This Eternity of Masks and Shadows by Karsten Knight is a fantasy with gods of all cultures, living in our world.
In This Eternity of Masks and Shadows, we follow Cairn as she investigates her mother’s “suicide”.
18 year old Cairn has been living a relatively normal life, if you can call having your mother being an Inuit goddess normal, that is. Graduating high school, and finally confessing her love to her best friend Delphine, things are on the up. Until one day on a boat trip, her mother, Ahna- the goddess Sedna reincarnate, straps an anchor to herself and drowns.
The adventure of trying to discover who done it, and why, was fun. This secret agent aspect of the gods and how that team fell apart brought a fun twist to things. While the world building was not as thorough as some, the fast pace of this book felt like it excused that. The entire time, I was on the edge of my seat needing to know- what happens next?
Admittedly, things became predictable as the story moved along. Without spoiling anything, about 50% into the book, I had figured out who had done what. That didn’t take away from my enjoyment, it just made me want to see how the author fleshed this out. I would like more from this as a series, perhaps with more world building and various other myths brought into the storylines. Additionally, I don’t know much about Boston and it’s history, or it’s makeup. Reading other reviews, I see some have issues with how this was laid out. I can’t speak on those aspects, because I just don’t know much about Boston.
I found all the characters interesting to read about, although, Sedna was much more interesting to read on than her very mortal daughter Cairn. Perhaps a prequel would make this entire thing just fantastic.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more from Karsten.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.