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Summary

Lew Rogers's life is pleasantly boring until his friend Mira messes with magic she doesn't understand. While searching for her, he's pulled back in time to 1919 by a catastrophic magical accident. As he tries to navigate a strange time and find his friend in the smoky music clubs of Soho, the last thing he needs is Detective Alec Carter suspecting him of murder.

London in 1919 is cold, wet, and tired from four years of war. Alec is back in the Metropolitan Police after slogging out his army service on the Western Front. Falling for a suspect in a gruesome murder case is not on his agenda, however attractive he finds the other man.

Both men are floundering and out of their depth, struggling to come to terms with feelings they didn't ask for and didn't expect. Both have secrets that could get them arrested or killed. In the middle of a murder investigation that involves wild magic, mysterious creatures, and illegal sexual desire, who is safe to trust?

©2018 JMS Books LLC (P)2020 A. L. Lester

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Excellent narration

I am so impressed by Callum Hale's narration. He is one of a handful of narrators who can do accurate British regional accents. His performance was great and made a story I would have found a little confusing in ebook, easier to understand. This time-travel paranormal story has no sex and is the slowest burn MM I've listened to in a long time. It is also an incomplete story which ends abruptly. Luckily the rest of the series is also in audio and so even though I'm not 100% convinced by the story arc, or mad about any of the characters, I will get book 2 because the narration was so well done, and I'd like to hear how this plays out.

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Wow!

Beautifully written, exquisitely narrated delight. I absolutely loved this audiobook and I have no hesitation in recommending it! Callum Hale has a beautiful voice and his sublime narration takes this gorgeous story and these characters and effortlessly brings everything to life.

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scary p,don't dabble

interesting story with all the things you dreamt about and kept you awake at night and all those creaks and groans your house makes this might keep your hair on end.

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It had potential

I love the premise, but I wish the chapters were more connected. I felt like some parts was missing, I didn't understand half of what's going on, how they get there or who the new characters are. I tried to understand what were the Pull and the Border, but it was really difficult. It really seems some chapters were missing from the audiobook. The worldbuilding was non-existent. Shame, because I really like time travel stories. The narrator is new to me, but I really enjoyed his narration and I think it was a good fit for the novel.

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Strange and wonderful

I didn't know what to expect when I started this book, but whatever it was I was still surprised. It suck me in from the start even though I didn't understand what happened in the beginning, I just couldn't stop listening. We're treated to a mysterious tale of magic and time travel and we get an interesting peek into life in the time just after WW1, a time period I didn't think I was interested in, but here I was. There is magic and monsters that the MCs don't understand that well, so they try to figure it out and take the reader with them on their hunt for knowledge.. Lew and Alec are both interesting, well rounded characters with both strength and faults, and the secondary characters are very interesting. There is no romance in this book, but there is a promise of something developing between Lew and Alec in the second book. I can't wait until that book is out in audio! The narration is very good, Callum Hale gives good voices to everyone, though a couple of the secondary characters had the most delightful voices.

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Time travel mystery with a dash of romance!

Time travel mystery with a dash of romance! A very interesting time travel story. Lew travelled back in time (to 1919) to look for a friend of his, (the premise of how and why is quite interesting). The story has mystery, suspense, magic and many likeable characters, especially Lew and Alec. I really enjoyed the story, but I have to say the narrator did a brilliant job of immersing me into the atmosphere of dark, dank post WWI London. Callum Hale is very, very good! - he's great with the character accents, tone and inflections. I loved his performance and I really hope he does more books - I'll be on the lookout :)

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Surprisingly gripping

Great story, beautifully narrated. Well rounded characters, evocative prose keeps you eagerly turning the page.

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  • Alec Williams
  • 19-05-20

I couldn't stay focused or interested...

I recieved this book for free in exchange for a review. I unfortunately had to DNF it. The language was beautiful, but unfortunately it was not strung together in an engaging way. Add in the narrator's lack of.. I don't know...he just lacked. I had to DNF this book. I don't usually review books I don't like but that was the agreement.

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  • JEN
  • 03-01-21

Loved it!

I loved this book. I will admit that there was a point in the beginning quarter of the book when I began to get impatient, wanting to get ahead to the really suspenseful stuff that I was positive would come, but that didn't last long and soon I was completely riveted, finishing the entire audiobook in about a day, and immediately starting the next book. I can't say that any of it was predictable - at least I didn't find it that way. One thing that I really enjoyed was the structure of the book with regard to time passing. Many books take place over a course of days or weeks, each day detailed almost to the minute. This one skips months at a time, goes back again as characters remember/recount something that happened during a period before, describes days and nights in detail as they occur, and occasionally, shows memories of time well before the actual start of the story. And speaking of time, I appreciated how Lew's adjusting from life in 2016 to life in 1920 was handled. The author struck a good balance between not enough detail and so much that it lost the emotion. A lot of the story is dark, haunting, sad, frustrating, but there's a good amount of dry, darkish humor too. (I felt the narrator's delivery in the audio version made those parts even funnier.) It's not a funny book, but the funny bits made it all the more entertaining. It is very, very light on romance and sex, but I barely noticed, being so invested in the story. It ought to be said that it is not a standalone. The previous tales, (The Gate/Inheritance of Shadows), provide background that made this one more meaningful, and there is a LOT left for the next book to resolve. For the audio version, the audio continued to be excellent as Inheritance of Shadows, if not even better. I hope more books continue to come out with Callum Hale as narrator.

