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Grey Magic

Realm of Smoke & Ashes, Book 1
Narrated by: Roshina Ratnam
Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)
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Summary

Did real-life witch Raven Kane murder one of her clients?   

No one appreciates the irony of her situation more than Raven Kane: She’s a burnt-out witch...and that's the least of her problems. Accused of murder, this eccentric hexing-and-texting witch must explore her past lives in order to keep her freedom and find her way back to magic.    

"This book has everything - family and expectations, love and fear, murder and mayhem, animals and potion gardens. The past and present collide in this story and sparks fly." (Women24)

Deep and darkly comic, Raven Kane is a character so authentic, she’ll put a spell on you. For fans of genuine witchcraft and the cool wizardry of the Dresden Files comes a new breed of urban fantasy heroine: She's real, she's sassy, and she's a hot mess. Meet Raven Kane, your new favorite witch.    

Click now to spark the magic and mayhem.

©2018 Janita Lawrence (P)2018 Janita Lawrence

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A fun, well paced, tale of magic realism

Having read Grey Magic numerous times, I knew that I was in for a brilliant story. Add a magical narrator - and this she definitely is - and you have an authentic-sounding, cleverly original maiden voyage into the world of magic realism.
Well worth the listen!

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Absolutely GLORIOUS!

I learned something about myself listening to this book. A few minutes into the story I thought it seemed somewhat familiar. I trawled my way through my files and found that Grey Magic was one of the first books I read after a hiatus in my reading mojo. I started it on 7th November 2016 and, on 14th November I gave it a gushing 5 star review! So now I know my taste in books hasn't changed and I loved and adored JT Lawrence's work before I had a clue what a funny and amazing author she is across so many genres! Grey Magic was exactly what I needed, an overworked, overwhelmed and underfunded witch trying to get through life the best way she knew how. Raven also suffers the emotional pull of family, work and the challenges we all face today in trying to be a good citizen. It is a tale built on a firm foundation of feelings; fury, frustration, love, laughter, paradoxes, puzzles and pleasure, plenty of pleasure. Ms Lawrence's characters are so real, you'll find yourself racking your brains trying to remember where you met Raven; was she behind you in the queue at the bank? Or was it Raven who asked to share your table at the coffee house last month? Combined with dialogue so witty and sharp that you end up cutting yourself with laughter. Grey Magic turned my black mood into pink candy floss. If this is the calibre of book I'm going to be listening to this year, then 2019 is going to be full of rainbows, unicorns and fluffy puppies. I am using all my strength to STRONGLY recommend you treat yourself to this on Kindle, Audible and, (I'm praying to all my gods), at the cinema - soon!!!

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They didn't know we were kindling.

I am a great admirer of the work of J.T.Lawrence. Her writing is wonderful, flowing effortlessly, like water. Her imagery is superb, characterisation captured in a few carefully placed, almost random phrases. And her ideas have always been fresh, original, sometimes mind altering. So it was with great anticipation that I settled in to enjoy Grey Magic....

And met with profound disappointment.
Not with the writing itse?f, that was still a pleasure to absorb, but with the main protagonist who completely dominates the book, the self processed witch, Raven Kane, aged somewhere approaching middle age but whose internal dialogue with The Voice is more fitting for a self obsessed, mid teen adolescent, the woe-is-me combination of superiority and self pitying envy. And the reader is essentially subjected too the interminable internal dialogue for the first fifteen chapters before anything actually happens. Yes, this internal thought stream of a distracted and disturbed, depressed juvenile mind does hold some amusing trivia, but fifteen chapters? Only the author's delicious writing skills could hold my attention through that in hope of a story to come. And even that, when it did, was a distinct disappointment: I cannot say more without creating spoilers other than, although I actually agree with the ideas promoted, I still found this story foolish, unacceptable and really grew to dislike and despise for her stupidity the main character of the book.
Narration by Rashina Ratham was crystal clear, beautifully articulated, with well voiced characters despite her inability to represent the male tone. But her fresh and youthful voice unfortunately only reinforced, for this reader, the childish ruminations of Jade, the insecure witch, little girlie in a big girl's body.

Harsh words, I know, probably because I had expected so much and found so little. I had requested, and been most generously and freely gifted with a complimentary copy of Grey Magic when it first came out in Audible. My thanks for that. Sadly, it is the first book by this author that I would not wholeheartedly recommend.

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Beautifully written but a bit disjointed

Raven Kane’s life is out of control. She is incapable of attending all her obligations and she is simply burned out. Trying to find an easy escape, she gets in more trouble than she was to start with. Because when practicing grey magic, everything has a price.

I was looking forward to this book, as I am an unconditional fan of J.T. Lawrence, and I was curious about her writing fantasy. I have to say that I am more used to her sci-fi, but this fantasy story has its good points. What I love from J.T Lawrence books are her fully-fleshed characters and colorful writing. It makes me feel her books more than just reading them. This one is no exception, and we find a fully-fleshed and flawed Raven, for whom life has got too many burdens, and who lacks energy or motivation to do something about it. The first issue I had with this book is that I didn’t find Raven a likable character. I think it was partly intended, making the reader relate to her about her struggles with life.

The book is beautifully written, but I found it a bit disjointed, like Raven’s life. I could relate to her feelings of being burned out, but other times it was clear that she got herself in a pickle. This book is about karma itself, even though we get to that conclusion only towards the end. I think the cop and her neighbor could have benefited from a bit more development. I also found the romance a bit quick and on the superficial side, but it was still a good part of the story.

