A Case of Possession (A Charm of Magpies #2) by KJ Charles
Also in this series: The Magpie Lord
Published by Samhain Publishing (2014), eBook, 179pg
Filed under: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance
Got my copy from: Scribd
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Lord Crane has never had a lover quite as elusive as Stephen Day. True, Stephen’s job as justiciar requires secrecy, but the magician’s disappearing act bothers Crane more than it should. When a blackmailer threatens to expose their illicit relationship, Crane knows a smart man would hop the first ship bound for China. But something unexpectedly stops him. His heart. Stephen has problems of his own. As he investigates a plague of giant rats sweeping London, his sudden increase in power, boosted by his blood-and-sex bond with Crane, is rousing suspicion that he’s turned warlock. With all eyes watching him, the threat of exposure grows. Stephen could lose his friends, his job and his liberty over his relationship with Crane. He’s not sure if he can take that risk much longer. And Crane isn’t sure if he can ask him to. The rats are closing in, and something has to give...
So remember how much I loved The Magpie Lord
? Take that love and apply it to A Case of Possession
, because it was just as good a read!
All the great stuff from the first book is in here– great characters, and interesting setting/worldbuilding, fun (yet scary) magic stuff, tricksy mystery, etc. etc.
It’s not just a copy-cat of The Magpie Lord, though. For one thing, there are Chinese vampires instead of evil wizards. Also, things are complicated from being in the city rather than the country: there’s a larger cast, for one, and people are more apt to stick their noses into things that don’t concern them. Which means blackmail and also snide comments about people’s sexual/romantic proclivities. And then…
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, perhaps the ultimate gothic romance novel.
- Cousin Kate by Georgette Heyer, a lighter gothic novel but still totally creepy because of all the gaslighting.
- Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy, which has werewolves and vampires and they’re definitely NOT ROMANTIC. (Has anyone watched the Netflix series, btw? I got about half an episode in and couldn’t take it any longer. Watching horror is scarier than reading it, I suppose.)
- Bliss by Lauren Myracle, the 1960s YA version of The Craft. Teenage witches and demons, ahoy!
- Salem’s Lot by Stephen King, a vampire story which actually scared me away from sleeping for at least one night.
- Uzumaki by Junji Ito, a manga series focused on a weird town that has an unusual affinity for spirals.
- 14 by Peter Clines, a horror story set in a mysterious Los Angeles apartment building.
What spooky books are you going to read for Halloween?
See also: 5 spooky kids books
I just finished a reread of Archer’s Goon by Diana Wynne Jones. It’s Witch Week starting on October 21st, so I’ve got an excuse to gorge myself on DWJ books again this year (Diana Wynne Jones Month being the other one). AG used to be one of the books people would recommend for DWJ newbies, but I think it got thrown over for Howl’s Moving Castle ever since the movie version came out. It’s still a good starting point, though, and I’d definitely recommend it even if you’re a DWJ veteran. Family shenanigans = always good!
Clariel is the newest Garth Nix book and it’s the next in the Abhorsen series! It’s actually a prequel, so you can totally read it without having read the other books if you want. I’ve been SO excited about this book ever since I found out about it, almost a year ago. We got it in at my library and I got first dibs– it’s SO GOOD and I’m having a very good time reading it.
The other book I’m reading is Lily Dale: The True Story of the Town That Talks to the Dead by Christine Wicker, who wrote Not in Kansas Anymore which I read back in 2012 and didn’t much like. Nowadays I’m much more appreciative of her mix of memoir and history, and so I’m really enjoying this book. I’m interested generally in the history of religion/magic/etc. and I like memoirs on the whole.
Have any of you been to Lily Dale? I’d like to go check it out one day (along with Salem). It seems like a fun place!
What are you reading this week?