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The Magician's Ward
Patricia C. Wrede
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The Magician's Ward (Mairelon #2)

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  6,562 Ratings  ·  184 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, and being a lady is even harder. Before frustration--and Merrill's formidably correct aunt--can drive Kim mad, a mysterious gentleman attempts to burgle the Merrill town house. Soon, disaster strikes Mairelon, and Kim braves London society and ...more
Published by Turtleback Books (first published November 1st 1997)
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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
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Jan 13, 2013 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 01, 2009 Cassie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 22, 2010 Breda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
colleen the convivial curmudgeon
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
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
Ashley Welch
Feb 06, 2017 Ashley Welch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not particularly adept at writing reviews, but man. This book had me. First, don't read this unless you've read the first book, "Mairelon the Magician". Honestly, I could have used more romance and a bit more character development for more of the supporting characters, but I really loved the way things played out so I can't complain!
Jan 29, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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 01, 2011 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Jun 22, 2016 Jeannygrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Извините, но у меня сейчас настолько сожран мозг, что мне необходимо пару дней, чтобы ходить в обнимку с айпадом, перечитывать и немножечко орать. Потом, возможно, я расскажу вам о том, насколько эта дилогия прекрасна.
Re-read the last book for about the zillionth time. XD
Jun 27, 2008 Teri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 12, 2007 Clare rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 15, 2008 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 05, 2016 Rosemary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was rearranging the shelves so all the Regency fantasies are together. This romp influenced so many that have come out in the last two decades. Still holds up. And makes you wish for more.
Deborah O'Carroll
Georgette Heyer meets Diana Wynne Jones (though without quite the ridiculously wild shenanigans/characters and not as uproariously funny, yet still amusing in its own right) in a Jonathan-Strange-esque historical fantasy setting. Basically, this is a Regency Romance with magic. How delightful is that? :D

It’s technically a sequel... but I got along just fine without having read the first book (titled Mairelon the Magician).

Our heroine, Kim, is a former street thief, who used to live on the street
Feb 18, 2014 Eskana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 28, 2016 Aelvana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 07, 2013 Mira rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
[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
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
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
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
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
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
Libby Ames
Jul 14, 2009 Libby Ames rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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