The Mask Falling


Paige Mahoney has eluded death again. Snatched from the jaws of captivity and consigned to a safe house in the Scion Citadel of Paris, she finds herself caught between those factions that seek Scion's downfall and those who would kill to protect the Rephaim's puppet empire.

The mysterious Domino Programme has plans for Paige, but she has ambitions of her own in this new citadel. With Arcturus Mesarthim – her former enemy – at her side, she embarks on an adventure that will lead her from the catacombs of Paris to the glittering hallways of Versailles. Her risks promise high reward: the Parisian underworld could yield the means to escalate her rebellion to outright war.

As Scion widens its bounds and the free world trembles in its shadow, Paige must fight her own memories after her ordeal at the hands of Scion. Meanwhile, she strives to understand her bond with Arcturus, which grows stronger by the day. But there are those who know the revolution began with them – and could end with them.

The Mask Falling is the fourth book in the Bone Season series.

Content guide
Aquaphobia, death, human trafficking, needles, panic 
attacks, pregnancy, PTSD, small spaces, torture, violence  

‘Keenly imagined [...] Atmospheric and unnerving [...] Once again, the predicaments are complicated and suspenseful, the new and returning characters are intriguing [...] For all its superbly choreographed action and paranormal inventiveness, this is, at heart, a gripping tale of trust and love, valour and sacrifice, and equality and justice’ – Booklist

‘Thrilling [...] A tantalising, strategic setup for the next instalment, which has all the ingredients to be a knockout’ – Kirkus Reviews

‘Shannon expertly blends genres to create a story that is at once a political thriller, a dystopian epic, and a paranormal adventure. This bold series installment will leave fans eager for more’ – Publishers Weekly

‘With each new novel Shannon continues to prove that she is a formidable voice in the fantasy genre. Her writing style is intimate but the gritty realism that both her worlds and characters embody are filled with razor sharp teeth. This book bites and refuses to let go. Filled with an amazing range of introspection, this quiet tension hurtles the reader through constantly evolving problems with higher and higher stakes towards an ending that’s as explosive as it is devastating.’ – Nerd Daily

‘I can only stress how intricately plotted and thoroughly planned out this series is [...] Part political thriller, part paranormal epic, with some dark, dystopian bite tossed on top, The Mask Falling is Samantha Shannon at the top of her game’ – Culturess

‘Phenomenal [...] An unputdownable continuation of the saga’ – Waterstones

‘Thoroughly satisfying at the plot level and a fascinating, relentlessly empathetic portrayal of trauma and recovery’ – Mint Lounge 

‘The narrative exerts the same vice-like grip as before, with danger, deception, hair's-breadth escapes and new revelations coming thick and fast’ – Guardian

US signed edition


  • Czech by Host, translated by Lenka Kapsová
  • French by De Saxus, translated by Benjamin Kuntzer – coming soon 
  • Italian by Oscar Vault – coming soon 
  • Polish by SQN, Koniec Maskarady, translated by Regina Kołek