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The Magpie Lord

Narrated by: Cornell Collins
Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
4.5 out of 5 stars (69 ratings)

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Summary

A lord in danger. A magician in turmoil. A snowball in hell.

Exiled to China for 20 years, Lucien Vaudrey never planned to return to England. But with the mysterious deaths of his father and brother, it seems the new Lord Crane has inherited an earldom. He's also inherited his family's enemies. He needs magical assistance, fast. He doesn't expect it to turn up angry.

Magician Stephen Day has good reason to hate Crane's family. Unfortunately, it's his job to deal with supernatural threats. Besides, the earl is unlike any aristocrat he's ever met, with the tattoos, the attitude...and the way Crane seems determined to get him into bed. That's definitely unusual.

Soon Stephen is falling hard for the worst possible man, at the worst possible time. But Crane's dangerous appeal isn't the only thing rendering Stephen powerless. Evil pervades the house, a web of plots is closing round Crane, and if Stephen can't find a way through it - they're both going to die.

Warning: Contains hot M/M sex between a deeply inappropriate earl and a very confused magician, dark plots in a magical version of Victorian England, family values (not the good kind), and a lot of swearing.

A Charm of Magpies, Book 1

©2013 K. J. Charles (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Superb audio

What made the experience of listening to The Magpie Lord the most enjoyable?

The whole series is wonderful, fresh, finely crafted, but the audio is great the narrator does a fantastic job of briniging the characters to life.

What other book might you compare The Magpie Lord to, and why?

Difficult to say as the series is so unique, but in terms of a book I enjoyed as much...umm, probably Hell and High Water, this impressed me in the same way.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The dramatic ending, wow. You can feel the tension.

Any additional comments?

Give this a listen, I highly recommend it. Bought the second in the series halfway through this first, but I have been listening to the first pretty much on a loop it’s so good.

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Magpies, gay sex and mystery

Bloody good book and gay as all hell. 10/10 from the queer trans guy ;)

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Enjoyable story. Far better in audio

I tried to read this book several years ago but there was something about the first chapter that didn't work for me. I'm happy to say that in audio I got past that and am glad I did. The narration was superb and the story itself, highly enjoyable.

I do have one serious gripe though. The book is listed as being 6hrs 27mins long. However, the book is actually less than 6hrs long. I was really annoyed to hear that the first chapters of the next book had been tagged on to the end of the story. Adding chapters of the next book is common in print and ebook, but out of the thousands of audiobooks I've listened to this is the first time I've heard it used. I did not like it at all. It is highly annoying for audio. Audible prices books on length, and the longer a book, the higher the price. This book-length was artificially inflated by adding on chapters of book 2. Also, if I listened to the additional 30 minutes, when purchasing the next book its then a pain to find my place in the story as my MP3 player doesn't play by chapter. I do hope this does not become a trend. It feels like a bit of a con.

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Brilliant narration

The story itself is fine, and a great setting and characters. But its full of tropes seen before, and the story really is nothing new. A few times I felt myself tuning out, and the climax sort of confused me. But, the redeeming factor was definitely the narration, the way the narrator constructed characters was fantastic. Would recommend for those interested in gay magical Victorian tales.

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Simply Wonderful

I was put off The Magpie Lord at first because of its length. I like BIG books (and I cannot lie...) that have time to establish characters, endear the reader to their plight, time for the plot to come together and properly bloom... length is not something this book has. At six hours long (minus the half an hour teaser for book two) it is a quarter of the length of the books I prefer. Despite that, I found myself enjoying it and fell in love with the author’s style hard and fast.

If you go into this, accepting that the plots are not going to be convoluted Byzantine mindfuddle, you can expect to have a grand old time. I love well done Victorian fiction, and oh wow does K. J. Charles give us a delightful world. The juxtaposition of a tight laced Society for Lord Lucien’s flamboyant confidence to shine against, as well as the small and lean stature of Stephen who is a powerhouse of magical energy and controlled danger is very satisfying. It’s rare that a book that leans into the height difference trope manages to evade the trap of making the smaller man a weak damsel in distress. Both men are capable and vicious in their own way and it’s like watching a lightning storm when they interact in the book.

The writing is amazing, and so too is the narration. The voice actor does a magnificent job giving character to the different voices and putting in excellent effort to give the words fluid emotion.

