The Kendrick family have been making world-famous dolls for over 200 years. But their dolls aren’t coveted for the craftsmanship 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 her ancestors’ craft, and when a handsome stranger arrives claiming doll-making talent and blood ties to the family, she sees a chance to grasp all she desires.
But then, one night, the firm’s most valuable doll is stolen. Only someone with knowledge of magic could have taken her. Only a Kendrick could have committed this crime…
Review by Kelly Lacey
The Thief on the Winged Horse was to be my OMG book of 2020. I was hesitant about it without cause or reason and I put off reading it. I thought it was going to be a heavy read and I was wrong.
The people of Paxton’s Eyot are a wee bitty different. Their whole community revolves around the production and sale of magic dolls. The workshop and store was founded in 1820 by four sisters. Fast forward to present day and we are seeing the lives of the descendants of the sisters. But wait, why are only the men allowed to apply magic to the dolls and not the women?
This wee town isn’t just magical it is oozing history and secrets. Also who is this new fella that has arrived on the scene…
“Larkin had come to the Eyot in search of two things. The first was Magic. The second was a job.” That was the sentence that caught me and drew me into the book. I wanted to know everything about Larkin.
Ms Mascarenhas has a real gift for creating these incredible characters. They are all so very different and each one matters to the story. For the story to work you need to have a good imagination and just go with the plot. Believing in magic is key.
I loved it and I have definitely been left with a need for more. I am eager to know if it will be a series of books. The potential is definitely there with a variation of characters and threads of plot that I would love to know more. Even a prequel would be wonderful, to meet the sister and go on the journey with them as it all starts. The possibilities are endless.
This book would be suitable for fans of books with a magical element and also for those that love books set amongst a community.
All and all the book is a buffet of scrumptious writing for the soul.
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