Happy Friday, all! This week, I took a break from my Miss Silver marathon (okay, not a total break– I did read Latter’s End, and don’t ask me what number in the series it is, because I’ve lost all track!) with a new release from one of my favorite “I would read a telephone book if you wrote it” fantasy writers, T. Kingfisher.
In A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking, fourteen year old baker (and minor magical talent) Mona is pitted against the forces of evil with only bread dough as a weapon. Yep, bread dough. Also animated gingerbread cookies. And a ten year old scamp of a pickpocket. Her books are always just plain fun– and they feature wonderfully commonsensical heroines who behave in completely comprehensible ways when thrown into insane situations. The language is very different, but in character they remind me a great deal of Robin McKinley’s books, in particular The Blue Sword, where people who don’t consider themselves heroic at all wind up undertaking breathtaking feats of daring.
Right now I’m reading a very different sort of book– I’ve taken up my red pen to go through the final proofs for my upcoming book, Band of Sisters, coming your way March 2, 2021!
What have you been reading this week?