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A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking

Is there anything better than discovering a new favorite author? I always get so excited when I pick up a book by an author I haven’t read before and find that I love their writing, and that’s precisely what happened to me this week when I read A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking, by T. Kingfisher.

“Believe it or not, I’d never spent a lot of time really working on my magic. I was always more interested in learning how to bake. Baking is much more rewarding. There are cookbooks to tell you what to do, and at the end you’ve got chocolate chip cookies to show for it.”

A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking, by T. Kingfisher (page 106)

A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking tells the story of a fourteen-year-old wizard named Mona, whose magical skills only work on bread and dough. One morning, she arrives at her aunt’s bakery to begin the morning’s baking and finds the body of a dead girl in the kitchen. In no time at all, Mona finds herself falsely accused of murder and under arrest.

Fortunately for Mona, the ruler of the city is quick to believe her when she protests her innocence, and the magical baker is released. But someone is killing magical people in Mona’s city, and it looks like she could be the next name on the killer’s list.

I absolutely loved A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking! It was filled with magic and adventure, had a wonderfully well-developed cast of characters, and included a tremendous number of laugh-out-loud moments.

I especially enjoyed the fact that the story is told from Mona’s perspective. She was very easy to relate to, and there were many moments as I was reading when I found myself thinking that Mona was exactly the type of wizard I would end up being, if I had any sort of magical ability.

If you are a fan of fantasy novels, I highly recommend A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking. It’s a great story that will definitely be enjoyed by both teenage and adult readers. If you have the opportunity to read this book, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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