Baker’s Magic by Diane Zahler
Orphaned Bee ends up in Zeewal and discovers a home in the apprenticeship of baker, Master Bouts. There she discovers a budding talent for magic that gets Bouts Bakery some royal attention. But when Zeewal’s princess decides to flee the care of a wicked mage, Bee’s life is thrown into uncertainty once again.
Bee had never been so hungry in her life. Oh, she’d been hungry plenty of times. Stomach-growling, eat-a-big-meal hungry. But this was different.
Baker’s Magic is a fantasy story that pulls out all the stops. Delicious home-baked magic, worldbuilding with Northern European flair, touching and believable friendships, literal laugh out loud moments, and continually raising stakes make this an unforgettable adventure comparable to Howl’s Moving Castle (and I don’t compare titles to HMC easily, let me tell you).
“Lemon?” Bee asked. “What is that?”
Master Bouts shrugged. “Something that grows in a far-off land, I daresay. See, the lemon is the yellow under the meringue. We can’t make lemon, but we can make meringue—when there’s a customer who can pay for it.”
Baker’s Magic has become one of my new favorite books. The unique blend of fantasy elements isn’t something you’ll soon forget, and the slow, steady buildup creates a satisfying and complex story that will appeal to readers of all ages.
⬢ ⬢ ⬢ ⬢ ⬢ FIVE STARS
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