A Matter of Magic

Wrede, Patricia C., 1953-

Paperback - 2010
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Matter of Magic
McMillan Palgrave

When a stranger offers her a small fortune to break into a traveling magician’s wagon, Kim doesn’t hesitate. Having grown up a waif in the dirty streets of London, Kim isn’t above a bit of breaking-and-entering. A hard life and lean times have schooled her in one lesson: steal from them before they steal from you. But when the magician catches her in the act, Kim thinks she’s done for. Until he suggests she become his apprentice; then the real trouble begins.

Kim soon finds herself entangled with murderers, thieves, and cloak-and-dagger politics, all while trying to learn how to become both a proper lady and a magician in her own right. Magic and intrigue go hand in hand inMairelon the Magician and The Magician’s Ward, two fast-paced novels filled with mystery and romance, set against the intricate backdrop of Regency England.

Publisher: New York : Tor, [2010]
Edition: 1st Omnibus Trade Paperback ed
ISBN: 9780765326324
Branch Call Number: SCI-FI W
Characteristics: 448 p. ; 22 cm.


From Library Staff

When Kim, an orphan living on the streets, is offered money to break into the wagon of traveling magician Mairelon, she doesn't think twice. When she gets caught in the act she thinks she's done for instead, he offers her an apprenticeship and that's when her real trouble begins. Suddenly Kim's l... Read More »

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Jun 08, 2014
  • tocch101 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A wonderfully enticing story! The plot is well presented and the characters believable. A little too predictable, but great overall.

Mar 18, 2012
  • Megn rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

THIS IS A REALLY GOOD BOOK! There's really nothing to complain about at all. The characters are dynamic (in both stories), the world beautifully developed, and the storytelling suited perfectly to the twists and turns of the plot. I've read this book over 8 times and I'm also planning to buy it so that I don't have to constantly borrow it from the library. I recommend this book to ANYONE who likes magic and adventure.

Nov 16, 2010
  • adularia25 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a compendium volume containing both Mairelon the Magician and the Magician's Ward.


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