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The Thief on the Winged Horse

by Kate Mascarenhas

Books of the Month Crime / Mystery Family Drama Relationship Stories Sci-Fi and Fantasy

LoveReading View on The Thief on the Winged Horse

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

The Thief on the Winged Horse Synopsis

A dazzling mixture of crime, romance, magic and myth from the author of the bestselling The Psychology of Time Travel.

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...

The Thief on the Winged Horse Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

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. Full review

Lisa Rowsell

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

Kerry Bridges

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

Samantha Cheesman

An engrossing read that transports the reader to a magical folktale setting. Full review


I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. Full review

Emily Chick

Complex female characters wrapped within an engaging and lyrical style. Recommended. Full review

Barbara Gaskell

The Thief on the Winged Horse Press Reviews


'Witty, inventive and unflashily wise about human hearts; Mascarenhas's future promises to be an exciting one' Guardian.

'An intriguing, multi-layered mystery that is ingeniously plotted' Daily Mail.

'Breathtakingly tender and wryly understated ... An astonishing debut' New York Times.

'Troubling and inspiring, comforting and horrifying' SciFiNow.

'Captivating, delightful and thorougly original' Jennie Melamed. '[A] vividly imagined second novel' The i.

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ISBN: 9781789543810
Publication date: 12/11/2020
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781789543810
Publication date: 12th November 2020
Author: Kate Mascarenhas
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Crime / Mystery, Family Drama, Relationship Stories, Sci-Fi and Fantasy,
Collections: 40 unmissable magic realist reads - “It’s real-life, but not as we know it”,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About Kate Mascarenhas

Kate Mascarenhas is a part-Irish, part-Seychellois midlander. Since 2017, Kate has been a chartered psychologist. Before that she worked as a copywriter, a dolls' house maker, and a bookbinder. She lives with her husband in a small terraced house which she is slowly filling with Sindy dolls. Her first novel, The Psychology of Time Travel was published in 2018 to wide acclaim.

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