The Thief On the Winged Horse Book Review

The Thief on the Winged Horse by Kate Mascarenhas. I would like to thank HarperCollins Publicity Australia for the review copy.


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..


I was intrigued by the book from its cover and synopsis. This book was written really well and was interesting but had a slow build.

I enjoyed the characters and the use of magic is interesting. There are interesting characters but none that really made me care about them.

I will give this book another go to see if my thoughts change about the book.

2.5 stars

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