Apprentice magician Crispin Tredarloe returns to London to find his master dead, and his papers sold. Papers with secrets that could spell death. Crispin needs to get them back before anyone finds out what he’s been doing, or what his magic can do.
Crispin tracks his quarry down to waste paper dealer Ned Hall. He needs help, and Ned can’t resist Crispin’s pleading—and appealing—looks. But can the waste-man and the magician prevent a disaster and save Crispin’s skin?
A 16,000 word story set in the Charm of Magpies world, and a prequel to the novel Rag and Bone (March 2016). This story was first published as part of the Charmed & Dangerous anthology.
Historical-Victorian Era, Paranormal, M/M, GLBT+
57 e-book pages
book 0.5, Prequel to Rag and Bone
February 2, 2016
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A quick review because this was super short.
In short, I REALLY liked this. I mean…mainly because it’s K.J. Charles. But also, because this is a perfect teaser leading into Rag and Bone–which I’ve been salivating over for a good while now.
So far, these characters are a delicious crack-up and I was smiling my fool head off the whole time (except for a few minor squicky parts).
I cannot WAIT to see what Neddy and Crispin get up to next.
Also, now I’m oddly fascinated by the Victorian Era waste industry. Ever wonder what happens to all the refuse we create these days? Think about the days of yore and yesteryear. Ponderous.
Note: Rag and Bone is expected to release on March 1st. This is set in The World of a Charm of Magpies, a spinoff from A Charm of Magpies series. This can be read as a stand-alone.
This review also posted on GoodReads.