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  1. Julio Genao Julio Genao says:

    this book is like all myand it is has happenedto my bodytwice nowpreviouslyoh hellfuckyesjust just take my credit card do whatever IDECi just i must possess the pretty

  2. K.J. Charles K.J. Charles says:

    A new novel featuring Crispin Tredarloe and Ned Hall who first appeared in 'A ueer Trade' my story in the Charmed and Dangerous Ten Tales of Gay Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy anthology Ned's a waste man who buys and sells used paper Crispin is a supposedly reformed warlock who's having trouble going straight Neither of them is at all euipped to deal with magical mayhem necromancy or spontaneous combustion Unfortunately somebody's got toThis story is set in the Charm of Magpies world round about the same time as Jackdaw I hope you enjoy it

  3. Heather K (dentist in my spare time) Heather K (dentist in my spare time) says:

    KJ Charles does it again with another fabulous exciting endlessly entertaining story I know I can always count on her to deliver when I need her most I wholeheartedly recommend this book with a few minor caveats First of all I think all prospective readers of this story should start with A ueer Trade the preuel novella I think it gives background information that is really necessary to understand the main characters and the dynamic of the relationship between Crispin and Ned Secondly you should NOT jump into this series without first reading The Magpie Lord It's best if you read the entire Magpie Lord series before you start this one There is so much information there about the magical world in which these books are set that I think you are operating at a deficit if you start your The World of A Charm of Magpies journey here Now that that background stuff is out of the way I can get to the story Rag and Bone was so on point To start I don't think I've ever read a historical romance where the main MCs are in an interracial relationship much less a MM historical with one shout out to Courtney Milan for The Heiress Effect where the side characters have an interracial romance Combine that with some really fascinating and well crafted magical world building and tons of intense action and you've got yourself a winner I adore how KJ Charles envisions her Magpie world and the amount of thought she takes with her storytelling Her characters' magical practices make sense in that brilliant way that so few authors are able to pull off I loved Crispin's uniue strain of magic and the pressure that that put on him It was a case of really masterful writing Though I wasn't uite up to the same level of emotional investment with Crispin and Ned as some of the other KJ Charles pairings I think that I could grow to be obsessed with them as a couple too There was something special forming there and I have extremely high hopes for this offshoot series Copy provided in exchange for an honest review

  4. ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~ ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~ says:

    375I have not read A ueer Trade the preuel to this story Perhaps if I had I would have been engaged with these characters The writing is brilliant just on this side of cheeky and sprinkled with sly humour Plus I never get tired of visiting with the short but terrifying Stephen Day This story seems to overlap with Flight of Magpies and Jackdaw Jenny Saint has been attacked; Stephen has announced his departure from the justiciary and is wearing Crane's ring; Jonah Pastern is at large; and Esther Gold Stephen's partner is pregnant I don't remember this mentioned in the other books but it's sort of a thing here; Stephen will not let the poor woman be Meanwhile Crispin suspected of being a warlock is trying to learn the right way to do magic But Crispin is a graphnomancer; he WRITES magic a rare skill associated with those who'd use magic for their own selfish gainsCrispin finally finds a teacher who sees his potential Dr Sweet wants him to move to Oxford which would mean leaving Ned Crispin's lover behind in London When people including Ned's landlord start dying Crispin gets involved and accidentally puts Ned in danger A powerful warlock is called back from the dead and Ned and Crispin have to count on each other and on Crispin's pen magic to save themselves and maybe even the world ie the situation is all kinds of fucked upI was a little bored with this book until the halfway mark when the action kicked in Crispin and Ned spend the majority of the story arguing mostly about magic which is important to Crispin but a nuisance to Ned Ned who makes his living collecting and selling paper doesn't like magic and wishes Crispin were just an ordinary manThe steam level is fairly low although once the men reconcile in a moment of danger there's plenty of sweetness and a strong HFN They want me Crispin said slowly They think I'd do the right thing You're not used to people thinking that are you?No I'm not except for you You've thought that since the day we met even when I got everything wrongYou never got everything wrong Ned said I mean you ain't always got everything right but that's not the same thing I enjoyed Rag and Bone I just wasn't feeling the connection between Ned and Crispin like I had with Crane and Day or Jonah and Ben Jackdaw remain my favorite story set in this magical universe

