Grey Magic

Realm of Smoke & Ashes, Book 1
Narrated by: Roshina Ratnam
Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
4 out of 5 stars (62 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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An interesting romance + witchcraft story....

It was a pretty good book. Struggled in the middle to want to finish it. The intelligent witch seemed to get dumb for a bit which I found irritating...some of the situations added filler, but not real substance....I am glad I stuck with it though as things were tied up nicely and the story finished well. This was more romance focused than I thought it would be, not really my thing so that may skew my review. The actress had trouble creating different voices for the characters, was a little hard to follow...but her performance of the main character was great and she interjected the emotion in a meaningful way.

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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.

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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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  • 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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  • C. MacLeod
  • 10-27-19

Powerful and evocative

Occasionally difficult subject matter and many powerful and evocative scenes, images and ideas.
A great listen and a fully realised self-contained story. This is listed as book 1 and I am curious to see where this goes in book 2.
For clarity I did receive this Audible in a promotion, but have read and/or listened to many other books by the author and my opinion is not based on cost, but on content.

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  • ChaosKay
  • 07-18-19

Great realistic characters

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

This is my first book from this author and I really enjoyed listening.
The book is funny and realistic that i got caught up in it and didn’t want to stop listening Raven Kane is a modern day witch but her powers have been failing her lately . On top of that she has issues with her stuck up Sister and a local coven of witches who are causing all sorts of mischief then she is accused of murder and has to prove her innocence.
The narrator did a fabulous job and really liked her main accent.

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  • Candace
  • 05-18-19

Enjoyable

This was really fun and different from anything that I have read. Set in current day johannesburg it was both relatable and epic. The plot was great and the main characters funny and morally ambiguous. Having read quite a bit from this author I've seen how in depth her research is, making her books more realistic and really her writing and story telling is great! I really encourage you to check her out.

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  • sue ward
  • 05-06-19

Grey Magic

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I like the concept of this story, a modern day witch who uses social media and who’s life is far from perfect but I did find the story to be quite drawn out, I spent basically the first half of the book wanting it to move on with the actual story.
Raven Kane offers her services as a witch who procrastinates alot and never answers her phone but is then surprised to find that her house is to be repossessed because she hasn’t kept up payments !
Overall the characters are likeable but the story was a bit disjointed and therefore didn’t flow as well as it probably could.

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  • DubaiReader
  • 04-19-19

A modern day witch.

This book was a huge surprise. Fantasy is not normally my chosen genre, but I decided to give this a listen for something a little different, and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. There are witches and spells, as i'd kind of expected, but also past life regression and reference to the historical persecution of witches, which seemed to anchor the book and give it depth.

Raven Kane was a hugely likable character, a struggling witch, suffering from asthma and an issue with burning, blistering skin. She lives in her grandmother's crumbling wooden house and tries to make a living by doing spells on request. Other services are available, some less legitimate than others. It is this that leads to her becoming persecuted in a modern day re-enactment of the witch burnings of old.
A clever idea that worked really well.

I loved the narration by Roshina Ratnam, who had a delightfully subtle South African accent. She managed great men's voices as well as women's and had perfect pacing.

Probably my only issue with the book was the similarity in the names of the High Priestess (Levinia) and the head of the Wicked Witches (Luella). I only sorted out these two in the last 10%, when both appeared together in the same scene, but I guess that is one of the problems with audio.

I can't wait for the next books in the series to be available as audiobooks, hopefully with the same narrator.

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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!