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A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking

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Which is ridiculous and insane and she’s very aware of the fact that there are lots of adults who weren’t adulting very well at all. It’s worse when the city inquisitor decides to accuse you of the murder, for no particularly good reason.

Despite not being sure whether it would be light-hearted and humourous or darker with super high stakes, I enjoyed this audiobook! Winner of the 2021 Hugo Award for Best Young Adult Book, this quirky, charming, and funny fantasy explores what happens when a girl who was never considered 'strong' — including by herself — is forced to be the one to save the day.Her relationship to her family and her doughy familiars – namely, sourdough starter Bob and one very protective gingerbread man – are as adorable as they are funny.

Nobody said anything to me, and they didn’t exactly stare, but they knew I was there, and I knew that they knew, and they knew that I knew that they knew, all in a creepy, crackling tangle of mutual awareness. Mona is 14 and has a magical gift for baking, which she has to repurpose into self defence and then defence of the city in the face of danger.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. There's a few standard characters rolled in (pushy, loving aunt, a thief) as well as some intriguing ones (the uncle, the horse witch). To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.

I was really sad at the end this was a standalone novel since I loved being in this world with a wizard who learned how baking could help to save a kingdom. But that is just the start of her troubles because there is a killer in the city and this assassin seems to be targeting magicas - minor ones like Mona. 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. She accidentally made a sourdough starter familiar when she was terrified and now it is sorta alive, burbles at her when she comes to feed it or grab some material off it to make bread and she has named it Bob.It certainly doesn't hurt anyone to be told fictionally that evil should not ultimately succeed, that they can't leave it for others to fight, good people do die, and that, by inference, the hero, as well as the reader will have to work hard to defeat their own particular evil/s.

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