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A Matter of Magic by Patricia C. Wrede
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Nov 08, 2010

it was amazing
Read from November 08 to 11, 2010

A Matter of Magic is a reissue of two books Patricia Wrede wrote a long time ago, but truthfully, they stand up well against anything out there today.

The story of reformed street-waif (cracking lay) Kim who hooks up with Mairelorn the Magician (toff frogmaker)is lovely, full of intrigue, and extremely readable.

Kim's use of thieves cant throughout the book was extremely interesting to read, and the way Mairelorn tried to reform her language believable and funny.

This is not a cliched story of a poor street girl finally wakening to her own worth due to a noble's interest, Kim is condescending and full of her street knowledge and common sense from the beginnning, but a well-crafted story of Kim's learning who she can be outside of the London stews.

There are magic traps, evil nobles, bungling sidekicks, and throughout it the marvelous relationship and dialogue between Mairelorn, Kim, and Mairelorn's servant, the doubting and pessimistic Hunch.

This Book's Food Rating Designation: a strong cup of early grey tea and crumpets with cream and jam for the lovely, lovely, satisfying, familiar feeling of the characters' relationships with eachother with no scary surprises.


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