A Matter of Magic

A Matter of Magic 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

  • Title: A Matter of Magic
  • Author: Patricia C. Wrede
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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 abovMagic 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.At the Publisher s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software DRM applied.

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    1. Patricia C. Wrede

      Patricia Collins Wrede was born in Chicago, Illinois and is the eldest of five children She started writing in seventh grade She attended Carleton College in Minnesota, where she majored in Biology and managed to avoid taking any English courses at all She began work on her first novel, Shadow Magic, just after graduating from college in 1974 She finished it five years later and started her second book at once, having become permanently hooked on writing by this time.Patricia received her M.B.A from the University of Minnesota in 1977.She worked for several years as a financial analyst and accountant, first with the Minnesota Hospital Association, then with B Dalton Booksellers, and finally at the Dayton Hudson Corporation headquarters.Patricia finished her first novel in late 1978 In January, 1980, Pamela Dean, Emma Bull, Will Shetterly, Steven Brust, Nate Bucklin, and Patricia Wrede all, at that point, hopeful but unpublished formed the writer s group that later became known as The Scribblies In April of 1980, Patricia s first novel sold to Ace Books It came out at last in 1982, which is the year she met Lillian Stewart Carl who introduced her to Lois McMaster Bujold by mail.In 1985, shortly before the publication of her fifth book, she left the world of the gainfully employed to try winging it on her own.Her interests include sewing, embroidery, desultory attempts at gardening, chocolate, not mowing the lawn, High Tea, and, of course, reading.She is a vegetarian, and currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her cats, Merlin, Brisen, and Nimue She has no children, but as of this writing, she does have four nieces and four nephews ranging in age from seven months to twelve years old and in geographical location from Maine to Alabama.She has published twelve and a half books Shadow Magic, Daughter of Witches, The Seven Towers, Talking to Dragons, The Harp of Imach Thyssel, Caught in Crystal, Snow White and Rose Red, Dealing with Dragons, Mairelon the Magician, Searching for Dragons, Calling on Dragons, The Raven Ring, and a collaboration with fellow Minneapolis author Caroline Stevermer, Sorcery and Cecelia, as well as a collection of short stories titled Book of Enchantments She is also part of the Liavek shared world anthology.

    516 thoughts on “A Matter of Magic”

    1. This book actually contains a duology - "Mairelon the Magician" and "The Magician's Ward". The first in the set, 'Mairelon the Magician', is more about the mystery aspect and a bit of the social conventions of the time, but not much in the way of romance. It was interesting and a fun, though it was slow to start and, overall, just a touch above average.My biggest complaint about this part was the number of people involved. The mystery surrounds the disappearance of a magical artifact. Our hero, [...]


    2. This book tried to be one thing too many, and as a consequence, didn't excel at the things it should have been doing. The best parallel I can draw is to some of Georgette Heyer's less successful works -- which are, in my opinion, her most farcical. Heyer could be sophisticated, charming, and romantic -- as can Patricia Wrede; but when she tries to put a dozen characters into a situation with all sorts of absurd things happening and lines that try a little too hard to be hilarious, then the work [...]


    3. A simple job, that’s all it was supposed to be. Look around some cove’s wagon, and report back; an easy job for a street urchin and thief like Kim. But no one told her his magic was real. Caught by Mairelon, the performer, Kim quickly realizes that not only is he a true wizard, but a toff (a.k.a. a gentleman) as well, and on the run from, well, pretty much everybody. But he offers her a chance to get out of London, and Kim takes it, little knowing what adventures lie ahead.Wrede does a wonde [...]


    4. I've been a fan of Wrede's books ever since I discovered her Enchanted Forest Series when I was fourteen. I also recently read her book, Sorcery & Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot which delighted me just as much as her other books. So when I heard about the publication of A Matter of Magic I immediately added it to my wishlist and waited impatiently until I finally got a hold of it. Unfortunately though, A Matter of Magic ended up being rather disappointing and not at all the kind of b [...]


    5. While there was nothing actively disappointing to it, the sad fact was that I found not a lot to this book that really excited me, either. The end of the first book was a confusing name salad, with a big load of exposition at the end seriously dragging down the tension of the scene, and the romance of the second book was a bit told-not-shown for my tastes -- a bit too Regency Romance in the bad way. And that's speaking as one who rather enjoys historical fantasy, and the Regency period in partic [...]


    6. A Matter of Magic is actually two books in one, Mairelon the Magician and The Magician's Ward. I was expecting more of a fantasy when I started this, but it is more of a historical mystery with small elements of historical fantasy and romance. The first book is a mystery surrounding a magical item and while it was a nice read it didn't really pull me in as much as it could have. I found the mystery rather dull and kept waiting for a lot more magic. There is no romance in the first story. The sec [...]


