AN ALCHEMY OF MASQUES AND MIRRORS by Curtis Craddock

Reviewed over at Tor.com:

Craddock weaves a tangled web of intrigue leavened with swashbuckling acts of daring. It’s easy to care about Craddock’s characters, and to feel for their perils, for these are lively characters, vividly compelling, and very human. And his worldbuilding is immensely fun, despite its more sinister elements.