Further Praise for Patricia C. Wrede
Mairelon the Magician
's Best Books of the Year (1992)"An adventurous, at times perilous, quest across England . . . Wrede's general craftsmanship is high, and the book can be highly recommended."
"A delightful romp . . . Wrede's confection will charm readers of both Regency romances and fantasies."
"A wonderful fantasy/mystery . . . This will be enjoyed by many readers, not just those who read fantasy. Highly recommended."--
"The style isn't quite as frothy as a full-blown Regency romance, running more toward suspense, but the convoluted plot involves such Regency fixtures asBow Street Runners, meddling ladies, foolish young aristocrats (here playing at being druids), and high-level skullduggery. Magic works into the Regencysetting quite naturally as just another odd aristocratic pastime. It's charming, fun, and totally frivolous--excellent escapist fare."--
"This historical fantasy borrows many of the conventions of the historical romance to create a frothy tale that should appeal to a broader audience thanwould a straightforward fantasy, romance, or historical novel. . . . Savvy librarians will interpret this as the beginning of a series with crowd-pleasingpotential."--
School Library Journal
"Well done . . . Wrede does an excellent job."--
The Denver Post The Magician's Ward
"[An] ingenious alternate Regency England . . . The pacing, the wit, the world-building, and the general intelligence characteristic of Wrede's work are allin evidence here. . . . [For fans of] Wrede's YA masterpiece, the Enchanted Forest tetralogy."
"This title is a little bit of everything: historical fiction, fantasy, mystery, and Regency romance. It could easily get out of control, but Wrede handles it allbeautifully, with the well-developed characters moving smoothly through the intricate plot. Readers who enjoyed
Mairelon the Magician
will likely want toread about Kim and Mairelon's further adventures, though it is not necessary to have read the first book in order to follow this one. A sure bet for fans of Philip Pullman's Ruby in the Smoke."--
"Wrede spins a classic Regency romance plot. . . . No doubt the charm, humor, and intelligence of Wrede's writing will continue to enthrall Regency fansand fantasy buffs looking for a new twist in their customary fare--as well as young readers moving up from Wrede's The Enchanted Forest Chronicles."--
"A delightful, fast-paced book with lots of good humor and a tightly knit plot that keeps the reader guessing. The characters are appealing, and therelationships between Kim and the other characters are nicely drawn. Even Mrs. Lowe has some surprises in store. The book stands alone well and willappeal to a wide range of readers, from adventure addicts to mystery mavens to fantasy fans."--
"Teen and young adult readers will enjoy the excitement in unraveling the magic and mystery in this book. Girls will like the romance and the transformationof Kim into almost a lady. Readers will want to go on to other books in the series."--