Rose and the Lost Princess by Holly Webb
Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 6
Series: Rose #2
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (April 1, 2014)
Genre: Historical fantasy
Source: Digital ARC from publisher via NetGalley
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
About the Book:
Not all magic is used for good…
Rose’s whole life has changed in a matter of weeks. She’s gone from being a lonely orphan to a magician’s apprentice, though she’s learned that power comes at a price. Rose’s magical abilities blossom, but she’s still uneasy about her new powers. Even Rose’s friends don’t seem to trust her anymore, especially when rumor of dark magic begin to swirl through the city.
Then the country’s beloved princess vanishes, and Rose learns she must find the missing girl. Can Rose shatter the power of an evil magician before all is lost?
Praise for Rose:
“Magic, mystery, adventure, and friendship—this book has it all.”—Books for Kids
“One of those pure unqualified delights tht I dearly hope folks will read.”—A Fuse 8 Production
About the Author:
Holly Webb is a best-selling author in the UK with her books Lost in the Snow and Lost in the Storm. She was born and grew up in southeast London. She worked for five years as a children’s fiction editor, before deciding to become a writer. The Rose books stem from a childhood love of historical novels, and the wish that animals really could talk. She lives in Reading with her husband and three small children.
You may have noticed that the first quote under the “Praise” section is from Books for Kids. That’s me! Obviously it was before I changed the name of my blog, but if you want to read my full review of the first book, you can find it HERE.
Now for this review:
This is the second book in the Rose series and it is just as good as the first. Rose is starting her apprenticeship lessons with Mr. Fountain and Freddie, while still working as a servant. The other servants don’t trust magic and are leery of Rose. Suspicious things are happening in the city and the entire kingdom blames magic, but Rose and her friends will do whatever it takes to keep a princess from being kidnapped.
Just as in the first book, I loved the friendships that sprang up between Rose and the other characters. That was one of my favorite parts of the book. Not all the characters were fond of Rose, and that added to the complexity of her situation. However, she has a stalwart (if self-absorbed) friend in both Freddie and Bella. Bill also remains a source of solid friendship in this book.
This installment is not nearly as dark as the first, and I liked that. The author kept all the beautiful bits of magic and adventure from the first story, while making it much less disturbing. The imagery is lovely. I got caught up in this world of English royalty, magic, and sinister plots. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Highly recommended for fans of magic and mystery!
Content: Some violence and bullying, but still very clean.
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