By Patricia Wrede
While a stranger deals 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 just a little breaking-and-entering. a troublesome lifestyles and lean occasions have schooled her in a single lesson: scouse borrow from them sooner than they scouse borrow from you. but if the magician catches her within the act, Kim thinks she's performed for. till he indicates she develop into his apprentice; then the genuine hassle begins.Kim quickly reveals herself entangled with murderers, thieves, and cloak-and-dagger politics, all whereas attempting to the way to develop into either a formal woman and a magician in her personal correct. Magic and intrigue move hand in hand in Mairelon the Magician and The Magician's Ward, fast moving novels packed with secret and romance, set opposed to the complicated backdrop of Regency England.
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Kim looked up in disbelief. Mairelon was smiling in what appeared to be genuine amusement. ” “Yes. When you’re finished,” he added pointedly. Hunch scowled ferociously at his master’s back, but did not dare voice any more criticism. “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.
Kim sighed and capitulated. She gave a hasty look around as she opened her eyes, in the faint hope of discovering a way out of her predicament. She was propped against the row of cupboards; one of the doors was open, presumably jarred free when she had been thrown against them. The cord that tied her looked regrettably sturdy, and the knots were unfamiliar tangles. After one glance, she abandoned any thought of slipping free while her captors’ attention was elsewhere. “Quite so,” said Mairelon.
A moment later came the incongruous sound of a small silver bell ringing. A large shadow passed the mouth of the alley. ” the toff said pettishly. ” “I ain’t seen ’im,” said a deep, slow voice. “Not seen him? ” “I ain’t seen ’im,” the second voice reiterated patiently. “You fool! ” “Couldn’t ’ave. ” “Then he slipped by you in the dark. Idiot! Nothing has gone right tonight, simply nothing! ” “I never seen ’im. ” “Oh, well. Under the circumstances, it hardly matters. But if it had been Merrill’s wagon, we would have needed the boy.
A Matter of Magic by Patricia Wrede