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Spectred Isle

Green Men Series, Book 1
Written by: KJ Charles
Narrated by: Ruairi Carter
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
Categories: Romance, Paranormal
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Publisher's Summary

Archaeologist Saul Lazenby has been all but unemployable since his disgrace during the War. Now he scrapes a living working for a rich eccentric who believes in magic. Saul knows it's a lot of nonsense...except that he begins to find himself in increasingly strange and frightening situations. And at every turn he runs into the sardonic, mysterious Randolph Glyde.

Randolph is the last of an ancient line of arcanists, commanding deep secrets and extraordinary powers as he struggles to fulfill his family duties in a war-torn world. He knows there's something odd going on with the haunted-looking man who keeps turning up in all the wrong places. The only question for Randolph is whether Saul is victim or villain.

Saul hasn't trusted anyone in a long time. But as the supernatural threat grows, along with the desire between them, he'll need to believe in evasive, enraging, devastatingly attractive Randolph. Because he may be the only man who can save Saul's life - or his soul.

Contains mature themes.

©2017 KJ Charles (P)2018 Tantor

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Good Mystery, Un-engaging Characters

This book had all the charm of a K. J. Charles, but its characters failed to engage me. I was interested in the mystery, which kept me listening while I struggled to be drawn into Saul and Randolph's story.

I hate to say it, but the narrator didn't feel like quite the right fit for this book.

Despite my challenges with this book, I am looking forward to the next in the series.

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  • 2018-09-17

A new KJ Charles audiobook to savor

I adore KJ Charles and have read all of her works. Favorites include The Charm of Magpies series, Think of England and now this, Spectred Isle. Even though I have read them as ebooks, it is always amazing to me how much is enhanced with the audio version. The narration took a good story and detailed characters to the next level. I don't like recapping the plot, but the highlights include MCs that have strengths, flaws and tragic pasts. The setting in post WW I England has the upheaval of the Great War as part of a very well done bit of world building that includes magic and mysteries. The m/m romance is strong, but not the insipid instant love that plagues so many m/m stories. The narrator does a good job with the main characters, particularly Randolph as the snarky aristocrat. One negative is that his women voices weren't great. But that is a minor quibble as there are very few women in the book. He does pull of the sex scenes well, which is where most narrators fail so that is a big plus. I did not know they were making this as an audiobook so was absolutely delighted to find it. It lived up to my expectations and then some. Definitely recommended.

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  • 2019-04-19

Another intriguing tale

I will admit, it took two listens before I enjoyed this audiobook. I had previously read the book and enjoyed it, but the narrator's voice was so... childish? that the first time I listened, I hated the audio. However, the second time it was much better.

While not my favorite of Charles's books, I did enjoy Spectred Isle. I do wish we'd get more tales from the other men who band together.

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  • 2019-09-28

fantastical story, great book one

I enjoyed the way the story tied faxamal in with this tale of comarady and supernatural.

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  • 2018-11-14

MM Magic & Mayhem

Enjoyable beginning to a new series. KJ Charles is a brilliant writer, and weaves character and plot together seamlessly as usual. I'm hoping that the magic system will be better defined here than it was in the Magpie books [my one complaint there was that some of the magic abilities/inabilities felt like 'because plot reasons']. So far it seems to be. We'll see if that holds up when the rest of the series comes out.

Oh, I have a sneaking suspicion that Delingpole was involved in all the nastiness. Stating that here, for the record, before the other books are out.

As for the narration, I found it quite enjoyable. Much as I like Cornell Collins (aka Matthew Lloyd Davies), some of Charles' works are better-suited to other narrators. Ruairi Carter's voice is nicely suited to the feel of this series, and I hope he narrates future volumes.

#MM #Magic #Twenties #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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