By Patricia Wrede
Whilst a stranger bargains her a small fortune to damage right into a touring magician's wagon, Kim does not hesitate. Having grown up a waif within the soiled streets of London, Kim is not above a bit breaking-and-entering. a difficult lifestyles and lean instances have schooled her in a single lesson: thieve from them sooner than they scouse borrow from you. but if the magician catches her within the act, Kim thinks she's performed for. until eventually he indicates she develop into his apprentice; then the genuine difficulty begins.Kim quickly unearths herself entangled with murderers, thieves, and cloak-and-dagger politics, all whereas attempting to find out how to turn into either a formal girl and a magician in her personal correct. Magic and intrigue move hand in hand in Mairelon the Magician and The Magician's Ward, fast paced novels choked with secret and romance, set opposed to the difficult backdrop of Regency England.
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All right, all right,” Kim said. She reached into her pocket, pulled out the bit of wire, and set to work. She was fairly sure by this time that the magician would not turn her over to the constables, but instead of reassuring her, the knowledge made her even more uneasy. Why did he hesitate? She watched Mairelon surreptitiously as she wiggled the wire. He didn’t look particularly impressive, but he was no flat, that was certain. He was no ordinary street magician, either, not with the inside of his wagon done up like a gentry ken.
He thought he’d gammoned me proper,” Kim said. She took a perverse pleasure in betraying the toff who’d gotten her into this. “But if it was just a bet, why’d he let me talk him up to five pounds? ” Mairelon said, looking startled, and not altogether pleased. ” “That’s what I said. ” Mairelon demanded, his expression tense. ” Hunch said. “What was I telling you? ” Kim said, exasperated. ” Mairelon said. “That’s it,” Kim said. Hunch snorted, and she glared at him. “There wouldn’t be no harm done, after all; just lookin’ about.
Yes, well, he was a little too handy. ” “She could make a very useful assistant eventually. ” Mairelon looked questioningly at Kim. ” Kim said suspiciously. ” The single word was more convincing than Mairelon’s speeches had been, but Kim still hesitated. What did he expect to get out of hauling her along with him? From the luxurious interior of the wagon, it was plain that Mairelon could afford the company of the best of the fashionable impures, if what he wanted was a doxy. He had no reason to pick a grubby imitation boy out of the market instead.
A Matter of Magic by Patricia Wrede