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(Avian Shifters #2)

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Everet has found his perfect place in the nest. As a raven, he’s ideally suited to his new role in the nest’s security flock. Some of the jobs it entails have been far more enjoyable than others, but when he’s called to retrieve a magpie, who’s got himself into trouble in a local human club, it becomes a truly life changing experience.

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ebook, 215 pages
Published October 3rd 2012 by Resplendence Publishing
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Review written June 27, 2016

3.8 Stars - Touching and truly romantic


Once again back in the Nest where the story in book #1-Duck (5 stars) also started. I loved, loved, so very much loved that first in this bird shape-shifter series. Then it was a unforgettable lovely Swan-duckling and a Dom Hawk. This second Magpie is about a tough dark haired Raven (Everet) and a flamboyant gorgeous blond Magpie (Kane)
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# Everet has found his perfect place in the nest
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
The second installment of the Avian Shifter series introduces us to Kane, a magpie, and Everet, a raven. Magpies like shiny things, so this is for you, Kane, you bratty, little, shiny diamond. Enjoy.

We're introduced to Kane in a not so becoming light. He's been caught stealing… Anyone else just hear Jane's Addiction?… ahem, from the humans and is being beaten to a pulp. Everet, as part of nest security is called to intervene, so Kane doesn't sully the name of avians everywhere.

Kane is a q
I enjoyed this immensely.

If you want to know what the book is really about, Cupkita’s review says it all. However, I must say I totally agree with Emma Sea’s review. This was a wasted opportunity.

Yes, I’m aware Duck! is too good to be true but that wasn’t exactly my issue with Magpie. I lowered my expectations as much as possible and I must say it was paid off. I was pleasantly surprised. I could easily dive into Kim Dare’s words effortlessly and into her intoxicating avian world once more. It w
Emma Sea
Sep 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: shifter, rent-boy
TLDR = