A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking

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A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking

A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking

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She has been nominated for the World Fantasy and the Eisner, and has won the Hugo, Sequoyah, Nebula, Alfie, WSFA, Cóyotl and Ursa Major awards, as well as a half-dozen Junior Library Guild selections. Not that the stabbity-stabbity gingerbread man on the cover isn’t adorable, but it was definitely the title that got me. There's a powerful assassin that's killing wizards and the magical community is leaving the city or going into hiding. Mona is an orphan who works in her Aunt Tabitha’s bakery, using her talent with baking (and a little magic) to help with her job. But I also loved how she realized and discussed with herself that this should have been completely handled by the adults.

I should have known from the beginning, when Mina stumbles right into a dead body in the middle of her bakery and freaks out—and also because right after that she’s talking about zombie frogs, which really aren’t as bad as zombie crayfish because those are really awful. T. Kingfisher is one of my new favorite author finds this year and so far it doesn't matter if it is Young Adult, Middle-Grade (like this book is) or a PG-13 Fantasy book all of them have been fantastic so far. I stuck both hands into the soup tureen and tried to convince him that what the world needed was a whole lot more Bob. Pure unadulterated fun seemingly aimed at middle school aged children who like some darkness in their reading or adults who still enjoy some magic in their lives.This triggers off an entire round of events, that move from just being inconvenienced at finding a corpse in her workplace, to those affecting the entire kingdom. That the hope Mona manages to provide involves some very bad gingerbread men, a few very large bread golems and a whole lot of carnivorous sourdough starter is what makes the story so much fun. As does the way that someone has been using the powers of their office, along with a whole lot of propaganda and a dab hand at ginning up the crowd and pointing it at a convenient bogeyman.

None of this is terribly useful magic, apparently, though she can convince dough to be better, as in fresher, softer, tastier. What I do hate quite very much indeed—and with a murderous vengeance—is crap stuff like this, crap stuff like this and crap stuff like this. She has a great way with a turn of phrase and situational comedy and makes it all very funny for me. Patricia Santomasso has an extensive catalog of audiobooks under her belt and it can be heard in her presentation of this story. When you’re different, even just a little different, even in a way that people can’t see, you like to know that people in power won’t judge you for it.Mona is a very reluctant hero, wanting “to make really good sourdough and muffins and not get messed up with assassins and politics” — and she would much rather not have to do anything heroic because really, that’s something required of adults.

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