A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking [T. Kingfisher]

Date Started: 25 January 2022

Date Completed: 26 January 2022

Source: Amazon India Kindle Store

Goodreads Summary:

Fourteen-year-old Mona isn’t like the wizards charged with defending the city. She can’t control lightning or speak to water. Her familiar is a sourdough starter and her magic only works on bread. She has a comfortable life in her aunt’s bakery making gingerbread men dance.

But Mona’s life is turned upside down when she finds a dead body on the bakery floor. An assassin is stalking the streets of Mona’s city, preying on magic folk, and it appears that Mona is his next target. And in an embattled city suddenly bereft of wizards, the assassin may be the least of Mona’s worries…

Goodreads: A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking


  • Came across this on Goodreads with Georgy giving it five stars. The title itself hooked me.
  • And the rest of the book lived up to it. A smooth plot. Fun characters. The twist in the end wasn’t a betrayal. All in all, what happiness.
  • The one thing that seemed a little sketchy in a post Trump world was the villain being a mid level governing official and the head of state being the saviour. Then I realised from the afterword that the book had been written pre Trump and in search of a publisher all through that time. Ah.
  • I read this in a lull between Shivani’s bouts of enthusiasm for sourdough baking. So this book having a sourdough starter as a character was brilliant and got her wanting to read this. Clearly we need to swap Kindles so she can read this and I can read The Love Hypothesis.

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