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Grey Magic

Realm of Smoke & Ashes, Book 1
Narrated by: Roshina Ratnam
Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
4 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Did real-life witch Raven Kane murder one of her clients?   

No one appreciates the irony of her situation more than Raven Kane: She’s a burnt-out witch...and that's the least of her problems. Accused of murder, this eccentric hexing-and-texting witch must explore her past lives in order to keep her freedom and find her way back to magic.    

"This book has everything - family and expectations, love and fear, murder and mayhem, animals and potion gardens. The past and present collide in this story and sparks fly." (Women24)

Deep and darkly comic, Raven Kane is a character so authentic, she’ll put a spell on you. For fans of genuine witchcraft and the cool wizardry of the Dresden Files comes a new breed of urban fantasy heroine: She's real, she's sassy, and she's a hot mess. Meet Raven Kane, your new favorite witch.    

Click now to spark the magic and mayhem.

©2018 Janita Lawrence (P)2018 Janita Lawrence

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I adore strong characters

Raven felt that her world is collapsing on her but what I liked about the story b'sides The Magic and witches and deverry creative world that the author created was that the main character was strong from day one to the end of the book it was very very interesting and I love when the characters are so strong the narrator was incredible as well and I loved it
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Great book about witches

A great story about witches that hooks you from the start. Raven is a strong woman who doesn't need to be save. I really enjoyed it.

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Strong, no wand waving kind of witch

This is the eleventh book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I would listen to anything she writes.
Excerpts of this book became stories in Sticky Fingers (or maybe it’s the other way around??). It was great to hear the short stories as part of a bigger tale and when I first listened to them I’d never have guessed they went together.

Raven is not your typical witch character. She reminds me of Dina in Ilona Andrews’ Innkeeper Chronicles, but this story is darker. There is no wand waving or blasts of lightening in confrontations. It’s more real than that.

This is the sixth book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Roshina Ratnam ) and I would listen to anything she’d narrate. I love her character voices and style.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence. There is some swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
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LOVED IT!

I really enjoyed it! The narration was great. It will keep you entertained. This author did a great job with the character builds. and plot. This was not my first book by this author, I read When Tomorrow Calls series and enjoyed it as well. I look forward to reading more books by this author. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Entertaining read

My thirteenth read from author J.T. Lawrence and the first in an exciting new series. An entertaining tale. So enjoyable, whatever genre this talented author is writing in, entertaining & enjoyable is what you can count on. I’ll be reading more from this author! I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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Be careful what you Witch for

This story was fantastic, at times I felt like it was a rewrite of another book, seems as if I had read it under a different title. Raven (a witch) gets in to so much trouble never answers her phone and only when she needs money does she read her email. She gets an inherintance and with it comes the son of the man who he would not visit while alive and many legal problems.
She has many animals who rely on her and she on them. Great book. I received this free for an honest review from the narrator or author.

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The voice in my head

This is an urban fantasy series with great world building, characters, hook, and plot. I loved the intrigue right from the beginning of the book with the inner monologue she is having with a seemingly different voice in her head, let alone what is going on in that scene. We then get some world building and groundwork for getting to know Raven's personality. While already intrigued with her outlook all be it slightly pessimistic maybe it is when we get to see her put upon by her sister, or told about some of the clients she has helped that I really fell in love with the character. I think what I always like the most about J.T. Lawrence's works are the character interaction and her ability to get me in the character's headspace rather quickly. Raven is an awesome protagonist and was definitely an emotional core that carried me through the adventure in the rest of the story.

The narration by Roshina Ratnam was great, and I am glad she and J.T. Lawrence are working together again! Of the books I have listened to by J.T. Lawrence she is definitely my favorite narrator, and feel she helps me get into these worlds. I look forward to getting to experience the rest of this series and highly recommend it to any urban fantasy fan.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Entertaining

First book by JT Lawrence I have listened to. I like the story and the characters and I especially liked the way Raven had to visit her past in order to...well you need to listen to the book to find out. I'm not going to spoil it for you. Roshina Ratman does a very good job in narrating the story.

