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A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking

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She has been nominated for the World Fantasy and the Eisner, and has won the Hugo, Sequoyah, Nebula, Alfie, WSFA, Coyotl and Ursa Major awards, as well as a half-dozen Junior Library Guild selections. T Kingfisher's books are like a hug - a dark, sometimes frightening hug, but with characters that you can't help falling in love with, just a little bit. She has been nominated for the World Fantasy and the Eisner, and has won the Hugo, Sequoyah, Nebula, Alfie, WSFA, Cóyotl and Ursa Major awards, as well as a half-dozen Junior Library Guild selections. When you're different, even just a little different, even in a way that people can't see, you like to know that people in power won't judge you for it.

Mona is a very reluctant hero, wanting “to make really good sourdough and muffins and not get messed up with assassins and politics” — and she would much rather not have to do anything heroic because really, that’s something required of adults. I felt that it had such rich themes and such a wonderful premise that even more could have been made of it, we could have gone into much more detail concerning the magic system, the world, etc. You won’t find world building on the scale of an epic fantasy here, but what you will get is a surprisingly touching and exciting plot in which the magic system plays a vital role. When a body is discovered on the floor of the bakery her life is flipped on its head as she flees from a sinister figure determined to get rid of all wizards. Bob is a scene stealer, which is something I never would have guessed I would say about a gloppy bucket of yeast and dough that extends tentacles.Yes, this is really my little nefarious self reading (and slightly enjoying) a not-so despicable piece of not-so revolting YA. After all, Mona didn’t kill that girl but the person who did seems to be assassinating magical folks exclusively. I liked the Duchess, and the fact that this anti-establishment book clearly demonstrates how absolute power isn’t absolute and is also fallible.

and every time biscuits were mentioned I was imagining British biscuits - however I think they're the softer more scone-like US-style biscuits (they're eaten with honey in one scene) which threw me off somewhat.She has a great way with a turn of phrase and situational comedy and makes it all very funny for me.

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