Magic in the blood. Danger in the streets.
A Charm of Magpies, Book 2
Lord Crane has never had a lover quite as elusive as Stephen Day. True, Stephen’s job as justiciar requires secrecy, but the magician’s disappearing act bothers Crane more than it should. When a blackmailer threatens to expose their illicit relationship, Crane knows a smart man would hop the first ship bound for China. But something unexpectedly stops him. His heart.
Stephen has problems of his own. As he investigates a plague of giant rats sweeping London, his sudden increase in power, boosted by his blood-and-sex bond with Crane, is rousing suspicion that he’s turned warlock. With all eyes watching him, the threat of exposure grows. Stephen could lose his friends, his job and his liberty over his relationship with Crane. He’s not sure if he can take that risk much longer. And Crane isn’t sure if he can ask him to.
The rats are closing in, and something has to give…
Warning: Contains m/m sex (on desks), blackmail, dark pasts, a domineering earl, a magician on the edge, vampire ghosts (possibly), and the giant rats of Sumatra. (less)
Historical, Paranormal, M/M, GLBT+
159 e-book pages
Series, book 2
January 16-17, 2016
Ratings are 1 to 5 stars and based mostly on GoodReads standards.
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Lordy be, this just keeps getting better. There’s action, suspense, nearly permanent euw-face in the last 30%, laugh-out-loud hilariosity throughout, cutting curses so imaginative I’m making a crib-sheet to store in my wallet for future situations as they arise.
The writing is still…more…dependably and increasingly smart and witty. Action scenes had me bobbing, weaving, and cringing as the heroes fought for survival against *full-body shiver* ENORMOUS GODDAMN RATS BY THE HUNDREDS.
We’re introduced to the rest of Stephen’s team of paranormal justiciars and they are a scream! I wanted more of them.
We also meet a few of the folks Lord Crane kept company with back in China. They’re characters alright.
Merrick…I just adore the manservant/henchman to pieces, and I’d love a story about him.
This past weekend was supposed to be full of productive *things*. I had a to-do list and places to go. Not a single item got ticked off the list. Nary. Nada. I had my ass planted on the back porch, in the cold, while it rained, while big fat snowflakes fell, and I read (under a pile of blankets)…read every bit of the A Charm of Magpies books, including the in-between short stories.
Amongst all that I had to go on a mini research jaunt à la Google to learn about Eurasian magpies. They’re HUGE. And beautiful. And considered one of the most intelligent of all animals in the world. Did you know? I didn’t know. I got sucked into that vortex which led me to English, Irish, and Scottish superstitions about magpies juxtaposed with Chinese and Korean superstitions about magpies. Fascinating.
And now I want a pair of pet magpies. Not one…never just one.
Before you go: A quick plug for the short stories – they’re getting 4 stars from me on GoodReads, and they’re really good, quick, fun, and FREE.
(Links below are to the GoodReads book pages.)
Interlude With Tattoos, book 1.5 – is FREE on Smashwords and I read this just before starting book 2. Cute, sweet, fun, funny, and a little insightful to future happenings.
A Case of Sprits, book 2.5 – is FREE on Amazon (and maybe elsewhere). I read this immediately after book 2 and my euw-face returned with a vengeance. But! It’s really good stuff with a taste of gin-infused foreshadowing leading into book three.
Review also posted on GoodReads and Amazon.