall premise has so much potential, but one of the glaring things missing was an explanation of this world. Toss in a bunch of Greek gods everywhere, a Maori god here, a Norse one there, and a girl specially connected to a singular Inuit one—you have yourselves a new modern-day-fantasy hybrid world! I had to suspend a lot of belief as to why there are gods running lose in a city, beings who seem acknowledged to be "normal" but are simultaneously hiding in society. I think that's absolutely fine for an urban fantasy, but the lack of tension and exploration there felt like a missed opportunity to engage me mory fully with this world. In tandem, I wasn't particularly invested in the characters, either. We have a friendship between Cairn and Delphine, childhood friends who become something more within the first few pages. It's a sweet romance that doesn't feel too overbearing, which I appreciated, but again, I have no emotional connection to Delphine nor can sympathy for Cairn's loss solely keep me going. There are some funny interactions with other side characters, but a lack of development left them forgettable and me underwhelmed. Nevertheless, I'm glad that Knight doesn't feel the need to imbue Cairn with special powers to keep the story moving—just a couragious and determined outlook to chase down the answers to her mother's death. For all the thrills that mixing magic and violence should bring, I wanted to be more excited but I wasn't.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karsten Knight

    What can I expect from this book? Mystery, mythology, magic, and murder (the four Ms) Did you say mythology? The main character is the mortal daughter of the Inuit goddess Sedna, and throughout the book she encounters deities from the Egyptian, Norse, Greek, Roman, Māori, and [redacted] pantheons, among others I can't figure out what genre this is from the description. Is this a fantasy, a murder mystery, a political thriller, or superhero fiction? ... Yes. Do I need to have read any of your other nov What can I expect from this book? Mystery, mythology, magic, and murder (the four Ms) Did you say mythology? The main character is the mortal daughter of the Inuit goddess Sedna, and throughout the book she encounters deities from the Egyptian, Norse, Greek, Roman, Māori, and [redacted] pantheons, among others I can't figure out what genre this is from the description. Is this a fantasy, a murder mystery, a political thriller, or superhero fiction? ... Yes. Do I need to have read any of your other novels to understand what's happening in this one? Not at all--in fact, I'd prefer you start with this one! This is a standalone with a new cast of characters. Readers of previous books might enjoy a few Easter egg references, though. How can I read this book before it releases? As of April 9, it's available to read for members of Netgalley if you go here. We'll also be running Goodreads giveaways throughout April and May if you'd like to enter to win an advance copy that way. I'll update those links here as they become live.

  8. 5 out of 5

    hima ☾

    although i see what this book was trying to do, and appreciate its ambition, i cannot in good faith pretend it wasn't an absolute mess from start to finish. this is a story that's trying to combine urban fantasy, superhero lore, politics, and mystery—all of which are cool, right? its premise is intriguing. its execution is its downfall. this eternity of masks and shadows is set in a world where gods are reincarnated into mortal bodies and walk among humans as a tenuously-accepted, mostly-feared although i see what this book was trying to do, and appreciate its ambition, i cannot in good faith pretend it wasn't an absolute mess from start to finish. this is a story that's trying to combine urban fantasy, superhero lore, politics, and mystery—all of which are cool, right? its premise is intriguing. its execution is its downfall. this eternity of masks and shadows is set in a world where gods are reincarnated into mortal bodies and walk among humans as a tenuously-accepted, mostly-feared population. cairn delacroix is the child of one of these deities: her mother, ahna, is the reincarnation of the inuit goddess of the sea and underworld, sedna. when ahna becomes one victim in a sudden rash of mysterious god deaths, cairn realizes she must find the killer. i'd say the strongest part of this book is the writing, followed closely by ahna as a character. but there are a whole host of issues i feel completely ruined any chance of this being a successful read for me. one: the world-building. we start, of course, with an info dump that doesn't shed light on much. the lore is clumsy and contradictory. we learn that the advent of social media was what introduced humanity to the existence of gods: someone captured and disseminated a video (?) of a fight between them (?) which put them in the spotlight. the gods are a wacky bunch: some inexplicably commit heinous crimes like human trafficking, others get themselves elected to the masschusetts state senate, still others become celebrities, or something. it's unclear to me how every god exists but they're... subjugated? by humans? and must submit to the whims of human society? the ultimate motive behind the entire conflict is literally ridiculous. they're GODS? why would they need to join the u.s. government? they have literal magical powers? i'm still not totally clear on how the reincarnation thing works. it seems like gods from polytheistic religions exist, but not monotheistic ones—christianity still exists, and it seems like the church, or christian belief in general, is directly at odds with the existence of the actual gods? also one of the gods praises capitalism but why would they possibly need capitalism? or the economy? they're gods? there are other little things i could nitpick but largely i'm just... confused about the logic in this world, and the sheer suspension of disbelief required to get through this book was tiring. two: this book is so culturally insensitive it's startling. there is absolutely no critical engagement with the actual cultures it derives its deities from; that cairn and her mother are indigenous is an inconsequential part of the narrative, with only a mention or two about "ancestors," and survival and whatnot. it seems like the story proceeds from the assumption that everything in history has occurred as we know it—settler-colonialism has long since dispossessed first nations communities in canada, and continues to do so, but for whatever reason, this... just... doesn't matter? and yet the egyptian sun god ra, who seems to be entirely removed from egypt and its culture, is allowed the space to celebrate the boston tea party? and what's more—it discusses the mayflower, acknowledges that the wampanoag people exist... but not a single word about the consequences? i don't understand how you can pick and choose these mythologies which are central to the cultures of real—often oppressed—people, but refuse to grant these cultures the respect they deserve? not even in passing? it would have been a much better idea to come up with a new pantheon altogether, honestly, instead of this clumsy, offensive slop. three: cairn and delphine. i think cairn is a lesbian, although the book never uses the word, and i appreciated how it wasn't a huge deal. but their relationship is godawful. there's little to actually illustrate their love, they get together at the very beginning of the book and fall apart then, too, and then suddenly cairn makes these declarations that we have little evidence for. cairn is also a categorically awful girlfriend. while her grief is certainly an excuse, it's not a justification—and i don't think she ever really apologizes or holds herself accountable for how she jerks delphine around. four: why is it implied that emile slipped into alcoholism because of his grief but then he's just like "i'm going on a work trip and when i come back i promise i'm going to stop being an alcoholic," and then it's never an issue again? i think i'm going to stop here. overall, this book needs a lot of work. 1 star. *arc received from netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