  5. Ingie Ingie says:

    Review written March 21 201638 Stars A good new KJC mystery set in a place I like and want to visit soon againI read the short preuel #05 A ueer Trade 37 stars just some weeks ago and truly enjoyed as always when from KJ Charles's remarkable pen The novella was a first sneak peek to this new historical para mystery series called Rag Bone Books in the impressive fabulous world of A Charm of Magpies Just read them all Why? view spoiler — Because those books are all or less fantastic good historical mystery adventures In my opinion outstanding reads and maybe the best MM series to read and follow right now by an outstanding uick producing writer in KJ Charles hide spoiler

  6. Vanessa North Vanessa North says:

    A tremendously good book by probably the best writer in MM fiction today It was sweet tender funny scary and at times pretty fucking gross everything I expect from books set in the Charm of Magpies world An absolute delight

  7. Optimist ♰King& Optimist ♰King& says:

    Oh my daysThis story should've been named Sweetness and Light I feel like I tasted a rainbow after reading Nespin's story No Skittles reuired I even thought their fighting was cute I found myself smiling almost the entire time KJC does a marvelous job of showing both sides of the proverbial coin and making me like both characters eually Her skills in fleshing out characters uickly is unparalleled so much so that I knew even when they uarreled that they loved each other to pieces even if they hadn't said it out loud but all of the dialogue buttressed the radiance of these two They don't have the magic of Craphen but they have something that's entirely uniuely their own Mate you're the best thing I've ever had Crispin is a graphomancer and is making an effort to develop his powers without using blood magic This is a battle because trouble seems drawn to these two like a moth to a flame Strange events that involve them both and reuires they work together to unravel these mysteries Simply put they make a good team Crispin has the worst luck and that just messes with his head Ned provides the balance; he's very sensible and logical steady What I loved the most though was the way they fill in each other's blanks and do it in such a seamless way Neither comes across as flawed or lacking Which is precisely what kept giving me the rainbow feels every time one of them would start to doubt their worth or think they weren't good enough for the other those fears were allayed and their relationship strengthened Really it made my heart swell They're the perfect balance of sweetness without being saccharine And every time Ned called Crispin Freckles And how Crispin always ends up doodling Ned I just Right In The FeelsOf course the justiciars make appearances Stephen and Mrs Gold included which I loved; yet this is wholly Nespin's adventure parts of which are disgusting That creature thing shudders I could almost smell that thing They should get an award for not hurling I felt like hurling One word GROSS The story is nicely paced and beautifully written as always with evocative language I'm not sure where the series is headed but there was a character that made a brief appearance who Ned dubbed Blue Eyes that I'm still uite curious about I feel like we've not seen the last of ole Blue Eyes I certainly hope we've not seen the last of Nespin because everyone needs this kind of sweetness in their lives A man could write a thing and even if he didn't have Crispin's powers sometimes the world changed anyway I think it's prudent to advise anyone considering reading this to read A ueer Trade first There are several references to events that happened in that short that are relevant to this storyAnother entertaining fun and just a delightful KJC read and a beguiling addition to the Charm of the Magpies universe An ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  8. Sofia Sofia says:

    With Ned and Crispin we just follow another thread in the Magpieverse which Ms Charles is weaving like a truly mad as in genius madness and capable weaver A worthy installment Great compact story and great relationship building within the 'greater' story we've already read so we see how Ned and Cripsin fit in and how they see the rest Same world different people different perspectives different words Funny really A man could write a thing and even if he didn't have Crispin's powers sometimes the world changed anyway Scarbourgh FairChap 2 graphic novelBR with Ingela

  9. Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* says:

