About the Author Patricia C. Wrede lives in Edina, Minnesota. She attended Carleton College in Minnesota, where she majored in biology and managed to avoid taking any English courses. She began work on her first novel, Shadow Magic , after graduation, though it took her five years to finish it. Wrede enjoyed a successful career as a financial analyst, but she always made time to write.
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Wrede , set in a version of Regency England with wizards. Kim, a street urchin, attempts to rob a traveling magician, discovers that he has real magical powers, and winds up as his apprentice. Advertisement: These novels provide examples of: Bastard Bastard : Laverham, a crime lord in Mairelon the Magician, is the bastard son of a minor lord.
Bewitched Amphibians : The lower-class slang for wizard is "frog-maker". Blue Blood : Several characters. Cain and Abel : Played With. The resentful Laverham absolutely despises his brother, and St. The twist comes in that both are bad, St. Clair is just better at playing the gentleman. Lowe who has no magical abilities steps in front of it, it fails to take effect on her and rebounds painfully onto Mannering. The sheer absurdity of this nearly gets Mairelon and Kim Party number two caught when they have to force themselves to not laugh upon the arrival of Jonathan Aberford Party number five.
All of them fail, because the real platter had been stolen over a week before and replaced with a forgery. Including Renee. Everyone who was anywhere near Ranton Hill, that is. I suppose I should be glad St. Really, this book is "Gambit Pileup: The Novel". Gentleman Wizard : Mairelon, and his colleagues at the Royal Society. He fails miserably. Historical Fantasy : Set in an alternate version of Regency England. Clair: I congratulate you, Lady Granleigh. I have never before met anyone with so great a talent for seeing the world as she wishes it to be.
It Only Works Once : Spells cast using the Saltash set or any of its pieces will only work once on any given person. Lie Detector : Individual pieces of the Saltash set can be used for this and can even tell if someone is deliberately telling a half-truth ; the whole set together can be used to force people to speak the truth. Magical Foreign Words : Magicians use a foreign language because if you try to cast a spell using your own native language, it becomes uncontrollable.
The amount of danger increases the further along you get in your magic studies. A third-year student casting a spell in their native language may be dealing with the consequences for weeks. Magicians Are Wizards : Mairelon is a wizard who chooses the role of stage magician in which he is also competent to hide from the law, as nobody would expect a real magician to waste his time playing marketplaces.
The Magocracy : The novels are set in a world where magic does exist, and Wizards are so influential that the government and society bows to them. Specifically British Parliament had to move out of its building because the Wizards already worked in it, and Wizards are automatically considered social equals of any level in society.
Also, magic is taught as a part of upper-class education, in the same way as Latin is. No mention is made of whether or not she bagged her secondary target.
He was sadly interrupted before he could go into any further detail. Obfuscating Stupidity : An apparently-dimwitted hired thug in the first book is revealed in the denouement to be smarter than he lets on. He frequently appears not to take threats seriously until the last second, and no one but Kim catches on to the fact that he speaks very politely and gently when he is especially angry.
Mairelon the Magician
Wrede , set in a version of Regency England with wizards. Kim, a street urchin, attempts to rob a traveling magician, discovers that he has real magical powers, and winds up as his apprentice. Advertisement: These novels provide examples of: Bastard Bastard : Laverham, a crime lord in Mairelon the Magician, is the bastard son of a minor lord. Bewitched Amphibians : The lower-class slang for wizard is "frog-maker". Blue Blood : Several characters. Cain and Abel : Played With. The resentful Laverham absolutely despises his brother, and St.
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