Mia is cousin to Olivia, the duchess of Venice; a ruler loved by her subjects for her command of magic and for saving the city from the flood. But Mia harbours a secret hatred of Olivia - her brother and mother were banished by the princess years before, and Mia has never forgiven her. Determined to ignore the powerful magic that is part of Olivia's reign, Mia finds herself lonely and isolated - until the appearance of Ara, a mergirl who may just hold the key to Venice's victory against the deadly Talish invaders.
A mysterious and magical story, with an atmospheric setting steeped in history. Parents In Touch
Holly Webb was born and grew up in south-east London, but spent a lot of time on the Suffolk coast. At about ten, Holly fell in love with stories from Ancient Greek myths, which led to studying Latin and Greek, and eventually to reading Classics at university. She worked for five years as a children's fiction editor, before deciding that writing was more fun, and easier to do from a sofa. The Rose and Lily books stem from Holly's childhood love of historical novels, and the wish that animals really could talk.