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Even Witches Have Problems

When a witch uses magic to pay for repairs and back taxes on her ancestral home, the "price" is far more than she expected but the journey her choices trips will leave her far stronger and wiser than she could have dreamed. Grey Matter was spawned by a Sticky Fingers short story of the same name. I loved all the characters, including the witch, the cop, the priest, the High Priestess, the evil sister and the Other.
The book is full of twists and turns, unexpected complications and unanticipated solutions and a Happily (for now, if not ever after) ending.
I really enjoyed this story and it's many life lessons. .

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Very interesting read/listen...

I just love supernatural books, I have a hard time taking a break from them. JT does an awesome job with her stories, I can't wait to listen (hopefully soon) to the series of "When tomorrow calls". :-)

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 01-03-19

Absolutely GLORIOUS!

I learned something about myself listening to this book. A few minutes into the story I thought it seemed somewhat familiar. I trawled my way through my files and found that Grey Magic was one of the first books I read after a hiatus in my reading mojo. I started it on 7th November 2016 and, on 14th November I gave it a gushing 5 star review! So now I know my taste in books hasn't changed and I loved and adored JT Lawrence's work before I had a clue what a funny and amazing author she is across so many genres! Grey Magic was exactly what I needed, an overworked, overwhelmed and underfunded witch trying to get through life the best way she knew how. Raven also suffers the emotional pull of family, work and the challenges we all face today in trying to be a good citizen. It is a tale built on a firm foundation of feelings; fury, frustration, love, laughter, paradoxes, puzzles and pleasure, plenty of pleasure. Ms Lawrence's characters are so real, you'll find yourself racking your brains trying to remember where you met Raven; was she behind you in the queue at the bank? Or was it Raven who asked to share your table at the coffee house last month? Combined with dialogue so witty and sharp that you end up cutting yourself with laughter. Grey Magic turned my black mood into pink candy floss. If this is the calibre of book I'm going to be listening to this year, then 2019 is going to be full of rainbows, unicorns and fluffy puppies. I am using all my strength to STRONGLY recommend you treat yourself to this on Kindle, Audible and, (I'm praying to all my gods), at the cinema - soon!!!

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  • Joni J Mielke
  • 01-03-19

A fun, well paced, tale of magic realism

Having read Grey Magic numerous times, I knew that I was in for a brilliant story. Add a magical narrator - and this she definitely is - and you have an authentic-sounding, cleverly original maiden voyage into the world of magic realism.
Well worth the listen!

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  • Timi
  • 03-14-19

This story will cast a spell over you

What do you get when you add a witch - haunted by her past, present and possibly future-, the Voice of reason and the Grimm brothers together? A disastrously funny story! Raven, the not-so-wicked witch of the modern era is on the edge of a nervous breakdown when things start to go downhill in both her personal and professional life. Her struggle to get everything under control - with the help (?) of my favourite character, the Voice of reason, among others – is hilarious and informative as well.

I found this audiobook enjoyable: comical characters in an amusing story brought to life by a great narrator. It’s pure magic!

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  • jhanami
  • 03-12-19

Original, insightful and dark - great fun!

I’ve come to expect nothing less than excellence from this author and Grey Magic doesn’t disappoint - it is full to bursting with JT Lawrence’s trademark style: boldly irreverent, profoundly insightful, effortlessly humorous, and really quite original - all wrapped up in a wonderful package made of very dark material with a distinctly sharp edge. Pure joy!
I greatly enjoyed the narration by Roshina Ratnam, if anything I would have wished for more of a South African twang to further the sense of place, but it was great as it was.
I hope there will be much more to hear and read about Raven Kane, modern South African witch extraordinaire, and her fabulous cast of sidekicks - especially the animals!

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  • D. J. Paterson
  • 03-09-19

Great characters, and I loved the premise.

Not my usual listen, but sometimes you've got to push the boundaries, and I'm glad I did.

I wasn't sure when I first started listening. When you're pretty much entrenched in a particular genre, wide as that may be, something quite different has a different effect on the reading experience. I'm also not sure how far into the book I was before I realised that I really liked the protagonist, and was keen to see how all this panned out. And things just got more and more interesting, until, towards the end, I found myself delaying having to do something as I had to listen to see how everything was resolved.

This modern witchcraft story is set in a slightly alternate reality South Africa, where witchcraft is alive and well, and people are keen to seek out the help of witches (often over the internet), but where the tensions of witch trials of old are bubbling just under the surface.

