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A Matter of Magic by Patricia C. Wrede
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A Matter of Magic (edition 2010)

by Patricia C. Wrede

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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 in A Matter of Magic, a fast paced novel filled with mystery and romance, set against the intricate backdrop of Regency England.… (more)
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Title:A Matter of Magic
Authors:Patricia C. Wrede
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Tags:__make_cover, _import161114, _Omnibus, _Omnibus:Mairelon, !Po, Fic, SF, _Read2017

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Delightful Regency urban fantasy fluff, compleat with whodunnits and sparkling banter and society shenanigans and thieves cant. The ending of the second book teetered on the verge of twee, but it was all very entertaining in a light-hearted fashion. ( )
  cupiscent | Aug 3, 2019 |
3 1/2 stars ( )
  Katie80 | Oct 8, 2018 |
Magician in hiding takes in urchin, adventures ensue. If you like your magic Regency-style, this is for you. ( )
  tldegray | Sep 21, 2018 |
The omnibus of Mairelon the Magician and Magician’s Ward. These are historical fantasies set in a Regency England where magic works and is a respectable professional occupation suitable for members of the ton.

Mairelon the Magician: Kim, an orphan living in the rookeries of London, is hired to investigate the wagon of a street performer based in one of London’s markets. This is complicated by the fact that Kim is actually a girl and the street performer is actually a magician. Caught in the act, the magician (whose stage name is Mairelon) hires her for her thief skills to help him recover some stolen magical artifacts and clear his name of the theft.

Magician’s Ward: Mairelon has adopted Kim and has taken her as his apprentice (having found that Kim has magical talent). As a magician, Kim is acceptable in polite society no matter her antecedants, and is making her come-out. However, Kim’s antecedants are coming calling, and Mairelon is caught up in the fall-out.

I do like these; very light-hearted and written in the style of Georgette Heyer (as opposed to Charles Dickens). The world building is interesting, but I am unsure that history would have taken the same course with formalised magic (more or less my objection to The Temeraire series). In that respect, the world building of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is more believable.

Recommended, but note that these are being marketed as YA fiction.
  Maddz | Mar 9, 2018 |
This is a thoroughly enjoyable book, and if Mairelon is a bit reminiscent of The Odious Marquis (from Sorcery and Cecilia) or if the two men’s lady mothers are a bit alike, who really cares? I love this book, and the world it’s set in. Ms. Wrede has definitely got tastes like mine in mind when she writes, because I’ve not read anything of hers I didn’t enjoy. ( )
  ca.bookwyrm | Jan 25, 2018 |
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Kim walked slowly through the crowd, slipping in and out of the traffic almost without thinking. (Mairelon the magician)
Cold rain drizzled on the dark London streets--at least, it looked cold. (Magician's ward)
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'Magic & Malice' / 'A Matter of Magic': omnibus of 'Mairelon the Magician' / 'Magician's Ward'
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