Today I am delighted to be hosting the blog tour for The Thief On The Winged Horse by Kate Mascarenhas.
A dazzling mixture of crime, romance, magic and myth from the author of the bestselling The Psychology of Time Travel.
The Kendrick family have been making world-famous dolls since the early 1800s. But their dolls aren’t coveted for the craftsmanship 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 the men know the closely guarded secrets of the workshop. Persephone Kendrick kings 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…
Oh, but how I loved this novel. I was completely swept away with Kate with The Psychology of Time Travel. She is a incredibly talented writer and so I was so excited to read The Thief on the Winged Horse. It has been sitting on my tbr list for a long time and I have been itching to read it. Oh my goodness, it was so worth the wait. It was wonderful. Kate weaves such a wonderful story. There is that feel of timelessness surrounding her writing. Throughout the novel I felt slightly surprised each time an element of modern life popped up. The tale has such an aged feel to it, like it was a historical novel but of course it is actually set in present day. This feeling I put down to the quality of the writing. It is rich, clever and steeped in the most beautiful use of language.
Kate explores many themes here, and there is an element of fantasy throughout which only adds to the wonderful surrealities of it. Of course if you choose to you can see the underlying nod to feminist issues. It did frustrate me that a company founded by three women could be so heavily influenced by men…but that, I think, is a nod to the reality of life that still surrounds us, no matter how much we feel we have progressed as women.
I am so excited by this author. This novel couldn’t be more different to The Psychology of Time Travel but it is uniquely Kate. It was wonderful and I enjoyed every moment that I spent amongst it’s pages. I thoroughly recommend it but enter it with an open mind and heart and you will escape into a wonderful story that will sweep you away.
Thank you so much to Amber and also the lovely team at Head of Zeus for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and for sending me an early reading copy. My views are honest and please be assured that I only review books I love.
About the author
Kate Mascarenhas is a writer.
Born in 1980, she is of mixed heritage (white Irish father, brown British mother) and has family in Ireland and the Republic of Seychelles.
She studied English at Oxford and Applied Psychology at Derby. Her PhD, in literary studies and psychology, was completed at Worcester.
Since 2017 Kate has been a chartered psychologist. Previously she has been an advertising copywriter, bookbinder, and doll’s house maker. She lives in the English midlands with her partner.