The Magpie Lord - K.J. Charles First, for those out there who may be like me and really don't like or read historical books, do not let that stop you from reading this one. While it may have a historical setting, it really didn't feel like it and you are so caught up with the story that for me at least, was not an issue at all. Thank you Vio for recommending it knowing how I feel about historical books.

This is a very fast moving story which grips you from the beginning and doesn't let go until the very last page. I just loved Crane so much, his comments and humor just made you fall in love with him. Although Stephen is described as bland and unattractive, his whole persona just changes that and shows, especially for Crane that looks are not everything. These two really fit well together. This was really an exceptional story with great characters and a very, keep you on your toes mystery/magic storyline. It was really not what I expected and I am so glad that I read it. Can't wait for the next book.