Saturday, September 15, 2018

The Confectioner's Guild (The Confectioner Chronicles #1)

The Confectioner's Guild is the first book in a new YA/NA series by Claire Luana.  It combines elements of fantasy and cozy mystery with an interesting take on world building and a magic system which is catchy and original.

The story moves along pretty quickly and main character Wren finds herself whisked out of her more or less dead-end job as an apprentice to appear before the guildmaster who tells her she's *very* special and then expires horribly at her feet, poisoned by Wren's own cupcakes.

It's a quick read and moves along at a good clip;  few readers will be bored or find the narrative moving too slowly. Despite the length (395 pages) it reads very quickly.  I finished it in one sitting.  It feels like a book aimed at the younger end of the YA spectrum, with the codicil that there -are- sexual situations (not explicit) as well as some very slight language - a few "asses" and "damns" nothing really objectionable and most 12 year olds have a lot more mature vocabulary than that.

It's due to be released 23rd Oct, 2018, and is available in ebook and paperback formats.  Possibly worth noting, this book and the prequel are available as Kindle Unlimited selections for subscribers.

I enjoyed it and will give future installments a read.

Four stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.    

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