Kirkus Reviews QR Code
MAIRELON THE MAGICIAN by Patricia C. Wrede

MAIRELON THE MAGICIAN

By Patricia C. Wrede

Pub Date: June 19th, 1991
ISBN: 0-312-85041-7
Publisher: Tor

 Period English fantasy from the author of Snow White and Rose Red (1989), wherein young street waif Kim, a girl disguised as a boy, takes up with traveling magician Mairelon and his lugubrious coachman Hunch after she is paid by a toff to search Mairelon's wagon and is caught in the act. She agrees to travel with Mairelon, help with his staging, learn some real magic, and eventually assist in unravelling the story of the Saltesh Set, a magical array of silverware that Mairelon has been falsely accused of stealing. After a plot of inordinate complications, Kim learns that behind it all was an earl's ambitious wife whose purpose was to win the Post of Minister for Wizardry for her husband. Peopled by an instantly forgettable cast of thousands, and with a backdrop that makes no historical or fantastical impression or even sense: a dreary, juvenile nonentity.