This is the advice that Hugo, master portrait painter, gives to his protege, Johann. But Johann's talent for painting the truth runs deeper than anyone can ever imagine.
Johann soon discovers who changing the portraits he paints can change the lives of his subjects - from fixing the pock-marked skin of a lowly serving girl, to changing the course of history by painting a petulant and spoiled heir to the empire as a noble ruler.
But with the power to bring good fortune to those around him, Johann is soon tempted to change his own...
The Court Painter's Apprentice is a magical little book, reading much like an old fairytale, full of intrigue, moral dilemma and thoughtfulness. Hugely atmospheric and utterly riveting from start to finish, this is a book not to be missed. It doesn't hit the shelves until January 2012, so get in early by signing up for this tour and helping to spread the word about this great title.
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