A Matter of Magic by Patricia C. Wrede is actually a duology; it contains Mairelon the Magician and Magician’s Ward. It has been on my radar for quite awhile now because I love the historical fantasy genre. Since I’m currently trying to get some reading done on my Fill in the Gaps challenge, I decided to finally pick it up!
You guys, if I had known how much I was going to love A Matter of Magic, I’d have picked it up ages ago! I had so much fun while reading it! Other than Sorcery & Celia, I haven’t read anything else by Patricia C. Wrede. If all her books are this enchanting, that will be changing very quickly. The characters and plot both held me riveted.
Kim grew up on the streets, disguised as a boy for safety. When she is caught poking around where she doesn’t belong, she ends up assistant to a magician. Mairelon ends up dragging her into a web of intrigue involving lost magical artifacts. Then, in the second half of A Matter of Magic, Kim is living as his ward when further intrigues develop.
Hilarious, witty, captivating…I was left completely and utterly charmed. Some of the hijinx that Mairelon and Kim find themselves in had me shaking my head and snorting with laughter. The personalities of both left me with similar reactions even when the situations weren’t meant to be especially funny.
A Matter of Magic reminded me why it is best not to get caught up in only reading current young adult fantasy. It lacks the qualities of books that are a little older. When all you read is too focused on romance and elaborate supernatural situations – you can end up missing out! (Not that this book doesn’t have a cute romance sub-plot…I’m not hating on anything, I love modern YA fantasy too!) Diversity my friends, diversity.
The simplicity of Patricia C. Wrede’s story is so beguiling, y’all. I really can’t recommend reading this enough!
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