A Matter of Magic

A Matter of Magic

Book - 2010
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Magic and intrigue go hand in hand in Mairelon the Magician and The Magician's Ward , two fast-paced novels filled with mystery and romance, set against the intricate backdrop of Regency England.

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.

Publisher: New York : Tor, [2010]
Edition: 1st Omnibus Trade Paperback ed
ISBN: 9780765326324
0765326329
Characteristics: 448 p. ; 22 cm

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manda_kay24
Apr 19, 2016

Great concept but difficult to follow. I felt the story needed more character build up and setting descriptions.

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lostintheshelves
Nov 17, 2015

I've read a lot of books that try to combine magic and the Regency era of English history, some with very impressive pedigrees, but this collection of two YA novels is only one that has ever impressed me. There's tremendous energy and fun in the author's use of "thieves' cant," an old-fashioned type of slang, and both the fiercely determined, very poor young lead and the magician who mentors her are deeply lovable characters. The lead grows to be believable older in the second book, and the romance is so subtle but well-executed that you can't help enjoy reading between the lines.

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tocch101
Jun 08, 2014

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

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Megn
Mar 18, 2012

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.

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adularia25
Nov 16, 2010

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

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