• Title: The Magpie Lord
  • Author: K.J. Charles
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The Magpie Lord A lord in danger A magician in turmoil A snowball in hell Exiled to China for twenty years Lucien Vaudrey never planned to return to England But with the mysterious deaths of his father and brother
    A lord in danger A magician in turmoil A snowball in hell.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.MagA lord in danger A magician in turmoil A snowball in hell.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.

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    1. riotously funny—and also hot.bless my molly little stars—this was hystericale joy i found in this pulled me right out of my hermit-hole and onto a keyboard to go write thingsngerlycause this one passage had me chortling so hard the cat sleeping on my belly had to stab me in four places at once to keep from being undulated right off the bediceese characters are marvelous. dialogue like oscar wilde on absinthever mind the sexual congress always being interrupted by the inconvenient appearance [...]

    2. What do I say and how many times can I say I loved it. I was enthralled with Magpie, its a sensational story. Lucien and Stephen are gorgeous MC's and their sizzling *hot and bothered loving* is so passionately, perfect. Eerie magpies, brilliant and fresh writing, creepy, gripping witchery! Best of all, is the unforgettable and awesome tattoos, damn fascinating and magically twisty, I never saw that coming and it surprised the hell out of me. Can't wait for the sequel, if it was available now I [...]

    3. I like m/m. I like fantasy. I like Victorian Gothic. I wrote an m/m Victorian Gothic fantasy. Well, someone had to. If you're wondering what's the deal with the magpiesBritish people count magpies. There's a rhyme everyone knows, of which the most common variant starts, 'One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl, four for a boy.' This book began its life when I pointed to three magpies in the park and told my daughter, 'Look, three for a girl,' and she said, 'But how did they know I'd be her [...]

    4. 3.5 stars. I deeply regret to announce that this review is probably going to be all over the place. Not (all) my fault, though.Because, confidence : I wanted to write a "charm recipe review" for this book, because obviously, this hysterical story called for it (or, made me think it was a good idea) so as I'm not expert on witchcraft (understatement of the year), of course I thought : Hey, Google is your friend on this! So I gently typed something along the lines of, "love spell recipe", and bloo [...]

    5. 4.85 stars rounded up to 5-starsThis is another book that I will not even consider without the reviews from my friends. Historical is not my genre of choice; so any titles with historical tag will be low priority for me. However, I am a huge fan of mystery and paranormal. Contemplating the positive reviews and the fact that this story had paranormal mystery element, I decided to take the plunge.And what a delightful surprise it wasThe story opened with Crane trying to commit suicide -- it wasn' [...]

    6. OMGtardiness is my pet peeve and I'm SO LATE to the party!!!!! I've seen you all read and rave over this book and I really wanted to read itI swear I did. But, you knowI justn't love historicals. And I don't love paranormal. And andl this other fluffy stuff was calling out to me. *boink* <-that's me hitting myself upside the head. Silly girl. Silly, silly girl!!!!What a FUN read! And not just fun, but CREEPY. And not just fun and creepy, but HOT. And not just fun and creepy and hot, but HILAR [...]

    7. Love. Sex. Magic.*sigh* love that song. And this book totally put me in the mood for it.But in context to this book, it's more like Magic, SexLove, maybe?I'm sure by now you've read and seen multiples of people losing their minds for this book. Body parts and fluids in awe of this book. Buzz, buzz buzz! The overtaking of everyone's news feeds, I secretly dubbed it Magpie-gate.When books are super popular, so soon since it's release and everyone lays 5 star reviews like free candy, I usually go:a [...]

    8. Actual rating: 3.75 stars. Okay, let's get a few things straight before we begin:① YES, I did read this book semi-willingly.And② YES, I nearly almost practically rated it 4 bloody shrimping stars.And ③ YES, I am actually going to read the next book in the series.So please go ahead and do all the gasping and fainting you need to do right now, so that we can move on and stuff. Thank thee kindly.Nicely done! A question, though: what's with the feathers, my Little Barnacles? I mean, last time [...]

    9. Review also found at Dust Off Your MacHalo Blog.This is my first review in 2018! It was a buddy read with my MacHalo ladies (surprise surprise). This year, we are doing themes for our books of the month and January was paranormal romance. The Magpie Lord was the winner.This book also fits one of the challenges in the 2018 Madcap MacHalo Fantabulous Bookish Challenge Extravaganza (MMFBCE™): Mystery and Mischief. One down, eleven to go!The Magpie Lord is a paranormal mystery with romance. It’s [...]

