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A Case of Possession (A Charm of Magpies Book 2) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

KJ Charles
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Magic in the blood. Danger in the streets.

A Charm of Magpies, Book 2

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…

Warning: Contains m/m sex (on desks), blackmail, dark pasts, a domineering earl, a magician on the edge, vampire ghosts (possibly), and the giant rats of Sumatra.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 610 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 156 Seiten
  • Verlag: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (28. Januar 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00D89OGW8
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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4.0 von 5 Sternen What a great sequel - more please 28. Februar 2014
Von Silvia
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
This was a fun read. And while this sounds like nothing, I mean it. Fun to read. I wasn't all too sure about book 1 because I couldn't make up my mind whether or not to like Lucien - but I liked Stephen, a lot, and thought they might make an interesting pairing in the long run. And here is book 2, and what a character development. We learn a lot more about Stephen's job and responsibilities and about Lucien's future plans, too, and Merrick gives quite an earful to Lucien (what an interesting side character Merrick is, I'd love to read more about him, too).
When Lucien finally admits, both to himself and to Stephen, that he has come to care very deeply for his 'little witch', wow, that was the sweetest declaration of love I've read in a long time.

So yeah, I'm hooked and can't wait to read more :-)
It's a four star review only because I think there's room for more, and not because I find it lacking.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen wow, just wow. 8. Februar 2014
Von Feliz
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This book was even better than the first! A fast-paced, thrilling, imaginative plot brimming with quirky, unique ideas, a host of well-rounded, unique supportive characters, and the sweetest declaration of love EVER... I fell in love with Stephen and Lucien all over again (and with Merrick though I'd dearly love to see brought to his knees by a love of his own--for him, I'd even read m/f!) I didn’t want this book to end. Highly, highly recommended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent follow-up to the first book 30. Januar 2014
Von Sirius - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AT DEAR AUTHOR WHERE I RECEIVED THE BOOK AS FREE REVIEWING COPY

Dear KJ Charles,

I reviewed the first book in this series here. Now that some time has passed I can say that it was probably my favorite m/m book last year. I am usually wary of reading the sequel to a beloved book, because I worry whether the sequel will live up to the high bar that the first book raised. I am glad that for me this sequel definitely did. Now I can worry about the third book.

This book should not be read as a stand – alone. If you do read this first, I do not think you will be terribly confused, because the adventure/mystery plot is a new one, but the book continues to build up the relationship between the main characters, Lucien Crane and Stephen Day, and most importantly it once again develops their characters in the midst of all that danger, magic and mayhem.

One of the main reasons why I often scoff at the possibility of a sequel (or series developed) to a book I loved is because so many authors seem to be so very fond of creating artificial conflicts between the couple, just to break them up for the sake of another book and then putting them back together at the end. But there is absolutely nothing artificial in the tension between Stephen and Lucien in this book, because it arises out of who they are, and the unresolved issues in their relationship are believable because their relationship is only several months old. And of course there is a nice external danger to both of them, which made perfect sense in the context of the mystery/adventure plot.

More importantly, the unresolved issues between the men do not make them act like idiots. For example, in the very beginning of the book somebody has decided to blackmail Lucien over his relationship with Stephen and made his demands known to Lucien. It is part of Lucien’s nature to try and protect Stephen (even though he is aware of Stephen’s abilities to protect himself). I was very pleased to see that it did not occur to Lucien to hide the blackmailer’s visit from Stephen, and he let his lover know as soon as possible about the blackmail attempt. I do not know why I was even worried for a second that this would be the source of a quarrel between the guys and a reason for manufactured conflict/breakup/angst (take your pick). I really must start trusting this writer not to lead me towards silly plot turns.

I was also pleased to see both men becoming more and more aware of each other flaws, but still loving each other more, not less. It was refreshing to see Lucien realize (with a little push from Merrick) how much Stephen’s pride means to him and try to curb his own “wanting to rescue” tendencies. At the same time Stephen would at least attempt to ask for help, hopefully because he understood that asking for help sometimes did not make him weak. And their declaration of love was so appropriate and so suited to both of them. When we see Stephen’s desire to protect Lucien at all costs despite what it seemed to have cost him in terms of his cherished job, it made me wonder whether these men are really that different inside. I decided not.

