By Patricia Wrede

Whilst a stranger deals her a small fortune to wreck right into a touring magician's wagon, Kim does not hesitate. Having grown up a waif within the soiled streets of London, Kim is not above a bit breaking-and-entering. a troublesome existence and lean occasions have schooled her in a single lesson: scouse borrow from them sooner than they thieve 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 find out how to develop into either a formal woman and a magician in her personal correct. Magic and intrigue pass hand in hand in Mairelon the Magician and The Magician's Ward, fast paced novels choked with secret and romance, set opposed to the elaborate backdrop of Regency England.

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She could hear the magician’s patter quite clearly. 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.

Tom was a good fellow, but some of his customers weren’t. She didn’t want to lose her five pounds before she’d even gotten used to the idea of having them. Changing direction, she circled the market until she came to the hidey-hole where she spent most of her nights. It was little more than a few rotting boards leaning against a tenement, but it provided privacy and a minimum of shelter. Kim wormed her way inside, then set about redistributing her newfound wealth. She buried a few shillings in the corner of the hidey-hole and slipped a few more into her shoes.

Mairelon said. He turned back to Kim while Hunch was still gaping mutely, and gave one of the loops of cord a sharp tug. The knot slid apart as though someone had greased the rope, leaving Kim’s hands free. She blinked, then darted a hand forward and yanked on the cord that held her ankles. Nothing happened. “There’s a trick to it, of course,” Mairelon said blandly. ” Kim looked up in disbelief. Mairelon was smiling in what appeared to be genuine amusement. ” “Yes. When you’re finished,” he added pointedly.

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