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.
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.
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.
"Engaging, interesting, and uplifting."
You can't help loving this fable. The characters are so complete that I miss them when the book is over. Narration was amazing as always.
"sensitive and poignant"
a lovely and gripping mystery with a bittersweet ending of love, loss and transformational learning.
charming and careful painted characters, really hard to turn off
kate rudd treats these people with her delicate and careful nuanced performances.
charmed, read this one!
"Not what I expected"
This is an excellent listen, but also depressing. I am torn by this book. It is part fairytale, part fantasy.
I did not guess what was happening until the end. It is a delightful and terrible tale. It is heart wrenching - the desire to have but not to be able to
I had no idea what to expect. This did not disappoint. I am glad i listened.
The best thing I like about the story was the baking and it influencing emotion and thought. We all have foods that we love and hold memories for us. I loved the beginning of the book where she mentions why she bakes the inspirations that she does because she can give hope to an oppressed slave in the form of a petit four! What I really didn't like was the sci-fi that was mixed with fantasy. It just didn't work for me. I have really enjoyed Holmberg's work but I didn't like where she took this one.
It just didn't work for me. I have really enjoyed Holmberg's work but I didn't like where she took this one. She brought in so many elements that were not fleshed out or fully developed and thought through. Crafters, and gods and magic but it was all a tangled mess by the end and bizarre.
Kate Rudd did a fantastic job with the dramatics! Excellent work.
The one thing it did inspire me to do was to want to bake.
"it was ok."
I got a little tired of her being so weak. it pulled itself out of the dustbin in the end. would I listen to it again? meh.
"the premise of this book sounded so good, but I ca"
the premise of this book sounded so good, but I think this is the first book I have ever truly hated. I wanted to like it, I have enjoyed the author's paper magician series, even though I found the writing just ok. The plot of this book is amnesia recovery, the main character is extremely difficult to relate to, and is physically beaten multiple times before the halfway point of the book. it actually made me really uncomfortable to listen to. I have stopped and forced myself to restart this story so many times at this point I'm giving up. I honestly don't care if the character remembers her past or not, I have absolutely no investment in the story. Save your money.
"Great story, but fizzled at the end"
I loved the narrator. Overall, I liked this book. The first half was really good and engaging, but it fizzled out for me a little after about halfway through.
"unusual and brilliant"
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
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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