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By Patricia Wrede

ISBN-10: 0765326329

ISBN-13: 9780765326324

While a stranger deals her a small fortune to damage 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 little breaking-and-entering. a difficult existence and lean occasions have schooled her in a single lesson: thieve 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 genuine difficulty begins.Kim quickly unearths herself entangled with murderers, thieves, and cloak-and-dagger politics, all whereas attempting to find out how to develop into either a formal girl 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 difficult backdrop of Regency England.

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There was no sign of the toff anywhere. Kim frowned. Had she missed him, then? There was no way of telling. She decided to take the chance that he, too, was late, and made her way to one of the tables. She squeezed herself into a corner where she could watch the door, ordered a half-pint of ale, and settled in to wait. The procession of customers entering the room was not exactly encouraging. Most were working-class men identifiable by their clothes—carters, bricklayers, a butcher, one or two costermongers, a swayer.

Carts stood hub-to-hub along the sides of the street, leaving only narrow aisles for the customers. The more fortunate among the sellers had permanent stalls; others displayed their shoes or brooms or baskets on bare strips of pavement. Still others walked through the crowd with baskets of turnips, apples, parsnips, onions, or cress, crying their wares in unmusical voices. Kim let the flow of traffic carry her closer to the market’s most recent addition, eyeing it with a mingling of curiosity and professional appraisal.

The gentry cove had been too keen on her finding that bowl. He’d gotten positively excited when he started describing it—silver, he’d said, with a lot of carvings and patterns whose details Kim had seen no reason to bother remembering. Kim frowned. Curiosity was her besetting weakness. And five pounds was five pounds. It wasn’t as if she’d be doing any harm. She finished the last of the chestnuts and stuffed the bag into one of her many pockets, in case she found a use for it later. She’d do it just the way the toff had asked: go in, look around, and slip out.

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