Labyrinth’s Heart (#3)

Previous: The Liar’s Knot (#2)

May you see the face and not the mask.

Ren came to Nadežra with a plan. She would pose as the long-lost daughter of the noble house Traementis. She would secure a fortune for herself and her sister. And she would vanish without a backward glance. She ought to have known that in the city of dreams, nothing is ever so simple.

Now, she is Ren, con-artist and thief. But she is also Renata, the celebrated Traementis heir. She is Arenza, the mysterious pattern-reader and political rebel. And she is the Black Rose, a vigilante who fights alongside the legendary Rook. 

Even with the help of Grey Serrado and Derossi Vargo, it is too many masks for one person to wear. And as the dark magic the three of them helped unleash builds to storm that could tear the very fabric of the city apart, it’s only a matter of time before one of the masks slips—and everything comes crashing down around them.


"M.A. Carrick’s dense Rook & Rose trilogy has been packed with complex characters, difficult moral choices, and unexpected plot twists, so who can even begin to guess what surprises this final installment has in store for readers? "

Paste Magazine

"This is a novel full of tension and incident, colour and verve. It has style and a sense of humour, and as the capstone to the trilogy it more than lives up to its predecessors. I really enjoyed it, and I recommend the entire trilogy wholeheartedly."


"The Rook and Rose trilogy is a fast paced adventure that is simultaneously intricate and empathetic. It is a testament to the things that make fantasy compelling as a genre and it was wonderful to speak with the authors about its conclusion."

New Books Network Podcast

"Overall, The Labyrinth’s Heart by MA Carrick is a heartfelt and stunning conclusion to a gorgeous series, one that truly shines a light on characters we have come to love and illuminates the importance of family – be it found, chosen or blood."

KB Book Reviews

"The pacing was spot-on, with intense moments with world-ending stakes being followed up with introspective and intimate moments that gave our characters all the resolution and closure they needed and deserved. Both the internal conflicts of each character and the overarching external conflict concerning the city, the scheming noble houses, and the devastating numinatria magic were extremely compelling, and I think they were ultimately resolved in a masterful way."

Before We Go

"A fantastic ending to one of my favorite epic fantasy series in recent times, where all three of the main trio get their happy endings."

A Cup of Cyanide

"It was, all around, a satisfying conclusion to a trilogy that I’ve greatly enjoyed over the last few years....I’d highly recommend the Rook & Rose series for folks looking for lovable rogues, noble intrigue, a bit of romance, and fantastic fashion choices."

Powder and Page

"While I'm sad the journey is over, Labyrinth's Heart was all I could have asked for in a finale of my favorite series."

Fantasy Book Critic