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Wrede, Patricia C. The magician's ward.

Tor, Starscape. 310p. c1997. 0-765-34248-0. $5.99. JS

In this sequel to Wrede's Mairelon the Magician, Kim is now Mairelon's official ward and apprentice. The pair is currently in residence at his brother's home with an aunt, Mrs. Lowe, providing chaperonage, and Kim is chafing at Mrs. Lowe's idea of what constitutes suitable attire and behavior. But formality goes flying when some of the magic practitioners Kim knew in her old life vanish, and it becomes clear that the high-powered wizards of London are next.

This is 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 the relationships between Kim and the other characters are nicely drawn. Even Mrs. Lowe has some surprises in store. The book stands alone well and will appeal to a wide range of readers, from adventure addicts to mystery mavens to fantasy fans. Donna L. Scanlon, Children's Libn., Lancaster Lib., Lancaster, PA
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Author:Scanlon, Donna L.
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Date:May 1, 2003
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