***** THE THIEF ON THE WINGED HORSE
THE THIEF ON THE WINGED HORSE
When the most expensive and famous magic doll is stolen right from under the Kendrick’s noses, it’s obvious there is family betrayal afoot – who can they trust?
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up The Thief on The Winged Horse but I’m so glad I requested it and I have already begun recommending it to friends! Kate Mascarenhas has really built a well-developed and realistic world of supernatural doll-making in Oxford and it was a pleasure to get to know the characters and be moved and surprised by the plot.
I really enjoyed learning about all of the characters – Persephone in particular is well-rounded and likeable but also has some very human flaws. From the scheming Hedwig and alcoholic Briar through to the aging Conrad, all characters were very well-developed and had their individual progression through the plot. I particularly liked Larkin’s character arc as well and there were a lot of plot points that surprised me and that I did not see coming.
A few reviewers have pointed out that the plot seemed odd when set in modern times but the book does make a point at the beginning that mobile phones didn’t get a signal on the Eyet. The whole village had a cult-like vibe to it and I think the modern setting actually added to the story and allowed for a few modern twists to help the plot.
I liked the way that magic is used and the inherent sexism that runs throughout the community. This only really gets introduced towards the latter half of the book though and I felt like we could have been made aware of it a little earlier, whether explicitly or just with smaller hints. I liked the story of the founding of the company and the fae folklore as well. Although the book is relatively long, I found myself finishing it in 2 sittings – it’s an engaging read and kept me interested throughout.
Overall, I would highly recommend The Thief on the Winged Horse – it’s a well-constructed and interesting read which kept my attention throughout. Thank you to Netgalley and Head of Zeus for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.