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The Thief on the Winged Horse

"A world-famous doll is stolen in this thought-provoking novel containing a wonderful touch of magic."

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Oh how I adored this beautifully crafted and thought-provoking magic realist novel. The Thief on the Winged Horse sits in the real-world as we know it and contains an additional touch of magic. It also sways between genres including crime and relationship, yet feels as believable as can be. A world-famous doll making family is thrown into turmoil when their most valuable doll is stolen. These are dolls that can convey a single emotion to the person who holds them. Only the men in the Kendrick family know how to add the charm, only a Kendrick would know how to take the doll. Kate Mascarenhas adds mysterious layer upon layer to this novel, building an exquisite story. I immediately felt at home, the magic wasn’t meticulously explained, it was just there, sitting almost quietly in the background. This is a book where the world is known, but the enchantment isn’t, and my mind soared as I pondered and explored. I think it would make a perfect read for anyone wanting to take the first step into science fiction and fantasy novels. Multi-faceted, challenging, and entirely captivating, The Thief on the Winged Horse is a truly lovely read.

Liz Robinson

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The Thief on the Winged Horse is everything I could've hoped for, and more. It takes you on a magical rollcoaster of emotions from the start, and I didn't want it to end.

The story is about the Kendricks who for generations have run a doll making business. One dark day the most precious doll of all is stolen, and the race is on to find it. These are not just any dolls, but magical ones with specific emotions which are felt whenever the doll is handled.
We're introduced to many characters, and I couldn't wait to get to know them more. Persephone Kendrick was my favourite who longed to be a sorcerer, but it has been 200 years since a woman achieved this.
The 2 plots are beautifully woven without one taken over the other, and the end left me feeling satisfied although I wish it could've gone on forever.... Read Full Review

Lisa Rowsell

A magical story that will capture your heart from the first page to the last.

I've read a great many books and it takes a lot these days to draw me in from the first page. Perhaps I really had no expectations of this novel and thought it would be fun to read. I was wrong. This is a beautiful story and I absolutely loved every minute of it.

The Kendrick family have made dolls for years but these are no ordinary dolls. The women of the family are given a hex on their 13th birthdays and these hexes contain a single emotion. Every doll in the factory is give one of these emotions but although the hexes are given to the women, all the sorcerers are men.

Persephone works in the shop selling the dolls and Hedwig looks after her uncle Conrad, the head of the family.... Read Full Review

Kerry Bridges

A fast-paced, magical mystery that will keep you hooked from the very first chapter.

It's not often you come across a book that is set in current times but manages, completely believably and seamlessly, to weave in elements of magic. The book was fast-paced and engaging. There was no slow introduction here. I was hooked from the first chapter! One of the central character, Persephone, is a member of the Kendrick family, known for making dolls that elicit a particular emotion from the person holding it. A doll of particular significance is stolen and only a member of the family could have been the culprit.

I particularly enjoyed the way the author slowly revealed the magical elements to the story through the eyes of a long-lost family member, learning at the same time he does.... Read Full Review

Samantha Cheesman