Raven Kane is accused of murder and finds herself under the watchful eye of Captain Kruger as he investigates the murder of one of her clients. But there seems to be more to Captain Kruger than meets the eye, and with herself in the frame and public attention starting to turn more hostile, Raven is facing an uphill struggle to keep her attraction to Kruger in check whilst trying to prove her innocence, neither of which is easy. Especially as she's as guilty as the devil!

A very enjoyable listen - give it a go!  

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  • E. Reed
  • 03-09-19

Another cracking witchy Heroine to add to my list

Huzzah, at last a witchy storyline set outside the USA !!

superlatives abound on this one, this is fast paced, acerbically witty and beautifully set. It is so good I really want you to experience it yourselves so have at it magic fans!!!!

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  • Ms. S. Q. Meyer
  • 03-06-19

Another delicious feast from J T Lawrence

The world of Wicca is not all that familiar to me, apart from two or three friends who celebrate e.g. Beltane and the other important days. But delving into this great story was such an exciting experience and filled in many gaps in my knowledge. It is a feast for the senses, and a very well-researched examination of that world.

JT Lawrence is an absolutely superb storyteller, and I listen for hours while I work, meeting my deadlines effortlessly, since the story keeps pulling me back to the computer. As other reviewers have mentioned, it starts off quite lightly but then becomes darker until one is begging for relief. The only puzzle in the entire story for me, was 'Why didn't they call the police?' (no spoilers!) But that is answered by the fact that in South Africa, where the story is set, the cavalry is usually if not always, somewhat slow to arrive, if they arrive at all. I also thought at first that the Christian extremists were perhaps exaggerated, until I remembered the Westboro church in the States, and the deaths of doctors at abortion clinics...

I loved the wit, the delicious sensuous descriptions, the vivid imagery including smells, tastes, sensations and the deep knowledge of humanity that the author brings to all her stories. I was previously privileged also to be given the Sci-Fi trilogy to hear, for an honest review, as happened in this case. That trilogy caused my humungous job simply to fly off to the client and now I wouldn't start a project without JT.





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  • LeMiliere
  • 03-04-19

A Modern Witch

This review is written after listening to the audio version of this book.

Grey Magic is my first book by this author but the plotline and the cover intrigued me so I decided to listen to it. It's a contemporary fantasy set in Johannesburg in the present day. The general public acknowledges that witchcraft exists but don't necessarily embraced it. Because of this witches have to be aware that a potential threat could happen at any time. Social networking and modern devices like mobile phones, texting, and email are all used to help a modern witch work her craft. There's even a witch conference, PaganCon, bureaucracy, and activists who publicize their actions on youtube. This is a world much like our own.

Raven Kane, styles herself as a modern multitasking, hexing-and-texting witch, but on first impressions comes across as sort of ditzy - for some reason she doesn't answer her phone or read her mail/email, which leads her into dire financial straights. She feels burned out and appears to be losing her power.

The early parts of Grey Magic are light and humorous but when we discover what the causes of Raven's issues are the story gets very dark indeed leading to some very pronounced tension.

This was a refreshingly modern take on being a witch in the 21st century and although we've progressed since the witch trials of long ago Raven still hears the cries and feels the flames suffered by her ancestors. She is both gifted and cursed by her heritage and needs to face things head on to overcome her burnt out state. The characters are well drawn and feel real. They are flawed, some good and some bad but all help bring this magical book to life.

I liked this author's writing style and the narration was excellent too so all in all I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book.

I was given this audiobook as a gift and am voluntarily writing my review

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  • TerryHeth
  • 03-02-19

Fabulous

This fantasy, magical book actually was excellent to get lost in while I was working.
Raven is a lovely character, she’s thoughtful & careful. What happens to her had me riled up. A rollercoaster of a book, so many ups & downs.
Her house sounded amazing!
The narrator was really good. Kept the tempo really well, feelings all along.

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  • SandraL
  • 02-28-19

Raven Kane - a thoroughly modern witch!

Raven Kane is a modern hexting, texting grey witch (neither black or white) living in a dilapidated house full of animals (I loved the parrot!) which the bank are about to repossess. But that’s the least of her worries when she finds herself accused of murder and her past comes back to haunt her.

I did find the book a bit hard to get into at first but I’m so glad I stuck with it because it took off and I thoroughly enjoyed it and I love the way Ms. Lawrence uses social media so effectively. I also love Raven. She’s quirky, witty and likes to do things her way and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.