  9. 4 out of 5

    MRIDULA

    Power corrupts the best of us and in a city where Mortals and Gods co-exist, there's bound to be secrets and chaos. These Gods are from various mythologies, reincarnated into different mortal forms repeatedly. One such God is Sedna, the Goddess of the Sea and the Underworld. But when she takes her own life in what feels like a dream-like state, her daughter Cairn stumbles upon her mother's other secret identity, a vigilante who eliminated corrupt Gods. Cairn's exploration and unearthing of the se Power corrupts the best of us and in a city where Mortals and Gods co-exist, there's bound to be secrets and chaos. These Gods are from various mythologies, reincarnated into different mortal forms repeatedly. One such God is Sedna, the Goddess of the Sea and the Underworld. But when she takes her own life in what feels like a dream-like state, her daughter Cairn stumbles upon her mother's other secret identity, a vigilante who eliminated corrupt Gods. Cairn's exploration and unearthing of the secrets is fascinating and thrilling. She is a naive child, but has a rage brewing within her heart and that is her driving force. Even after she loses so much, she stands strong in the face of every adversity and fights back stronger than before. But the story comes with it's own set of problems. There's a story in there somewhere, that hasn't been explored to it fullest potential. I was fascinated by the concept of different Gods as Vigilantes or mastermind criminals and the underlying conspiracy but the author gave very little time to character development in a desperate attempt to turn this into a layered murder mystery. There are very few fantasy elements, mostly stories we have heard again and again. I felt detached throughout the book, as if a movie I am not invested in. The dialogues are sloppy at multiple places, Cairn is reckless and way too smart for an average girl with very little time to hone her talents. This book is for readers who want a thrilling and fun ride, without investing much.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kami Boley

    I am an author and a picky reader. This novel was my first selection to review on NetGalley. During the first few pages, I was worried that this book would not hold my attention . . . boy was I wrong! There was a line delivered by Cairn’s dad, Emile, explaining the dynamics of his relationship to a woman (Cairn’s mother) who has been coming back to earth like a boomerang since the dawn of humanity. This was such a fun and intriguing concept . . . I had to know more about Ahna Delacroix (AKA-Sedna- I am an author and a picky reader. This novel was my first selection to review on NetGalley. During the first few pages, I was worried that this book would not hold my attention . . . boy was I wrong! There was a line delivered by Cairn’s dad, Emile, explaining the dynamics of his relationship to a woman (Cairn’s mother) who has been coming back to earth like a boomerang since the dawn of humanity. This was such a fun and intriguing concept . . . I had to know more about Ahna Delacroix (AKA-Sedna-goddess of sea life). I really enjoyed the characters, the mythology, and the modern X-men feel to the storyline. The relationships featured, and the connection to relatable human emotions throughout, make this book an enjoyable pick even if Fantasy is not your favorite genre. I highly recommend "This Eternity of Masks and Shadows" and look forward to exploring more titles by Karsten Knight.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cerise S

    I raced through This Eternity of Masks and Shadows, I couldn't' put it down! "The gods walk among us". This sentence in the description of this book intrigued me from the beginning, and the actual book did not disappoint. I loved the inclusion of gods from all sorts of different cultures and religions. So often stories with gods and myths are very European centric and it was great to see so much diversity. The main character is the daughter of an Inuit goddess, who is trying to solve the mystery I raced through This Eternity of Masks and Shadows, I couldn't' put it down! "The gods walk among us". This sentence in the description of this book intrigued me from the beginning, and the actual book did not disappoint. I loved the inclusion of gods from all sorts of different cultures and religions. So often stories with gods and myths are very European centric and it was great to see so much diversity. The main character is the daughter of an Inuit goddess, who is trying to solve the mystery of her mother's murder. Cain is a great protagonist and I loved her spirit and her determination. Cain is also a lesbian! She has an adorable, and realistic romance. The bit where Cain tries to apologize to her girlfriend with a rock after breaking into her apartment made me laugh so hard! A murder mystery, a fantasy, and superhero adventure, this book blends them all into an exhilarating storyline that keeps you interested until the end. This story is a fast, enjoyable read with awesome characters and has a unique and enthralling plot.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jade - theelderbooks

    If I need to point out something about This eternity of masks and shadows it is that it reads fast ! Since I thought it was a more a fantasy focused book, with godly adventure with a small part of mystery, than I full on mystery book, I got a bit thrown off my reading when I realized that. I'm not a big fan of investigations books, but I kept pushing, and in the end, I happened to enjoy the story well enough, and finished the whole thing quickly. Cairn is a really good character, even though a li If I need to point out something about This eternity of masks and shadows it is that it reads fast ! Since I thought it was a more a fantasy focused book, with godly adventure with a small part of mystery, than I full on mystery book, I got a bit thrown off my reading when I realized that. I'm not a big fan of investigations books, but I kept pushing, and in the end, I happened to enjoy the story well enough, and finished the whole thing quickly. Cairn is a really good character, even though a little too stubborn, and she makes the perfect team with Nook, part grumpy detective, part polar bear god. Their dynamic is really good, and the way they interact with each other was entertaining enough to keep me going through a mystery book. Since I'm bad at knowing gods that aren't the classic Greek one, I was grateful to get to know different mythologies, and learn new things in general. The whole island ordeal also intrigued me a lot, and the flashbacks to the events taking place there are probably my favorite in the books, along with the parts where Delphine is around. Delphine is Cairn's best friend, and has been around her forever. She really is an amazing character, who evolves a lot as the story goes, which is exactly why I would have wanted to read more about her. Maybe some chapters from her perspective would have been cool, but it was already nice to have her around. I can't finish this review without saying how great the ending is. There is a lot of action taking place in the last 15% of the book, and I felt as though I was watching a Marvel movie. You can just picture the action, the characters, the general ambiance, you can feel it all ! Even though I'm still no big fan of this mystery genre, this one was a fairly good surprise, and it kept me way more entertained than I thought it would. It really is a cool discovery !

