Editorial Reviews. Review. “ Delightful. Will charm readers.” —Publishers Weekly on Mairelon Twitter Pinterest. Kindle App Ad. Look inside this book. A Matter of Magic: Mairelon and The Magician’s Ward by [Wrede, Patricia C. Patricia Collins Wrede is an American author of fantasy literature. She is . the Magician and Magician’s Ward; A Matter of Magic () — paperback omnibus of Mairelon the Magician and Magician’s Ward. Title: A Matter of Magic (comprising previously published novels Mairelon the Magician and The Magician’s Ward). Author: Patricia C. Wrede.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. A hard life and lean times have schooled her in one lesson: 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.
PaperbackOmnibuspages. Published June 8th by Orb Books first published January 1st MairelonKim Or. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Matter of Magicplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jun 14, colleen the convivial curmudgeon rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.
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My biggest complaint about this part was the number of people involved. The mystery surrounds the disappearance of a magical artifact. Our hero, Mairelon, is falsely accused of the theft, and hides from the law while trying to find the items and clear his name – pretty standard stuff.
But there are so many other people also trying to find it, and I quickly got confused matteg to who was who, and who was on which side. The second story in the set, ‘The Magician’s Ward’, is much more heavy on the romance, but still involves a high dose of mystery and magic. In the first story, our heroine, Amtter, encounters Mairelon when she breaks into his wagon, and becomes part of his entourage.
Even though we see everything through Kim’s perspective, and we go through the Pygmalion routine as Mairelon tries to teach the street rwede how to be proper, it’s very much Mairelon’s story.
The second story is much more Kim’s.
It’s 6 months after the first story, and Kim, having been taken in by Mairelon as his ward, has more struggles as she as to fit into society. This story is very much the novel of manners, as we go through the various bits and bobs of being in Town during the Season.
There are dinners and shows and coming-out-balls and all that. The patrcia takes a more secondary role, but it still very important to the overall story, which I appreciate. While I have always enjoyed a romance aspect to stories, I rarely like it when the romance is the story, so the way that it was woven into this story, as both prominent and yet almost secondary, was well done. Overall, I enjoy the characters.
I really like Kim and Mairelon, and even the menagerie of secondary characters, especially Hunch and Renee. The second story pstricia much better paced, after having established the characters and whatnot in the first story, and more than pays you back for the sluggishness and confusion of the first story.
I give this one 4 stars. I’m very glad that I heard of and was mqgic in these books before I read Thirteenth Child. I enjoyed these books much better, but if I was judging the author just based on ‘Thirteenth Child’, I might arede have picked up this set.
View all 5 comments. Jan 14, snowplum rated it liked it. 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, mafic the work This book tried to be one thing too many, and as a consequence, didn’t excel at the things it should have been doing.
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 often ends up falling flat. In it, we meet nobleman Richard Merrill, aka Mairelon, who is in hiding as a traveling magician because he was framed for a crime. He is seeking a magical artifact in a Regency England which is essentially real Regency England, plus magic and teams up with a young thief named Kim to find it.
Early on, I was enthusiastic about this book, as we learned about Kim’s resourcefulness and as she and Mairelon got to know each other. Then mayter cast began to expand There are wanna-be druids, wastrel young nobles, doltish young nobles, crime lords, thugs, insipid ingenues, scheming women, a woman of mystery, a surly servant, and a very nasty wizard.
All of these people are thrown together in situations where the funny ones say funny things and the scary ones say scary things, and the doltish ones say doltish things In addition to being not as funny as it wants to be and hard to follow at times, the bigger patricoa in my opinion is that all this nonsense with a matteer cast of dozens detracts from the heart of the story — Mairelon and Kim. They simply don’t get enough focus and development with all that other stuff going on.
The second novella, The Magician’s Ward, is much more successful as an easily enjoyable read. The funny bits are actually funnier because they’re not tying so hard, and they’re not too absurd to seem at all possible. The plot is still relatively convoluted for this genre, but I found it interesting and not too difficult to follow. The supporting cast is still relatively large, but several of them are well enough developed to feel like worthwhile additions to Kim and Mairelon’s world.
I would say the weak point in this novella is mayic romantic dimension — Kim and Mairelon fall in love, of course, but it’s quite secondary or tertiary, even to all of the mystery and magic.
This isn’t necessarily a flaw, but if you’re expecting or seeking a Regency Romance, I would say the romance in this is so secondary that this book would barely qualify. In a similar vein, there is a subplot in which Kim has another suitor, and that story is also shortchanged in relation to others. You see her with the young man a couple of times, and he apparently really likes her, but I don’t think there are more than words devoted to their conversations in the entire book.
Certainly not more than It’s supposed to be significant that she opts not to marry him even though she isn’t certain of Mairelon’s feelings, and you’re supposed to care that she lets him go with dignity and self-awareness Overall, this is a mild recommendation from me if you like Regencies, magic, and a little bit of comedy of errors.
If any of those things is NOT to your liking, this is not really a book for you, but if you think all of that sounds nice, you’ll likely enjoy this book these two novellas on a quiet day. Apr 28, Lee Anne rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. But he offers her a chance to get out of London, and Kim takes it, little knowing what adventures lie ahead.
View off 4 comments. Nov 20, Simcha Lazarus rated it it was ok. 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 I’ve been a fan of Wrede’s books ever since I discovered her Enchanted Forest Series when I was fourteen.
Unfortunately though, A Matter of Magic ended up being rather disappointing and not at lf the kind of book I had come to expect from Wrede. Part of what makes Wrede’s books so charming and delightful are the wit and humor of her female protagonists. In comparison, Kim was uninteresting and somewhat bland, lacking the verve and the mischievous likability of Wrede’s other female protagonists.
The story was OK, but didn’t really rise above any of the other books with similar plots. It moved a bit slowly for my liking and the end was played out in an unoriginal and chaotic manner with all the characters gathered together as the mystery is revealed, along with everyone’s roles in it. The second book was a bit more interesting, this time taking place in Regency London.
The plot was another one that Matter read several times already, of an unsophisticated, low-class young woman being taught to become a lady, with some magic thrown in. But although I found it to be an improvement over Mairelon the Magician it or wasn’t as good as Wrede’s other books.
So would I recommend A Matter of Magic? Perhaps to someone new to fantasy who hasn’t already read several similar books already. But I would probably also try to guide them towards Wrede’s other books and suggest that they might want to try those instead. Those who are already fans of Patricia Wrede might want to read A Matter of Magic just because she wrote it, and to them I would just offer a warning that in my opinion it’s not her best work. Feb 16, Kingsgrave rated it liked it.
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 wrece 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 wred.
And that’s speaking as one who rather enjoys historical fantasy, and the Regency period in partic 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.
And that’s speaking as one who rather enjoys patrifia fantasy, and the Regency period in particular. One of the troubles I had with it was that until better than halfway through the first book, I couldn’t entirely tell that it WAS a Regency story, and not a Victorian one. Understandably, the plight of a London Street Urchin didn’t change awfully between one century and the next, but the author might have done a little more work to make her setting plain rather than recounting the whole of the Dictionary of Thieves’ Cant she clearly inhaled during the research process.
All that said, it wasn’t bad at all; I don’t feel cheated for having picked it up, paid for it, and read it, and while I might not read it again, I’ll probably find someone who’ll like it well enough on my holiday list.
Sep 29, Tammie rated it liked it Shelves: 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 patrivia kept waiting for a lot more magic. There is no romance in the first story. The second story is better.
I liked the mystery in this one a lot more, but I felt the characters could have been written better.