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The Rose Master
by Valentina Cano


Overview - "Cano does a fine job of setting mood and atmosphere, and her characters dance around one another with relentless industry and brooding allure, fighting their inevitable attraction." Publishers Weekly --- The day Anne Tinning turns seventeen, birds fall from the sky.  Read more...

 
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Overview
"Cano does a fine job of setting mood and atmosphere, and her characters dance around one another with relentless industry and brooding allure, fighting their inevitable attraction." Publishers Weekly --- The day Anne Tinning turns seventeen, birds fall from the sky. But that's hardly the most upsetting news. She's being dismissed from the home she's served at since she was a child, and shipped off to become the newly hired parlor maid for a place she's never heard of. And when she sees the run-down, isolated house, she instantly knows why: There's something wrong with Rosewood Manor. Staffed with only three other servants, all gripped by icy silence and inexplicable bruises, and inhabited by a young master who is as cold as the place itself, the house is shrouded in neglect and thick with fear. Her questions are met with hushed whispers, and she soon finds herself alone in the empty halls, left to tidy and clean rooms no one visits. As the feeling of being watched grows, she begins to realize there is something else in the house with them--some creature that stalks the frozen halls and claws at her door. A creature that seems intent on harming her. When a fire leaves Anne trapped in the manor with its Master, she finally demands to know why. But as she forces the truth about what haunts the grounds from Lord Grey, she learns secrets she isn't prepared for. The creature is very real, and she's the only one who can help him stop it. Now, Anne must either risk her life for the young man she's grown to admire, or abandon her post while she still can. "

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780989649971
  • ISBN-10: 0989649970
  • Publisher: Reuts Publications
  • Publish Date: July 2014
  • Page Count: 194


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-11-17
  • Reviewer: Staff

In this Gothic fantasy, first-time author Cano evokes both Beauty and the Beast and Jane Eyre while creating something new and strange. Seventeen-year-old Anne Tinning, who has spent much of her life working as a servant for a London household, is sent to serve as a maid for the distant Rosewood Manor. There, she discovers a house drastically understaffed, a grim and oppressive place filled with mystery and ominous events. Worse still is its lord, August Grey, a reclusive young man, mercurial and unpredictable. As Anne tries to settle in, she learns that a dark force haunts Rosewood Manor; only by working with Lord Grey to master her own magical abilities can Anne banish the evil spirit and uncover the secrets of her new employer and home. Cano does a fine job of setting mood and atmosphere, and her characters dance around one another with relentless industry and brooding allure, fighting their inevitable attraction. The conclusion is abrupt, and a major reveal near the end isn’t adequately set up, but otherwise this is a strong, satisfying effort. Ages 12–up. (BookLife)

 
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