Friday, January 10, 2014

Fantastic Friday: Rose by Holly Webb


The grand residence of the famous alchemist, Mr Fountain, is a world away from the dark orphanage Rose has left behind. For the house is positively overflowing with sparkling magic—she can feel it. And it’s not long before Rose realises that maybe, just maybe, she has a little bit of magic in her, too. . . .

The first book in an exciting, get-lost-in-the-world series about orphans, alchemy, magical powers and sinister child-catchers.


When Rose discovers that she may have magical capabilities she's quite unhappy about it.  All she wants is to have a position where she can take care of herself and enjoy a little free time.  But when she's taken away from the orphanage where she's spent her whole life and ends up in the house of a fully trained magician, she finds herself struggling to hide her growing abilities. The other servants don't appreciate or like the magical aspects of the house and Rose is determined not to stand out, but with talking cats, annoying apprentices, and disappearing children, she discovers that she needs her abilities whether she wants them or not.

I found myself quickly growing fond of Rose as a character.  She's tough and resourceful, but also sensitive and feisty at times.  I certainly sympathized with her desire not to stand out.  With her background in an orphanage, she's been taught to blend in and magical abilities don't in any way help her blend in.  At the same time she's rather fascinated by the new things she's running into and she wants to help when she discovers that one of her friends from the orphanage has disappeared.

A thoroughly enjoyable, quick moving fantasy well suited to the middle grade fantasy lover.

1 comment:

  1. Yes! I loved this book too. Don't you just love Rose? She's a great character. I just got the second book in the series from NetGalley, and I'm really excited to read that one as well.


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