A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking

By: T. Kingfisher

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.

Auuster's Takeaway

A true fantasy novel as I would never had dreamt up baking gingerbread soldiers to fight against enemies, but here we are. T. Kingfisher invents a world where wizards are individuals with specific magical gifts. Mona, a young teenager, is capable of animating baked goods and uses it to advertise her aunts bake shop. Next thing you know, she is needed to protect her city from invading forces as she kneads up monstrous gingerbread cookies to defend the city.

I have never been in a food fight, but this is not what I imagined it to be! I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend to anyone who is giving the book a food for thought.