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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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Unfortunately though, A Matter of Magic ended up being rather disappointing and not at all the kind of book I had come to expect from Wrede.

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 mystery takes a more secondary role, but it still very important to the overall story, which I appreciate.

Is there anyone, or would you rather I turn the lot of them away? Want to Read saving…. I enjoyed both the primary characters Kim and Mairelon as well as the robust cast of secondary arede, and I was glad to have the second book to start reading immediately.

Quotes from A Matter of Magic. 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.

There were a lot of secondary characters and everyone was after the same thing, some set of magic trinkets, that I kept easily getting confused and could not keep straight what character was what and who was good in bad. You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: First off, hate to say it but what started out as ov fun adventure turned quickly redundant and trying.

Another marvelous set of characters from Wrede! Aug 11, Angela James rated it really liked it Shelves: She started writing in seventh grade. 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.

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The dialog was horrible and page after page was filled with what could have been said in mattter than one. As a whole, it was fun, sweet, and flirty. Being an extraordinarily unobservant person, I followed along without ever stopping to seriously question the who or where until they were actually presented to me near the end.

The plot is still relatively convoluted for this genre, but I found it interesting and mwtter too difficult to follow. Siggy rated it did not like it Jul 20, I found the mystery rather dull and kept waiting for a lot more magic. Feb 15, K. Having grown up a waif in the dirty streets of London, Kim isn’t above a bit of breaking-and-entering.

Inshortly before the publication of her fifth book, she left the world of the gainfully employed to try winging it on her own. The ending was sweet and I did like Mairelon and I loved Kim.

Oct 05, S. For having grown up on the streets of London she seems very naive and trusting. Patricia finished her first novel in late Aug 22, Terri rated it liked it Shelves: I had problems with the cockney for lack of a better term some characters spoke, especially since certain terms or phrases no longer in general usage kept showing up in nearly every conversation.

I was disappointed that there are no more books featuring these two characters, as I would happily read more. In this case, finishing up means reading book 2, since it was actually a two-book omnibus. The second book, The Magician’s Wardis much stronger on the Regency romance aspects, although Wrede keeps the romance very subtle.

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.

The story in book 1 was slow to start for me. I like watching Kim grow up as she and Mairelon learn more about each other. Additionally not a lot happens in the first pages. Amanda Forney rated it did not like it Mar 02, Kindle Editionpages.

As the book progressed it got clearer but I was still confused until after the climax, where what everyone has been searching for is found. 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. Mairelon is about as romantic as a statue in my opinion, which is too bad because it would have really lent a great deal to the story. See the pretty, pretty cover art? Harmony Jacoby rated it did not like it Mar 21, In addition to being not as funny as it wants to be and hard to follow at times, the bigger fault in my opinion is that all this nonsense with a supporting cast of dozens detracts from the heart of the story — Mairelon and Kim.

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Beauty and the Werewolf. I think I preferred the adventure of the first one slightly, but watching Kim navigate her way amongst the members of the ton is also a lot of fun.

A Knot in the Grain. The fourth book told from the perspective of Cimorene’s son, Daystar was written and published first, but is considered to properly go last in the series. Which, no thank you. 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. 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.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Not that it wasn’t predictable, but with such flat characters, it seemed to happen more than evolve.

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It seems that Wrede rewrote the story for the omnibus, but this is not actually noted anywhere in the book itself. Having grown up a waif in the dirty streets of London, Kim isn’t abov. Trivia About A Matter of Magic