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 bit breaking-and-entering. a difficult existence and lean occasions have schooled her in a single lesson: thieve from them ahead of they scouse borrow from you. but if the magician catches her within the act, Kim thinks she's performed for. till he indicates she develop into his apprentice; then the true hassle begins.Kim quickly unearths herself entangled with murderers, thieves, and cloak-and-dagger politics, all whereas attempting to the best way to develop into either a formal woman 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 packed with secret and romance, set opposed to the complex backdrop of Regency England.
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Not as I can see,” Kim replied. “Good! I was wondering; it’s a bit tricky to do without a mirror. ” Hunch demanded. ” “No, I suppose not,” Mairelon said, nudging the little pile of dirty, beer-scented clothing he had been wearing. He glanced at Hunch’s face and turned to Kim. ” “I could pitch them in the river,” Kim offered, eyeing the clothes almost as dubiously as Hunch. “No, no, sell them somewhere or give them away. ” “Huh. You don’t expect much,” Kim muttered, but she picked up the clothes and wadded them into a compact bundle.
He waved a hand to demonstrate, and lost his balance again. ” the toff snarled. “Right. ” The drunk made ineffectual apologetic motions in the toff’s direction. Since he was still draped halfway over the toff’s shoulder, this succeeded only in knocking over the almost untouched mug of beer in front of them. A wave of brown foam surged across the table, picking up dirt and grease as it went. The toff made a valiant effort to spring back out of the way, but with the drunk still leaning helpfully across his shoulder, he didn’t have a chance.
And if she didn’t like it, she could always tip them the double and come back to London. She’d be no worse off than she was now. ” Mairelon asked. “All right, then,” Kim said. ” Hunch groaned. ” Mairelon said, ignoring Hunch. “We’ll see the tailor tomorrow about getting you some clothes. ” “Sounds bang-up to me,” Kim said. It took most of her will to sound moderately pleased instead of all but stunned speechless. Clothes from a tailor? For her? “She’ll run off as soon as she’s got everything she can off you,” Hunch prophesied gloomily.
A Matter of Magic by Patricia Wrede