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A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking

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I really enjoyed the worldbuilding touches of how different magic worked and different wizards, and would have loved to spend time with more of the city's wizards (before spoilery things happen).

I very much hope that Kingfisher finds that her lovely heroine won’t leave her alone – and that she, too, misses Mona. Her talent is in convincing dough that it wants to do what SHE wants it to do, so it rises properly and it doesn’t burn. Think of all the scenes in Shrek that involve gingerbread people and you have a glimpse into this absurdly entertaining, totally charming novel. She has a great way with a turn of phrase and situational comedy and makes it all very funny for me.who manages to still be a (sensible) teenager (mostly) with all the shit that is going on in her life, without all the whining usually associated to these types of books. If you are looking for something a little fun and uplifting this should work just great for you even if it is Middle-Grade. This is a another great adventure/detective/save the city story with Ursula Vernon's original brand of humour and imagination.

But it never sugarcoats the fact that the situation is beyond dire – and that war is very definitely hell. Puede hechizar masa, pan y hombres de jengibre y cuando la ciudad en la que vive empiece a correr peligro va a darse cuenta que con eso va a tener que ser suficiente para defender lo que ama. Locus commended Vernon's "ability to craft engagingly quirky characters", and her portrayal of "a Pratchettian world where magic makes for a mostly amusing background, except when it doesn't. Mona’s wry and often disgusted commentary on what’s happening around her and just how far the situation has been left to go awry reads like both Sixteen Ways and the Discworld. It's ethics and world-building are probably geared a little simply compared to some of her other works, which may be why it feels a little younger.Following Mona on her journey as she finds out just how much talent and creativity she has for baking bread-like products and making them to fantastical things was so entertaining. A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking is, like Minor Mage and Summer in Orcus, somewhat darker than may be the norm for middle grade fantasies. Bob the sourdough starter is hilarious and steals every scene (and that ranks right up there with things I never thought I'd say about a book, along with spiders are cool).

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. I was really sad at the end this was a standalone novel since I loved being in this world with a wizard who learned how baking could help to save a kingdom.The world's largest collection of books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls. Seriously, this entire book manages to combine hilarious humor with serious events and believable emotional connections between characters. I don't think I've ever listened to so many chapters about battle and preparation for battle in a middle grade book as I did in this one. No, we really don't do enough societally to recognize the real quiet heroism demonstrated daily in ordinary (unglamourous) people fighting against incredible odds.

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