I don't often read historical LGBT literature. I do find it difficult to read due to the overarching views of the time. But I was recommended Magpie Lord and I've actually chatted to the author on Twitter about other things, so I decided to try it out. I ended up really enjoying it. I wasn't expecting to love it so much.
Now, I felt that there was a mid section that wasn't handled in the best way. It was a little confusing until you get the plot twist that explains it. I could see clearer ways to handle it.
But overall execution was great, chemistry between the characters was perfect, worldbuilding was on point, and the gothic creepiness of Piper was leaping out of the page.
This is the second KJ Charles book I read after stumbling upon her via a recommendation for Any Old Diamonds. Read AOD first and enjoyed it, and since good authors can be very hard to come by, I had a look at her other work. Figured The Magpie Lord sounded like something I'd enjoy. Hooboy, it sure was. Charles has a knack for character, relationship AND plot (all three at once can be tricky). I fell in love with Stephen almost instantly. Lucien took a little longer but I ended up adoring him too. I wanted so badly for them to work out as a couple and even though I KNEW I was reading a romance it was tense about it - this author is that good.
Book one the the charm of magpies series. Really well written, entertaining, funny, filled with likeable heroes, nasty bad guys, magic and sexy times, everything you could possibly want for a rollicking good read.
Overall it's a very good story, with an interesting world that made me want to know more. I would have liked it more if the characters were a more defined, there's not a lot of information that tells you there inner thoughts and it was rather hard to really care about any of the characters. It didn't bother me too much however, and will definitely read the next instalment.
I've read this about six times since purchasing a few months ago. Love the characters, the magic and the sensuality of the protagonists. The final scene is just amazing. The story has a strong gothic feel, set in the late 1800s though dates are not mentioned. Once picked up I can't put it down till finished.