    10. I've got some conflicted feelings about the book. I can see why everyone loved it so much. The dialogue between the MCs is snappy and made me chuckle more than once.Can you let me go, please, I’ve got some sort of atlas in my back.At the same time, here are the most annoying 54 words I've read in the last 12 months:It was an involved story, veering between farcical and exciting, and Crane knew he told it well. He couldn’t see the smaller man’s face as clearly as he’d have liked, but the [...]

    11. Team Magpie!The thing with hypes is that I usually end up a little disappointed. Not this time. I'd started The Magpie Lord months ago, but at the time had a little trouble connecting to the steampunk-ish chaos of the opening scene. And I hesitatingly admit that -- despite GOT's Tyrion sexy thing Lannister totally rocking his 4.5 ft -- discovering that one of the protagonists is a 5 ft scrawny shrimp didn't exactly help upping my excitement level. Then her HOT short story in the anthology Anoth [...]

    12. Fabulous, unusual, wonderful, magical, different creepy, funny, witty, quirky, Sexy, scary, awesome. I want more! I want more charismatic Crane, I want more mysterious unassuming yet powerful Stephen, I want more Merrick, more magical magpies, more tattoos, more warlocks, witchcraft , simmering sexual tension, sizzling chemistry and edge of your seat tension. WOW! That's what I call refreshing! Therehasto be more I liked this A lot!!

    13. Some books strike me right from the start with the uniqueness of their world-building, the vividness of their characters, or the pleasure of the writing style. This story did all three.This is about a Victorian England in which the practice of magic and warlockery is an ominous undercurrent to life. Against this imaginative backdrop, the author brings together two wonderful MCs. Stephen Day is a magician, small in stature and unassuming in appearance, but powerful enough to take on warlocks and [...]

    14. **Everyone! Get your butts over to and get this gem for only $0.99 today (71% off), 2/9/15! amazon/dp/B00C6ZTNAU/r**Started off slow but just got better and better! No time for a proper review, must keep reading on!

    15. Oh my God! OMG! This was perfect! Absolutely amazing. I have no words! Why did it take me so long to read this??Where do I begin? Crane is a wealthy 37 yo English Lord. He has been living in China for the past two decades. He is very a charismatic person. Handsome, eligible, smart. But when he returns to England, after his father and brother were found dead, he has a hard time adjusting and his life is in danger. To help him with this matter, there's a ordinary little man, barely 5 feet, a 28 yo [...]

    16. 4.5 starsThis is a brilliant novel by K.J. Charles, her first apparently, which is hard to believe. Dickens meets Harry Potter meets sexy m/m romance. We have magic, magpies, mystery, intrigue, witty dialogue, friendship, and love. I loved the juxtaposition of arrogant, cool Lord Crane (who tops 6 feet and has magical blood in his veins) with neurotic, kind-hearted Stephen (all 5 feet of him, who is a judiciary, a sort of judge and jury, for the magical Victorian community). Stephen hates Crane [...]

    17. 4 1/2 Stars - cool, nicely done and addictiveI'd no idea what this novel would be. By the blurb and other reviews it sounded like a historical M/M with some paranormal element. Yes, and on that some thrilling suspense of course. All genres at the same time in a rather short novel (maximum of 200 pages or less). This is the first installment in a new series with recurring main characters. My friends (Vio mostly) convinced me that this was something extra good. And it was. I'm addicted!!Lucien Vau [...]

    18. I bought it ( use coupon GREATFICTION this month and save ) anyway, I got it becauseVio wasbadgeringvery adamantthat I needed to read this book.And such enthusiasm should be rewarded. ;) On Monday the 16th Susan and I are going to BR this one. We'd love to have joiners. :))Ok let me start with everythingawesomeabout this story.The characters are vivid and interesting and even the minor characters play important roles. The mystery and suspense were very well done, the magical world building and h [...]

    19. Too many people have written fantastic reviews, but I shall give some quick thoughts.I CAN'T believe this is a debut novel. Where has this wonderful woman been all my life?! The author said the second book comes out in January and she has the third one in second draft!Anways, this book is FUN. Amazing banter between both of the main characters, as well as the secondary characters. Fun magic that reminded me of being excited by storylines like this as a kid, but it's definitely all adult in tone. [...]

