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.
Sometimes I have a really hard time reading series.
Sometimes book 2’s or 3’s or 4’s tend to disappoint.
Sometimes this happens.
Then you get the rare gems.
The authors that can create magic in the blood. Magic in their fingers. Magic woven within pages.
KJ Charles did NOT disappoint with book 2 in this series. 1st off it was such a refreshing change, despite giant rats and gore, magpies and magic. Its fast paced, edge of your seat, who dunnit done right. 2nd in Historic England when 2 men in love, was a crime, KJ Charles gave us supporting characters that could restore faith in humanity.
Merrick- I love him!!!! He is the best!!! Everyone should have a Merrick in their corner. Everyone.
Mrs Gold- I thought she was just pure Gold. You don’t get a lot of her but what you do get, its golden.
The relationship between Crane and Day, a beautiful build up. You find out so much more about them personally. As individuals and as a couple.
I can’t even begin to tell you how I cannot separate Stephan Day and Lord “Lucien” Crane. I love them equally. Because truly they are both…. vulnerable, strong, lovely, charming, sarcastic, and weak in love. The declaration, IMO, was done perfectly for these 2. As it is with these 2 men, the setting was just right. They always seem to be walking or running from one place to the next. And during and after the declaration it seems I was hit with the vapours. For me, all the right vapours. In all the right places. Sighing and smiling was going down. If I was reading this in front of an audience they would have made fun of me. All good. All worth it.
The ending was passionate and magical and wonderful. Amazing.
Lastly. the book was too short. I wanted more of the scenes we got in the end. But hey, pretty sure we are getting a book 3 out of it and if book 2 is anything to go by, then book 3 should be epic.