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Greatmask: (An Epic Fantasy Novel) (The Bone Mask Trilogy Book 3) by [Capes, Ashley]
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The Ecsoli have taken Anaskar, raiding the city for bones of the Sea God and holding King Oseto captive in his own palace. Yet there he discovers an even greater threat in the form of his own Greatmask, who grows impatient for the Sacrifice.

Hiding in the blackened streets, Flir must deal with her uncertainty regarding Kanis while gathering a resistance force, where she discovers even her vast strength seems useless before the blue-cloaked Ecsoli.

Beyond the Wards, Ain heads home, ready to face the shame of failing at the Sea Shrine. Instead, he finds mysterious and deadly Darklings hunting his loved ones. In his desperation he makes a startling discovery about his Pathfinder heritage.

Meanwhile, miles distant, Sofia and her father struggle for mastery of Argeon and Osani as they race toward the city. A battered Notch finds himself making a similar journey, just as unsure if he will return in time to help the city in its darkest hour, as enemies pour through its broken walls.

Conclusion to the Bone Mask Trilogy!

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  • Publisher: Close-Up Books (26 November 2016)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice Wrap Up - Ready for the Next Trilogy 26 December 2016
By Lee Dunning - Published on
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I enjoyed the final installment to the Bone Mask Trilogy better than volume II. There wasn't so much time spent with the Sap-Born, which was my primary gripe with volume II. The darklings are a cool, grotesque monster, and I like how the characters have to figure out where they came from and how to deal with them. Flir and Notch continue to be my favorite characters. I like how Flir sees a problem and wastes no time dealing with it. We learn more about Notch's past, and that helps shape his response to how things shake out at the end. I liked how the ending wasn't all puppies and unicorns. I also liked that it wrapped things up nicely, but left the door open for a new series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatmask: (An Epic Fantasy Novel) (The Bone Mask... Ashley Capes 1 February 2017
By Croitiene ganMoryn - Published on
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Greatmask, the last installment of The Bone Mask trilogy, is wonderfully written and easy to read. I loved these books for their action, adventure and intrigue. Thanks Ashley and Amazon!
5.0 out of 5 stars "These Young Masks are Fickle..." 1 March 2017
By R. M. Fisher - Published on
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The third and final book in Ashley Capes's Bone Mask trilogy successfully brings each character's arc to a satisfying conclusion and wraps up all the disparate subplots – while still leaving room for the promise of new adventures on the horizon.

Anaskar has been invaded by the blue-cloaked Ecsoli; they now control all three tiers of the city, from the seaside docks to the lofty palace where King Oseto is held captive. Would-be rebels hide in the back alleys and taverns, slowly building up a resistance and waiting for an opportunity to fight back. Among them is Flir, whose preternatural strength seems useless against the powers of the Ecsoli, and who doesn't know who to trust among her own people.

Meanwhile, Sofia Falco and her father make the journey back toward Anaskar, attempting to master control over the Greatmasks in their possession, knowing they might make all the difference in the conflict ahead. These masks are the trilogy's namesake: sacred bone masks that allow the wearer to communicate with mysterious god-like entities – but not without a heavy psychological toll upon those that chose to don them. (Not incidentally, these masks are the reason for the Ecsoli invasion, as they scour the streets for suitable bones).

A similar quest is being undertaken by the war-veteran Notch, also desperate to return to Anaskar and lend his aid to the civilians therein.

That leaves Ain, a desert-dweller whose role as a Pathfinder means he is able to sense the echoes of passage across the land, but who must now return to his people in defeat after failing to find their legendary Sea Shrine. But on the way he realizes that his people face a much greater threat: the darklings, strange and destructive creatures that no one seems to know how to defeat.

As you can see, the book opens with all our familiar characters strewn across a variety of different plot-lines, but as the chapters go on, they slowly start to converge in satisfying ways. The cliff-hangers of the previous book are quickly resolved and the theme of "stronger together" pronounced, though as the story goes on a number of tough decisions and sacrifices have to be made.

There's clear development for each character, and an underlying sense that each one must understand where they came from in order to decide where they're going – in stark contrast to the trilogy's main villain, who exists in a state of mental stasis, concerned with little else besides extending his own lifespan.

As ever, Capes writes clearly and at a steady pace, taking the time for solid world-building without getting bogged down in it. The continuity is strong across all three books (I was hoping Padin would turn up again – and he does!) and some thought-provoking questions are raised concerning the true nature of the Greatmasks and the effect they have on their bearers.

