A Queer Trade (Rag and Bone, #0.5) by KJ Charles ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

Queer-TradeTitle: A Queer Trade (Rag and Bone, #0.5)

Author: KJ Charles

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 02/02/2016

Length: Short Story (<15K)

Genre: Fantasy, Historical, M/M Romance


Apprentice magician Crispin Tredarloe returns to London to find his master dead, and his papers sold. Papers with secrets that could spell death. Crispin needs to get them back before anyone finds out what he’s been doing, or what his magic can do.

Crispin tracks his quarry down to waste paper dealer Ned Hall. He needs help, and Ned can’t resist Crispin’s pleading—and appealing—looks. But can the waste-man and the magician prevent a disaster and save Crispin’s skin?

A 16,000 word story set in the Charm of Magpies world, and a prequel to the novel Rag and Bone (March 2016). This story was first published as part of the Charmed & Dangerous anthology.

My View:

Historical is not my normal genre. One series, however, that has managed to transcend my disdain for the genre is the Charm of Magpies series from British author KJ Charles. A Queer Trade is a short introduction to the characters we will see in the forthcoming Rag and Bone. Set in the same world as the Charm of Magpies books, I am interested to see if Ms. Charles can continue her genre-busting streak.

As far as I know, Crispin and Ned are both new characters to readers of the Magpie stories. I enjoyed getting to know them and am looking forward to learning more about them in Rag and Bone. I love that they are an interracial couple, but that race isn’t a huge issue. Of course I also loved the magic. It is the reason I keep coming back for more, after all.

If you read the Charmed & Dangerous anthology last year, you have already read this story. If not, I recommend it for any reader who is interested in Rag and Bone or the Magpie books.


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I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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