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    FIRST LINES FRIDAY 56: It’s Amazing What People Throw Away

    First Line Fridays” is by Hoarding Books and is all about the first line of a current/upcoming read. Friday 56 is a meme hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you turn to page 56 (or 56%) in what you’re reading a find a snippet that jumps out at you. The idea to combine the two came from Kat @ Here There Be Dragons

    I found this meme on The Writerly Way. And I’m doing this on a Thursday just to be difficult.

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    A Charm of Magpies: Rag and Bone – K.J. Charles

    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.

    Fluffiest KJC book so far!

    Awesome magic system based on frequencies and resonance.

    “Freckles” !!! 


    Crispin + Ned = adorbs!!! 

    ✺(^▽^✺) ✺(^O^)✺ (✺^▽^)✺

     Appearances by Stephen Day (please don’t leave the Justiciary, please), Mrs. Gold, Janossi, and Ben Spencer.

    Jonah Pastern pops out of nowhere:

    Ned looked round, startled. He hadn’t noticed anyone joining him, but there
    he was, a young chap with a jagged streak of white running through his black
    hair, like a lightning strike. He was good-looking, blue-eyed, smartly dressed
    with a flash blue waistcoat, and if ever Ned had seen untrustworthy, it was
    sitting on the bench next to him. 

    Oh Jonah! 


    The villain was kind of obvious but it didn’t detract from the enjoyment of the story.

    Cornell Collins’ voice for the ghost thing is creeeepy. Do not listen to it in the dark at 3 a.m.

    Fighting resurrected witches with music hall sensations is a thing now?

    Magic police are cool!


    I recommend reading the fantastic A Charm of Magpies series before reading Rag and Bone.


    4.5 Stars – perfection is only half a step away

    Soundtrack: Butterfly Caught
    Artist: Massive Attack
    Album: 100th Window

    (source: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34870160-rag-and-bone)

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    A Charm of Magpies: Jackdaw – K.J. Charles

    If you stop running, you fall.

    Jonah Pastern is a magician, a liar, a windwalker, a professional thief…and for six months, he was the love of police constable Ben Spenser’s life. His betrayal left Ben jailed, ruined, alone, and looking for revenge.

    Ben is determined to make Jonah pay. But he can’t seem to forget what they once shared, and Jonah refuses to let him. Soon Ben is entangled in Jonah’s chaotic existence all over again, and they’re running together—from the police, the justiciary, and some dangerous people with a lethal grudge against them.

    Threatened on all sides by betrayals, secrets, and the laws of the land, the policeman and the thief must find a way to live and love before the past catches up with them…

    A Charm of Magpies linked story, set after Flight of Magpies. Previously published by Samhain.

    This is such a delightful, joyful read! 

    It was a treat to meet Lucien Crane, Stephen Day, Merrick and Saint once again. To see them from the eyes of Ben was double the treat. Crane was still his charming arrogant self and Merrick and Saint got married. I have always loved seeing Day at his job. He’s always been good at it. I never got over his decision.

    Jackdaw follows Ben Spenser and Jonah Pastern as they escape the justiciars and the Met. Through out all these, they try to deal with their past relationship, misunderstandings and hurts until they finally found peace in Pellore, Cornwall.

    Jonah’s carefree, vibrant attitude just pops out of the page. Charles did a brilliant job creating  vivid pictures of windwalking. I could practically feel the wind and see the sky and feel that tingling feeling you get when you are at a high place. Ben was the steadfast, serious type, a good grounding point and conscience for his flighty lover. I felt sorry for the two of them. I think they were trying really hard. 

    The writing was excellent as always. The words just flow in a way that you couldn’t stop reading. I love the wit, the humor and all the feels. There was just the right amount of angst, pain and hurt to get the point across without plunging into the depths of unbearable misery that is painful to read. For me, this book is bright afternoon sunshine, the kind that makes you hop on your bicycle, pedal up a hill and swoop down with your arms out, wind in your face.

    To fully appreciate Jackdaw, please read the A Charm of Magpie Series first

    4.5 – perfection is only half a step away 

    Soundtrack: Blood Under My Belt
    Artist: The Drums
    Album: Abysmal Thoughts

    (source: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34861586-jackdaw)

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    A Charm of Magpies: Flight of Magpies – K.J. Charles

    Danger in the air. Lovers on the brink.

    With the justiciary understaffed, a series of horrifying occult murders to be investigated, and a young student who is flying—literally—off the rails, magical law enforcer Stephen Day is under increasing stress. And his relationship with his aristocratic lover, Lord Crane, is beginning to feel the strain.

    Crane chafes at the restrictions of England’s laws, and there’s a worrying development in the blood-and-sex bond he shares with Stephen. A development that makes a sensible man question if they should be together at all.

    When a thief strikes at the heart of Crane’s home, a devastating loss brings his closest relationships into bitter conflict—especially his relationship with Stephen. And as old enemies, new enemies, and unexpected enemies paint the lovers into a corner, the pressure threatens to tear them apart.

    Warning: Contains hot-blooded sex, cold-blooded murder, sinister magical goings-on and a lot of swearing.

    I’m sad about Stephen Day’s decision about his job. I’m sad that this is the last book. I love this series and I wish this could just go on and on. Heck, I want to be a magic police.

    4 Stars – minor quibbles but I loved it to bits 

    (source: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21529170-flight-of-magpies)

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    A Charm of Magpies: A Case of Possession – K.J. Charles

    Magic in the blood. Danger in the streets.

    Lord Crane has never had a lover quite as elusive as Stephen Day. True, Stephen’s job as justiciar requires secrecy, but the magician’s disappearing act bothers Crane more than it should. When a blackmailer threatens to expose their illicit relationship, Crane knows a smart man would hop the first ship bound for China. But something unexpectedly stops him. His heart.

    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 watching 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. And Crane isn’t sure if he can ask him to.

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

    Hooray! Finally get to meet the other justiciars! The author made it seem like a tedious, bureaucratic job but magic police are cool. Kind of wanted Saint to have a book of her own. Still wishing there was more magic, the author put most of them at the end of the book. Loved the balance of power between Lord Crane and Stephen Day. Love this series!


    4 Stars – minor quibbles but I loved it to bits 

    (source: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18074870-a-case-of-possession)