Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet
AUTHOR: Charlie N. Holmberg
GENRE: General Fiction (Adult), Sci-Fi & Fantasy
PUBLISHED: June 28th, 2016
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.
Loved it. After reading the first chapter I thought its a story of a girl with baking powers and how she views the world from her shop and nothing more. Then the actual story begins when Allemas comes into the picture.
As the main character, Maire didn’t stand out that much. On the other hand, Allemas seemed more interesting than others even if he was supposed to be broken and somewhat insane.
The story was great. I loved the concept of crafters. Guess that’s my artistic side speaking… and lahsts…I liked this word. It means husband and wife but the story makes it mean so much more…
I liked it a lot and will definitely pick up other books by Charlie.
**I received my copy via NetGalley