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Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet

Narrated by: Kate Rudd
Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
4 out of 5 stars (699 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet

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.

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Dark story

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.

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  • MVF
  • Alabama
  • 12-18-16

eloquently written

This is a story about a woman who does not know her past. It is a fantasy set in a world that we do not know but has medieval overtures to it.

Maire is the heroine who has the gift of baking magic into her cakes and sweets. When maurauders attack the town she lives in she is sold to a man who is not quite right. She struggles to understand and to escape.

Kate Rudd is a wonderful voice artist - and gives life to this story.

what I liked: the writing is compelling and I had to read to the very end.

what I didn't like: there were elements that bothered me (this is my opinion only-very subjective others may not agree)- I didn't like what she ended up being- nor the connection to her "captor". this was a bittersweet story. I can't say more unless I give away key points.

I do recommend - especially for the writing. But im curious as to what others may think.

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incredible

I loved this book, and the narrator is one to follow. This story is a constant mystery and, while it did get tedious at times, the narrator's acting kept me interested. I did love the story once I got to the end, too!

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awesomely, fun!

the narrator was Excellent. this is an imaginative story of a woman's yearning for love, happiness, & family.

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mesmerizing

The story was fantastic but the narrator really sold the story for me. I'll definitely listen to this narrator & stories from this author again.

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  • Myztikal
  • On the Edge of Glory
  • 02-12-19

Dull Magic

Despite the originality, this was a very dull story.
I really love Kate Rudd, which was the only way I completed this book.
I actually liked Allemas, starting when he changed his name. The first time. I found him refreshingly mysterious.
I wouldn’t pick up another book by this author. And honestly, I don’t even know how this ended up in my library.

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So disappointing!

I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed The Paper Magician series, so I was excited to try this new one. However, the story wasn't even wholesome. Her other stories honored the beauty of marriage. Here the main characters are being immoral against the idea of marriage. But you do not find this out until near the end. So here I was all wrapped up in the story, only to see it plunge into base romance-type stuff. Just disappointed.

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Not classic Holmberg

Disappointing is putting it mildly so I’m just going to jump in.
The twisty plot is very often difficult to follow.
The repetition of the same word three times is reminiscent of a school child trying to reach the desired word count in a book report.
The ongoing synonyms for an initial idea are nerve grating. If the reader didn’t get that the action was painful, 15 additional synonyms aren’t going to help.
The Magician Series is good.
Don’t waste your money on this one.

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so different so datk... so amazing!

i started this book with paper magicians dancing in my head - and was disoriented... this is NOTHING like paper macicisns - Very different world - but wow I just kept going falling deeper and deeper and then ... and then i really think this is ine of the best stories i’ve read... complex - dark - but not a nightmare... a story. a really good complex story... Excellent!

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  • kath t.
  • 09-03-17

unlistenable!

the woman performing this sounds like a robot. couldn't listen for longer than 5 minutes, I love this author and I'm really upset that I can't rate this high because I don't even know what the story was!

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  • Mike Lamont
  • 08-17-18

Very weird book

Didn't really know what I was getting into here. But followed the story to the end. I won't read any more books by this author but it was a adventure into fantasy fiction.

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  • lyn
  • 05-11-17

Brilliant!!!

So very very clever, I was hooked from the start. I cannot really say much more other than - this is one of the most creative storylines I've come across in a very long time

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  • gypsy
  • 01-22-17

unusual and brilliant

Where does Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A fairy tale for grown-ups. Magical tale which was unusual and refreshing. It led me to read some of Charlie's other books but this remains my favourite

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  • maria
  • 07-19-16

A.good listen

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.