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Rag and Bone

By: KJ Charles
Narrated by: Cornell Collins
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It's amazing what people throw away....

Crispin Tredarloe never meant to become a warlock. Freed from his treacherous master, he's learning how to use his magical powers the right way. But it's brutally hard work. Not everyone believes he's a reformed character, and the strain is putting unbearable pressure on his secret relationship with waste-man Ned Hall.

Ned's sick of magic. Sick of the trouble it brings, sick of its dangerous grip on Crispin and the miserable look it puts in his eyes, and sick of being afraid that a gentleman magician won't want a street paper-seller forever - or even for much longer.

But something is stirring among London's forgotten discards. An ancient evil is waking up and seeking its freedom. And when wild magic hits the rag-and-bottle shop where Ned lives, a panicking Crispin falls back onto bad habits. The embattled lovers must find a way to work together - or London could go up in flames.

This story is set in the world of the Charm of Magpies.

©2016 K. J. Charles (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Going against type works well

While this functions as a standalone, I recommend at least reading Jackdaw, which introduces Crispin’s backstory. Ideally, you’d start with the Charm of Magpies trilogy for better detail of this gothic-paranormal-MM-Victorian world. There are a few characters from these series, but there’s little recapping past plots and no attempt to reintroduce the MCs from the other books. I’m not sure the story plays as well without the background from the other books.

Those other books also highlight the freshness of the plot and character types here.The trilogy features a more “traditional” pairing of a dark, broody lord and a middle class investigator, whereas this book features a pair from the lowest ranks of London society. The white-white coupling is replaced with a white-black coupling. The author flips the script on the bigger man being dominant in the bedroom. Even the get-togethers are different in this book, with exclusively oral/fingers (although, like the author’s other books, there are multiple, detailed MM scenes in this relatively short book). My favorite flipped script was to have Crispin attempting to avoid magic and watching the story unfold from the outside of The Justiciary (the magic justice system).

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This is a fantastic series.

Every single one of these books in the entire series has been absolutely amazing. The story is so good the romance part is not really the central part. Its there, but the general plot is so interesting that it totally engages the mind. Hard to stop listening
in fact i find myself finding stuff to do just to continue listening.

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Sweetly Done

KJ Charles is always a well loved read and Mr. Collins is a musical note of the devine kind to listen to.

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Fabulous narration and fun story

KJ Charles is a treasure and this book was a delight. Loved this story of two working blokes who need to save their city.

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Pleasure as always

KJ Charles gives concise prose and an excellent story as always. Love how the characters from other books in the series come into play. MCs from this story describe scenes from earlier books but from their perspective, which orients reader as to where we are in the overall timeline. The Narrator stumbles a bit with voice changes between characters/ sometimes conflating 2 or more characters voices. I had to rewind a few times to be clear on who was speaking —but it only happened a handful of times throughout the whole tale. But I’d rather have a narrator give distinct voices to each character than for everyone to speak with Cornell Collins voice.

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Love these books!!

I have one more book in the series and I am loving them more and more as the series continues!! I feel like the author is building a most colorful world where I want her to revisit as many times as she can!! I love the narrater as well he did a voice, before he announced who it was and I immediately knew who had jumped into the mix from a previous story! So much fun and so much sex and romance!!! Love it all. Thank you for sharing your art with the world!💋❤️

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Can't go wrong with KJ Charles & Cornell Collins!

Narration: Cornell is probably my favorite narrator of historical romances, so I'm 100% biased and loved his narration of Rag and Bone.

Story: Note: I just found out that Crispin and Ned are introduced in the short story A Queer Trade, so I'm off to read that! I don't think I had any issues having not read it first, though. I just treated them like an established couple in this book and their backstory is summed up well. This is the continued story of Crispin, a warlock struggling to learn how to use his powers for good, and his paper-seller beau, Ned. These two end up on a bit of an adventure when they must work together to stop a big bad evil all the while trying to keep Crispin from being arrested when he can't help but fall back on using the only (highly illegal) magic he's ever known. I don't think I will ever have anything negative to say about a KJ Charles book. Rag and Bone has her usual wit and charm, and I personally think she stands far and above other historical romance writers. Everything about her writing is so satisfying! Even though I didn't read the prequel, Crispin and Ned felt like a very established couple, and I loved how much they cared for each other. We get to see the real Crispin from Ned's eyes, who is much different than the villain he's painted as by the law, simply because he's had a bad go in life and had no idea his master was training him in illegal magic. Crispin and Ned have a pretty darn realistic relationship; they both love on and squabble with each other. (They also burn up the sheets together. Whew!) Since this is set in the Charm of Magpies world, we get to see old friends from that series, namely Justiciars Stephen and Esther. (They're basically the police for magic users.) This book really highlights the importance of their job and how dangerous magic can be, especially if it goes unchecked! I absolutely loved Stephen and Esther in the original series, but man did I get mad at them in this book. I think it takes a talented writer to accomplish that. I totally get how familiar the Justiciary is with dangerous magic, but you can't help but root for Crispin and rage against all of the injustice he's experienced - and continues to experience - that has completely shaped his life. Thank god for Ned coming in and relentlessly championing for Crispin! I think this could be read as a standalone along with the prequel, but I'd recommend reading A Charm of Magpies to get the full context and full appreciate this story.

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Best of the Magpie universe

It moves, in more ways than one. This book is less angst ridden but still has the right touch of self doubts. It lets the plot and flow move faster than the previous 4 books.

The reading order should definitely be: (1) The Magpie Lord, (2) A Case of Possession, (3) Flight of Magpies, (4) Jackdaw, and (5) Rag and Bone. Rag and Bone is definitely well built on the events of the other stories.

I wish all of KJ's Magpie world books were on audio because I think I'd like to read the interstitial stories too, but as a set of five (so far) they build a very good universe. I hope you like them as much as I do, especially Rag and Bone and Jackdaw.

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Cornell Collins is the one!

KJ Charles writes really edge-of-the-chair magical mysteries. And that's saying something because I'm usually not a great fan of stories aboit magic. I've recently started reading and listening to her backlist and I haven't been disappointed yet. Cornell Collins is a brilliant narrator, who brings these books perfectly to life. You don't ever need to wonder who's talking because he gives each character their own unique sound and colour. Brilliant.

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great ending

I can't think of a better way to end the series. but I want moreeeeee

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