Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet, by Charlie N. Holmberg
Publish Date: June 28, 2016
Published by: 47North
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)
Maire is a baker with an extraordinary gift: she can infuse her treats with emotions and abilities, which are then passed on to those who eat them. She doesn’t know why she can do this and remembers nothing of who she is or where she came from.
When marauders raid her town, Maire is captured and sold to the eccentric Allemas, who enslaves her and demands that she produce sinister confections, including a witch’s gingerbread cottage, a living cookie boy, and size-altering cakes.
During her captivity, Maire is visited by Fyel, a ghostly being who is reluctant to reveal his connection to her. The more often they meet, the more her memories return, and she begins to piece together who and what she really is—as well as past mistakes that yield cosmic consequences.
This was an interesting read with some great world-building and characters that were very compelling. It evokes strong emotions and has some pretty harsh moments throughout it, but overall was a captivating story of magic, survival, and family that had me hooked from the start.
Content Warnings: This book includes mention of rape, bodily harm, and slavery.