    20. Wow, wow, wow!This was a non-stop spooky sexy story filled with mystery, magic andgpies!  And I loved every moment of it! Crane was so hot with his birdie tattoos and air of dominance paired with Stephen's powers and willful submission culminating into a crazy hot, shocking ending that I had to read twice. Awesome story and writing with high potential to becoming an amazing series.  I shouldn't have sneaked a peak at the sequele I want it now! (please excuse my adjective overload)

    21. Well, that was fun.It got off to a good quick start with the hero's life-threatening dilemma, with not a lot of time spent Explaining Things viz the worldbuilding. This worked rather well. One absorbed the idea of a late Victorian world with magic, with many possible literary antecedents -- I'm thinking a cross between Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Harry Potter deep background, and who knows what else (though perhaps not The Lustful Turk), but the summed effect seemed fresh to me. The plot [...]

    22. Excellent stuff! This is a cracking good paranormal mystery set in Victorian England, with haunted mansions, sorcerers, snooty aristos, charming adventurers, and magpies… magpies everywhere!…seven for a witch, I can tell you no more… Lord Crane, Lucien Vaudrey, is not your ordinary pampered aristocrat. He’s had a rough twenty years but returns from exile in China, a self-made man, an opportunist, tattooed and hard-forged… and immune to the strict English dictates of his class. He enjoy [...]

    23. 1.5* rounded up for GRNo, I don't like it. I don't exactly hate it either, I'm between "really meh" and "bored to tears". I also do not at all and that is emphatically not at all, get the hype this book is getting.I'll be frank, please don't bite my head off!Firstly, it's a rip-off. It's a rather badly disguised concoction of:1. LaMont Cranston (Lucien and Crane? Even the same initials) is "The Shadow". Which used to be a pulp novel series in the 1930s, was then put on radio (Orson Welles cut hi [...]

    24. "The past was dead. They were alive. He wanted this man so much. Right here, right now, exactly like this."I devoured The Magpie Lord in less than a day and in one sitting. This is one of my highest guilty pleasures and it was so so so close to 4 stars!__________________The World*raises a toast* To K.J Charles, for creating a world so damaged and lovely and bittersweet. A world which has all the literary ingredients for a reader to get magnetized into it. A world where if you close your eyes, yo [...]

    25. 4.5 starsNow this is what I call a cracking good read.Effortless writing. Delightfully dry, ironic humour. Sexy and charming and just a touch ghoulish. Wonderful world-building and two intriguing characters who will no doubt become more fleshed out as the series continues. On that note, I'm really quite satisfied with the way this ends. No dreaded cliffhanger here and for that I'm thankful. Wonderful debut. Highly recommended!

    26. I guess I got stuck with the magpies and wasn't charmed by them.This is one of those cases I feel self-conscious because I didn't love a book everybody else obviously adore. I feel fish out of water (why do they jump out of the tank, anyway?).When someone tries to sell a product, the merchant rambles about all the virtues and advantages of his product and the client is the one who decides if his time listening to all that verbal diarrhea is worth it or not. The client hears the first sentences, [...]

    27. This book is the perfect example of why I love Good Reads, despite its many faults and the current hoo-ha over reviews being deleted, and why I would be loathe to leave the site. The book was released earlier this year when I was going through a reading slump. I probably read some good reviews at the time but lacked enthusiasm and so didn't buy. Now I've got my reading mojo back and happened to see a comment about this book on my status feed. I followed the link, decided to give the book a go, a [...]

    28. OK, I decided to read this book because of the excellent reviews even though I am not a fan of historical M/M romance fiction. So many GR friends had written that it was worth the read, even if you weren't a historical fan. Well, unfortunately for me, another thing I don't particularly like in my M/M romance fiction is when the main subject of the storyline is not the romance. The brunt of this story was about the curse set upon MC Lord Crane and how MC Stephen Day was hired to help him lift it. [...]

    29. 4,5 starsAlmost eighty reviews - everything I could add to this gush-fest has already been said and would let me sound like a parrot.;-)SooooThe Magpie Lord gave me everything I missed when reading Harry Potter.Magpies (not a single owl to be seen)Two men in loveSteamAnd a foxy smile.Great story!!

    30. Four and almost a half stars, rounded up because a) the price is very right at under $4 and b) it did me a huge favor (see below). This book was a very pleasant surprise. I’ve gotten to the point where, when I am reading a Historical (especially a Victorian era one), I am expecting lots of angst, internalized homophobia, stultifying social interactions, cardboard villains in the form of blackmailing ex-lovers or family members and very… sedate…. pacing… I was ecstatic to be proven wrong [...]

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