Thief on the Winged Horse

English language

Published Aug. 26, 2020 by Head of Zeus.

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4 stars (1 review)

The Kendrick family have been making world-famous dolls since the early 1800s. But their dolls aren't coveted for the craftmanship alone. Each one has a specific emotion laid on it by its creator. A magic that can make you feel bucolic bliss or consuming paranoia at a single touch. Though founded by sisters, now only men may know the secrets of the workshop.

Persephone Kendrick longs to break tradition and learn the family craft, and when a handsome stranger arrives claiming doll-making talent and a blood tie to the Kendricks, she sees a chance to grasp all she desires.

But then, one night, the family's most valuable doll is stolen. Only someone with knowledge of magic could have taken her. Only a Kendrick could have committed this crime...

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4 stars

2020 has been a crazy eventful year and reading this book was like a breath of fresh air, it had a real feel good edge to it. Dolls can be creepy 75% of the time but Mascarenhas manages to capture their beauty and hidden magic and weaves a beautiful story that easily pulls in the reader.

I loved the history behind Kendricks, doll makers for over 200 hundred years and a company full of as many secrets as Wonka’s Choccy factory. There are also a very good group of characters here and I was constantly changing my opinion of them again and again. Persephone’s story was particularly good, a real coming of age event whilst fighting for women’s rights at the workshop, I did find myself giving her a little cheer now and then. The plot of the book revolves around a crime, a valuable doll has been stolen and …


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