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Rag and Bone Paperback – June 7, 2016
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KJ Charles is a writer and editor. She lives in London with her husband, two kids, a garden with quite enough prickly things, and a cat with murder management issues. Find her at www.kjcharleswriter.com for book info and blogging, on Twitter @kj_charles for daily timewasting and the odd rant, or in her Facebook group, KJ Charles Chat, for sneak peeks and special extras. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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It’s Victorian London, but it’s a London where magic happens and is regulated and controlled, like anything the British get their hands on (you know, like India). This time, however, we come back to two characters introduced in “A Queer Trade:” wannabe practitioner, Crispin Tredarloe, and low-key wastepaper seller, Ned Hall. Crispin is finding it hard to be re-tutored in the proper way to use his gifts, and is finding it hard to compete with Crispin’s desire to become a useful practitioner of authorized magic. What Ned and Crispin don’t quite grasp is that each admires the other for everything he feels is inadequate in himself. Ned, as a man of color in a white world, at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder, feels Crispin couldn’t possibly care about him really. Crispin, as a failure and a near-criminal, feels that he can’t possibly live up to Ned’s solid wisdom and practical ability to manage.
It takes a string of eerie murders and a disastrous betrayal to make Crispin and Ned really see each other and understand just what it is they might be as a couple. The endlessly pregnant Esther Gold and the pint-sized-but-powerful justiciar Stephen Day are here from one of the other books—which seems to have taken place just before this book’s action commences. It is richly, yet effortlessly, described in vivid Dickensian detail; the characters are appealing and emotionally solid; the action is fast-paced and hair-raising.
These are wonderful books deserving of the biggest possible audience among those who like historical murder mysteries with a good dose of magic.
All the stories are easily read as stand alone, but it is best to get them all and read in order. You won't be sorry with these fine m/m Victorian Fantasy romances.
Charles has created a stunning, layered world and I love the nuances of the magic, as well as all the mythology that goes into it. It’s All told with such an adept hand that it makes me hungry for the continuation of the story. Can’t wait to see more of Ned and Crispin, and their adventures working for Justicars.
In terms of Crispin he's also very believably drawn and his struggles against his worst self are very well depicted. It's a great look at a character who has been "twisted" and must learn to live with the consequences of that without either resorting to magical cures (haha!) or fatalistic determinism. The Magpie Lord is probably my favourite series of what KJ Charles has written and I'm very glad the latest instalment introduces a very different set of characters and dynamics into the mix of an already very enjoyable verse.