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Magician's Ward (Mairelon #2)

4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,175 Ratings  ·  176 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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Jubilation Lee
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
Well, I liked this more than the first. I liked the trapping of the Season. (I wish more of the Regency romances focused on the actual season!) But the plot wasn't great for me. And the romance didn't work for me and if you don't have that, then what's the bother of reading!?!? (view spoiler) ...more
Jan 13, 2013 Margaret rated it really liked it
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
Jan 22, 2011 Lielabell rated it liked it
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Dec 22, 2010 Breda rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 01, 2009 Cassie rated it really liked it
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
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
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
Apr 14, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it
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
Jan 29, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 11, 2013 Cassie rated it really liked it
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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'
An Odd1
Dec 17, 2011 An Odd1 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fun
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
Apr 29, 2016 Aelvana rated it it was amazing
It's been a year since Kim accepted an apprenticeship with Richard Merrill, whom she first met as Mairelon the Magician. But as his ward, life hasn't been exactly what she expected. He's far enough into the gentry that his family is pressuring her to enter Society. Kim would rather be learning magic, but even that is a lot harder than she thought. And to top it all off, something strange is afoot in the grubby areas of town that Kim used to frequent . . .

This is a different book than its predece
May 15, 2009 Miriam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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.
Apr 18, 2007 Clare rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 27, 2008 Teri rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 28, 2014 Tracy rated it really liked it
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.
Tales Untangled
Jul 11, 2015 Tales Untangled rated it really liked it
I love to see the world building Wrede had in mind with these two books. One of my favorite scenes is when Mairelon's non-magical and very proper aunt confronts Mannering, from the unseemly side of London. I can imagine his consternation in the face of this straight-laced woman.

The final breaking of the spell is a little convoluted, but manageable with the number of characters involved. Of the two books, Magician's Ward, is the better of the two.

The teas, balls and calling cards are from a diff
Mar 11, 2016 Ami rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Patricia C. Wrede has always been a favorite with me. Her economic and deliberate way of writing is a wondrous relaxation after ingesting books filled with excessive drama or action. Additionally, she has a magnificently subtle sense of humor and employs it in her stories.
Magician's Ward is a strong sequel to her previous novel Mairelon the Magician. The characters are still true and lovely, there is a decided lack of jarring "plot twists" so many authors seem fascinated with, and the ending, de
Re-read the last book for about the zillionth time. XD
Oct 30, 2014 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the first book in this series - Mairelon the Magician. This book is even better. There is no happily ever after for Kim after her victim turned teacher takes her in as his ward. Kim must struggle to learn to read and write, to do magic, and even worse, to learn to behave like an upper class young woman at the hands of the formidable Aunt Lowe.

The character development is better in this book, the plot better crafted. Wrede does a fabulous job of portraying the social life of 19th centur
Jul 30, 2015 Eskana rated it it was ok
Well, at least I can say this is a faithful follow-up to the first novel in the series, "Mairelon the Magician." Once again, this story stars Kim, the street urchin who teamed up with Mairelon in the previous book, but it is set one year later, after a year of learning magic and reading (apparently, just those two subjects- she isn't any better with grammar etc.) after becoming Mairelon's ward in the last book. This book mainly focuses on a mystery that occurs just as Kim is being introduced int ...more
Nov 15, 2014 Jaimie rated it liked it
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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
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Feb 21, 2011 Kathy (Kindle-aholic) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, mystery
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
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
Nov 18, 2013 Mira rated it liked it
[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
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
Jun 11, 2013 Mary Catelli rated it really liked it
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
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
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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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