Magician's Ward (Mairelon, #2)
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Magician's Ward (Mairelon #2)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  4,762 ratings  ·  140 reviews
When Mairelon made Kim his ward, he promised to teach her to be a lady and a magician. But magic proves to be harder than it looks for a girl who has just learned to read, and being a lady is even harder. Before frustration - and Merrill's formidably correct aunt - can drive her mad, a mysterious gentleman attempts to burgle the Merrill town house. As disaster strikes Mair...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 1st 1997 by Tor Books
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Monica!
To be honest, I liked Magician's Ward quite a bit more than its Mairelon predecessor. Wrede seemed to have a better handle on the characters, and the whodunit reveal at the end was both more interesting and handled much more smoothly than before. Of course, it has been previously established that I have a completely bizarre, unwarranted fondness for (view spoiler) so that might have vaguely influenced my opinion. ;)

I also, and here's a...more
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Margaret
I'm not really one to use the phrase "delightful romp" and mean it, but I feel it's rather the case in this book. Unlike some of her other novels, this book is more of a story of gentry and Society - and, of course, Kim's coming out- than one of magic and mayhem, though there's a bit of that thrown in, too. If you're looking for mystical adventures, you should look somewhere else. If you'd like instead a sort of coming of age story of a female magician in Society, then you're rather in the right...more
Breda
This is one of my favorite Regency romances, and one of the books that created a craving for more Regency fantasy (there isn't much, sadly). It's pure fun, but not the confectionery sugar kind: more the kind with peanuts, something substantial and sweet. The intrigue is, like the first book, twisting and convoluted and potentially deadly for everyone involved, and it never feels like an afterthought. But the part of the story that fascinated me was Kit's constant struggle to try to fit in with S...more
Cassie
Kim has played the part of a thieving boy for most of her life, hiding her gender being the safer alternative to revealing herself as a girl in the dark underbelly of Regency London. But she knows this career path will soon come to an end, as at seventeen she is quickly outgrowing her disguise. When a job leads her into Mairelon the magician’s wagon, she finds real magic and an opportunity to become someone new.

Following Mairelon as he flees from the city, she quickly finds herself lost in a plo...more
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
I had previously read this story has part of the duology A Matter of Magic: My full review.

I picked this up mostly to pass some time - the book I was currently reading is in eBook format, and my iPod up and died on me. I didn't want to start something new, so I grabbed something light and fun which I had read before, thinking I could easily put it aside once I had my e-reader back, since I had read it before.

But I was wrapped up in the story, once more, and very much wanted to finish it before I...more
Lisa
The sequel to Mairelon the Magician, this story takes place one year later, and Kim finds herself once again in London, but this time she is thrust into society, instead of starving on the streets. She and Mairelon find themselves, once again, surrounded by mystery and adventure, and it all begins with someone trying to burglarize them. What seems to be an attempted theft, is much more involved and much more dangerous. And a Kim tries to find the answers, she struggles with learning who she is i...more
Katie
I liked this book A LOT better than its predecessor. Namely because Kim takes control early on and doesn't let go. She gets angry when Mairelon tries to boss her around, and she admits that she'd rather end up on the street than be controlled by someone else. In another book that would end with her admitting that she needs Mairelon and should give into his wishes. Thank god this is not that book.

Instead it becomes more about both of them becoming willing to trust each other and listen and so on...more
Cassie
I like this book,

I read it and its predecessor, Mairelon the Magician all in one day. It had been a day of disappointing circumstances. This book is sweet and entertaining.

The writing itself is good, it keeps the reader entertained. However, it is probably only a three star book, except.....

1. The scene between the super-proper, (think Mrs. Norris in Mansfield Park.) Mrs Lowe and the villain in the piece was hilarious.

