Title: Rose and the Lost Princess
Author: Holly Webb
Hardcover: 256 pages
Pub Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Summary from pub:
Now an apprentice magician, Rose is asked to help find a very special missing person
Turning the worn pages of her spell book, Rose can’t believe how much her life has changed. Once a poor orphan, she is now an apprentice to the king’s chief magician. But when the country’s beloved princess vanishes, everything changes. As rumors of dark magic fly through the city, the king asks Rose for help. She must find the missing princess, before all is lost.
I adored the first book in this series, so I was hoping that this book would be just as good. My expectations were a little high for the second book in the series.
It is still very good. Rose is wonderful, the setting is great, and there is still a talking cat. The issue I had was that parts of the book, especially the ending, felt very rushed. The story was still entertaining and I still enjoyed reading it. There is a lot of tension between the magical and not magical and the slow build was perfect, which might be part of the reason other plots felt rushed.
The story is very good, there is a lot of mystery and suspense. This series feels very middle grade, which is not a bad thing. Reading it as an adult, it is easy to figure out what will matter later in the story. I wonder if younger readers will pick up on that so quickly too.
This was a good second book and I will still read the series, but it wasn’t as good as the first. The first was completely self-contained while this felt like it said “to be continued. . .” at the end. .