From the book jacket:
In Venice, magic is not unusual. Merle
is apprenticed to a magic mirror maker, and
Serafin -- a boy who was once a master thief
-- works for a weaver of magic cloth. Merle
and Serafin are used to the mermaids who
live in the canals of the city -- beautiful
creatures with hideous mouths that split
their faces from ear to ear -- and to the
guards who patrol the streets on living
stone lions. Merle herself possesses
something magical: a mirror whose surface is
water. She can reach her whole arm into it
and never get wet.
But Venice is under siege by the Egyptian Empire; its terrifying mummy warriors and flying sunbarks are waiting to strike. All that protects the Venetians is...
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