In all, it's been fun reading The Bone Mask trilogy over the last three years: strong characters, great world-building, and a plot that doesn't spiral out of control, but rather keeps the focus on a limited number of characters and their personal/political goals. That it ends on a satisfying but somewhat bittersweet note is just the cherry on top.
4.0 out of 5 stars A fitting conclusion with some room for further developments... 30 November 2016
By Maddalena Tarallo - Published on
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I received the e-ARC of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

This epic fantasy trilogy reached its conclusion with the final book, one that nonetheless leaves the door open for a possible sequel: should that not be the author's intent, the sense of "unfinished business" from the last chapter still is a welcome change from a more conventional ending, one where all the narrative threads are nicely tied up.

At the end of book 2, the main characters were all scattered to the four winds, contact between them lost and each one forced to deal with their problems, some of which were of a quite deadly nature: Notch and Sofia managed to escape from the Sap Born, but were separated in the forest, he fighting for his and Nia's life and she running away with her father and the Sap Born's freed prisoners. Ain was traveling back to his people, together with his companion and King Oseto's peace envoy, only to meet with a deadly, formless foe. And King Oseto himself faced the threat of a Renovar invasion, only to discover that a new, unknown force was at his doorstep: the Ecsoli, the ancient people from whom the Anaskari originated, arriving from the sea to conquer the city, and steal its precious bones.

Now, as the third book starts, we follow each individual group as they struggle to overcome the mounting difficulties: at the beginning this fracturing of narrative threads makes for an apparently disjointed storytelling, but little by little the pieces start to come together to build the main tapestry, non unlike smaller streams that flow into a wider river, and we understand that each single incident is part of an overall - and ominous - picture. And once our "heroes" manage to regroup, the story takes on speed, driving toward a breathless fight for survival.

What becomes clear is that ancient bones are indeed the key to this world's magic, and that there is an untapped well of power in them: this must be the main reason the Ecsoli are collecting them with a ruthlessness that seems born of desperation - or great need. One of the most gripping parts of the story comes indeed from the description of occupied Anaskar, of the profoundly changed life in the beleaguered city, where people are trying to survive in the streets filled by the rubble from the attack, or patrolled by the Ecsoli who seem quite keen in enjoying bloody sport.

More intriguingly, the bone masks themselves transition from mere tools to characters, showing what kind of unimaginable powers can be drawn from them - and what kind of price they exact from their wearers: I was fascinated by the hints of personality that were shown this way, and by the almost neutral nature (for want of a better word) they display, neither good nor bad, but still frightening in its uniqueness.

We learn more from the characters as well, a few hints from their past and - more important - the changes wrought by the dire situation on their personalities: King Oseto, and the shocking bargain he seals with the ancient mask Chelona is the most relevant example of this, as is Sofia's continuing journey toward maturity and the ability to make harder and harder decisions, showing a strength of spirit that had only been hinted at up to this point.

There is a huge change in tone toward the end and the final showdown: the author's usual discursive style transforms here into pure narration, describing the story's climatic events in a breath-taking scene that would make wonderful cinematic material, and whose conclusion was surprising for the bold - if sad - choice he made there. I must admit I was taken unaware by the turn of events, but once the consternation wore off I understood that this bittersweet conclusion was much more satisfying than a more conventional one where everyone marched to the proverbial happy end.

Not all questions are answered at the end of Greatmask, and that's the main reason that made me mention "unfinished business", but I like to have some unsolved mysteries, to know that not everything has been explained: making one's own assumptions is part of the fun after all…

All in all, a very satisfying conclusion to an intriguing story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovers of epic fantasies will fall deep into the magic. 11 February 2017
By Kind, Jovial, Decisive - Published on
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I received an Advanced Reader Copy of Great Mask with no expectations from the author, but every expectation of a brilliant read. I was not disappointed.

In this trilogy, the author has created a wonderful, fantastical world populated with great characters (my favourite being the steadfast mercenary soldier, the 'everyman', Notch).

In this trilogy, you'll find weird magic, strange creatures, mortal enemies fighting dangerous foes, all beautifully described by an author who knows how to use the English language. Mr Capes has the heart and skills of a poet. My word, he knows how to describe a scene.

Mr Capes skillfully weaves multiple stories into a complete whole and the ending is truly masterful. I won't give away any spoilers, but each thread comes to a fitting, and sometimes heart-rending finale.

Lovers of epic fantasies will fall deep into the magic. Read this trilogy. you won't be disappointed.

Bravo, Mr Capes. Bravo.