by Charlie N. Holmberg
Release Date: June 28th 2016
Genre: Adult, Fairy Tale
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.
I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Once I read the summary of this story I knew I had to read it. I just love the idea of magical cakes and this one looked like it’s going to be a good story.
However, what I found was a very dark magical world. The main character, Maire, who bakes magical cakes is kidnapped and sold to a “man” who has been looking for her. That man uses her to make magical cakes and then asks her to build him a house from cake. He was seriously strange. Not only that, but he abuses her and manhandles her most of the time. So i personally felt very uncomfortable with that treatment.
Before the kidnapping, Maire saw an apparition who told her that he can’t help her. This apparition kept revealing itself to her and later finds out his name is Fyel. He knows what Maire is and why she can do what she does but he can’t tell her any of this.
I found the story unique, even if uncomfortable and confusing at parts. I enjoyed the writing as well. The plot twist at the end was great, I did not see it coming. However, I did not really get affected by the end. Like it wasn’t the closure I wanted yet it was a good one. I have mixed feelings about it.
Overall, good story with great writing..