Danger in the air. Lovers on the brink.
A Charm of Magpies, Book 3
With the justiciary understaffed, a series of horrifying occult murders to be investigated, and a young student who is flying—literally—off the rails, magical law enforcer Stephen Day is under increasing stress. And his relationship with his aristocratic lover, Lord Crane, is beginning to feel the strain.
Crane chafes at the restrictions of England’s laws, and there’s a worrying development in the blood-and-sex bond he shares with Stephen. A development that makes a sensible man question if they should be together at all.When a thief strikes at the heart of Crane’s home, a devastating loss brings his closest relationships into bitter conflict—especially his relationship with Stephen. And as old enemies, new enemies, and unexpected enemies paint the lovers into a corner, the pressure threatens to tear them apart.
Warning: Contains hot-blooded sex, cold-blooded murder, sinister magical goings-on and a lot of swearing.
Samhain Publishing, Ltd
Historical, Paranormal, M/M, GLBT+
181 e-book pages
Series, book 3
January 17-28, 2016
Ratings are 1 to 5 stars and based mostly on GoodReads standards.
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I’m afraid I may have used up all my words in my reviews of the other books for how much I love this series.
I should have held something back…because this? I think this one’s the best.
The best part, I think, is that it wasn’t all wine & roses for Lord Crane and his Stephen. While they’re still very much in love, there are a few frustrations they have to work out and a bit of strife ensues. Things are said. Some awful things.
During all that there’s trouble brewing. The villains are villainous and they don’t hesitate to get down to their nasty business. They never seem to schedule their villainy for suitable times, do they?
This all culminates into an epic showdown of good versus evil that I thought was brilliantly executed–mainly because of the number of people involved. There was a ton of simultaneous action carried out by people we’ve met, personalities we know and the choreography of this whirling dervish of a skirmish was quite excellent.
The writing and storytelling were, as usual, superb. The pages are full of little nuggets of British humor that is quick and droll, cutting and sardonic. And again with the creative curses and witty comebacks that had me rolling in laughter. Now I want to know where K.J. Charles gets this stuff. Does she keep an Excel spreadsheet? A Rolodex, perhaps? Are her walls covered in sticky notes? Whatever–I don’t think she’s used the same one twice.
This is yet another series I could live in. More characters I want to keep–the side characters too!
For a chick who has a hard time admitting enjoyment of historicals and paranormals, I gotta tell ya, this series has been a whole lotta fun.
Also, I just found out there are more books in the Magpie World. MORE BOOKS! Awesome, because I’m not ready to leave.
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Review also posted on Goodreads and Amazon.