Petite though she may be, Zuzana is not known for timidity. Her best friend, Karou, calls her ‘rabid fairy’, her ‘voodoo eyes’ are said to freeze blood, and even her older brother fears her wrath. But when it comes to the simple matter of talking to Mik, or ‘Violin Boy’, her courage deserts her. Now, enough is enough. Zuzana is determined to meet him, and she has a fistful of magic and a plan. It’s a wonderfully elaborate treasure hunt of a plan that will take Mik all over Prague on a cold winter’s night before finally leading him to the treasure: herself . . .
Violin Boy’s not going to know what hit him.
I absolutely adore this novella. It’s so, so lovely. Night of Cake and Puppets is the story of Mik and Zuzana’s first date – the date we don’t get to see in Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
It was absolutely the right call not to put it in the main trilogy – those focussed on Karou’s story, but I’m so glad we got to read it.
Karou gives Zuzana some scuppies (small wishes) to make her date magical and we follow Zuzana as she leads Mik on a magical treasure hunt around the city.
I love how Laini weaves this novella so seamlessly into the world and main story with a phone call between Zuzana and Karou that lets us know exactly where we are in Karou’s story as well.
Jim Di Bartolo’s illustrations are glorious and add to the notebook like feel of the story.
A beautiful, magical, romantic story that could be read as a stand alone but gains so much more in the context of the main series.