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The Magpie Lord (A Charm of Magpies Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

KJ Charles
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Book Description

A lord in danger. A magician in turmoil. A snowball in hell.

A Charm of Magpies, Book 1

Exiled to China for twenty years, Lucien Vaudrey never planned to return to England. But with the mysterious deaths of his father and brother, it seems the new Lord Crane has inherited an earldom. He’s also inherited his family’s enemies. He needs magical assistance, fast. He doesn’t expect it to turn up angry.

Magician Stephen Day has good reason to hate Crane’s family. Unfortunately, it’s his job to deal with supernatural threats. Besides, the earl is unlike any aristocrat he’s ever met, with the tattoos, the attitude…and the way Crane seems determined to get him into bed. That’s definitely unusual.

Soon Stephen is falling hard for the worst possible man, at the worst possible time. But Crane’s dangerous appeal isn’t the only thing rendering Stephen powerless. Evil pervades the house, a web of plots is closing round Crane, and if Stephen can’t find a way through it—they’re both going to die.

Warning: Contains hot m/m sex between a deeply inappropriate earl and a very confused magician, dark plots in a magical version of Victorian England, family values (not the good kind), and a lot of swearing.



Editorial Reviews

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"Charles begins a new gay Victorian fantasy series with this short but colorful novel. ... Sexual tension between the two men is sizzling, yet subordinate to Charles's clever dialogue and imaginatively creepy magic. Intriguing magical worldbuilding ... a satisfactory climax." - Publisher's Weekly

"The Magpie Lord pulled me in on page one and kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. The characters are fascinating, the threat is frightening, and the journey is unpredictable. In the last pages I had no idea how they were going get out alive... and I loved every minute of it!" - freshfiction.net

"The Magpie Lord is a witty, action-packed sexy-as-hell fantasy romance. Tattoo a magpie on my heart and keep the Stephen and Crane stories coming. I'm in lust!" - Tiffany Reisz, international bestselling and award-winning author of The Original Sinners series (Mira Books)

Product Details

  • File Size: 333 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (September 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C6ZTNAU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,847 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling and fascinating! September 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If this is the writer's debut I am very impressed. Polished, seamless and engaging writing. It is so easy to love the two MCs. Crane, the rich but no pampared lord and such a hunk with the badboy hardened image and I can so visualize his perfect sexy body tattooed with magpies, lol. Stephen, sweetly endearing even if he is such a powerful magician, seemingly vulnerable but with such steely courage and determination in his calling as jury/judge/executor. These two are just the perfect couple, more so in the Victorian era where their love is forbidden. I love their chemistry and thought this is a perfect 1st book in their developing relationship. As for the plot it is just fascinating and gripping with some really spooky, magical and original scenes. The throat attack scene especially gives me the creeps! The sex scenes are just right and that last sex scene is really something!. I also have to mention Merrick, Crane's fiercely loyal and protective right hand man, who is the perfect secondary character. Very impatiently waiting for the 2nd book, A Case of Possession (A Charm of Magpies) in this series which I hope has many more books to come.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best m/m stories I've read in a while October 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 9/10

PROS:
- The premise is intriguing, which is quite a compliment from someone who reads almost nothing but m/m romances.
- Crane is an unusual aristocrat: he possesses all of the breeding of his class, but suffers few of the hangups typical of his contemporaries. And he doesn't give a hoot about propriety, which lends him a devilish quality. His behavior toward his manservant, Merrick, is particularly fun: they constantly toe the line of propriety regarding how members of the aristocracy and the working class should interact.
- I love reading about characters who aren't physically perfect. Stephen's plainness only highlights his other fine qualities...and those are the ones Crane is attracted to.
- The brief mentions of Shanghai made me want to see more of the city at that time--its culture, its inhabitants, etc.
- The sexual angle was spot-on for me. It's not the focus of the story, nor is it at all detailed. But it complements the story well: the blossoming of plain little Stephen mirrors his simultaneous proving of his worth as a practitioner of magic.

CON:
- Parts of the story could afford to be more fleshed out. Some important scenes are seen only in pieces in brief flashbacks, and others are skipped over almost entirely.

Overall comments: I liked the story very early on, and my interest only grew as the story progressed. The writing is smooth, the characters are likeable, and the fantasy/historical world is well formed. A lovely book throughout.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, Very Satisfying September 8, 2013
By Sassy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved this story. Very exciting from the beginning to the end. Though it is a series, there was nothing left open-ended (though one of the villains escapes). The characters, all of them, are very well fleshed out. The manservant Merrick is amazing. And the villagers are crazy and angry . . . so well written you could FEEL it. And the villains. Ah the villains were very, very crazy and evil.

