- File Size: 3955 KB
- Print Length: 327 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Live Edge Publishing; 1 edition (October 23, 2018)
- Publication Date: October 23, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07G4GRB5S
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,648 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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"I give this book 5 pink frosted-tipped cupcakes." -Jesikah Sundin, author of the Biodome Chronicles
"The Confectioner's Guild is a tale of mystery, intrigue, and romance wrapped in spun sugar and magic. Delightfully delicious! I think fans of Alisha Klapheke's The Edinburgh Seer will gobble up The Confectioner's Guild. . . ." -Angel Leya, author of Skye's Lure
"A murder mystery in a fantasy world, with magic, romance, and court intrigue as the main ingredients, is a winning recipe." -Day Leitao, author of Step into Magic
"I was swept away in a world where anything could happen, including, perhaps, a happy ending?" -H.M. Gooden, author of the Rise of the Light series
"This novel is full of a wonderful and intriguing cast of characters. There are lies at every turn and you're never sure who you can trust." -Nicole
"I absolutely loved this world and the characters. Wren is so smart and brave while still being relatable and endearing." -Sabrina
"Magic cupcakes? Murder Mystery? Romance? A mixture like that is sure to be delightful! And indeed it was! This was a fast-paced exciting adventure that left me wanting more!" -Sarah
"Murder. Betrayal. Magic. Friendship. A little romance. This book has all that and more."
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The Confectioner's Guild is a uniquely high-stakes, high fantasy, sugar-coated, super-sleuthing story that has all the right ingredients to become a not-so-guilty pleasure. Crimes and clues, suspicions and secret rendezvous, risk and romance. It's dark and complex, has wonderfully rich world building, and is chock full of delicious drama.
That being said, this wasn't my cup of tea. Large cast fantasy isn't usually my favorite, and the romantic plots far overshadowed the mystery elements that I was craving. Fans of Harry Potter and slightly steamier YA romances will probably eat this one right up.
I enjoyed Wren. Some of her actions weren’t understood but as more of her life is explained we begin to understand her. Wren the orphan, wren the apprentice, wren the murder?
It was painful at times to watch her bumble her way through all the politics and intrigue. And it often felt a bit unfair..but she tried her best and tried to learn as much as possible. I’m not sure I could of done better.
As a person, heroine ...I enjoyed her. She is caring, smart, self sacrificing and practical. She has a great sense of humor and dry wit that carried through till the end.
The world building was confusing,... riding in carriages yet they have running water? And the governing of the guild and the Magic’s...seems insignificant. If these guilds are so powerful why are they still reliant on the king. It’s true monarchy at it’s worse!
Poor Wren is abused and treated so callously by the people who supposedly are her family ..friends....it’s hard to imagine what a true enemy could do. The ultimate betrayal was Hale. He came on so strong. He jokes and laughed with her,and made her open up to him ....then he betrayed her. No he almost strangled her to death. Yes he was worried about Sable. But seriously...did he really believe Wren capable if so then why bother with her to begin with. It was harsh and I’m not sure I could of forgiven him. I’m happy Sable sent him away, atleast she had common sense enough to do so. Sable is still an unknown to me, she suffered a lot in her past and she never really came to terms with. Nonetheless I’m not sure how her relationship with Wren will grow or change.
Poor Lucas. Poor powerless Lucas. Being the Kings son has absolutely no benefit at all? I found it hard to believe. He doesn’t seem like a good inspector but he tries. And I do think that he cares for Wren. In some ways I do think that he still doesn’t understand how vile his father, the king, truly is. The king had his girlfriend tortured for crying out loud. It makes their relationship seems...impossible. I have a feeling there’s more to come....
I related with Wren and her plight as the story progressed; there’s quite a bit of depth to her character with a dark past that’s revealed to be worse each time I dove in. Yet she manages to have a sense of optimism and determination throughout, making her very endearing. I grew to like most of the other characters that enter her life in various ways, though there’s a running theme of trust I can relate to, and by the end, I’ve had different thoughts about most members of the cast than going in. All of them have interesting background that I got invested in, as well as their relations to each other. I especially liked Hale, Sable and Lucas the most.
The plot is great, and kept me engaged throughout with the mixture of fantasy, mystery and political intrigue to see if Wren would make it out alive and be cleared of her charges. The situation changes a lot quickly, keeping the pace quick and there’s quite a few twists that threw me for a loop, especially in the second half. The murder mystery aspect was done well, and while I was shocked to find out who did it, all the pieces fell into place if you paid enough attention and was easy to understand. The political subplot added another layer of depth that is setting up for the rest of the series. There’s a romance element introduced as well that didn’t feel shoehorned, but added to the story.
The world building is very vivid and paints of a fantasy world with inspirations of Seattle and the surrounding region (which is where Luana lives). The prose is clear and vivid and has a lot of analogies to food, which is a plus for a book that’s revolved around food magic. I loved the cooking sequences too.
At the end is the first chapter to the next book in the series, The Confectioner’s Coup, which I’m looking forward to and has a good start. Overall, a great start to a new series and can’t wait to read more!
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Personally, I found the supporting characters more interesting than Wren herself (she was a bit flip-floppy for me, confident and fearless one minute, hiding in corners the next) - forgivable because the secondary characters were numerous and fun.
It draws you in to the story nicely and everything outside of the book disappears for a while.
I think the writer was maybe intending a young adult audience but I am enjoying it anyway.
I havent finished it yet and dont know if there will be more in the series but hopefully there will be or similarly written tales of this same fictional world.
Who did it? Right to the last page we know who didn’t, but prove it.
And my favourite , a happy ending .
I loved it, more please.
Best regards Stephen.
If you like a mystery with some magic mixed in this maybe for you.