Blog Tour Book Review: Rose and the Magician's Mask by Holly Webb

Rose and the Magician's Mask by Holly Webb is the third book in the Rose series. While it is helpful to have read the previous books for character details, however the author does a good reminder or introduction to the series in the opening of the book, so new readers can catch on pretty quickly. Rose is now a fully fledged magician's apprentice. When a precious mask of unimaginable power is stolen from the royal palace Rose suspects that dark magicians with a grudge against them for past interactions are involved. 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?
Rose and the Magician's Mask was a fun story and a decent follow up to Rose and the Lost Princess, but was not as good as I hoped. I really enjoyed the character development and the adventure that flows well through the entire story. Rose grows as a person and a magician, and so do the other main players. I really enjoyed getting to see more of Bella and her growth. The exploration of Venice was less than I hoped for, but it was made up for with the action and atmosphere of magic and danger. My main disappointment was the climax, it really did not feel like our heroes had much to do with the conclusion- but the lead in to the rest of the series was well done.

Rose and the Magician's Mask is a book that I would recommend for fans of the series and of Holly Webb. I enjoy the characters and the action for the most part, but am occasionally disappointed with the big climax of good versus evil. The series is still worth the read, but not as good as I expect because of the depth of the rest of the book.

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