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  • hussfan
  • 25-07-20

Enjoyed It a Lot

I enjoyed this story when I read it over a year ago and I enjoyed it even more in audio. I don't usually go for Time travel paranormal mystery with a cliffhanger often, but I am glad I took a chance of this story. Lew and Alec and Mira are very interesting characters and I loved following their adventures. This story ends on a cliffhanger, a very satisfying one, but still....its a good thing the next book is available to start listening right away. Narrator has a very pleasant voice and did a good job with this story. I am very excited to listen to the next story by this author and narrator.

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  • Chris Redfield
  • 17-06-20

I was given a copy to review,giving honest opinion

I was given a free copy to review,and I am leaving an honest and unbiased review. I liked this book.The narrator was excellent. The story is very good,although a bit slow at first,but I am glad that I stuck with it and that I gave it a chance. Spoilers There is no romance between the two lead male characters' of,Lew Rogers and the detective,Alec Carter,at least not until the very end,where there is a hint of mutual romantic interest between our two heroes. I think as far as the story is concerned,that it was a very good thing,in my humble opinion,for the author to not have the two lead characters fall into an,instalove,relationship,as is usually the case,in most of the gay romance books,that are written these days. Although,I am admittedly a hopeless romantic and I honestly love the instalove,gay and straight instalove books too. This audiobook,ends on a happy note,between,Lew Rogers and detective,Alec Carter,with the chance of a new relationship between the both of them. In closing,if you are like me,and you love reading and listening to books,like this one that transport you to different places and make you feel and care about the characters then,I wholeheartedly recommend this book.

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  • S.A. Locryn
  • 29-05-20

The Book and the Audio: the characters come to life

There’s a lot of emotional parts ins the book, like Lew’s shock and terror in a London unknown to him. Or Alec’s emotions and painful memories, representing everyone who had fought in the Great War and survived the terrors of it. I liked every bit of the agony of the post-war London, and Lew’s confusion while trying to learn everything new around him and adapt to his new life as a police photographer. Actually, there are a lot of characters in the book of various age and gender, like Lew and Alec the two main characters, Mr. Kelly the elderly gentleman, his family and household members, Mira Lew’s foster sister and her love interest – Tally - from the band she belongs to. Not to mention the whole variety of minor characters, like the fellow policemen – Grant - Alec works with, and Lew’s landlady and neighbors. I wasn’t really sure how Callum Hale would narrate the book giving a distinct voice to every character. Yet, after listening to the result of Callum’s performance all my ecxpectations were surpassed. What I really liked about the book: The magic system was perfectly completed by a well-developed lingo. It was fun to see how Lew and the other magic users refused to call it magic, because for them it wasn’t magic or spells, they used this skill as an ordinary sense like seeing, hearing etc. Therefore they constantly refer performing magic as “pulling” or “working”, magic itself as “pull” and magic users as “workers.” This kind of specific lingo added an extra layer to the story making the characters more complex, further connecting them by this common language. Whom I would recommend: to anyone who likes novels taking place in the after-war London, with a packed and eventful storytelling, not to mention the detailed and likeable characters with stunning character development. The romance is slow-burning you won’t have any scorching scenes, and at the end we only got a promise of something more between Alec and a Lew, a promise of a fresh start.

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  • L Adlem
  • 18-05-20

A most enjoyable experience!

I read the e-book when it came out in 2018 and listened to the Audible version in exchange for an honest review. This is exactly the kind of story I love. A murder mystery in 1920s London, monsters, magic, and romance. It's atmospheric and has wry humor running through. Many of the details of the story delighted me all over again. And I loved Callum Hale's reading. The characters came to life at a whole new level. I especially liked Grant, Kelly, and McGovern, but truly, all the characters became vividly real. I will certainly keep an eye out for other works from him. A most enjoyable experience! I was sorry when the story ended and was delighted to see from the author's newsletter that the next book is almost done.

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  • MiguelD
  • 15-05-20

Time Travel, Fantasy, and History - all in one story.

This story feels like a part of something much larger. It could have gone on past the end very easily and I was surprised when I found it was over. The accents used by the narrator are definitely toned down for a wide audience but on the whole are quite good. The lead characters in the story are more incidentally Gay than I expected but still represent the community well. overall, a solid time travel fantasy, set in England after WW1, with some core Gay characters but only hints of their feelings. I enjoyed it, but still wish it resolved the storyline.

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  • Clau
  • 14-05-20

Loved it!

I truly enjoyed this story. I loved the Universe created by the author, and I love the characters. The fact that the story is happening just after the end of the WWI is a plus :P The relationship between Lew and Mira is lovely; and having him follow her to the past just shows how deep their feelings are. Well, okay, he wasn't aware that he was following her into the past, but still :P The concept of the Border and the creatures following them into this dimension is fascinating, and I want to know more. And I love how people from this time kept popping up, knowing all about the whole thing *laughs* And, of course, there is also the potential for a romance between Lew and Alec. At least, by the end of the book, we know they will be working together. Callum Hale does a great job with the narration, but there are some issues with the editing, as chapters 14 and 22 are both twice in the audiobook.