The Masks of Monsters by Narayan Liu


RATING : ★★★★☆

“The stars were a blur of white and blue and the air grew ever colder, it was only the fast pounding of Darius heart that kept him warm.”

– Narayan Liu, The Masks of monsters

If you are in need of a little scary and fun story on this day of Halloween, this book is for you! Only 100 pages long, this beautifully written novel is about Darius, a young man who commits murder and comes face-to-face with Aeron, who is one of the most terrifying creatures on earth: a vampire.  He will be enrolled in their world and will have to confront the lust and the temptations of the underworld. With a roller coaster of actions and suspense, I was not disappointed at all.


“He was promised freedom and the power to keep it and yet here he was a prisoner in his own dead flesh, powerless to stop himself from becoming a beast.”


In fact, I finished the book in less than 4 hours. My favourite aspect of the novel is the social context. It happens in the 18th Century and I have always loved stories in that period of time. What’s even more surprising is that it’s happening in Rennes, France ! One of my childhood town and probably my favourite French town ever (Yes I used to live in France 😉 ). Narayan Liu’s new take on the vampires also make the reading really entertaining. I admit that for a vampire fan, I have read a lot of stories about them in high school and I was expecting a cliche story. But it was not that at all. The Masks of the Monsters is unique, thrilling and engaging. With a drop of fantasy, Liu sets up the right decor and landscape for the reader. I got to immerse myself in that same crazy universe as those creatures and actually enjoy it.

You can purchase a copy of the novel here! 🙂 See you!

Thank you to the author for giving me this free copy in exchange for an honest review.


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