Author: KJ Charles
Cover Artist: Angela Waters
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 03/01/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Historical, M/M Romance, Paranormal
It’s amazing what people throw away…
Crispin 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 Hall.
Ned’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-seller forever—or even for much longer.
But 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 panicking Crispin falls back onto bad habits. The embattled lovers must find a way to work together—or London could go up in flames.
This story is set in the world of the Charm of Magpies series.
Warning: 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.
It is no secret that I adore KJ Charles, however I only “liked” my first encounter with this pair in the Charmed and Dangerous Anthology (I really liked the story, just not sold on the couple). I’m not quite sure what it was, but they didn’t call out to me the same as some of her other pairings. However, Rag and Bone was great and I am sold on Crispin and Ned. You don’t have to have read her Magpie series or Jackdaw to read this, but you should have read A Queer Trade to get the most out of the story.
I loved the mystery in this one. I didn’t figure it out until the end, although that isn’t saying much as I don’t always get the mysteries. I do enjoy the discovery though and this had the suspense and macabre needed to keep me reading.
I liked how Ned and Crispin’s relationship progressed. They were both a little stuck with how they saw themselves compared to the other and it was good to see how they overcame that.
A big plus for A Charm of Magpies fan was seeing Mrs. Gold and Mr. Day. I also loved how this took place the same time as Jackdaw and, having read that, I could see the overlap. I am curious to go back and read Jackdaw to see if I can spot Crispin and Ned now that I know their story.
On a side note, I learned a new word the other day: “chunter”. It is an old, obscure British verb which means to “to talk in a low inarticulate way: mutter” according to Mirriam-Webster. While reading Rag and Bone, low and behold, I came across my new word! I was so excited that I was able to put my knowledge to good use. Yes, I’m a nerd. And thank you Ethan for expanding my vocabulary!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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