From Street-Rat to Improper Lady: Patrica C. Wrede’s A Matter of Magic

Patricia C. Wrede is one of the first fantasy writers whose works I fell head over heels in love with as book-inhaling child, and one of the few I’ve read remarkably little of for all that. Her Enchanted Forest Chronicles are the rare children’s novels that have only gotten better as I’ve aged (they’re firmly on my list of books to read to my hypothetical-but-unlikely future offspring). During my bookstore clerk days, I stumbled across the reprint of Sorcery and Cecilia, or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot, her collaboration with Caroline Stevermere. It reminded me that there is a whole oeuvre beyond the Enchanted Forest Chronicles I’d somehow managed to overlook. I then proceeded to forget about the whole thing for five years. It may thus be considered a minor miracle that A Matter of Magic, the omnibus reprint of Mairelon the Magician and The Magician’s Ward found its way into my home. Continue reading