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The Magpie Lord

The Magpie Lord - K.J. Charles BR with Mel, Elena, Gaby, and Wandering Reader – Thursday, March 19th :)

To say I have mixed feelings about this book would be an understatement. I'm not even sure how I want to rate it. Some readers loved The Magpie Lord, while others didn't like it all that much. I find myself somewhere in the middle...

The magic

See, magic is not really my thing, but it intrigued me in this book. It was entertaining, and I wanted to know more about the dynamics of it, and about what it meant to me a magician, a shaman, or however else they're called. The difference between a warlock and a good shaman was also interesting. Truth be told, the scenes where magic was involved were also pretty creepy.

The magpies

Now, here's the thing... When I was a kid, I used to watch all these TV shows and movies I wasn't supposed to watch at night... Lost, CSI, horror movies, thrillers etc. They all fascinated me, and I'd stay up late to watch TV when I was supposed to be a good little girl sleeping. Among all those, I watched Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds' one night, and I've been freaked out by birds ever since. Needless to say, the magpies were not something I was fond of in this book, and frankly, that house full of magpies inside and out made me quite uncomfortable.

The MCs

They were all hot one minute, cold the next. So, I couldn't form a connection with them, since there was UST thrown in my face, only to have them pull away the next instance. There was chemistry, and then there wasn't, and I had to wonder if they would ever work as a couple.

Crane aka Lucien was awesome, and I liked his sense of humor and his proneness to swearing like a sailor. What's more, I admired his efforts to distance himself from his lowlife of a father and his utterly disgusting brother. I felt for him when everyone judged him or wished him harm for his family's past mistakes. And... This has got to be one of the best swear-filled sentences I've read lately... Hahaha, so good!

"What the fuck, what the fucking bloody devil-shit, what in the name of Satan's swollen cock was that?"

Stephen was, like a bottle of perfume, a strong essence kept in a small bottle. Granted, I was not fond of him being described as 'a small man', or unremarkable, or too thin, and whatnot. Those descriptions were thrown around too much for my liking, especially when they came from Crane himself. I, for one, thought Stephen was fierce and exuded power!

The are-you-fucking-kidding-me factor

Crane's tattoos fascinated me from the beginning, and I really wanted to know under what circumstances he got them and why. Imagine my surprise when the explanation faded to black. I was so annoyed! Why does Stephen get to hear it, while I'm left with 'It was such a funny story'??? Not cool, dude. Not cool!

The ending

I. Loved. It. Seriously, it was HOT!!! A delight to read!

Will I continue to read the series? I honestly don't know. Maybe? I'm curious about what's in store for these guys, but I don't know if I can deal with the prospect of rats. Oh my God. It's like the author knows my biggest fears. First birds, then rats. What's next? Insects? *shudder*

3 stars – I think I can settle with that.