Title: Lord Mouse
Author: Mason Thomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 256 Pages
At a Glance: Lord Mouse is non-stop action and suspense once things are set in motion.
Reviewed By: Kim
Blurb: Scoundrel by nature and master thief by trade, Mouse is the best there is. Sure, his methods may not make him many friends, but he works best alone anyway. And he has never failed a job.
But that could change.
When a stranger with a hefty bag of gold seduces him to take on a task, Mouse knows he’ll regret it. The job? Free Lord Garron, the son of a powerful duke arrested on trumped up charges in a rival duchy. Mouse doesn’t do rescue missions. He’s no altruistic hero, and something about the job reeks. But he cannot turn his back on that much coin—enough to buy a king’s pardon for the murder charge hanging over his head.
Getting Garron out of his tower prison is the easy part. Now, they must escape an army of guardsmen, a walled keep and a city on lockdown, and a ruthless mage using her power to track them. Making matters worse, Mouse is distracted by Garron’s charm and unyielding integrity. Falling for a client can lead to mistakes. Falling for a nobleman can lead to disaster. But Mouse is unprepared for the dangers behind the plot to make Lord Garron disappear.
Review: It’s so much fun when I try a new author, and they blow my socks off with a well written story that is so full of twists and turns that you have trouble putting the book down. Such is the case with Lord Mouse. Mason Thomas weaves a pretty intricate story that is easy to follow and not get lost in. What do I mean about getting lost? Lord Mouse isn’t too wordy with the character and world building—a big turn off for me when it comes to reading fantasy. And, as an added bonus, there was no heavy glossary needed to figure out what a particular word meant.
Don’t let the title, or the man whose nickname is Mouse, fool you. There is nothing shy or timid about this man. Mouse is someone I really liked but would hate to hang around if I had something of value on me. Then again, if I were in trouble, I wouldn’t mind him getting me out of it—just a no nonsense kind of guy who took what job he was hired to do seriously. Although, Mouse did show a lighter side when he kept picking the pocket of the nobleman who was sent to hire him.
Lord Mouse is non-stop action and suspense once things are set in motion. There really wasn’t much time for the romance to build between Mouse and Garron, but there were some sweet moments between the two, so if you’re one who likes smex in your romance, you may be disappointed since it only hints at it, but for once, I didn’t care. I was too busy turning the pages to see how their escape was coming along, and who the heck was determined to capture and kill Garron. Mouse was very resourceful when it came to getting out of the tight situations they found themselves in.
I absolutely love Lord Mouse, and I’d be more than happy to read more by Mason Thomas. I also would love to listen to this one on audio!
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