Maire is a baker with an extraordinary gift: she can infuse her treats with emotions and abilities, which are then passed on to those who eat them. She doesn't know why she can do this and remembers nothing of who she is or where she came from.
When marauders raid her town, Maire is captured and sold to the eccentric Allemas, who enslaves her and demands that she produce sinister confections, including a witch's gingerbread cottage, a living cookie boy, and size-altering cakes.
During her captivity, Maire is visited by Fyel, a ghostly being who is reluctant to reveal his connection to her. The more often they meet, the more her memories return, and she begins to piece together who and what she really is - as well as past mistakes that yield cosmic consequences.
From the author of The Paper Magician series comes a haunting and otherworldly tale of folly and consequence, forgiveness and redemption.
©2016 Charlie N. Holmberg (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
im very hard to truly impress so i usually just rate books i dont give a review becaise i dont want to ruin a chance a a good reading experience for others by giving a review that may cause them to not read a book, but for a nice change i can say i couldn't ask for the book to be any better written or for a better story from the author and couldn't ask for any better narration. a great book all around. the story is one that I couldn't predict and one I'd never have dreamed up! the characters are all wonderful (even the "bad ones") and are all evolved and end up coming full circle and playing a bigger part in the story than expected even small ones.
I just can't say enough good things about this book so I'll just say it's a MUST READ
I love stories and traveling in a world beyond my own. I write them, read them, view them and now listen to them!
I guess it's a testament when you like an author's writing and a narrator's speaking enough to stick with a story that you really lost interest in halfway through. The premise I was intriguing and I love the Paper Magician series, so I thought this take on cooking emotions would be entertaining. A lot of the book was the main character overcoming enslavement and continuously being kept in the dark about her origins. I wish I could give this a better rating, but it just wasn't the story I was looking forward to by the end.
This story was very creative, however, it was also depressing. I almost didn't finish it because it seemed like there was no redeeming quality to it. I think it could have been more magical and less depressing. I would not re on end it.
The elusive character Fyel, the tormented character who kept changing his name, along with the unknown background of the main character Maire kept the story moving at an even and steady pace; and I wasn't able to predict what was ahead in each chapter. The "magic" referred to in the title is not what I thought it would be either (definitely not like the magic in Practical Magic). much more to it, and I loved the reference to a fairy tale witch. Overall, the story was more than I expected and it did not disappoint.
I loved this book and had to listen to the end without stopping. I seriously hope it will become a series. There is a great deal of potential story lines with these characters. One of the best stories I've ever listened to or read. The author is incredibly talented. I can't wait for many more of her creations.
Loved the Magician books by the same author so I thought I'd give this a try. At first I was thinking oh-oh this is a 3 at most. I think that overall it was just too long. But in the end I am glad I stuck with it. It's a good book and a great concept. Just needs some trimming down.
Pain depression, endless horror, and those are the interesting highlights. This story is so bad I listened just in hopes that it HAD to get better. I normally do not give up the first time I read an author but I guess there always has to be a first time. I have no idea who would enjoy this.
No. If I want to be this depressed I can just watch the news
The main character. As well as all of the plot
Starts a bit slow, but picks up ans stays there. Itis also a bit predictable, but even so it is intresting and a good time.
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