From the author: Rill has not seen her father in eight years, and when she finally comes home she discovers he has passed away, leaving behind a magical house where the rooms come to life. But before she can claim it, she will need to fend off a rival magician, who wishes to take her father's home for himself.
In retrospect, Rill should have known something was wrong when she had to use her key to open the door, instead of the door simply letting her in, but she was too engrossed in her own homecoming to notice the fine layer of dust, or the stillness of the house, for any such thought to reach her.
"Papa!" she called, as she closed the front door. The name sounded very strange on her lips. She hadn't seen him since she was a girl, and when speaking to the other ladies at court she had always...