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    This Eternity of Masks and Shadows is a standalone young adult fantasy adventure by Karsten Knight. It is almost impossible to pinpoint the genre on this bad boy of a book. This Eternity of Masks and Shadows is a mash up of so many different genres. It is part romance, part fantasy and mythology, plus a ton of adventure...of yea...and a murder mystery! I love fantasies, mythology and murder mysteries, but I don't really read too much of that mash up. And I have to say, after reading This Eternit This Eternity of Masks and Shadows is a standalone young adult fantasy adventure by Karsten Knight. It is almost impossible to pinpoint the genre on this bad boy of a book. This Eternity of Masks and Shadows is a mash up of so many different genres. It is part romance, part fantasy and mythology, plus a ton of adventure...of yea...and a murder mystery! I love fantasies, mythology and murder mysteries, but I don't really read too much of that mash up. And I have to say, after reading This Eternity of Masks and Shadows I am really digging it! This book was great! In This Eternity of Masks and Shadows we meet our main character, Cairn, who also happens to be the daughter of the latest reincarnation of the the goddess Sedna. Sedna is the Inuit goddess of seal life and marine animals. I loved the diversity in all of the cultures gods and goddesses that were represented in this novel. It didn't just focus on Greek or roman gods, but rather I saw a ton of gods and goddesses that I have never had the pleasure of reading about in a young adult fantasy story, all mingled together in this world that Karsten Knight created. Cairn finds herself thrown in the middle of a big mystery between the Gods as she tries to figure out who killed her mother and why. Joining her is her best friend, and romantic interest- Delaphine, along with plenty of characters that they meet along the way. The romance in this book was very sweet, but it felt overall secondary to the action and mystery plotline. I also kept hoping we would see more of the ever cute and adorable pet Squall. I loved him! The action in this book was pretty much non-stop from chapter 2! There is so much going on in this book, and with so many characters, I will admit that I had a tough time keeping track of them all at first. But don't worry, if that happens to you, just keep reading. By the end of the story you will have a better handle on who everyone is and their roles. It got easier for me to catalog everyone as we progress on trying to solve the mystery. As far as the plot goes, it oscillates  between present day and various past events and the flow works out nicely as Carin is trying to piece the whole puzzle of the mystery together. Obviously, I don't want to give anything away, but I will say this was one totally epic journey. The Gods themselves were so diverse, not only in culture but on the spectrum of good to totally completely evil. This book also has a broad spectrum of completely light fun moments all the way to moments that felt honestly very scary and violent. I loved how diverse this book was in so many different aspects. I will say that I was able to predict some elements of the story, but overall I was swept away in this vast tale and murder mystery featuring all kinds of gods and goddesses. I was enthralled. I loved all the different aspects and jobs that the gods have. It was unlike any other depiction of gods in fiction than I have read in the past. For instance, the detective on the case was a Polar bear god! I have always really enjoyed Karsten Knight's books, but it has been some time since I have picked one up. This Eternity of Masks and Shadows was a great reminder of how much I enjoy his writing and story telling abilities. If you are looking for a book that truly does feel unique, fresh and different look no further than This Eternity of Masks and Shadows. This book was one heck of an awesome ride!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)

    DNF at 30% I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product. I think This Eternity of Masks and Shadows could have benefited from a few more rounds of editing. One example would be when the characters were exploring an uncharted island, but then "crash-landed in front of Sulfur Gulch," which made it seem like someone had been there previous DNF at 30% I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product. I think This Eternity of Masks and Shadows could have benefited from a few more rounds of editing. One example would be when the characters were exploring an uncharted island, but then "crash-landed in front of Sulfur Gulch," which made it seem like someone had been there previously to name that part of the island. Small inconsistencies like this one kept jumping out at me, which was distracting and disrupted the flow of the story. I also disliked the main character, so that's always a huge negative for me. She wasn't understandably unlikable, despite losing her mother, so I had a hard time excusing her behavior. Additionally, she made inappropriate comments all the time. A guy dies after falling from 35 stories (at least, I think it was 35), and lands in a truck. Do you know what our lovely MC says? "That's a hell of a way to hitchhike." Really, Cairn? Her own mother just died by apparent suicide, and she's going to crack totally inappropriate jokes at another dead person's expense? Someone her mother was friends with? Oh, and this gem: "...when she saw a bloody corpse that had been torn to shreds by a wild animal. She pursed her lips disapprovingly. 'Why is it always the sexiest ones who have the longest rap sheets?'" REALLY, CAIRN? That's where you're mind goes? She also had a bad habit of going from calm to RAGING in the blink of an eye. Other times she would be crying, but then stop suddenly when something else happened. It was hard to keep up with her emotionally. I also thought the story was overwhelming with its information. There were sooo many gods and deities being tossed into various conversations, that it was hard to keep track of them all. I did like that the author shared some of their individual myths and backstories, but I'm unsure of the accuracy (I'm unfamiliar with Inuit folklore). The gods themselves don't remember their past lives, so the stories they've collected are from what they've picked up during their current lifetimes. This Eternity of Masks and Shadows had an interesting premise, but in the end it failed to deliver. The story progressed a little too quickly (giving readers very little time to process new information), and the characters were either uninteresting or unlikable. However, I did like the dual POVs (Cairn in the present, her mother (Sedna) in the past). It just wasn't enough to keep me invested in the story or its outcome. Normally, I'm all over a book with mythology, but I think the author may have tried to tackle too much within one story, or the world-building needed some serious work. (★★☆☆☆) Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Bloglovin' | Amazon | Pinterest

  15. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn Brown

    I acquired a copy of this arc through Netgallery Carin is the daughter of a reincarnated Goddess, Sedna, the Inuit goddess of sea and marine life. For in Carin's world gods and goddesses walk among humans and are reincarnated into new lives and bodies. But Carin's world changes forever when another God murders her mother and she is left to pick up the pieces and sift through the mysterys of her mother's life. She discovers a journey took in her youth with other Gods may be the cause as the othe I acquired a copy of this arc through Netgallery Carin is the daughter of a reincarnated Goddess, Sedna, the Inuit goddess of sea and marine life. For in Carin's world gods and goddesses walk among humans and are reincarnated into new lives and bodies. But Carin's world changes forever when another God murders her mother and she is left to pick up the pieces and sift through the mysterys of her mother's life. She discovers a journey took in her youth with other Gods may be the cause as the other members of that trip begin to die one by one, and she is left to seek justice not only for her mother but all of them. I think the concept for this book is incredible, the idea of gods and goddesses walking amongst us as they are reincarnated into new bodies. I appreciated how Knight chose to focus on mythologies from all across the world instead of just one, as we all have seen too many books based soley on Greek mythology. I aso thought it was cool how this was set in our world and in modern times, so the author could explore how this may influence celebrity culture but also politics and therefore democracy. However, I do think these ideas lacked some depth. I would have liked to have seen how the god's heritage impacted how they felt in modern society. For exmaple, Ahna, Carin's mother was a reincarnation of a goddess from Iniut mythology, but there was little mention or exploration of how connected she felt to that culture or heritage. As well as this, I would have liked to have seen a greater anaylse of how the knowledge of reincarnated gods existing in the modern world influenced how we behaved in a greater depth. The plot was complicated and there were many reveals woven into the story, and whilst I think it was an extremely interesting idea I feel like most of it was rather told than shown to us. Many of the plot twists and reveals landed flat to me as I was told about them, and it often felt like there wern't enough hints left for the reader to be able to guess it, or understand where the plot twist had come from even with hindsight. As well as this, I struggled to connect with any of the characters in any meaningful way as none of them felt complex or fully fleshed out. Carin felt like a blank slate so she could be read as relatable, but honestly it left me feeling largely bored of her character. Overall, whilst the ideas and premise of this was ambitious and promising not enough of it was well executed enough to carry it off. Read my full review here: https://moonlitbooks.home.blog/2020/0...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lana Frances

