Rose has grown up in an orphanage, and at age 10, gets chosen to be undermaid at the local Alchemist's mansion. But there's nothing at all magical about HER--right?
This is a seriously awesome and fun mashup of classic British orphan tales and magic. The mystery isn't as mysterious as it could be, but the world, characters and adventure grab you anyway. It's hard to pick a favorite character--they are all interesting, each interesting in their own way; I loved Freddie, Isabella and Gus as much as Rose. The world seems very much like ours at the start, with magic introduced slowly as Rose learns more about what is around her and why.
Kids who like stories set in the past, stories with magic, and stories with adventure will all really like Rose by Holly Webb. (Warning: the end does get much scarier and bloodier than the rest of it!)
This is a complete four-book series in England so keep your eyes out for the est of the series, which we hope will come out SOON.