Say it with Feeling | The Thief on the Winged Horse | Blog Tour

Today I’m taking part in a blog tour for The Thief on the Winged Horse by Kate Mascarenhas, which is now out in hardback! I’ve previously read Kate’s debut, The Psychology of Time Travel and really enjoyed it so was really excited to give her next book a read.


The Kendrick family have been making world-famous dolls since the early 1800s. But their dolls aren’t coveted for the craftmanship 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 the family craft, and when a handsome stranger arrives claiming doll-making talent and a blood tie to the Kendricks, she sees a chance to grasp all she desires.

But then, one night, the family’s most valuable doll is stolen. Only someone with knowledge of magic could have taken her. Only a Kendrick could have committed this crime…

Star Rating – 3.5 Stars

I really liked the premise of this book when Head of Zeus approached me to take part in the blog tour for this book. A mix of mystery and magic, sign me up!

The beginning sets the story. We’re introduced to the families and the background of the doll-making business, various characters and their roles and what the whole place is about. It’s only part-way through the story that the action really begins, the most prized possession is stolen!

It’s hard to believe that this book is set in modern-day Oxford as the world that the story and eyot is set in feels very old. The belief of old folk/fae tales and the story of the thief takes it back a good few hundred years.

There’s characters you’ll like and some you’ll dislike (you’re supposed to!) but it’s pretty well written and a rather quick read. I found it rather easy to pick up and put back down again.

Overall if you like mystery and a hint of magic, I think you’d really like this book.

Be sure to follow along with the blog tour on Twitter, there’s lots more blogs taking part and posting reviews!

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