The writing itself, has some of the absurdness that is found in Oscar Wilde'...more
An Odd1
Mairelon's ward Kim must navigate the shoals of Society and learn spell-casting. Even minor roles are vividly drawn, with warm humor. "He only looked short because he was so round." p40 "Lord Stanton tried to look intelligent. Failing, he took another drink of brandy instead." p224
Kim returns to her old haunts, but local magickers have been threatened and taken. "The smell of coal smoke and uncollected horse dung, the sounds of drunken revelry from the public house on the corner, and most of al...more
Miriam
Kim struggles simultaneously with her education in magic, adjusting to a new social class, discovering (and foiling) an evil plot, and falling in love with her mentor.

A good book, but lacking the originality of the first volume. I wish so many authors didn't feel that they must add romance to every story.
Clare
The sequal to Maeirlon (spelling?) the magician. I am a sucker for romance so this book appeals to me more as the developing romance between M. and kim. Again this duet is some of my favorite books.
stitchnsnitch
Jun 27, 2008 stitchnsnitch rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone, but kids and teens in particular
This is the sequel to "Mairelon the Magician," and I like this book almost as well as the first. Kim can be whiny in parts, but overall it's a great closing of Mairelon and Kim's stories.
Tracy
I basically adore Wrede, and all of her books. This one doesn't really break any new ground for her, but it doesn't really need to. It's fun and charming and wonderful.
Qnpoohbear
n this sequel to Mairelon the Magician, Kim is back, this time as Mairelon's ward, and facing the previously unknown horrors of London Society! Kim enjoys her magic lessons with Mairelon but dreads Society. Chaperoned by Mairelon's strict aunt and eccentric mother, Kim is unprepared for Society's reaction to their newest debutante. She tries to appeal to her guardian, but he is mostly interested in the mysterious nighttime prowler who is attempting to steal a rare, magical book from his library....more
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Another one that I just jammed through - forgoing sleep as needed. It was just a fun read, different from what I usually go for. It's also something that I could recommend to a 12 year old, someone my age, or my mom. No graphic violence, no sex. That doesn't mean there isn't any danger, but it's not a kick-ass warrior-type book.

Kim is now the ward and apprentice of Mairelon, living in London and enduring her first season. It was nice to see that Kim hadn't changed, she might speak more eloquentl...more
Treasa
It's been a year since Mairelon decided to make Kim his ward and apprentice, and they are now returning to London just in time for the Season. But this Season is going to be much more eventful for Kim than for most young ladies in London, beginning with the stranger in a dark cloak who breaks into the house and attempts to steal a particular book. As Kim and Mairelon try to track down this would-be-burglar, they find themselves getting deeper and deeper into a magical mystery that they must solv...more
Mira
[NB: This text has been edited since the initial review -- the number of stars has not changed. Spoilers abound.]

The Magician's Ward follows Kim, the girl thief from Mairelon the Magician, as she enters her magical apprenticeship with Mairelon in London. She's in unfamiliar territory both in her training and in her new social setting.

So based on the blurb, I'm psyched. In the first book of the series, Kim didn't have much to do ... in this one, she is the title character, and the premise is tha...more
Karen Keyte
For Kim, much has changed since the successful resolution of the affair of the Saltash Set a year ago. An orphan, Kim once lived by her wits on the streets of London, posing as a boy to avoid the additional dangers that plague the city's less fortunate women. Then came the day she crossed paths with Mairelon the Magician (she really cannot think of him as Mr. Richard Merrill, even if it is his proper name). A true wizard, Mairelon had disguised himself as a traveling stage performer to investiga...more
Mary Catelli
The sequel to Mairelon the Magician. Spoilers for that ahead.