    This YA urban fantasy murder mystery with myths of SO MANY cultures, ticked all of the boxes for me before I even read the first page. The story kicks off quickly with love professed, death of a loved one, and an action scene. It set the pace of the book (fast. It is super fast) I do love not having to sit through a fifth of the book being world-building info dumps. I would've like to have seen a couple more chapters of relationship and character building between Cairn and Delphine, and with her This YA urban fantasy murder mystery with myths of SO MANY cultures, ticked all of the boxes for me before I even read the first page. The story kicks off quickly with love professed, death of a loved one, and an action scene. It set the pace of the book (fast. It is super fast) I do love not having to sit through a fifth of the book being world-building info dumps. I would've like to have seen a couple more chapters of relationship and character building between Cairn and Delphine, and with her mum though. The sapphic relationship between Cairn and her best friend wasn't specifically stated. It just was. This I appreciated as it didn't feel like the author was just adding it into the book because lgbtq+ representation is the "in" thing to do these days. I liked that the pantheons in this story are lesser-known or minorities. To see my own pantheon (Maori) represented in this was more than amazing. I have never seen my culture showcased in a fantasy that is not solely about New Zealand or Maori so that was refreshing. It took me a while to warm to Cairn. This was because she was different than the usual YA protagonists I'm used to reading but that didn't make her a bad character. As I stated earlier, I would've preferred to know her better, her pov. It is very rare we get an insight into her head which made it hard to connect with her. The murder mystery aspect was cool to have in a book like this. It is definitely something I haven't read much of. However in saying that, I am only recently getting back into reading. I liked it. I am usually pretty good at picking who the bad guy was, it was NOT who I thought it would be and that was pleasantly surprising. I found this was fast-paced and fun. It was easy to read and I would love to see these characters again. Especially Delphine! So I do hope it becomes a series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gabriela

    Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC, all opinions are my own. A fast-paced, thrilling, diverse superhero/ crime show. I enjoyed my time diving into this world, where all the gods are real and we are introduced to a very wide spectrum of mythologies. It was well-written, had good pacing and a cute f/f romance. I liked the mish-mash of genres, it felt refreshing and different. I would recommend this if you enjoy mythologies and/or superheroes and/or crime shows.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mika

    I received an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. This Eternity of Masks and Shadows was such an enjoyable read. I honestly have no words on how to describe my love for this book because it was such a thrill. It had a mix of genres I liked: mystery, fantasy, action, and romance. The book was written so well that each chapter kept me wanting more. The plot was just amazing. I love how it started off as a young girl trying to cope with the loss of her mother and then you sudden I received an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. This Eternity of Masks and Shadows was such an enjoyable read. I honestly have no words on how to describe my love for this book because it was such a thrill. It had a mix of genres I liked: mystery, fantasy, action, and romance. The book was written so well that each chapter kept me wanting more. The plot was just amazing. I love how it started off as a young girl trying to cope with the loss of her mother and then you suddenly fall into something greater and more complex as you join the protagonist in solving the mystery about her mother's death. As somebody who grew up reading myths, I loved how the author incorporated all these different mythologies from different cultures. It introduces readers to knew mythologies and delves them deeper into such a vast topic. I also liked how smaller myths and gods had great roles and I really appreciate the author's attention to detail as he built this world. Also I highly appreciate how Cairn is a member of the LGBT community and how it just feels so natural. I really liked Cairn's character. I admire her strength, courage, intelligence and most of all, her love for her friends and family. Her relationship with her mother makes this book feel relatable and even with all the gods and how grand the world is, the mother-daughter dynamic is never overpowered by something else. I feel like a lot of people can look up to Cairn and relate to her. Overall, I just loved this book, the characters, all the gods, and the plot twists. The only problem I had was that the book's ending made me want for more, especially with all the possibilities created by the inclusion of all these myths.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kate Reads

    This book was an absolute delight to read. It follows the story of a young woman named Cairn who is the daughter of the Inuit goddess of the sea and sea creatures. She is living in a world where gods and goddesses from every pantheon live among us and are reincarnated every hundred years or so. After disaster strikes and Cairn's mother is killed, she is left to pick up the pieces and figure out who has been going after gods and goddesses, all while dealing with her intense grief. As an avid love This book was an absolute delight to read. It follows the story of a young woman named Cairn who is the daughter of the Inuit goddess of the sea and sea creatures. She is living in a world where gods and goddesses from every pantheon live among us and are reincarnated every hundred years or so. After disaster strikes and Cairn's mother is killed, she is left to pick up the pieces and figure out who has been going after gods and goddesses, all while dealing with her intense grief. As an avid lover of myth, I instantly gravitate toward any book featuring mythology, so I've read many, many retellings over the years. This Eternity of Masks and Shadows approaches it in an entirely new way, though, and it fascinated me throughout the entire book. I loved the intersection of all of the different faiths and belief systems, and the idea of the gods walking among us in our modern society is such an interesting take that I thoroughly enjoyed. Something else that really stuck out to me was the casual queer relationship featured in this novel. Cairn, the protagonist, is in a relationship with a singer named Delphine, and while she is very clear and unashamed of her identity, it is not the focal point of the story, and I love that. While, as a queer reader, I always appreciate any well-written representation, to have it be treated as any other relationship, as it was in this book, normalizes LGBTQ+ relationships in the real world as well as in fiction. Having gay characters does not always need to be a major statement- they can be treated as regular people without having to focus on making them "different" from anyone else. Cairn is a fully fleshed-out protagonist who's relationship and queerness is not her only personality trait, and I find that makes her so much more realistic and relatable not only to a queer audience but to any reader. All in all, I found this to be such an enjoyable read. The plot was fast-paced and full of tension, leaving me constantly guessing what was coming next. The characters were well-developed and very loveable, and I found myself rooting for them throughout the entire book. I would definitely recommend this to any mythology lovers, or anyone looking for a murder-mystery style novel with a fun and exciting twist.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Previouslyunread (Rhiannon)