I must praise the adventure/mystery/magic storyline – I loved it just as much as I loved it in the first book. It made the characters shine, but more importantly it made me hold my breath wondering what would happen next and I read without hesitation the creepiness that I am usually more likely to pass in many other books. I did not want to miss a word; I had to know what was going on. I was also pleased to become more acquainted with Stephen’s partner Esther and other practitioners from his team. I am really hoping that I will see more of them in the next book of these series. I liked Esther a lot, but I think she could have used more fleshing out. Merrick, Crane’s manservant and friend was just as awesome in this book, and I while I was a bit scared to see the extent of his ruthlessness, I am glad the writer did not shy away from it. I liked that we learned more about what Merrick and Crane did in China as well.

The writing was just as wonderful as in the first book. Here is an example to give you a taste, so that you can decide whether it works for you. Lucien was asked to do a little translating work for Stephen and his team ;).

“Crane knew from Stephen that Mrs. Gold was the senior member of the team, and that she resented the common assumption that she was subordinate to the men. He addressed his next words to her. “Please don’t think this is a vulgar curiosity, but if you want me to translate when someone arrives, it would help to know what I need to discuss. What’s the problem?”
The practitioners glanced at each other, quick fleeting looks. Esther Gold said,
“Rats.”
“Rats?”
“Rats.”
“We got a rat problem.” Saint wore a malicious grin.
“I suppose you know you can hire a man and a dog in any pub in this city,” Crane offered blandly.
“It wouldn’t help,” Stephen said. “Joss, show him.”
Janossi put a toe under a fold of the sackcloth bundle and flipped it over. Crane walked over and looked at what lay within.
It was undeniably a rat. It long yellow teeth were bared in death. Its eyes were blood-filled and bulging, which Crane attributed to Stephen, since he had seen a man dead that way at his hands. Its matted, dirty brown pelt was stiff with filth and dust, its claws were grey and scaly, its naked tail pinkish. It was a rat like any other, except in one respect.
It was about four feet long, not counting the tail, and would have stood perhaps a foot high at the shoulder.”

I cannot wait for the next installment in this series. Oh and what a refreshing idea it is, to choose not to end every book in the series with the cliffhanger.

Recommended.

Grade A-
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5.0 von 5 Sternen YES! Oh yes, I was waiting for this, and it did not disappoint! 28. Januar 2014
Von Adrienne - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
After reading the first book, I preordered this, and kept checking back for the release date, and when it downloaded to my kindle last night, I gasped in pleasure and immediately started reading, now finishing at 2AM. And I LOVED THIS! Completely. And I am so happy there is going to be a third book in this series too.
Lucien and Stephen are such great, unique characters. They are very original, very smart (they figured out their problems and were brave enough to face their feelings and obstacles head on rather than cowering and creating more problems between them), and are so wonderful together. I just love them. Their attitudes and personalities always bring a smile to my face. Their interactions are often funny too, as are all the great secondary characters. There is a lot of very cool magic in this series as well, and some darker scenes, which just give the books more depth. The books feel very realistic for the time period, and I feel totally immersed in this world whenever I read them. My highest praise for KJ Charles on this series (which is her debut).
The story line is unique and brilliant and new, but continues some of the obstacles from the first book, while leading the reader on a grand mystery. Perfect grammar and editing, I do believe, and no faults that I can bring to mind. Reading this equates to 100% joy in my mind, and this is exactly the type of story I needed. I cannot wait to read the next one, and I want to read a fourth and a fifth at least too! I will take whatever I can get because these books just get to me. This series is among my favorites. Buy both and read them now! And then wait eagerly with me for the third.
P.S. I will never think of magpies the same way again. Now I rather want a magpie tattoo too.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen First Rate followup to a stunning series! 29. Januar 2014
Von Pinkerbelle Rex - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I found this second book of the clever and witty 'A Charm of Magpies' series, a brilliant follow-up to one of my favorite “finds” of 2013, author KJ Charles’s 'The Magpie Lord'. If by chance you have not read that book, I urge you to do so, though I daresay 'A Case of Possession' can stand on its own quite nicely. Lord Crane is back, as is Stephen, his magical shaman lover, and four months after the adventures of the original book, the two men find themselves in the middle of another magic-wrought mystery: Who is summoning giant killer rats to London?

