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Magic in the blood. Danger in the streets.

Lord Crane has never had a lover quite as elusive as Stephen Day. He knows Stephen's job as justiciar requires secrecy, but the magician is doing his disappearing act more than seems reasonable - especially since Crane will soon return to his home in China. When a blackmailer threatens to expose their illicit relationship, there's only one thing stopping Crane from leaving the country he loathes: Stephen.

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 on 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. Crane isn't sure if he can ask him to.

The rats are closing in, and something has to give....

©2014 K. J. Charles (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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From strong to even stronger

A fantastic story and a brilliant romance.

Everything great about the first of the series but with the refining and perfection needed to perfect the series. Any problems I had with the series are gone and everything I loved about the first book is even better in this instalment.

Well worth a read.

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Excellent Sequel

This book picked up where the first left off. Lucien Crane and Stephen Day are lovers, they also keep finding themselves caught up in shenanigans.

Lucien's acquaintances from Shanghai have been caught up in intrigue that has followed them back to London. There's a supernatural force using mutant sized rats as weapons. It's up to them for figure out who, how and why.

The story was fast-paced and well written. The plot was interesting, and the same narrator returns from the first audiobook. He did an excellent job. I'm invested in this series and look forward to the next book.

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Collin is capable to read every book in the world

Collin has the most talented voice and resonance. I would listen to him read a grocery list.

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Monster rats and meat puppets, oh my!

Book 2 provides a solid, gritty supernatural escapade, with book 1’s same great melding of gothic horror, Chinese mysticism and shamanic power. No problem here with telling instead of showing … if anything, these books could use a tad more telling on how the magic systems, judiciary (aka the magic police), or even Crane’s tattoos work, But, maybe that’s what makes these books so engaging; the author plunges you right into the deep end, where you just experience the Sleepy Hollows vibe, run with the justiciary as it investigates monster rats, and revel in the sexy, edgy relationship of Stephen and Lord Crane.

This was a dark, delicious and quick story, phenomenally narrated by Cornell Collins. The actual book clocks in at just under 5 hrs, followed by a 1hr short story involving the regular cast, and a .5 hr preview for book 3. At that length, wait for a sale.

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  • 11-23-20

Outstanding

This is the second book in a series of three. I continue to love this fantasy romance that leaves you holding your breath.
Do yourself a favor, the audio version is a must. Cornell Collins rocks His audio performance is exquisite. I adore Lord Crane his portrayal makes you feel like you can reach out and touch him.
I do believe that KJ charles is a master at her craft.

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Fantastic! Cornell Collins' Performance is Amazing

Fantastic!
These two are incredibly hot together, and K.J. Charles writes a spectacular mystery. Very clever plot, and nicely gruesome *shudders*!

Audio by Cornell Collins who crafts this story from the very first word. I couldn't have Crane performed by anyone else.

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unique

these books have, magic, plots, betrayal, love, humor. the excitement is throughout the whole book.
the narrator's storytelling is excellent. loved it.


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Magical!

Stephen and Crane continue to steal my heart. I absolutely loved this one! The mystery, and the magic and evil, but also love and friendship! Scary at times, and absolutely swoon worthy at others!
The narration as always, amazing and on point. I couldn’t imagine listening to this by someone else.
We get to know some secondary characters more, and I loved it! The killer rats, and the extra shorty story at the end were icing on the cake!
Amazing!

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Just as good as the first!

Just like the title says. The characters are just as good and fun and interesting as the first book in this series. Plus character development and a good pace with a realistic source of villainy. I'm very pleased I found these books!

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abrupt ending

I'm still trying to figure out where the rest of the story went. good up until last chapter or two. seemed a rushed finish.

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  • Nichola F
  • 02-02-18

Marvellous. Simply marvellous.

I’ve loved the hell out of the Magpie books ever since stumbling across them on Kindle some time ago, and reread them several times.

Unfortunately audio performances don’t always live up to the version one ‘heard’ in one’s head, but Mr Collins delivers a thoroughly terrific performance from start to finish.

Excellent (and clearly distinct) characterisation of the myriad disparate characters peopling the Magpie books, and an engaging narrative voice. Heartily recommend!

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  • Will
  • 01-21-21

Great series

Loved it, listened to it twice, and that's saying something considering I'm phobic about rats. it's got a compelling story which isn't secondary to any romance. loved it.

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  • R.B.
  • 05-06-19

Magpies have never been so charming

I picked this book up no more than 30 minutes of finishing the 1st, I was that excited to continue the story. In that 30 minutes I did worry about the phenomenon that plagues book series, that the second installment is inferior - those novels tend to suffer from less polish - but I was concerned for nothing. The standard of the first was upheld through this novel in wonderful fashion.

In this book we explore more of London and how Stephen lives and works. The worldbuilding is very interesting, and the characters are all vibrant. The plot is probably the weakest mechanical part of the piece but that is not by much, and the fact that it takes the backstep for most of the book allows the characters more space to flourish. Their interactions are glorious, there is so much I love about them.

I am disappointed on a very surface level by a couple of things, but they are just personal preferences. Nothing that detracted from the overall enjoyment of the piece. I did think about dropping my rating to 4 stars, but I am loath to do so as I feel like it would be putting too much emphasis on what is a minor flaw.

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  • Book addict
  • 03-25-18

Difficult to rate - good and bad

Good story and characters in this series, but the narration of the sex scenes is painfully awkwardly bad. Also, there is a short story at the end, followed by a 30 minute preview of the next book, so there is significantly less book than you’d hope for your money.

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  • Mary
  • 02-12-18

Another entertaining story

Another entertaining story that was superbly narrated, but PLEASE stop artificially inflating the audiobook length by adding on chapters from the next book in the series. It actually spoils my enjoyment of the book. If I buy a book that is 6hrs long I expect a story to be 6hrs long, not 4.5 hrs with a short story added, and then after that, chapters from the next book in the series. It is so annoying and makes me feel like I've been duped into paying for audio I won't listen to because if I do it will be a pain to find my place in the next story on my MP3 player. I really hope this doesn't become a wider trend with audiobooks because it feels like a con.