    I feel like the best way to describe this book is Percy Jackson meets House of Earth and Blood and I AM HERE FOR IT! I read this book in a single afternoon, I have not moved from my reading nook for 5 hours because of this book. The whole premise of this book is just so intriguing. Gods walking around the earth but they're not truely immortal as evry time they die, they end up being reincarnated without their previous memories (side note that must be absolutely horrific to experience). Cairn is s I feel like the best way to describe this book is Percy Jackson meets House of Earth and Blood and I AM HERE FOR IT! I read this book in a single afternoon, I have not moved from my reading nook for 5 hours because of this book. The whole premise of this book is just so intriguing. Gods walking around the earth but they're not truely immortal as evry time they die, they end up being reincarnated without their previous memories (side note that must be absolutely horrific to experience). Cairn is such a brilliant character, she is so devoted to her family and her lover/bestfriend Delphine. I feel like Caine has some serious character development throughout this book as she comes to terms with what happened to her mother and her own anger at her for leaving (even though her mother didn't truely want too). The relationships are believable. You can completely understand why they act the way they do with each other. I think we can all agree that Cairn is a true romantic - her apology to Delphine was so sweet. The twists and turns towards the climax of this book really had my heart racing. Everytime I thought I had guessed what was really happening, something else would happen and my ideas were completely wrong! Thanks to netgalley for the arc of this ebook and I will definitely be buying a physical copy of this amazing book!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amy | Prose Amongst Thorns

    This Eternity of Mask and Shadows was brilliant. This was my first ARC read through NetGalley and it is going to be hard to beat. Mystery, mythology and murder - what more could you ask for in a book? I stormed my way through this, finishing it in just one day. As soon as I put it down I itched to pick it back up again, I was reluctant to do anything else; my mind constantly returning to the story of Cairn, daughter of the Inuit goddess Sedna, and her quest for justice. Eternity does a brilliant This Eternity of Mask and Shadows was brilliant. This was my first ARC read through NetGalley and it is going to be hard to beat. Mystery, mythology and murder - what more could you ask for in a book? I stormed my way through this, finishing it in just one day. As soon as I put it down I itched to pick it back up again, I was reluctant to do anything else; my mind constantly returning to the story of Cairn, daughter of the Inuit goddess Sedna, and her quest for justice. Eternity does a brilliant job of taking popular genres (mystery and crime) and then flipping it on its head, delivering something truly original fantastical and absorbing. In this world the god and goddesses of every conceivable religion; Egyptian, Norse, Greek, Roman and Māori amongst others. Karsten Knight creates a rich and vibrant world, one in which I desperately wanted to spend more time. (If Karsten reads this, consider this a plea for this to spark a series of Cairn and co's adventures). A strong, hilarious, gay protagonist, surrounded by strong women, flawed characters, morally challenging decisions and diverse and equally hilarious characters - I don't think I'm going to stop gushing about this book for a while. I was well and truly enchanted by the characters in the book, the entire idea is genius but the execution is *chef's kiss*. This Eternity of Mask and Shadows will be released Jun 2nd 2020, or if you're desperate to get your hands on it (and you should be) keep an eye on GoodReads for upcoming giveaways of advanced copies. Get yourself a copy of this book - I know I'll be getting myself a physical copy, this book needs to be on any self respecting book lovers shelves.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Megan (Bookish_Raider)

    *Received an ARC through Netgalley. * This Eternity of Masks and Shadows is definitely a jam-packed story with so many different genres all working together wonderfully. If I would sum it up, its a superhero murder mystery where the heroes based on all the different gods and goddess from mythologies around the world. It really is original and spectacularly unique. I loved how these gods and goddesses used their "powers" and what their jobs were in our modern world. For example, Cairn's mother, Se *Received an ARC through Netgalley. * This Eternity of Masks and Shadows is definitely a jam-packed story with so many different genres all working together wonderfully. If I would sum it up, its a superhero murder mystery where the heroes based on all the different gods and goddess from mythologies around the world. It really is original and spectacularly unique. I loved how these gods and goddesses used their "powers" and what their jobs were in our modern world. For example, Cairn's mother, Sedna, is the Innuit Goddess of the Sea and marine animals... and worked as a Marine Biologist. The main character, Cairn, is a teen who is in love with her best friend and the beginning really opens up beautifully with so much hope... and then immediately crushes your heart. I loved the scenes with Cairn and Delphine and they might have been my favorite part of the story. This was a great story... and the ending and epilogue left me wanting to find out more in this world...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Carlos

    Great book, fast paced enjoyable read on this bank holiday. Pros: Well blended mix of genres - Fantasy, Superhero, whodunnit & LGBTQ romance. Great pacing throughout, it was hard to put down. Main characters were interesting - wish there was more about all of them. Fantasy elements blended well into the modern world Cons: Secondary characters lacked character development Ending/Epilogue left me wanting far more from these characters and this universe. Great book, fast paced enjoyable read on this bank holiday. Pros: Well blended mix of genres - Fantasy, Superhero, whodunnit & LGBTQ romance. Great pacing throughout, it was hard to put down. Main characters were interesting - wish there was more about all of them. Fantasy elements blended well into the modern world Cons: Secondary characters lacked character development Ending/Epilogue left me wanting far more from these characters and this universe.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Emily | The Wicked Pages

