Series: Rose #3
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Ages: 9 and up
Source: Sourcebooks Inc. in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this book in no way effects my review opinion of 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?
I love the Rose series. I think they are adorable and fun to read and the plots are both fun and suspenseful all at the same time. In this book, the third of the series, Rose must travel to Venice to help the king track down a missing mask, which may be in the hands of an already powerful magician.
Rose is a wonderful character to follow, she grows more and more in every book and I really enjoyed her growth in this book - coming to terms with who/what she is, a magician as well as a servant. I grew to really like other characters as well, who are beginning to see Rose as more than a servant and I am happy for that development.
The plot in this book is drawn out, there is a lot of build up and then all of a sudden at the very end all of the big stuff happens. While that is great and many things were resolved, I kinda of dislike books that do that. When a book ends so abruptly I feel like I missed something or that the author all of a sudden thought 'oh no, to many pages' or something.
Overall, I think this book is the perfect length for a young audience and there is enough throughout it to keep them engaged, but most of that is character growth and I think that many younger readers are looking for the exciting plots and resolutions...then again maybe I am wrong. Either way this was a wonderful book and I really do love the series as a whole so far.
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