There are some weak points, but those are personal taste rather than anything significantly damning to the book’s structure. It is a personal peeve when an author decides to tell the reader that the characters are bantering and sharing a story or a joke without sharing any of it with the reader. I feel left out when the author does this - why don’t we get to know the hilarious story about how Lucien got his tattoos? Mutter mutter, grumble grumble.

Besides that small gripe, I deeply adored this. The magic system is really interesting, the characters are well fleshed out and charming, the plot was a little on the weak side but honestly this book was more to do with the characters and how they interacted and that’s perfectly acceptable when they are this fascinating.

I am certainly going to be listening to this one again, and I have already picked up the second of the series. 4.5/5, half a mark lost for the plot being just a little too frail.

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superb!

loved the book and the narration was perfect - highly recommended and I look forward to hearing the rest of the series

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  • Riva
  • 03-02-18

Excellent story and Performance

What a great listen. I loved this book when I read it and loved it even more in audiobook format. This my first time listening to this very British narrator and he really gives an A++ performance. He brought Stephen and Lucien to life. I have read the entire series, so I can't wait to hear more of the MCs adventures with this narrator. As an extra special treat, Book 1.5 is is also included in this audiobook for free. Highly recommend.

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  • Ronny Bea
  • 31-01-18

Marvelous

I've been waiting for years for this trilogy to come out as audiobooks. Selecting Collins as the narrator was a brilliant stroke and he did a fantastic job. This is hands down one of my favorite stories and I very much enjoyed it in this medium. And now, on the book two.

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  • t
  • 22-05-18

Absolutely outstanding

When I first read the book several years ago, I liked it, but it didn't stick with me. When I saw it was on audible and listened to the sample,I figured - hey, it's just a credit, why not try it?

What a wonderful investment of a credit. The Magpie Lord, narrated by Cornell Collins, is now one of my favorite audible books ever. He did the inflections in their voices so well. He had me laughing, excited, and on the edge of my seat at times. 'I expected a shaman, not a pint-sized counter jumper" has got to be one of my favorite lines ever.

Love. Love. Love this book now. When I pulled up the ebook and read it, I could hear the words in Collins voice.

And, let me say, that since I downloaded it a bit over a month ago, I have listened to it no less than 10 times. I just keep coming back to it. Did I mention I love this audio book? I love audiobooks, but very few have to be listened to over and over. It now joins:

Heartstrikers series by Rachel Aaron, The Coursodon Dimension series by ML Ryan, the Hexworld and 'Whyborne & Griffin' series by Jordan L Hawk, and now The Magpie Lord series by K, J,. Charles.

Those are my go-tos when I want a good listen I can get into from word One.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-02-18

Absolutely floored

if you love yourself, or have hopes of one day loving yourself, read this book

finding a non-YA LGBT book is impossible enough on its on, but to find a series where this is the case AND the whole point of the story ISNT "they're gay" is unbelievable. I need seven more just like this one. unfortunately for me, there are only two.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-06-18

Fun, exciting, and surprisingly hot.

And such lovely size kink. Oh my God. The thumb on the lips I can't even

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  • Isabella Betita
  • 27-02-18

Delightful!

A thrilling adventure, involving Victorian England, magic powers, and a lot of sexual tension. The story was enjoyable and entertaining, and the narration is superb. One of the few instances where I felt like the audio is the best format for this kind of book.

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  • Rachel ogubunka
  • 25-02-18

good read

a nice series in the making can't wait for the rest of the books promised this series.

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  • AlexJouJou
  • 17-02-18

Sublime - easily one of the very best historicals!

What made the experience of listening to The Magpie Lord the most enjoyable?

The narrator - when coupled with a tightly woven, intricate plot - amazing characters who come literally alive in the voice of the narrator.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Magpie Lord?

The furball. I cannot describe it more than that. UGH!

Which character – as performed by Cornell Collins – was your favorite?

Merrick is my favorite - something about his being a secondary support character had me wanting more.

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  • Patricia
  • 14-02-18

Fun & engaging series

I've already listened to all five books. They were charming, lite, fun. I liked the characters & enjoyed hearing how their relationships progressed. I also enjoyed the cameo appearances of the main characters from the first three books in the last two. Paranormal, gay, a romance & a mystery - well that checks all my boxes.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 29-01-18

Even better with Audible.

The Charm of Magpies universe is made even better, and it was awesome to start with, by the addition of Narration.
Cornell Collins voices the characters beautifully: accent, timing, and emotion brought out perfectly. I'm off to listen to book two, now...

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