    E-ARC received through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review 2.5 Stars Rounded Up To 3 Stars There was so much potential for this to be such a great book, but instead I got minimal world building and almost zero character development. I hate having to rate a book below three stars because for the most part I enjoy just about everything that I read unless there are themes that are extremely off putting. This Eternity of Masks and Shadow was just kind of disappointing to me, especially when I E-ARC received through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review 2.5 Stars Rounded Up To 3 Stars There was so much potential for this to be such a great book, but instead I got minimal world building and almost zero character development. I hate having to rate a book below three stars because for the most part I enjoy just about everything that I read unless there are themes that are extremely off putting. This Eternity of Masks and Shadow was just kind of disappointing to me, especially when I could see the incredible story it could have been with just a little more development.  Things I Liked: So even though I was mostly disappointed in how this book played out there were a few things that I did like.  This book was told in a kind of dual timeline, one with Carin in the present and one with her mother and her crew in the past. The flashback chapters were so much more thought out and developed than the present chapters. I really loved reading about what happened to Carin's mother in the past to make her who she was. I really enjoyed reading those. If the book had just been Carin's mother's adventures on that island, this book would have had a much higher from me.  Things I Didn't Like: I wouldn't go so far as to say that I out-rightly hated anything in this book, but there were more than enough things that frustrated me throughout it to keep me from truly enjoying the story.  This book felt like a zero draft rather than a published novel. It needed revision, fleshing out, and maybe some reconstruction on how the plot points were revealed. This was a story that told me rather than showed me, which made it kind of a boring read. There wasn't much emotion or description and I didn't have to engage my brain at all to read it. It was just kind of dry.  There was a lack of world building that made it very difficult for me to understand what was happening in the book. I couldn't understand what the dynamic was between the reincarnated gods and the mortals. There wasn't much explanation in way of why gods are reincarnated or how it effects the incarnations of those gods. I felt like I didn't have any idea what was going on plot wise through most of this book. I knew Carin was trying to solve the mystery of her mother's death, but everything else was so murky with the plot. Again there wasn't enough world building for me to understand all the dynamics and why things were occurring the way they were through out the story. I got to the middle of the story and I almost gave up because I didn't understand who anyone was or what their relationship was to the plot or to the other characters. The characters were another thing that lacked quite a bit for me.  I think this book was supposed to be some sort of found family trope but it didn't really work out for me. For one, Carin's dad, who was grieving and a mess, suddenly gets better and conveniently goes off on a work trip. I didn't like this. Carin supposedly had a good relationship with her dad and I would have liked to see them work through their grief together rather than him just getting shipped out of the picture for the convenience of the story.  Carin herself is kind of a two dimensional characters. Her personality is as plain as the paper that the words are written on. 90% of Carin on page is her talking to another character. There is no insight in to the kind of person she is or her personality. The book is written in the first person, so I felt like there should have been more of an internal monologue happening to give me more of a look inside Carin's thoughts and feelings. There were a lot of things that just seemed out of place when she'd say something about her past life. At some point she says something like "I made a career out of party crashing in high school," but I got zero clue from her personality up to that point that partying in high school was something that she did at all. She would just have outbursts of what I think were supposed to be pent up emotions and apparently I was supposed to just accept that as character development. Except that there was no context and I had no idea she had been feeling any of those things leading up to her outburst. I think Carin as a character was trying too hard to be the stereotypical heroine, but there was not enough development to her beyond that to make me connect to her as a character at all.  So Carin teams up with all of these people from her mother's secret other life. I'm told over and over again that she forms a tight bond with all of these characters, but I'm never shown how those bonds form. There is no chemistry, there are no bonding scenes. Just one minute they are all strangers and the next Carin is treating them like they saved her life and adopted her into their clan of tight knit members. I think Carin's relationship with Nook is the perfect example of this. Like he has really strong feelings of protectiveness of her, kind of like a father figure, but there was no deep connection between the characters.  I think that was my biggest problem with this story. Everything was told to me. Either the characters said it or it was spelled out word for word in the text. I couldn't learn anything about these characters organically. They didn't have any defining characteristics that made them feel like more than just little paper dolls. I was just left wanting more and being unsatisfied.  One more thing I want to touch on before I sign off because this book doesn't deserve me going on and on about the things I didn't like.  This book has a F/F relationship, but I really was not a fan of how it was put down on paper. I am not a queer person, so I have no personal experience of being in that sort of relationship, but this couple didn't feel natural at all. Supposedly, Carin and Delphine have been best friends for thirteen years, but it doesn't feel like it at all. There is not chemistry. There was no familiarity. I had a hard time believing that there was any spark for a romance at all between these two girls. This is kind of harsh, but it really felt like this relationship was originally written as M/F and then switched at the very end without reworking the dynamic around it. This could just be because it was a F/F romance written by a male author, but there was just a lot of really off putting things about how it was put down on page that I didn't really enjoy. Things like Carin calling herself a prick in an argument. There were just moments where  I almost forgot I was supposed to be reading about two girls in love instead of a poorly written couple from a bad romance novel.  This book really had a lot of potential, but it didn't live up to my expectations.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Becky'sBookBlog

    This book contained everything I love! Gods from all corners of mythology & folklore, a kick ass female lead and some top notch action scenes. Cairn Delacriox is just like everybody else, except her mother is the reincarnation of the Inuit Sea God Sedna. In Cairn’s world the God’s live amongst us, reincarnated every century or so to a new body with no knowledge of their previous lives, some choose to keep their existence a secret, preferring the quiet life, whereas others use their powers and fo This book contained everything I love! Gods from all corners of mythology & folklore, a kick ass female lead and some top notch action scenes. Cairn Delacriox is just like everybody else, except her mother is the reincarnation of the Inuit Sea God Sedna. In Cairn’s world the God’s live amongst us, reincarnated every century or so to a new body with no knowledge of their previous lives, some choose to keep their existence a secret, preferring the quiet life, whereas others use their powers and for fame and well… worship. When Cairns mother unexpectedly re-enacts her original death Cairn’s world is broken apart. She doesn’t understand why her mother would commit suicide, nor can she explain the glassy look that came over her eyes before she threw herself into the ocean. One night she discovers something that will upend her world all over again, her mother had a secret life, one that taints Cairn’s view of her. But Cairn knows one thing, her mother didn’t commit suicide, she was murdered, and Cairn will stop at nothing to find out who and why, even if that means her as a mortal going up against Gods. In a world filled with Gods come to life Cairn’s viewpoint was such a vital one to read the book from. She knows all about the mythology of Gods from her mothers stories, but she is ultimately mortal, this isn’t Percy Jackson guys… Cairn has no amount of her mothers otherworldly powers. Seeing her traverse the world of God’s was brilliant, in some ways the world of God’s is somewhat commonplace to her, but she also respects their power and is aware that as a mortal, she is somewhat outgunned. She is snarky, sarcastic, resilient and stubborn as hell. Nothing will get in the way of her catching the person behind her mothers death, even her own mortality. The other characters were all well developed, we get introduced to a whole host of Gods from a whole host of mythologies, all of whom have their part to play in Cairn getting the answers she seeks. This world was so brilliantly rendered. Gods live among us and we get to meet a whole host of them, from lots of different cultures around the world. You know me a mythology, so it will be no surprise when I say I LOVED the part of the books where we got to delve into the backstory of a certain God. We see the ones who like to live in the shadows, some for nefarious reasons and others because they simply don’t want the pressure that comes with being a reincarnated deity, and the there are the ones who live for the spotlight. The ones who use their power for their advantage, becoming actresses, Senators and other positions where they are likely to become worshipped. I found this idea wholly refreshing, yes we have plenty of books out there featuring Gods from different mythologies, but none (that I know of) where they are reincarnated with no knowledge of their previous lives. This was like a fantasy style murder mystery filled with twists and turns. The author keeps you guessing throughout most of the book, and I enjoyed coming to the realisations at the same time as Cairn, it definitely helped me bond with her as a character and I certainly felt her ‘WTF’ moments. Trust me when I say I had no idea where this story was going until the author hit me with the information needed to put it all together, she gives us little bits of information throughout the story, enough to keep us intrigued and throwing wild guesses out there, but nothing could have prepared me for the climactic ending. There was a brilliant f/f romance throughout this book. Delphine, Cairn’s best friend and love interest was another intriguing character. One of the few people to know Cairn’s mothers true identity, she was there the day Adna threw herself into the sea and we see her’s and Cairn’s relationships going through the trials and tribulations that come with loss and grief. The romance was a small part of the overall plot, but I enjoyed reading their interactions together. I was surprised how much I loved this book. The author left us with an opening for another book, but also tied the main plot neatly in a bow so it could be left as a standalone. To be honest I would just like to return to the world, whether through Cairn’s eyes or someone else’s.

