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Rag and Bone

Narrated by: Cornell Collins
Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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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.

©2016 K. J. Charles (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Quite a story

Wow!! What a ripping yarn! I was leaping about in my seat at other times totally emoting and feeling, all carried by brilliant narration. Story and performance a wonderful marriage.

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  • Manduh
  • 24-09-2019

These two

3.25 stars for both the story and the narrator.

Where Ned and Crispin goes trouble seems to follow.

What I liked:
Ned and Crispin's relationship.
How they worked together.
Crispin's want to learn how to do magic the proper way.
Ned's encouragement and belief in Crispin.

What I didn't:
The justiciary. They all seem like a bunch of self-righteous pricks.
Crispin and Ned's whining when things weren't going right. That can be blamed on the narrator. His voice during intense moments really got on my nerves lol
Crispin's self-doubt and need to rely on his pen

Overall, an alright story.

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  • Cranky Reader
  • 09-09-2019

More magic

Another installment that would make for a good show. More of a mystery & monster fight than the previous book, and generally less sad. Crispin does have terrible luck with mentors and teachers - they won’’t work with the talent he has. Ned is happy enough for now, aside from hearing magical noises, but isn’t sure how his future will play out. Oddly for a romance, the two lovers start out together. The romance is about communicating feelings and overcoming assumptions rather than getting together. It worked for me.

Steam: low but comes up early. M/M on page, no kink or power games.

Audio: Not thrilled with some of the voicing choices the narrator made in this installment. In general, he does a good job but this time I felt more aware of the narrator. Some of that was from not adding melody to a non-copyrighted song. I can’t be sure how much of that is due to the narrator’s own choice or a production/legal choice but I was irked by it. Someone else might not be irked. Otherwise production quality was again good.

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  • Euge
  • 14-04-2019

WOW!!!

Well, KJ Charles managed to make me root for a character I found hard to like at the beginning of the story!!

Crispin is not your usual hero. He’s uncertain, doubts himself, is self-interested and holds magic above all else. Magic overrides just about everything else for him except for Ned, a plain-spoken waste man.

I highly recommend reading the prequel, A Queer Trade, before tackling this one. Not only is the short story very good, it shows us how Crispin and Ned first met, and gives the isolation Crispin feels justification.

Back to this one...at the beginning, I wasn’t sure I would like the story as well as the other books in the Magpie universe. I still wasn’t sure halfway through. But somewhere in there, the mystery and Crispin began to truly grow; Ned became a solid and powerful presence that grounded the entire book for me.

I won’t go much into detail save that there is an HFN, you do meet up with other characters in the Magpie universe since this one straddles Jackadaw and the last of the Magpie books, and that there is not a lot of sex. There is a lot of crazy magic going on and this fascinated me! Much of it seemed seeped in actual magical folklore and made me wonder how much of it was “true.”

As always, Charles’ writing is stellar and the narration was SUPERB!!! Get ready to hear a smooth, rolling Cornish accent from Crispin, and a colorful cockney from Ned.

Also lovely: Ned is black and Charles touches on the idea of racism and otherness that POC experienced in historical London (not to mention in today’s time).

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  • VHB
  • 08-02-2018

Fabulous

This is just as good as the rest of the series.
The narration is perfection
Highly recommend this book and the whole entire
Magpie series

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  • Gail Staggs
  • 12-06-2018

Sweetly Done

KJ Charles is always a well loved read and Mr. Collins is a musical note of the devine kind to listen to.

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  • spencear
  • 16-06-2018

World building

With this series of books, K.J. Charles has filled out the Charms of Magpies world, each story building n the one before. This installment expands the roster of characters further, but for me was the weakest episode, Crispin, and Dan, the two main protagonists, would have benefited from being introduced in an earlier adventure, giving the reader a nodding acquaintance before throwing them headlong into their own narrative. Also, I found it far too obvious as to the identity of the villain, which meant I spent chapters, thinking 'get on with it.' As always the writing style is detailed and expressive and look forward to the next excursion into this fascinating reality.

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