Magic and intrigue go hand in hand in Mairelon the Magician and The Magician's Ward, two fast-paced novels filled with mystery and romance, set against the intricate backdrop of Regency England.
When a stranger offers her a small fortune to break into a traveling magician's wagon, Kim doesn't hesitate. Having grown up a waif in the dirty streets of London, Kim isn't above a bit of breaking-and-entering. A hard life and lean times have schooled her in one lesson: steal from them before they steal from you. But when the magician catches her in the act, Kim thinks she's done for. 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.
At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Tom Doherty Associates; June 2010
- ISBN 9781429988544
- Read online, or download in DRM-free EPUB format
- Title: A Matter of Magic
- Author: Patricia C. Wrede
Imprint: Orb Books
In The Press
“ Delightful.…Will charm readers.” —Publishers Weekly on Mairelon the Magician
“ A successful blend of Regency romance and historical fantasy in this lighthearted romp that should appeal to fans of both genres.” —Library Journal on Mairelon the Magician
“This title is a little bit of everything: historical fiction, fantasy, mystery, and Regency romance. A sure bet for fans of Philip Pullman's Ruby in the Smoke.” —VOYA on The Magician’s Ward
“The romances of Georgette Heyer . . . were good, clean unpretentious fun. . . . Patricia C. Wrede offers the unadulterated McCoy, with the trifling difference that hers in an alternative world where magic works.” —Interzone on The Magician’s Ward
About The Author
PATRICIA COLLINS WREDE was born in Chicago, the oldest of five children. She attended Carleton College in Minnesota, where she majored in biology and managed to avoid taking any English courses. She began work on her first novel, Shadow Magic (1982), after graduation, though it took her five years to finish it. Ms. Wrede enjoyed a successful career as a financial analyst, but she always made time to write. Her published books now total more than a dozen.