By Patricia Wrede
Whilst 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 isn't really above just a little breaking-and-entering. a difficult lifestyles and lean occasions have schooled her in a single lesson: thieve from them earlier than they scouse borrow 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 difficulty begins.Kim quickly reveals herself entangled with murderers, thieves, and cloak-and-dagger politics, all whereas attempting to easy methods to develop into either a formal girl and a magician in her personal correct. Magic and intrigue move hand in hand in Mairelon the Magician and The Magician's Ward, fast paced novels full of secret and romance, set opposed to the complicated backdrop of Regency England.
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I don’t think Kim is a thief, though it’s plain that she’s had some of the training. ” “It do too matter! ” “She could help with the act,” Mairelon said. ” Hunch snorted. ” “Yes, well, he was a little too handy. ” “She could make a very useful assistant eventually. ” Mairelon looked questioningly at Kim. ” Kim said suspiciously. ” The single word was more convincing than Mairelon’s speeches had been, but Kim still hesitated. What did he expect to get out of hauling her along with him? From the luxurious interior of the wagon, it was plain that Mairelon could afford the company of the best of the fashionable impures, if what he wanted was a doxy.
He would be able to hear her just as easily, should she be clumsy or careless. Kim glanced around the wagon again, painfully aware of the need for haste. She had wasted nearly a whole verse in her musing. The cupboards were the most likely place to start. She stepped forward, like a cat stalking a particularly suspicious mouse, and opened the first door. The cupboard was filled with dishes. Three mismatched plates and a shallow ceramic soup bowl occupied the lowest shelf; a row of china teacups hung from hooks on the bottom of the shelf above.
Hunch said. ” Hunch muttered something under his breath and stomped to the far end of the wagon. Mairelon looked after him and shook his head. “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.
A Matter of Magic by Patricia Wrede