    I write the world as I want it to be I write and it is I loved KJ Charle's Magpie trilogy and the introduction into that magic focused Historical society As a fan of course I'm happy she's continued in that world despite ending the trilogy with Lucien and Stephen Day They have remained my favorites but it was fun to run into Ben and Jonah's tense situation in Jackdaw and now two new characters in 'Rag and Bone'The story touches the others since Stephen Day is in this one a decent amount as well as some of the other major players of the magic police force like Esther For the first part of the story they just annoy me with frustrating bureaucracy but they save face later with a clever twist and solution It seems sometimes people seem to be misunderstanding when they're actually getting it in the first placeYou also see a small glimpse of Jonah and the beginning of his storyescape ends up coinciding with a major development with this book It seems the author is setting these up right before Stephen Day departs the team permanentlyIt's intriguing how each person gets their uniue magical ability and I like how Crispin's power is something that can be conceived as dark magic but is a powerful uniue force which can be used for good if he doesn't stray into Warlock territory The solution in the end fitted that perfectlyOn the negative side the characters just aren't as addictive Crispin is a sweet guy but I do wish he had a stronger backbone Sometimes I wanted to slap him and make him asset himself Sure Stephen had a submissive streak but if he believed in something he'd say it Stuttering can be an endearing trait but Crispin seemed to weak willed to hold the book together by himself Ned is a cool guy as well but again just kind of there I like them both they just don't stand out beyond their magical abilities or potentialIt was also in the controversy of mixed race relationship but this was touched upon heavier in the mini preuel A ueer TradeIt's nice to see the author continue in her uniue world with fresh blood so I'll keep reading the series if it continues even if the originals still remain my favorites

  10. Eugenia Eugenia says:

    WOWWell KJ Charles managed to make me root for a character I found hard to like at the beginning of the storyCrispin is not your usual hero He’s uncertain doubts himself is self interested and holds magic above all else Magic overrides just about everything else for him except for Ned a plain spoken waste man I highly recommend reading the preuel A ueer Trade before tackling this one Not only is the short story very good it shows us how Crispin and Ned first met and gives the isolation Crispin feels justification Back to this oneat the beginning I wasn’t sure I would like the story as well as the other books in the Magpie universe I still wasn’t sure halfway through But somewhere in there the mystery and Crispin began to truly grow; Ned became a solid and powerful presence that grounded the entire book for me I won’t go much into detail save that there is an HFN you do meet up with other characters in the Magpie universe since this one straddles Jackadaw and the last of the Magpie books and that there is not a lot of sex There is a lot of crazy magic going on and this fascinated me Much of it seemed seeped in actual magical folklore and made me wonder how much of it was “true”As always Charles’ writing is stellar and the narration was SUPERB Get ready to hear a smooth rolling Cornish accent from Crispin and a colorful cockney from Ned Also lovely Ned is black and Charles touches on the idea of racism and otherness that POC experienced in historical London not to mention in today’s time

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Rag and Bone [PDF / Epub] ✓ Rag and Bone ★ K.J. Charles – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk It’s amazing what people throw awayCrispin Tredarloe never meant to become a warlock Freed from his treacherous master he’s learning how to use his magical powers the right way But it’s brutally It’s amazing what people throw awayCrispin Tredarloe never meant to become a warlock Freed from his treacherous master he’s learning how to use his magical powers the right way But it’s brutally hard work Not everyone believes he’s a reformed character and the strain is putting unbearable pressure on his secret relationship with waste man Ned HallNed’s sick of magic Sick of the trouble it brings sick of its dangerous grip on Crispin and the miserable look it puts in his eyes and sick of being afraid that a gentleman magician won’t want a street paper Rag and PDF/EPUB or seller forever—or even for much longerBut something is stirring among London’s forgotten discards An ancient evil is waking up and seeking its freedom And when wild magic hits the rag and bottle shop where Ned lives a panicked Crispin falls back onto bad habits The embattled lovers must find a way to work together—or London could go up in flamesThis story is set in the world of the Charm of Magpies seriesWarning Contains a warlock who needs to go straight but isn’t a waste man running out of patience blood magic bad tempered justiciars and a pen with a mind of its own.