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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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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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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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Brilliant as always

One of my absolute favourites KJ Charles never fails. Can't count how many times I've re-listenined to it :)

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One for sorrow

Sorry to say I did not like this book. I found the MCs banal, the magic and story not that interesting, and the link to magpies pie in the sky. Any Old Diamonds by the same author is my favourite audiobook, so had high expectations for this series. NOT FOR ME

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Fantastic

Really wonderful narration matches a sparkling story. Great fun and highly recommended, I'll be reading more K J Charles

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Somewhat fast, but lovely

The narration is a bit fast-paced—had to set it to x0.9 for a more comfortable listen—but Collins for the most part does an admirable job. There are a few places where his character voice slips a bit (particularly with the ladies), but not so much that it gets confusing.

Was pleasantly surprised that this book also contained the extra (free) short story "an interlude with tattoos".

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A brilliant series, well told...

The audio for this was very good, and to my surprise and there may have been a few fist-bumps here, also included an audio version of Interlude with Tattoos as a freebie at the end. Loads of laughs, good female voices and Lucien's upper class accent was excellent. I still love the interaction between Lucien and Mr Merrick. Delightful.

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Excellent story, very well read

I really enjoyed listening to this book. Lots going on and my kind of humour.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Trish
  • 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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  • Phx17
  • 05-02-21

If the Brothers Grimm were lovers

Set in London, this book had a Sleepy Hollows mood combined with an international mix of shamans, Chinese mysticism, witches, warlocks and creepy gothic voodoo. I dug the mood and the mystery surrounding Lucien’s legacy and the menace shadowing his estate. As the story progresses, you don’t really ever get to know the bad guys so much as you experience their horrific machinations. Thus, I found the reveal and climatic confrontation a bit lacking in depth. At 5 hrs, this is more of a novella than book (the last 1.5 hrs involves a short story that could also be a sort of epilogue and a preview for the next book), but on sale, this was a dark and delicious tale with a side of explicit MM bdsm passion.

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