Kim finds London, magic lessons, the prospects of a Season, and Mairelon's aunt who is effectively her chaperon much more tedious than she expected when she agreed to become his war. Though when she hears noises in the night, and goes to investigate, she not only finds a burglar, but one who is using magic. Attempting to track down what he was interested in, in the library and elsewhere, leads to more complications. A friend of Kim's f...more
Mikka
Jan 06, 2012 Mikka added it
All in all, I liked this better than it's prequel. I actually cared about the plot this time - I wanted to know what was truly happening with the spells, and I wanted to know what happened next. It certainly isn't as satisfying as some of the books I've read, but it was a good read. My OCD-ness made me read the next book, and it wasn't for that, I wouldn't have read this little delight. Although I was sad to say that it did keep me from doing my homework for 3 hours now. Needless to say, I'm a l...more
Christina White
This is the second book in Patricia Wrede's Mairelon Series. I thought this book was only slightly better than the first in that I managed to read the entire thing with out skimming and skipping pages. I am not surprised that there is no third book in this series. When I got near the end I couldn't wait for it to over so I could start something better. I liked how the plot in this story was a little more complex than that in the first book, when we were meeting 50 different characters to just fi...more
Ellie
*4.75
So close to a 5! I can't quite give it one because the cant annoyed me a little (as I said in my review of the first book)

I loved it, it was even better than the first one! It was so much fun to revisit the characters (and to meet some new ones!).
It's difficult to put into words just what I liked about it so much! It's partly the excellent setting and characters, partly the simple fact that it's historical fantasy (a genre I definitely have a soft spot for!) and also because it just has s...more
Libby Ames
Patricia Wrede consistently creates engaging characters and her sucess lies in her attention to dialogue. Although it includes magic, Magician's Ward is set in 19th century London. Some of the characters come from the dark backstreets and speak accordingly. Wrede is careful in her dialogue to have her characters speak as fits their station and their nationality. One character is a native French speaker speaking English and she uses French grammar in English sentences. Wrede's careful details mak...more
Elena
I don't love this quite as much as I love Mairelon the Magician, but it's a decent follow-up. The book is inherently inferior because Mairelon is present for a significantly lesser part of it, and Kim is also an extremely passive character. I wish she had rebelled a bit more against the strictures of Society, though there is one instance of rebellion that makes me laugh with glee every time. Also, reiterating what I wrote in my review of the first book, I do wish Wrede hadn't left these characte...more
Hetal
This book was just so endearing. I thought I liked the first book a lot, but I LOVED the second. Kim really seems to grow a back bone and take initiative on what she thinks is right and needs to be done. Love it.

All the main AND side characters are extremely loveable. Especially Renee. I loved her. Mairelon was funny as always and he and kim *SPOILER ALERT* made SUCH a cute couple. Lady Wendall was a lovely mother and for once it was nice to have the mother not dead in a book or not evil. It's...more
Jam
am faintly amused that the new version of the same book looks very much like a typical ya book - pretty girl in pretty dress - and is advertised on the back cover as a regency romance

ummmm no? definitely not? ah marketing
Blair Conrad
A step up from Mairelon the Magician. Since we already knew most of the main characters, we were able to jump right into the story. The mystery was more mysterious and interesting, and there was a lot more of being in Society, and some of the dialogue was pretty interesting. Sprinkle in some romantic tension, a threat to a major character, and considerably less of Hunch ("you shouldn't have oughta had done that" gets old fast), and we have a pretty good book, that I actually made time to return...more
Sandra Strange
fun series reminiscent of Enchanted Chocolate Pot, a charming combination of Georgette Heyer regency and Harry Potter sorcery
Beth
Mairelon & Kim's adventures continue. This time they're in the middle of The Season in London so more social niceties are woven in though they're still the characters you remember from the first book ("Mairelon the Magician"). Some of the Regency stuff seemed forced in but I didn't care because I love Mairelon & Kim and their personalities and how they play off of each other and that's where the meat of the story lies. Another fun read.

I want a third installment and I want to know more...more
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Patricia Collins Wrede was born in Chicago, Illinois and is the eldest of five children. She started writing in seventh grade. She attended Carleton College in Minnesota, where she majored in Biology and managed to avoid taking any English courses at all. She began work on her first novel, Shadow Magic, just after graduating from college in 1974. She finished it five years later and started her se...more
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