Title:Jackdaw (The World of A Charm of Magpies)
Author: K.J. Charles
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: February 17th 2015
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Genre(s): Historical, Paranormal, Fantasy (Magic)
Page Count: 189
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
If you stop running, you fall.
Jonah Pastern is a magician, a liar, a windwalker, a professional thief…and for six months, he was the love of police constable Ben Spenser’s life. Until his betrayal left Ben jailed, ruined, alone, and looking for revenge.
Ben is determined to make Jonah pay. But he can’t seem to forget what they once shared, and Jonah refuses to let him. Soon Ben is entangled in Jonah’s chaotic existence all over again, and they’re running together—from the police, the justiciary, and some dangerous people with a lethal grudge against them.
Threatened on all sides by betrayals, secrets, and the laws of the land, can they find a way to live and love before the past catches up with them?
Warning: Contains a policeman who should know better, a thief who may never learn, Victorian morals, heated encounters, and a very annoyed Stephen Day.
“I want to walk the wind with you…
All the rave reviews were right. This is a masterpiece. I just realised that I ‘ve highlighted most part of this book, and it’s impossible for me to explain all the reasons why I loved it, so I’m just going to point out my highlights..
It’s easy to love Ben. Because he was done wrong, because he lost everything, and because he always chose Jonah. Even when he didn’t deserve it.
It’s not easy to love Jonah (although I did, from the word go). He’s reckless and impulsive. He’s an amoral hero; his moral compass is Ben (and this is some food for thought). I recently said in a review, that love can be found in horrible places by horrible people. This applies perfectly here. Jonah is not horrible, but he’s lost. He found Ben, but he found himself too. Day can doubt him all he wants. In the end, he earned my trust as a reader.
So much feeling…
As expected, the prose is perfect, there is funny banter which is truly hilarious and the sex scenes are smoking. But the dialogue….damn, but it slayed my life!
“I don’t deserve another chance. But if you gave me one, I would earn it, Ben. I would. I swear.”
“Ben, my Ben, my own. I’ll do anything. Oh God, Ben, I swear. Whatever you want. Please. My Ben. Oh God.”
So many images…
Sitting on a rooftop in silence, looking out over London, manipulating the ether, two lovers flying together, windwalking through a storm….Such vivid and amazingly detailed descriptions.
I didn’t expect the ending. Actually, I could’t see how this was going to end well. But it did. And it was perfect.
Needless to say, I highly recommend this story. It works as a standalone, but I strongly advise against reading it without having read the Charm of Magpies series first.