  26. 4 out of 5

    dia

    thanks netgalley & publisher for giving me an eARC of this book! I can't believe how long it took me to finish this. I won't blame the book itself, considering the issue was me (and yeah the pandemic, I guess, it's been hard), and it was enjoyable enough. The idea of multiple gods reincarnating and living among normal people is really really cool and at first I was really excited to read. Then I got a bit bored, and a bit lost, and then I stopped reading for a long time, and then I finished the fi thanks netgalley & publisher for giving me an eARC of this book! I can't believe how long it took me to finish this. I won't blame the book itself, considering the issue was me (and yeah the pandemic, I guess, it's been hard), and it was enjoyable enough. The idea of multiple gods reincarnating and living among normal people is really really cool and at first I was really excited to read. Then I got a bit bored, and a bit lost, and then I stopped reading for a long time, and then I finished the final half in a couple of hours. For most of the book I didn't like Cairn, not really until she decided to do things by herself so I guess around the middle? I really liked Nook tho and I wish we had seen more of him and developing his dad/daughter relationship with Cairn, instead of just straight up jumping to "you remind me of my daughter so I care for you" without any tenderness between them. The change of times, between Cairn's present day investigation and Sedna's experience in the past, felt kinda pointless sometimes. Like, if Cairn was investigating what caused her mother's death, I think it would've been much more interesting to go through her learnings instead of the sudden pov/time/space shift between chapters. By the final 20% this change of point of view got even worse; while the book is supposed to be about Cairn and the murder mystery, suddenly we get other gods' povs and then also her girlfriend??? Also, on the topic of her girlfriend: I didn't really feel the romance and I'm so sad about that!!! I love romance but considering all the rest of the plot and the action and the gods having Cairn angsty over a romantic relationship and then having a carefree date in the middle of a situation with a serial killer was really??? Ugh. The main villain of the whole thing also felt a lot like... a generic Marvel villain, I guess. Her reasoning and her goals felt really weak, and by the end it was like I was watching another Avengers movie: tired and full of regrets. Despite all that!!! Really. It's worth 3 stars because. It was enjoyable. Even with all the mess I complained about, the narrative flows well and I enjoyed figuring things out together with Cairn, and I wouldn't be against reading more of this world (and the gods!!! so many cool gods), and of Nook + Cairn working together. trigger warnings: suicide, some gore, violence, death, loss of parent/child

  27. 4 out of 5

    cara amelia ✨

    Oh, boy. Where do I even start with this? Cairn Delacroix lives in a world where gods and mortals mingle. She has grown up with the stories and myths from vast mythological backgrounds. Cairn gets thrown headfirst into this elusive and confusing world when her mother is murdered. She uncovers secrets beyond anything she could've dreamed of and has to rewrite her entire life perspective as she searches to avenge her mother. This book is a mess. I actually don't know where to start with it. I feel Oh, boy. Where do I even start with this? Cairn Delacroix lives in a world where gods and mortals mingle. She has grown up with the stories and myths from vast mythological backgrounds. Cairn gets thrown headfirst into this elusive and confusing world when her mother is murdered. She uncovers secrets beyond anything she could've dreamed of and has to rewrite her entire life perspective as she searches to avenge her mother. This book is a mess. I actually don't know where to start with it. I feel like I was thrown headfirst into this book and given no exposition or world-building. I had no idea what was going on half the time; it feels like Knight just expected us to know who these characters were and what they were doing. It made the characters bland and forgettable, and I found myself constantly having to rack my brain to remember when the last time a character showed up and why they were important to the plot. And the plot. Oooooh boy. The plot is all over the place; it jumps from past to present to action to fluff and none of it makes an ounce of sense. It's disorienting and extremely hard to keep track of who is who and what is what. For a world filled with such a diverse cast of characters, the action scenes were bland and uninteresting. Characters seemed to pull powers out of their ass with literally no backstory or explanation as to how or why. There were subplots I just didn't understand. The queer relationship seemed to just be thrown in there for the sake of being able to call this F/F, and it adds little, if anything, to the book. There's supposed to be a dramatic """""plot twist"""" surrounding this relationship, however it doesn't really seem to make sense or add anything to the story? For some reason, Cairn owns an illegally imported animal as a pet? Again, it doesn't add anything to the story but it is repeatedly brought up. I'm really, really sad I couldn't like this more. This is an interesting plot, and the third-grade Percy Jackson nerd in me was so excited at the diverse range of mythologies this covers. This book could've been so much, and I'm really disappointed I couldn't like this more. Arc provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    The Picky Bookworm