    7. Didn't think this book was absolutely terrible, some parts were good but I felt it had so much detail that I was getting bored during chapters and wanted to just skip it. The romance in the book was not heaps as well and it was fine but it only started when it got to the endish of the book


    8. So this book is actually two relatively short stories, bound into a single volume. The first one was.t great. It was ridiculously slow, there were about a million named characters all of whom seemed to be fighting over one stupid silver plate, and the back cover reviews kept being all "Regency romance!" and I was just sitting there all "okay, a) I'm insanely bored, and b) there is literally no romance in this at all. Ever. Why are you describing it as a romance??". So the first book was pretty a [...]



    9. Well I did tell you I’d be back. It says a lot that I fully intended to do other things tonight and the book sucked me back in so thoroughly that I did not do those things.“A Matter of Magic” is a squashing-together of two of Wrede’s books, “Mairelon the Magician” and “The Magician’s Ward.” It has the added benefit of having beautiful cover art. (See it? See the pretty, pretty cover art?)In “Mairelon” we meet Kim, a thief who takes a job breaking into a street magician’s [...]


    10. A Matter of Magic is actually an omnibus re-release of two books: Mairelon the Magician and The Magician’s Ward. I’m only a third of the way into The Magician’s Ward, but I quite enjoyed Mairelon the Magician. It’s a YA alternate-history fantasy set in Regency England. In this case, magic is a huge part of the culture of England, and magician’s not a secret at all but living as part of society. In fact, if you’re a magician, you can be part of Society (capital S) even if you’ve com [...]


    11. This book was first recommended to me on a couple years ago, and I've been excited to read it ever since. However, on the whole I just thought it was okay.Just to explain, A Matter of Magic is two seperate novels (Mairlon the Magician and The Magician's Ward) published together in one volume, which I think is smart.While the story itself was just fine, I didn't find myself engaged in it as much as I'd like, especially Mairlon the Magician. I didn't connect as well with the characters as I'd hop [...]


    12. Hmmmm.I give this 2.5 because while it was fairly entertaining there were some probs.First off, hate to say it but what started out as a fun adventure turned quickly redundant and trying. The characters sashayed from place to place attempting to investigate/solve a crime. The story itself reminded me vaguely of the Sherlock Holmes movies, because there was all these quick talking British people explaining everything they found out the entire way through. And it might have worked if they'd cut ou [...]


    13. if you extracted the better elements from the terrible psuedo-genre known as regency romance, ladled on some tamora pierce, and sprinkled the scarlet pimpernell on top-- these two novellas are the probable result. the plot was fun, original, and certainly better than average. it skims over true development of the characters, who are likable and unique but could use deeper exploration. the prose was too wordy, too convoluted, and a little too self-absorbed for my taste. i liked the second book be [...]


    14. I really liked the first 1/4 But then there were too many characters to keep track of and the story didn't click with me. *shrug*


    15. I have read and enjoyed a lot of Wrede books but this just wasn’t one of them. I struggled with this book right from the first chapter. I just could not stay engaged in the story and really had to focus to pay attention and follow what was happening. I read to around page 150 and then stopped because I realized I was finding excuses to not sit down and read this book.I think part of my issue with this book was the main heroine. Kim is supposed to be sixteen years old; but she sounds and acts m [...]


    16. 2.5 starsThis book had some good points, but it generally focused on the less interesting things rather than what I wanted to read about. (that is, the characters got shortchanged in order to focus on the convoluted plot.) I feel really disappointed about that, because the characters and their relationships had huge amounts of potential, but that was never fulfilled. The second book in the collection -The Magician's Ward- was definitely the stronger of the two books. The first was just too compl [...]


    17. Another marvelous set of characters from Wrede! Making magic commonplace in Regency England comes naturally for her. And although the story itself did not present surprisingly, the genre never tires of spunky, independent and feminine heroines. Kim and Mairelon are worth rooting for, as is the intertwining of wizardry and waltzes in the ever-judgemental ballrooms of the ton. Thouroughly enjoyable read.


    18. You know what they always say: don't judge a book by its cover. But in this case, they were wrong! This book's absolutely gorgeous cover promises all the best of Patricia C. Wrede's considerable talent at writing lively, intelligent and thoroughly charming magical tales for all ages - and it does not disappoint.I had not realized how much I had missed reading Patricia Wrede's unique brand of fantasy adventure fiction until I found A Matter of Magic by chance. Here, it's combined with a wonderful [...]


