This is Mysteriosa, a circus magician who does real magic. She’s Dara’s mother Jo, of course. The web site has larger versions of this and the other book two illustrations.
If you haven’t been keeping up with the drawings for The Girl with the Gold Coin, you might not have noticed their richness and complexity — and yet their artistry and whimsy always dominates. Peggy & I feel extremely lucky that Mindy is working with us. Her illustrations transformed the first book and will surely do the same for second. See them at http://NormAndBurny.com