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PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “A Case of Possession” by K.J. Charles


Magic in the blood. Danger in the streets.

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…


When Magpie Lord burst into my periphery back in September 2013, I immediately thought it was fresh and exciting. So of course the sequel became the case of high anticipation. Did it deliver? Hell, yeah! In some part it was even better although in other parts, I was a bit let down. It all depends on your expectations, I guess.

Okay, mystery wise – or the paranormal case that Stephen took and ended up involving Crane, that one ROCKED my socks! Seriously … it was a much better plot, involving evil magic, revenge that had history rooted back to China, and really REALLY CREEPY GIANT RATS!!

K.J. Charles has a penchant for portraying horror vividly, and the part where the giant rats came from within walls, that one was worth cinematic treatment, complete with original score and special effects. It was one amazing (and horrific) scene! And unlike in book 1, where the villain seemed to come out of the blue, this one did not. It was a smart mystery, one that took readers to guess along – and this one reader, who grew up reading Agatha Christie, felt absolutely satisfied.

Characterization wise – it was definitely stronger too. I loved how the relationship progressed between Crane and Stephen, I loved Crane’s protectiveness and his dominance and I loved how Stephen got under Crane’s skin. They were really so yummy as a couple, so fantastically hot (hello, their sex scenes were fireworks!!! – when K.J. Charles was willing to write them on page, that is)

Then there was Merrick … a BAMF!Merrick, who was as brave and loyal as King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table (sorry, I needed to make that reference, since Merrick is Crane’s manservant, just like Merlin is Arthur’s manservant in that BBC’s Merlin, who was like my favorite manservant ever … okay, sorry, slight detour there )

Unfortunately, I also had slight protest – which made this one star less than the first book. I felt that in this book, Crane and Stephen spent more time apart. Basically due to Stephen’s fear of what his colleagues would think of the nature of his external power, and the relationship he had with Crane, the Magpie Lord. So Stephen was being elusive, and often worked on the case for days leaving Crane alone, doing his own things. Unlike in book 1, where Stephen HAD to stay with Crane to get rid of the curse. This story was taken from Crane’s perspective – so I felt kinda disappointed with the lack of their time together because I didn’t really get to see what Stephen was doing when he was not with Crane.

Of course, that might be my problem alone, due to certain expectation that I had. I am pretty sure that if you love the first book, you will definitely feel the same for this one. Hands down, a solid and worthy sequel. Now what do you think I could do to bribe K.J. Charles to write faster??



Susan – 4.5 stars


K.J. Charles - Case of PossesionTitle: A Case of Possession (A Charm of Magpies #2)
Author: K.J. Charles
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Pages: 159
Release Date: January 28, 2013
Purchase Links:  Amazon, Samhain

About Ami

My name is Ami and I'm an Indonesian girl in my mid 30's, living in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. I used to do a lot of journal writing in a different website but over the years, I started to lose interest. I am, instead, pretty active in reading and writing opinion in Goodreads. Then I start thinking that maybe I can have a blog in which I write mostly about books or joy of reading or anything related to reading activity, really. So this is what this blog is for ... although, I may be inspired to write off-books topic as well :)

9 comments on “PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “A Case of Possession” by K.J. Charles

  1. shelley
    January 5, 2014

    Lovely review Ami. I’m looking forward to this one at some point this year. Especially the Merrick parts! I love him!


    • Ami
      January 6, 2014

      Yeah, Merrick kicked ass. Loved him…


  2. Becky Black
    January 5, 2014

    Nice to hear it sounds as good or even better than the first. I can’t wait! I have it on pre-order. In fact since I preordered it weeks ago I’ve forgotten and attempted to pre-order it again twice! Amazon must think I’m a loony. Note to self – it’s ordered, be cool, it will appear automagically on the 28th on my Kindle. Count me as another Merrick fan. He’s great.


    • Ami
      January 6, 2014

      LOL at you pre-ordering twice. You’re THAT excited, aren’t you? Well, it was a great sequel and I am sure you will love Merrick even more. The banters he had with Crane? Awesome.


  3. suze294
    January 5, 2014

    Great! Looking forward to this one!


    • Ami
      January 6, 2014

      I hope you enjoy it :)


  4. syleegurl
    January 5, 2014

    LOVED book 2! I thought Crane kicked ass in this book! :) And there were some really tender moments. I could’ve done w/o the rats, though! ha!


    • Ami
      January 6, 2014

      The rats are the best effects of this book, Suze. Come on, it was creepy but it was GOOOOOD!!!


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