    19. This was one quirky novel, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The world of this novel is an alternate-type England where it's quite acceptable for people to be wizards, or "frogmakers" as street thief and wizard-in-training, Kim, calls them.The story in book #1 was slow to start for me. I didn't really understand where it was going, and I definitely wasn't expecting Wrede's use of farce. I've read her Enchanted Forest books, which I remember being quirky & funny, but some of these situations were [...]


    20. Book 1: Mairelon the Magician- 1 starWow, I haven't disliked a book this much in a really long time. There were too many characters and I just had no desire to keep track of them. The dialog was horrible and page after page was filled with what could have been said in less than one. I broke down and decided to skim read and then just started skipping whole pages. I would pick a page and read a few lines here and there to try and catch on what was happening and it was the same for about 50 pages! [...]


    21. A Matter of Magic was a nice, quick read that fulfilled my desire for both fantasy and historical fiction. Originally published as two separate books, Mairelon the Magician (published in 1991) and The Magician’s Ward (published in 1997), A Matter of Magic gives you both for the price of one. The stories in both books are not directly related, but it makes sense to offer the reader’s the full tale of Kim and Mairelon in one book. The first part of the book, originally Mairelon the Magician, I [...]


    22. A Matter of Magic es una recopilación de dos novelas: Mairelon the Magician y The Magician's Ward. Ambas me han parecido amenas, llenas de magia y con personajes muy interesantes. Cada novela posee su porcentaje de acción, aventura, suspenso y humor. Son muy divertidas y tienen situaciones bastante absurdas pero que te hacen reír. Hubo un par de ocasiones en que sentí que el libro iba muy despacio, sobre todo, para la primera novela. La segunda mejoro considerablemente, aunque el misterio di [...]


    23. Since the book is in two parts, so should my review be.Mairelon the Magician:3 starsAfter finishing Book 1, I am in desperate need for a break. My brain hurts! I am really enjoying the storyline, but I feel like I have just witnessed a parade and am now being forced to remember details of each member. I am resigned to the knowledge that I will never be able to recall most character's names or the part that they played. My eyes glazed over for most of the final scene, being completely unable to f [...]


    24. A Matter of Magic takes place in a Regency-with-magic world similar to Patricia C. Wrede's Enchanted Chocolate Pot books with Caroline Stevermer. It's actually two novels, Mairelon the Magician and The Magician's Ward. Both stories involve mysteries that I don't bother to follow - it's the setting and the characters that make the book so enjoyable.The book is like a Georgette Heyer, complete with earls, reticules and romance, with the addition of magic. Kim is an orphan who has been living disgu [...]


    25. This story reminds me strongly of a Nick and Nora mystery, where clues and leads are followed culminating in a gathering of suspects and riddle solving. Even the interaction between Kim and Mairelon has similarities. The only thing i could have asked for is more: more detail and enhancement. The story is wonderful and the characters shine but it's over too fast. Of course this is a YA novel, but I found the mystery more complex than i would have expected, even in the second reading as an adult ( [...]


    26. a volume combining "mairelon the magician" and "the magician's ward." i found it to be a bit of a mixed bag from book to book-mairelon the magician: kim is a street thief who passes as a boy to protect herself. she is hired to break into a street magician's wagon, discover if he owns a particular bowl, and report back. the titular magician, mairelon, catches her in the act and convinces her to work as his apprentice after falsely reporting that he doesn't have the bowl. from there, kim helps him [...]


    27. I've read this two-book YA series before, and it's just as good as I remember it. The first book is a straight adventure/mystery story, with a hefty dose of magic thrown in. The plot hits the ground running and steadily continues until everything is neatly tied up at the grand reveal. The second book has a similar mystery element, but it's mixed in with a good amount of general regency "filler" - in comparison, the day-to-day regency subplot wasn't nearly as exciting. The heroine is wonderfully [...]


    28. Duology of Mairelon the Magician and Magician's Ward.I adore The Enchanted Forest Chronicles and so was looking forward to reading this new work from Patricia C. Wrede. I bought it and then forgot about it on my kindle. I started reading it not remembering who the author was, and only finished it after checking who the author was.The first book is a comedy of errors and way too many characters for no particular reason. Neither Mairelon nor Kim really do much of anything other than be at 'just' t [...]


    29. I was disappointed to learn that this is a compilation of two earlier novels by Patricia Wrede. Then I realized that I had not read these in years, and I had a wonderful time reading them again. The first one is Mairelon the Magician (copyright 1991), in which Kim, the child thief, encounters Mairleon the Magician. They work together to solve a mystery. I like watching Kim grow up as she and Mairelon learn more about each other. Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist certainly inspired this thieves of Lo [...]


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