There’s no good doing the right thing unless you stop people doing the wrong thing.
Title: The Magpie Lord
Author: K.J. Charles
Why you should read this book: Because there is magic, a handsome Lord, a tiny an powerful magician and it’s set in what maybe is vistorian London? It’s worth your time for sure.
Summary from Goodreads:
Exiled to China for twenty 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.
Warlocks are magical cannibals, yes?”
“That’s a…vivid way of putting it.”
Murders, suicides, a tattooed Lord just back from 20 years in Shanghai, a very short magician with a terrible taste in clothing; that’s pretty much the whole story. Put a little bit of flirting, a couple steamy scenes, a seemingly hunted house and you have me turning page after page until this too short book is over. Thank goodness the series has more books because I need more. I really need more of Crane and Stephen!
Lord Crane is such an interesting character. Exiled by his father to Shanghai with his manservant Merrick, he became a trader and had his fair trade of bad and good luck. He has to go back to London after his hideous father and even more hideous brother commit suicide. After he starts wanting to unwillingly end his life, Lord Crane seeks help in a magician, or better, practitioner, to find out what the hell is going on.
“Well, I didn’t like to say so, but that is a dreadful suit,” Crane agreed, as he pulled up the horses outside the house. “You’d look much better out of it.”
Who is said magician? A barely 5 feet tall scrawny little guy called Stephen with one awful suit after the other. At first he doesn’t want to help because Crane’s father ruined his father a lot of years before but then he met Lucien and he is nothing like the Lords who preceded him. Maybe he is not so bad after all. Yeah, well, my little magician, he is charming beyond compare, knows his way with words and you will be begging him to do bad things to you in beds, desks, against walls, etc. You little fox!
Stephen, you’re the only spark of light I’ve encountered in this whole vile country.
To go to the core of the mystery and to find out who wants Crane dead, they travel to Crane’s very old and sinister house, Piper House. Stephen feels there is something really wrong with it, there’s no doubt in it, and something is swallowing the magic in things. During their stay in this house infested with magpies, Lord Crane’s so also the Vaudrey’s family symbol, they find out that there’s so much more to what they initially thought. Mysteries everywhere. I thought I knew what was going on but no, I was half wrong. I loved that it kept me wondering until the very end.
“There’s something very old and odd and quite unpleasant about this house.”
“Yes, it’s Graham.”
Stephen grinned and followed him into the long room.
There were so many interesting things going on and I loved every single one of them. The story kept me guessing, it kept me rooting for them, for the triumph of good magic. I’m not revealing anything important even if I want to because there were so many good scenes. Stephen is brilliant, a talented practitioner; he goes from grumpy to smiley and I loved it. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next!
Do I recommend it? Yes, it had me craving for more.