The Liar’s Knot (#2)

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A con artist, a vigilante, and a crime lord unite to save their city from the slow corruption of dark and dangerous magic in this dazzling fantasy adventure.

Trust is the thread that binds us. And the rope that hangs us.

In Nadežra, peace is as tenuous as a single thread. The ruthless House Indestor has been destroyed, but darkness still weaves through the city’s filthy alleys and jewel-bright gardens, seen by those who know where to look.

Derossi Vargo has always known. He has sacrificed more than anyone imagines to carve himself a position of power and influence among the nobility, hiding a will of steel behind a velvet smile. He’ll be damned if he lets anyone threaten what he’s built.

Grey Serrado knows all too well. Bent under the yoke of too many burdens, he fights to protect the city’s most vulnerable. Sooner or later, that fight will demand more than he can give.

And Ren, daughter of no clan, knows best of all. Caught in a knot of lies, torn between her heritage and her aristocratic masquerade, she relies on her gift for reading pattern to survive. And it shows her the web of darkness that traps her city.

But all three have yet to discover just how far that web stretches. And in the end, it will take more than wits and knives to cut themselves free.


"Fans of complicated puzzles and mystery will be satisfied."

Publisher's Weekly

"[O]n top of the riot of color and style that the first book brought, The Liar’s Knot provides much, much more character drama and development; it’s very much a book that focuses on making you root tenfold for characters you’ve come to like in the first, and asks you to love them, even as they come to love each other."

Grimdark Magazine

"The Liar’s Knot is a notch above its predecessor in terms of storytelling and characterization [...] this series is going to be one of the strongest to come out in the next few years [...] Do yourself a favor and check it out."

Quill to Live

"The plot is twisty and turning and filled with schemes and schemers, schemes within schemes, secret identities, betrayals and seeming betrayals, true revelations and false revelations, misconstrued motivations, changes of heart, and more."

Fantasy Literature

"The Liar’s Knot is an intense, totally engrossing read that moves forward the series through quite dramatic developments and that keeps the reader enthralled with its many twists and revelations, very effectively giving the lie to the notion that a series’ middle book tends to be weaker: with the foundations laid by the saga so far, we can only expect an explosive conclusion, and I am more than looking forward to it."

Space and Sorcery

"The Liar's Knot is an immensely satisfying follow-up to The Mask of Mirrors; if you have any affection at all for that first book, you must hop to the sequel immediately. Rook & Rose is quickly cementing its place in my Favorite Series of All Time list, and the final book cannot get here soon enough!"

Fantasy Book Critic

"Such a compelling story with just the right blend of action, intrigue, and political maneuvering mixed with lots of magic and FASHION and BAKED GOODS"

Powder and Page

"Marie Brennan and Alyc Helms—who write jointly under the pen name “M.A. Carrick”—are masters. I reread passages not because I had to but because I wanted to."

Life is Story

"The Rook & Rose trilogy is overflowing with secrets, lies, and so much subterfuge and I have been loving every second of it."

Forever Lost in Literature

"Filled with tension, flirtation, banter, intrigue and some of the most beautifully described outfits I have ever read, it’s hard not to get swept away by the story."

Becky's Book Blog

"This book is every bit as full of intrigue, fashion, flirtation, and swashbuckling as the first book was."

One Mike to Read Them All

"Carrick keeps the reader guessing but also delivers the drama we want and deserve."

Kara Reviews

"The Liar’s Knot does everything I loved in The Mask of Mirrors but even better. "


"The Liar’s Knot left me feeling the way of Mask of Mirrors did, in that I am now eagerly awaiting the next book in this enchanting and engaging world. Fans of the first book will not be disappointed!"

Under the Covers

"I absolutely adored in this one."

Book for Thought

"All our characters – not just Ren – still have plenty of secrets to be revealed."

First Breath Reviews

"The Liar’s Knot is a brilliant sequel which delves into character development, world-building, magic, and conflicts. The revelations in this book are as shocking as the ones in this first book."


"What I love about this trilogy is how lush and utterly intricately detailed the world is."

The Lily Cafe

"Phenomenal second installment in a magical series that takes everything you loved about book one and then gives you EVEN more"

KB Book Reviews

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