The wealthy, handsome, and indomitable Lucien Vaudrey has been busy, both, maintaining his China business interests and keeping track of his shaman lover, Stephen Day. His gifted lover seems to magically disappear after each of their lovely trysts. As a magistrate of magic, Stephen is on call at every hour of every day to make sure that all magical activities are valid, but surely his lover should have some time for him, shouldn’t he? They are in the beginning of their— whatever this is—and if Stephen stayed around long enough maybe they could figure it out, together.

Impoverished, but determined shaman Stephen Day has his mind and his heart full. His worries that his magical connection to Lord Crane will be discovered and the possibly of everyone finding out that he is a lover of men—well, a lover of Lord Crane at any rate— is second only to his dismay that he is in a “relationship” with a man so far above his station that said man will surely realize his mistake at any moment. Mysterious sightings of giant rats and the death of several Chinese shaman soon override his personal fears and force his focus to his justiciar duties. When he is accused of being a warlock, he realizes a noose is being drawn about himself, his lover and select Londoners, a noose that may expose Lord Crane’s magical prowess and have London overrun with giant, murderous rats.

Placing their individual concerns about their fledgling relationship to one side, Lucien and Stephen join forces and friends on this magical adventure to stamp out the escalating threat.

I love this series! I love its sharp, concise writing, it’s refreshingly original content and it’s two exquisite leads, whose independent personalities result in some of the most stimulating and intriguing repartee that I have had the pleasure to read. Part historical romance, part alchemic mystery, with a touch of steampunk science, K.J. Charles has delivered a marvelous and entertaining work, the dynamic pace of which is more than matched by the accessibility of its prose. From the cover art, which perfectly matches and effectively reveals the personalities of the two lead characters, to the sublime storyline and fitting ending, this is a fantastic book!

Excellent supporting characters, an exceptional plot, dreamy ambience and steamy lovemaking, make this a fabulous book to snuggle down with. Honestly, the story moves along so swiftly that I was aghast when I realized I’d reached the halfway mark… I did not want this one to end, but it did and in a magnificently satisfying manner. So, I have no choice but to ask: Um, may I have another, please?

Thank you, KJ Charles, for this wonderful addition to a scrumptious series. Magic and mystery and men… oh my! “A Must Read!”
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5.0 von 5 Sternen FANTASTIC Series 7. April 2014
Von Darcy Thornton - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
This is book 2 in the series but the review encompasses both books to date. It starts out w/ The Magpie Lord in which Lucien Vaudrey, Lord Crane, is, in essence, hexed to kill himself. He engages the services of Stephen Day, a practitioner of magic, to get rid of the curse. They work to find out who has put the curse on the Vaudrey line, finding mutual respect and attraction along the way.

The way is not an easy one in the beginning since Stephen's family was essentially wiped out by the previous Lord Crane & Lucien's older brother, Hector. They were the epitome of corruption and immorality, & Lucien was unapologetically repulsed by them. This surprises Stephen, who expected the new Lord Crane to be cut from the same cloth. The mystery unfolds as to who is behind the curse and why there is a dearth of power at Piper, Lucien's family seat.

First impressions of Stephen would be nondescript, very short, shabby, & totally unremarkable. In fact, he is strong minded, scary powerful, & has a moral rectitude that Lucien can't help but admire. Lucien is handsome, refreshingly unlordly, & frank about his disdain for societal strictures. Having spent the past 2 decades in China, along w/ his ever faithful manservant, Merrick, he's used to living openly w/ his 'unnatural inclinations.'