Crane and Stephen were amazing. This is the first m/m book I have read (and yeah I read a lot) in a long while, where I like both main characters. There is no young, virginal, feminine guy waiting to be rescued or dominated. There is no tall, angry but silent manly guy forcing himself on the other, who submits. These were two men, both comfortable in who they are and experienced in what they do and what they want. In fact, Stephen is the rescuer! I also liked that they did not play around with expressing what they wanted. Stephen, though short, was a huge powerful man, focused on doing justice even when he does not want to.

The ending was AWESOME.

I want to read more because I want to see how Crane and Stephen grow. I also want to visit Merrick.

I was quite satisfied when the book ended. I smiled when I turned to the last page. Not because I was happy it was over, but because I enjoyed it to the last word. I'm keeping it on my list to re-read when I need to get the taste of poorly written and unimaginative other books out of my mind. I can't wait to read the rest. More, please!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Raine
Format:Kindle Edition
The main characters shone from the pages of this fabulous paranormal / alternative historical novel. The sexual tension was deliciously worked up throughout the story. The dialogue was vibrant and unexpected, avoiding all those mind numbing cliches that some authors seem unable to give up. The fast paced action involved believable magic with murder, revenge and some nicely blood chilling detail. Gorgeous fun with the added value of magpie tattoos. I have got a new must buy writer.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars expensive for its length (and quality) November 30, 2013
By Furio
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The first thing I would like to mention about this book will make me look stingy but I really think that at 2578 kindle locations (the rest is made up of previews) the current Am. price of $3,24 is TOO EXPENSIVE. Sorry to mention this, but it is true. It takes about two hours to read this M/M short novella.

The second thing I have to mention is unfortunately a great classic in my reviews:
"this book as it is is enjoyable but it could have been so much, much better with just a little more effort".
The raving reviews catch part of its merit but fail to remark on the many elements that could be improved.
Here they are in random order:

- While writing and style are good in a general way, they are inconsistent with the alternate Victorian England the story is set in and inconsistent in themselves. By this I mean that if an author chooses to use modern language in a period romance he should do it throughout, not mixing modern and archaic.
- The POV shifts uncertainly for a while until the author seems to settle for an omniscient narrator. It does not disrupt but it is noticeable.
- The author seems to lack the taste for lengthy descriptions and brilliant dialogues that is essential in period romances. It is a question of length, surely, but also of depth of characterization and accuracy of setting.
- The missing dialogue also explains a complaint by other reviewers that this work is lacking in the romance department. The growing attraction between Crane and Day could have used more dialogue. It could also have used a less rigidly codified division of sexual roles -manga style-. It was also probably unnecessary to make Day as small as less than five feet to make him unremarkable in appearance at first sight.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars thoughts on the magpie lord
Incredible just incredible. There are so many nuances in this book and the meanings behind things are wonderful. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Hello-booklover
4.0 out of 5 stars Verry iventive!
Loved the unusual storyline & offbeat characters. Buying the next in the series as we speak, with great expectations. :)
Published 9 days ago by Mollie Oleyar
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
Great story. Things weren't obvious and the story flowed well. Looking to read the sequel as well.
Published 13 days ago by Manga Cruiser
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical fantasy.
I'm in love with m/m historical romances. Mostly because I see where society is headed and that people are able to be more open and accepted with whom they love. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Danette Shoemaker
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite the Charmer!
What a delightful read. The plot moves along at a brisk pace and the characters are all well developed. Lord Crane is a dream and Mr. Day a charmer - in more ways than one. Read more
Published 26 days ago by J. Hardison
5.0 out of 5 stars Whyborne & Griffin Fans Check this Out
Loved this story!! If you are a fan of the Whyborne & Griffin series then this is one you will love as well. It is man love with a paranormal bent. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Star Light
5.0 out of 5 stars Flock to get this!!
Looking forward to the series. Very fun and sexy couple. I enjoyed this book. Also I just read book #2, A Case of Possession, and enjoyed that one even more. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
This series has so much potential. I really enjoyed this one and I will read the next one. Good story
Published 1 month ago by Annie Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It is a different fast exciting read,
Published 1 month ago by edward wildrick
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read
Actually really well done. Exciting plot and decent romance. I love how magic exists in this world. Definitely worth a read
Published 1 month ago by Ryan
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KJ Charles is a writer and editor living in London. She has a serious reading habit, two kids, a cat, a blog, and several books coming out. Somehow.

Friend me on Facebook and Goodreads, follow me on Twitter at kj_charles, or check out kjcharleswriter.wordpress.com for blogging on reading, writing and editing.

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