A Forgery of Roses by Jessica S. Olsen was a captivating story that drew me in from the first chapter. The characters and relationships in this story were amazing. Myra, the main character was a strong, unique, and magical lead. I also especially loved Myra’s worth sister, Lucy, and August, the governor’s son, who was sweet, intelligent, and a beautiful character. As an older sister myself, I related to Myra’s protective nature to her younger sister, and appreciated the realistic sisterly relationship and banter. The magic of this world was new and extremely excited. Prodigies like Mrya were intriguing and left me wishing I had some sort of artistic ability. The magic and mystery were written together in a really amazing way. I really loved this story and all of its twists and turns. It was impossible for me to put down
—Scarlett, Junior Readers Circle, age 14
"A deliciously twisted gothic fantasy you'll want to read again and again, with characters you'll adore, prose that'll spellbind you, romance you'll swoon over, and a mystery that'll keep you guessing until the last stunning twist."
--Diana Urban, author of These Deadly Games
From the author of Sing Me Forgotten comes a lush new fantasy novel with art-based magic, romance, and murder...
Myra has a gift many would kidnap, blackmail, and worse to control: she's a portrait artist whose paintings alter people's bodies. Guarding that secret is the only way to keep her younger sister safe now that their parents are gone. But one frigid night, the governor's wife discovers the truth and threatens to expose Myra if she does not complete a special portrait that would resurrect the governor's dead son.
Once she arrives at the legendary stone mansion, however, it becomes clear the boy's death was no accident. A killer stalks these halls--one disturbingly obsessed with portrait magic. Desperate to get out of the manor as quickly as possible, Myra turns to the governor's older son for help completing the painting before the secret she spent her life concealing makes her the killer's next victim.
"A heady blend of the fantastical, the murderous, and the romantic." --Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review
"Marvelously magical and steeping with mystery." --Adalyn Grace, author of All the Stars and Teeth
Also by Jessica S. Olson:
Sing Me Forgotten