I enjoyed listening to Roshina Ratnam again. She has become one my favorite South African narrators and in my head all J.T. Lawrence’s stories all sound in Ratnam’s voice. She delivers great character’s interpretations and a compelling tone that has me all the time on the edge of my seat.

It was a good story, but I feel it a bit less polished than her other works. It is still very enjoyable and I am looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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fantastic book

This is the first audio book I've completed and I have to say it was brilliant. The story was captivating and flowed with ease. The narrator is great and keeps u gripped to the story with each chapter. I look forward to reading/listening to more books by this talented author.

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Pleasantly surprised

I was given this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review

I was pleasantly surprised by this. I already like the author and narrator but am a bit fed up of witch stories so likely wouldn’t have bothered if it had been written by someone I didn’t already like. As usual with JTL it was funny, had relatable (not always likeable) characters and kept me on my toes.

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Excellent

What a fascinatingly brilliant book! Raven's character is brilliant. The book is funny in places, always clever and it manages to make modern day life into a messy situation for our modern day witch. We add murder into this messy normal feeling life and then we also have a book that's a thriller with really great pace. I love the way it makes this witch in the modern world feel normal. I loved the internal conversations Raven has with herself. All of the characters are very well done.

JT Lawrence’s writing is incredible and the narration fits it perfectly. Great voice that I can easily listen too plus a great story makes this something you really should try!

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Fun read

Fun read about a modern witch who loves in a world where magic acts quite differently than you often see. Raven is also very easy to relate to.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 10-02-19

I adore strong characters

Raven felt that her world is collapsing on her but what I liked about the story b'sides The Magic and witches and deverry creative world that the author created was that the main character was strong from day one to the end of the book it was very very interesting and I love when the characters are so strong the narrator was incredible as well and I loved it
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • Juan M.
  • 09-02-19

Great book about witches

A great story about witches that hooks you from the start. Raven is a strong woman who doesn't need to be save. I really enjoyed it.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • Margaret
  • 06-02-19

Strong, no wand waving kind of witch

This is the eleventh book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I would listen to anything she writes.
Excerpts of this book became stories in Sticky Fingers (or maybe it’s the other way around??). It was great to hear the short stories as part of a bigger tale and when I first listened to them I’d never have guessed they went together.

Raven is not your typical witch character. She reminds me of Dina in Ilona Andrews’ Innkeeper Chronicles, but this story is darker. There is no wand waving or blasts of lightening in confrontations. It’s more real than that.

This is the sixth book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Roshina Ratnam ) and I would listen to anything she’d narrate. I love her character voices and style.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence. There is some swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
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  • G C
  • 05-02-19

LOVED IT!

I really enjoyed it! The narration was great. It will keep you entertained. This author did a great job with the character builds. and plot. This was not my first book by this author, I read When Tomorrow Calls series and enjoyed it as well. I look forward to reading more books by this author. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Roger & Jean Fauble
  • 04-02-19

Entertaining read

My thirteenth read from author J.T. Lawrence and the first in an exciting new series. An entertaining tale. So enjoyable, whatever genre this talented author is writing in, entertaining & enjoyable is what you can count on. I’ll be reading more from this author! I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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  • Wanda
  • 21-01-19

Be careful what you Witch for

This story was fantastic, at times I felt like it was a rewrite of another book, seems as if I had read it under a different title. Raven (a witch) gets in to so much trouble never answers her phone and only when she needs money does she read her email. She gets an inherintance and with it comes the son of the man who he would not visit while alive and many legal problems.
She has many animals who rely on her and she on them. Great book. I received this free for an honest review from the narrator or author.

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  • eris
  • 21-02-19

The voice in my head

This is an urban fantasy series with great world building, characters, hook, and plot. I loved the intrigue right from the beginning of the book with the inner monologue she is having with a seemingly different voice in her head, let alone what is going on in that scene. We then get some world building and groundwork for getting to know Raven's personality. While already intrigued with her outlook all be it slightly pessimistic maybe it is when we get to see her put upon by her sister, or told about some of the clients she has helped that I really fell in love with the character. I think what I always like the most about J.T. Lawrence's works are the character interaction and her ability to get me in the character's headspace rather quickly. Raven is an awesome protagonist and was definitely an emotional core that carried me through the adventure in the rest of the story.

The narration by Roshina Ratnam was great, and I am glad she and J.T. Lawrence are working together again! Of the books I have listened to by J.T. Lawrence she is definitely my favorite narrator, and feel she helps me get into these worlds. I look forward to getting to experience the rest of this series and highly recommend it to any urban fantasy fan.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Robert
  • 02-02-19

Entertaining

First book by JT Lawrence I have listened to. I like the story and the characters and I especially liked the way Raven had to visit her past in order to...well you need to listen to the book to find out. I'm not going to spoil it for you. Roshina Ratman does a very good job in narrating the story.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • Aurora Dawn
  • 20-01-19

Even Witches Have Problems

When a witch uses magic to pay for repairs and back taxes on her ancestral home, the "price" is far more than she expected but the journey her choices trips will leave her far stronger and wiser than she could have dreamed. Grey Matter was spawned by a Sticky Fingers short story of the same name. I loved all the characters, including the witch, the cop, the priest, the High Priestess, the evil sister and the Other.
The book is full of twists and turns, unexpected complications and unanticipated solutions and a Happily (for now, if not ever after) ending.
I really enjoyed this story and it's many life lessons. .

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  • S. Danks
  • 12-01-19

Very interesting read/listen...

I just love supernatural books, I have a hard time taking a break from them. JT does an awesome job with her stories, I can't wait to listen (hopefully soon) to the series of "When tomorrow calls". :-)

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