I found the way these 2 men came together to be believable and I enjoyed the growth of their mutual respect for each other as the story progressed. They were both like-able, but I really enjoyed Lucien's sense of humor & irreverence for pretty much anything conventional. His relationship w/ Merrick was great. I loved how Merrick would yell at him for something or other, then add 'My lord' as an afterthought. Merrick, who has definite thug tendencies, has a healthy respect for Stephen & his abilities, diminutive size notwithstanding.

The 1st book was a great intro into a world in which magic works in the real world. But dark magical practices must be policed, as conventional crimes are. That is Stephen's job as a justiciar. The way magic works in this world was interesting & I liked Lucien's connection to it through his ancestry. I also loved how it worked together w/ Stephen. The movement of the magpies (ie) Lucien's tattoos at the end of book 1 was creative & sexy. I loved how 1 of the tattoos decides it prefers Stephen instead & makes a new home of his back. (Interlude w/ Tattoos is a fun short story that takes place between books 1 & 2. You should definitely read this, too)

Book 2 continues w/ a new magical mystery a few months after the events of book 1. Lucien & Stephen have been lovers since then, & it's clear that they've developed deeper feelings. They haven't acknowledged these feelings to each other & both have insecurities about the other. Stephen can't believe that Lucien will be around forever, just until he gets bored, which surely he will sooner or later. Lucien isn't so sure that Stephen, 'the little sod,' will come back from one visit to the next. Their declarations of love were sweet, humorous, & heartfelt. I loved it.

Not only the world, but the cast of secondary characters also grew in book 2. Along w/ Merrick, Esther Gold, Stephen's justiciar partner & close friend; Mrs Leo Hart, friend & confidant to Lucien; Saint, Joss, etc. I hope to see much more of them in future installments.

In short, the writing & dialogue were quite good. I liked both MCs alot, but Lucien has the better lines :) Both stories kept my interest from beginning to end. I can't wait to read more about this world. I'll definitely be reading other stories by KJ Charles.

Highly recommend!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Magpie Lord is back, and aren't we all lucky... 14. Februar 2014
Von Ulysses Dietz - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Maybe it's because I had a thing for magpies when I was a kid, because of a wooden children's puzzle. Then, when I saw my first magpie at fifteen in England with my dad, I was entranced. Maybe it's because I'm a magpie myself, professionally - a museum curator whose job it is to collect bright, shiny objects. Hmmm...

I was worried that I would like the sequel to "The Magpie Lord" less; in fact I liked it even more. K.J. Charles moves Mr. Day and Lord Crane's relationship ahead with agonizingly perfect finesse and emotional truth. She introduces yet another fantastic detective problem for them to solve, with its own unique blend of mayhem and magic. And she delves more deeply into the people who form Stephen Day's essential family: his fellow justiciars, and particularly Esther Gold and her doctor husband Daniel.

But the real reason I have loved both of K.J. Charles' "Charm of Magpies" books is the writing. In the world of m/m romance, whether fantasy or paranormal or historical or, as here, all three, it is the writing that matters most to me. I love it when I don't read a book so much as experience it. When Stephen Day and Lucien Crane walk through Limehouse, I'm there with them, seeing and smelling as if through their eyes, ears and noses. When the police inspector interviews Lord Crane regarding a particularly gruesome murder, I'm in the room with them, trying not to chortle out loud at the dry humor of the two men's banter. When Stephen and Lucien are indulging in passion away from prying eyes, it's not like watching porn on a computer screen. A good writer makes you one of them, not a creepy voyeur. Take your choice, Stephen or Lucien - but it's you who experiences the heat and the friction--and the love.

It is hard enough to create a believable historical context in which a gay couple exists outside our modern social liberalism. To add to that a fantasy England in which the practice of magic is an assumption and its practitioners are accepted, if underpaid, participants in the social contract, is no mean feat for a writer. Charles pulls it off brilliantly. Even if she never writes another book about this remarkable pair of Victorian gentlemen, I'll be satisfied. But truly I hope she does, because they are worth revisiting.
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