By Patricia Wrede
While 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 isn't really above a little bit breaking-and-entering. a difficult lifestyles and lean instances have schooled her in a single lesson: scouse borrow from them sooner than they thieve from you. but if the magician catches her within the act, Kim thinks she's performed for. till he indicates she turn into his apprentice; then the true difficulty begins.Kim quickly unearths herself entangled with murderers, thieves, and cloak-and-dagger politics, all whereas attempting to tips on how to turn into either a formal woman 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 packed with secret and romance, set opposed to the complicated backdrop of Regency England.
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He’d never had much use for her, either. The last person at the table was a grey-haired man with squinty eyes, wearing a dark grey coat and a linen cravat. Kim stiffened. ” she blurted. What was that flash cull doing in Tom’s back room? For all he carried himself like Quality, he could call up half the canting crew from Covent Garden to the Tower of London if he had a need for them. “Kim, dear boy, how good to see you,” the grey-haired man replied. His eyes raked her apparel, and she was suddenly very, very glad she had hidden her money so carefully before setting out.
He’ll come around, never fear. ” Kim said. ” “That skinny toff down at the Dog and Bull, that sent me in here lookin’. ” “I think he ought to get what he’s paying for,” Mairelon said after due consideration. ” Kim thought of the underhanded way the skinny toff had held back information to keep the price down. ” “Yes, he certainly should,” Mairelon said, as though he hadn’t heard Kim. ” “Of course. ” He paused and smiled at Kim. ” 3 Kim darted across a street directly in front of a hackney, causing the horses to shy.
If it hadn’t been for the magician’s urging, she might have passed up an easy mark. ” the man said angrily. ” Kim smiled inwardly and launched into a detailed and exhaustive description of the interior of the magician’s wagon. She noticed the anticipation on her listener’s face when she talked of the pots and pans in Mairelon’s cupboard, and carefully saved the information that they were all made of iron for the end of the sentence. She got a perverse satisfaction out of seeing the flash of disappointment on the toff’s face.
A Matter of Magic by Patricia Wrede