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A Case of Possession

Narrated by: Cornell Collins
Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
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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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Magpies have never been so charming

I picked this book up no more than 30 minutes of finishing the 1st, I was that excited to continue the story. In that 30 minutes I did worry about the phenomenon that plagues book series, that the second installment is inferior - those novels tend to suffer from less polish - but I was concerned for nothing. The standard of the first was upheld through this novel in wonderful fashion.

In this book we explore more of London and how Stephen lives and works. The worldbuilding is very interesting, and the characters are all vibrant. The plot is probably the weakest mechanical part of the piece but that is not by much, and the fact that it takes the backstep for most of the book allows the characters more space to flourish. Their interactions are glorious, there is so much I love about them.

I am disappointed on a very surface level by a couple of things, but they are just personal preferences. Nothing that detracted from the overall enjoyment of the piece. I did think about dropping my rating to 4 stars, but I am loath to do so as I feel like it would be putting too much emphasis on what is a minor flaw.

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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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  • Andrew
  • 28-05-19

From strong to even stronger

A fantastic story and a brilliant romance.

Everything great about the first of the series but with the refining and perfection needed to perfect the series. Any problems I had with the series are gone and everything I loved about the first book is even better in this instalment.

Well worth a read.

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  • Trio
  • 05-07-20

Fantastic! Cornell Collins' Performance is Amazing

Fantastic!
These two are incredibly hot together, and K.J. Charles writes a spectacular mystery. Very clever plot, and nicely gruesome *shudders*!

Audio by Cornell Collins who crafts this story from the very first word. I couldn't have Crane performed by anyone else.

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  • J.S. Locke-Russell
  • 21-06-20

unique

these books have, magic, plots, betrayal, love, humor. the excitement is throughout the whole book.
the narrator's storytelling is excellent. loved it.


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  • LauraSt
  • 29-04-20

Magical!

Stephen and Crane continue to steal my heart. I absolutely loved this one! The mystery, and the magic and evil, but also love and friendship! Scary at times, and absolutely swoon worthy at others!
The narration as always, amazing and on point. I couldn’t imagine listening to this by someone else.
We get to know some secondary characters more, and I loved it! The killer rats, and the extra shorty story at the end were icing on the cake!
Amazing!

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  • KinderChild
  • 09-04-20

Just as good as the first!

Just like the title says. The characters are just as good and fun and interesting as the first book in this series. Plus character development and a good pace with a realistic source of villainy. I'm very pleased I found these books!

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  • L.D.
  • 25-03-20

Romance and Mystery

Sometimes the sequel to a beloved book can be a disappointment, but that was NOT the case for the second book in A Charm of Magpies series. Now that Crane and Day are together, they need to figure out how to make their relationship work in a society that would imprison and ruin them for their love. Crane’s complete disdain of London’s sexuality laws, and Day’s deep fear of losing his friends and job are a source of tension between the two lovers. Trying to navigate that huge obstacle in their relationship while solving a mystery of attacking, giant rats, both Day and Crane will have to make some hard choices.

Once again, the characterizations of Crane and Day were well done and made me fall in love with them all over again. I love the dialogue between both men and how they work together both professionally and as lovers. This is a fantastic book and will definitely be a future re-read for me.

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  • Jlynn
  • 14-01-20

abrupt ending

I'm still trying to figure out where the rest of the story went. good up until last chapter or two. seemed a rushed finish.

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  • Marie
  • 26-09-19

A well done period mystery, fun book cover

The reader did an excellent job performing the book. I thoroughly enjoyed the main characters relationship but the attitude of Stephen's co-workers was tiresome. They were officious dullards. The beginning of the story felt like it was missing a chapter.

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  • Cranky Reader
  • 07-09-19

Magical romantic mystery, part 2

A good sequel to the first book. People known to Crane start dying and of course the method is magic. As they stumble into then work to solve the mystery, Crane and Stephen make decisions about their nascent relationship. I happily went along for the ride. I liked it a lot but somehow it didn’t grab me as much as the first but I find it hard to explain why since it’s a well crafted story that evolves fluidly.

(Potential mild Spoiler in this paragraph attempting a reason for my lack of complete satisfaction.) Hrm. I do remember being annoyed that one target of the villain was neither a random test victim, a personal threat, nor at fault for past action but was the wife of an enemy. I get really tired of villains targeting wives to vent their spleens over a husband’s behavior. Despite a case being made for her as accessory to wrongdoing, she wasn’t the initiator or agent. The near ubiquitous practice of taking out wives, with or with or without taking out the husbands, to punish the *husband* as if one is taking away a toy rather than an independent life … grr, argh. The decision was being made by a vengeful person being mean, not by our heroes. A small adjustment to a sentence or two might have prevented my ire. Since the author is normally so careful about not treating people like trophies, it surprised and vexed me. (end /spoilers)

I do recommend the book. The continued bit with the tattoos remains a favorite detail. I really enjoy the loyalty and decision making of the heroes and their friends when faced with hard decisions and cross cultural taboos. (Meaning I don’t find myself yelling at characters for being obtuse, obstructionist, or withholding critical info at critical moments, which is a relief since my last read series caused some of that, prompting the switch to this series.) There is violence, killing, and giant rats tearing people to bits but on the whole conveyed to me an upbeat, optimistic feeling.

Steam: medium. slightly kinky (DS dynamic) sexy M/M sex happening on page, starting early since book one got the couple to “happy for now” (HFN) status. As the well crafted story it is, the sex exposes/contributes vital info and vitality to the emotional arc of the story. There is more of it here than in the first book.

Narration. Still like the narrator. With the caveat that I’m American with no firm knowledge of which British accents belong to which locales and classes, the narrator does adjust voicing and accents a bit in a way I mostly find suitable/helpful for ease of listening. The English with Shanghai accent made me a little uneasy but was not cartoonish so okay? Audio quality remains even & good.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-09-19

Exciting with a new twist

The storyline and plotline were simply as well written, narrated and direct. at times breath takeingly exotic.