ABOUT THE BOOK
Rose is now a fully fledged magician's apprentice-will her new magic be enough to find the dangerous magician's mask?
When a precious mask of unimaginable power is stolen from the royal palace, Rose suspects that dark magicians are at work and that danger looms. The race to stop the evil thieves will take Rose to the mysterious city of Venice, where nothing is quite what it seems. Can Rose use her magic to find the terrible mask before its true powers are revealed?
Holly Webb has quickly become one of my favorite middle grade authors. Rose is a character that I have quickly grown to love. Her courage in facing personal challenges including being a servant and a magician's apprentice at the same time makes her someone easy to root for. The other main characters are just as interesting, Gus, the talking cat, Bill, the only servant to accept her magical skills with pleasure instead of pain, and Freddie, the other apprentice all play important roles in the search for the missing magical mask. And setting the story in Venice adds the pleasure of an 'exotic' locale. This is a series that middle grade readers are bound to love.