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…
Persephone works in the Kendrick family business, they make rather special, magical dolls. Each doll has an enchantment added so anyone who touches it feels that emotion, such as love, fear and paranoia. Only the men of the family are allowed to add these enchantments.
This is the secret of the Kendrick family.
One day a man, Larkin, arrives claiming to be a lost member of the family, a descendent unknown of. He wants to be part of this family business and learn it’s secrets.
But, then their most prized doll, the Paid Mourner disappears, who would have been able to steal this doll with all its protection?
They believe in the story The Thief on the Winged Horse may have taken it and that a payment is needed for its return. But is it that simple?
This is a whodunnit with a difference, it has a slightly surreal fantasy heart that is unique.
It feels like historical fiction in the manners and rest of the characters, but they also use mobile phones and technology. The Kendrick business is a male dominated world but the women are just as powerful and soon things will change.
The characters are well developed, some likeable and some definitely not. The world building is very clever and I loved the mix of old and new.
A slightly surreal fantasy that I found thoroughly engrossing from start to finish.
Thank you to Amber at Midas PR for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and a copy of The Thief on the Winged Horse.