A Matter of Magic by Patricia Wrede

By Patricia Wrede

While a stranger bargains her a small fortune to wreck right into a touring magician's wagon, Kim does not hesitate. Having grown up a waif within the soiled streets of London, Kim isn't really above a little bit breaking-and-entering. a troublesome lifestyles and lean occasions have schooled her in a single lesson: scouse borrow from them prior to they thieve 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 true hassle begins.Kim quickly reveals herself entangled with murderers, thieves, and cloak-and-dagger politics, all whereas attempting to the best way to develop into either a formal girl and a magician in her personal correct. Magic and intrigue pass hand in hand in Mairelon the Magician and The Magician's Ward, fast paced novels full of secret and romance, set opposed to the problematic backdrop of Regency England.

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You found the bowl, then? ” Kim said sarcastically. The man looked startled. “I had anticipated—” “You wanted a list, you should of hired a schoolmaster,” Kim informed him. ” The man’s eyes narrowed. ” “In that case, you ain’t getting no information at all,” Kim said, mimicking his tone. “Come, now, I think you are unreasonable. ” Kim spat. “I done what you said, and you never said nothing about no list. ” “Oh, very well. ” The toff argued, but Kim remained firm. Eventually he agreed, and unwillingly counted out the five pounds in notes and coin.

Meanwhile, the magician went smoothly on with his act. He borrowed a hat from one of the men in the crowd, boiled an egg in it, and returned the hat to its owner unharmed. Then he brought out a pack of playing cards and ran through a series of increasingly elaborate tricks. Kim was so enthralled by the show that she almost missed seeing a small door open near the front of the wagon. The jingling noise of the tambourine caught her attention at last. Hastily she mashed herself flat against the side of Jamie’s stall, holding one ragged sleeve up to obscure her face.

I told you, I ain’t no flat. Folks that can do real magic don’t waste time flashing tricks at the markets. ” “That’s my affair. I’ll give you my word that we’re doing nothing illegal; if you’ve other questions, you’ll have to wait for answers. ” “No, nor want to,” Hunch said under his breath. Kim frowned at him automatically, but her mind was busy elsewhere. She’d never get a chance like this again, she was certain. Risking Mairelon’s unknown objectives was a small price to pay for the promise of a few days’ worth of regular meals and a safe place to sleep, even without the promise of tutoring.

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