Masques - Patricia Briggs This is very much like many of Ms. Briggs' other pre-Mercy stories. Considering this is her first story, it's quite good. A glimpse into her seemingly limitless imagination. There was a bit of a love story between the two main characters, but as with many of Ms. Briggs' stories, it's all quite chaste. Murmured I-love-yous and fade-to-black. But it was still a very interesting story.