    I think this is the first book I've read in a while that I just COULD NOT put down! Things come up, sure, but when I had time to read, I was reading this book. it's SO GOOD! I cannot say enough that you should drop everything and run to Amazon and buy this book. Yes, I am an Amazon Associate, and yes, I would get a commission through your purchase, but I would recommend this book if I never made a cent. That should tell you something :) Someone asked me on Instagram if this book was scary, and I I think this is the first book I've read in a while that I just COULD NOT put down! Things come up, sure, but when I had time to read, I was reading this book. it's SO GOOD! I cannot say enough that you should drop everything and run to Amazon and buy this book. Yes, I am an Amazon Associate, and yes, I would get a commission through your purchase, but I would recommend this book if I never made a cent. That should tell you something :) Someone asked me on Instagram if this book was scary, and I can say for certain it wasn't. At least, I wasn't scared. According to the author, this book is "the confluence of a lot of the genres that have shaped me as a writer throughout my life: the vigilante and superhero stories I consumed as a kid, the mythologies I fell in love with as a teenager, and the murder mysteries and noir I gravitate to as an adult." I can say, Karsten Knight did this exceptionally. I can see the superhero and murder mystery influences, and the whole book is about gods and goddesses, so there's that. I love all three of those genres, so it makes sense that I would love this book. It also has some fantasy influence, even though the book is set in Boston. This book has mythological characters from every mythology under the sun. I saw Norse, Egyptian, Inuit, Greek and many others that I'm not familiar with. One of my favorite characters was Nanook, the Polar Bear god. I have read other books that I just had a hard time with, because of writing styles, and punctuation use, but there was none of that here. Honestly, I tried to find something that I didn't like, because I like to keep balance in my reviews between negative and positive. I couldn't find a thing. Seriously. I looked and looked for something negative I could say, and I couldn't find a thing. The characters were well-developed, the story moved along briskly, without feeling to overwhelming, and the plot had so many twists and turns that I never really knew what was going on until the end of the book. I really hope someone makes a movie from this book. I would go see that, for sure! I hope this book ends up being part of a series, because I would love to see these characters again. I will definitely add this book to my list of "must re-read at some point!" I definitely give this book 5 stars. If you haven't read this book, I hope you get to soon, because this book was awesome! It takes a subject as common as mythology (like, seriously, who hasn't heard of any mythology in their lifetime?) and elevates it to superhero status. While Rick Riordan did this with the Percy Jackson books, and did it well, he focused on Greek and Roman pantheons, while this book focuses on them ALL. That makes this book unique, and more enjoyable in its own way.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Elisquared

    This Eternity of Masks and Shadows by Karsten Knight is a non-stop, epic ride of a book. Set in a world where the gods of old are real people who are reincarnated with that gods' powers, there is a growing divide between regular mortals and the gods; amid those groups are also the demigods born from mortal and god relationships. The main character, Cairn, is the daughter of Sedna, the Inuit goddess of the sea and marine animals. When a horrible thing happens to Sedna, Cairn is set on a journey t This Eternity of Masks and Shadows by Karsten Knight is a non-stop, epic ride of a book. Set in a world where the gods of old are real people who are reincarnated with that gods' powers, there is a growing divide between regular mortals and the gods; amid those groups are also the demigods born from mortal and god relationships. The main character, Cairn, is the daughter of Sedna, the Inuit goddess of the sea and marine animals. When a horrible thing happens to Sedna, Cairn is set on a journey to figure out what forces are at work to destroy the peace of the world, and how was her mother involved. Due to the massive inclusion of different gods, the world's mythology is diverse; honestly sometime it was hard to keep track of all the gods (thanks for the highlight option on my Kindle). From Egyptian sun gods to Aztec jaguar gods, each has a role, and some walk the line of light and dark. "For better or worse," Themis continued, "our abilities come with an enhanced sense of purpose---of importance..." is a quote I feel sums up the relationships that the gods forge with mortals. Some gods and goddesses work for the betterment of all, and others for the betterment of themselves. This is the conflict Cairn finds herself in the middle of, as she seeks out answers to what happened to her mother. I don't want to go too much into the action, but believe me there are tons! We see both Cairn's present-day investigation and Sedna's past actions leading to that present. The mystery abounds, and the plot doesn't let up. Some of it is a tad predictable, but it is such an enjoyable ride that it doesn't detract from the experience. The plot is where this book shines, whereas character development is not as well rounded (hard to do when you have such a wide cast of characters). While this is a stand-alone, the world itself would be such fun to visit again. Overall, this was a solid book: fun plot, interesting characters, and a satisfying ending. A few issues, but nothing that really detracted from my enjoyment. Recommend for those readers looking for a YA fantasy that reads more like a New Adult book (at least to me).

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Imagine a world where the Gods and Goddesses from every pantheon across the world are real and walk among humans. Imagine them as mortals with extraordinary powers, who will die just like mortals, but are reincarnated every century with no memory of their previous lives. Imagine them living as humans, secretly and openly. Now, imagine what would ensue if some of these deities were not all benevolent beings. This is the story of just how nightmarish that world could be for humans. It follows 18 y Imagine a world where the Gods and Goddesses from every pantheon across the world are real and walk among humans. Imagine them as mortals with extraordinary powers, who will die just like mortals, but are reincarnated every century with no memory of their previous lives. Imagine them living as humans, secretly and openly. Now, imagine what would ensue if some of these deities were not all benevolent beings. This is the story of just how nightmarish that world could be for humans. It follows 18 year old Cairn Delacroix, the human daughter of a Goddess who witnessed new mother’s murder at the hands of an evil deity. Cairn will face unspeakable horrors in her quest for vengeance.⁣ ⁣ A strong contemporary mystery, laced with ancient mythology, this novel moves at lightning speed and features unique characters. The supreme beings of old are reimagined with spectacular detail and are not your typical Greek, Roman, or Egyptian Gods. This novel also features divine beings from across the globe such as Sedna, Inuit Goddess of the sea , and Nagual, a Mesoamerican shape shifter God. This diversity of myths makes the story richer and helps it stand apart from average mythological depictions. The tensions between humans and the reincarnated beings adds a realistic element to the story telling. The deities aren’t accepted by all, nor are they vilified by all. There is an authentic wariness among humans that I presume would occur if something like this were to happen in reality.⁣ ⁣ I liked the swiftly moving storyline for the most part, but found that sometimes the fast pace was at the sacrifice of character depth. The motivations and scope of the main characters are well done, their actions and emotions ring genuine. But some of the supporting characters could have been fleshed out a bit.⁣ ⁣ I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, The unique spin on mythological beings, the exciting mystery, and the interesting characters all contribute to a great read.⁣

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