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Summary

Magic in the blood. Danger in the streets.

Lord Crane has never had a lover quite as elusive as Stephen Day. He knows Stephen's job as justiciar requires secrecy, but the magician is doing his disappearing act more than seems reasonable - especially since Crane will soon return to his home in China. When a blackmailer threatens to expose their illicit relationship, there's only one thing stopping Crane from leaving the country he loathes: Stephen.

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 on 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. Crane isn't sure if he can ask him to.

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

©2014 K. J. Charles (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Marvellous. Simply marvellous.

I’ve loved the hell out of the Magpie books ever since stumbling across them on Kindle some time ago, and reread them several times.

Unfortunately audio performances don’t always live up to the version one ‘heard’ in one’s head, but Mr Collins delivers a thoroughly terrific performance from start to finish.

Excellent (and clearly distinct) characterisation of the myriad disparate characters peopling the Magpie books, and an engaging narrative voice. Heartily recommend!

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Difficult to rate - good and bad

Good story and characters in this series, but the narration of the sex scenes is painfully awkwardly bad. Also, there is a short story at the end, followed by a 30 minute preview of the next book, so there is significantly less book than you’d hope for your money.

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Another entertaining story

Another entertaining story that was superbly narrated, but PLEASE stop artificially inflating the audiobook length by adding on chapters from the next book in the series. It actually spoils my enjoyment of the book. If I buy a book that is 6hrs long I expect a story to be 6hrs long, not 4.5 hrs with a short story added, and then after that, chapters from the next book in the series. It is so annoying and makes me feel like I've been duped into paying for audio I won't listen to because if I do it will be a pain to find my place in the next story on my MP3 player. I really hope this doesn't become a wider trend with audiobooks because it feels like a con.

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  • Imagine Reviews
  • 02-11-18

I’m “ALL IN” with this series!! And I won’t do it without the scrumptious narration!!!

<strong>Fabulous!!! </strong>

I am officially addicted to this series in audiobook!!! Clever KJ Charles attaches a short story (narrated) at the end of each book. And after that whets our appetite with a mini adventure/mystery of the paranormal sort, she racks on the first two chapters of the next book. What else can you possibly do but go and buy the dang thing with the audiobook add-on?!

So, this mystery brings us more of Crane and Stephen and their sexy relationship in and out of bed. The L word might be bandied about at some point, but both men are chafing under the restrictive English society and laws against sodomy. And Stephen finds himself watched by his own Society of practitioners. The reason? All that power he carries from all the good lovin’ he gets from Crane.

The big evil this time comes in the form of big evil rats....ewwwww. Crane plays a major role in solving the mystery.

I loved seeing the two grow closer and lower their guards, especially Stephen.

Merrill still rocks it and only wish he were bi so he could get his own sexy book for me to read!!

Needless to say, this book and series is audiobook is HIGHLY recommended!!

Off to the next!!!

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  • Jason
  • 06-08-18

Deliciously naughty little mysteries

I'm loving these. The perfect antidote to terrible traffic, I found myself looking forward to the commute, turning off Waze, and taking the slow route home.

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  • Hannah/Sharon T
  • 31-03-18

Good story.

This is a good story. It has magic, mystery and M/M love. The only thing I would change is the length, they are shorter then I would like. I try to buy stories at least 9hrs or longer.

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  • Ronny Bea
  • 02-02-18

Flew by

Waited to have this trilogy in audiobook format for years now and the time listening to book 2 just flew right by. can't wait for book 3.

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  • VHB
  • 30-01-18

❤️ love it .

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Just fantastic audiobook
This it’s one I will keep for ever .
The entire series is just fabulous.
Highly recommend it.
Need to read the 3books . Not a stand alone.