The Darkwood Mask: The Inquisitives, Book 5

The Darkwood Mask: The Inquisitives, Book 5

by Jeff LaSala

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The Inquisitives are the "private eyes" of the Eberron world, solving murders with magic and steel.

A diplomat has been murdered and an innocent man has been accused. An up-and-coming young Inquisitive is brought in to solve this high-profile case, but corruption, money, and power stand in her way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786962808
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Publication date: 03/20/2012
Series: The Inquisitives
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 637,097
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Jeff(rey) Michael LoPrete LaSala is an Army brat, an Eagle Scout, and longtime DM all grown up. Three years ago he married an Argentine mermaid named Marisa in a gothic, military cathedral. He now lives in the Bronx, commutes to the day job in Manhattan, and doesn't yet own the mandatory authorial pet (but, oh, he will). At age 16, he received a very encouraging reply to a letter he wrote to R.A. Salvatore, and the inspiration seems to have paid off: The Darkwood Mask is his first novel.

Customer Reviews

The Darkwood Mask (Inquisitives Series #4) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Darkwood Mask is an exciting mix of fantasy and mystery. The story revolves around two main characters. Tallis, an ex-soldier, who now lives as a renegade, has been framed for the murder of a foreign ambassador. Soneste, an up-and-coming inquisitive (i.e., a detective) from the ambassador's home country, has been sent to investigate. In addition the author gives us an interesting cast of side-characters who are all memorable in their own way. The characters are both well-written and interesting. As a reader I found myself truly caring about the characters and wanting to learn more about them. The 'bad guys' were also well done. Their motivations and actions made sense, which lends a feeling of realism to the story. While the book is, at its simplest, a murder mystery, it is so much more than that. The author does an excellent job of weaving together a number of interesting subplots. For example, there is a kind of fish-out-of-water storyline with Soneste being sent from her home country of Breland to the harsh and bureaucratic city of Korth, in the nation of Karrnath. The author does an excellent job of showing us Karrnathi society from the perspective of an outsider. A second storyline looks at what it means to be a patriot. Tallis, once a revered Major in the Karrnathi army, now lives his life as a rogue, working to change his country for the better. Though labeled a traitor, Tallis remains fiercely loyal to his country. There were other storylines I found interesting, such as the fragile political situation between Karrnath and Breland. Another storyline (and perhaps the most important) I won't mention out of fear of giving too much away, but suffice it to say the plot is multi-layered and the mystery will keep you guessing to the end. Even when I figured out the who (which I was unable to do until near the end), I still couldn't guess the why... As mentioned in the other review, the only minor criticism I have (and it is very, very minor) is that a few scenes seemed to jump a little, most likely due to parts of the scene being edited out. But this hardly took away from the story. Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. It provides just the right mix of action and mystery and throws in a bit of political intrigue to spice things up a bit. The narrative is well written and well paced. And the author keeps you guessing with lots of little twists and turns. A first-rate novel, I hope to see many more books by Mr. LaSala. I would recommend this novel highly, not only to fans of the world of Eberron, but to both fans of fantasy and mystery.
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