This is one of those books that I saw on a Waterstones display and because I had just been paid I thought I might have a look and see what it is all about.
Seth is a kitchen boy at the remote Last Chance Hotel. His father has long ago left, leaving him imprisoned until he is old enough to set out on his own. If there’s any hope he has, it’s to be the greatest chef that ever lived… just like his father.
One night, a band of magicians begin to arrive to participate in a secret meeting — a Prospect Selection Procedure to determine the most talented magicians in the world, judged by their leader Dr. Thallonius. Seth has one task: to make Dr. Thallonius the greatest dessert he’s ever tasted. Then, maybe he will help Seth find a way to freedom.
But when the doors to the private meeting open, and Dr. Thallonius lay dead on the floor, the group blames the dessert, which means that it’s Seth who will pay the price. But Seth knows he’s innocent, and only has so much time to eliminate each suspect and prove his innocence.
Taken from goodreads
When I found out that the main character in the book was a boy who wanted to be a chef I pushed this book to the top of my TBR as cooking is something you don’t really hear much about in a fantasy book so this is something that is going to be new to me and got me excited to read. When I started reading the excitement was still there for the first 50 pages but after that it all disappeared very quickly. This is probably the lowest rated book on goodreads I have ever read, it currently has 3.83/5 and I can tell why.
It has got everything I want in a fantasy book, murder, magic and great characters. However the way it has all been pieced together doesn’t fit right. By this I mean everything feels rushed along, not a lot of description when it is really needed and no character development at all expect that Seth learns magic exists and wants to start practicing as soon as he can. So even though the book is fast paced and gets through the story quickly you don’t care about any of the characters which is needed in a book like this as if you don’t care about the main characters, what is the point in reading a book.
If you are going to read this book then be prepared for a lot of unanswered questions when you finished. We all love a good cliffhanger such as if this character lived or whatever but not when the whole book just leaves you with questions unanswered as if the author was simply too lazy to answer them or forgot to mention them. One example is actually a pretty big one, the firefly cage will give magic to non magical people if someone magic is trapped inside of the cage. However when used in the book by a non magical person it gives them magic but it is not mentioned that anyone is inside of the cage so how exactly did it give this non magical person magically powers (I think I wrote magic a record number of times in that sentence). The whole book is like this and just leaves you confused after reading.
My personal recommendation is that give this book a miss, it might be 300+ pages but that is only because the text on the pages is very large making the book seem bigger then it is, leaves you with a lot of unanswered questions and in my personal opinion just isn’t a very good book.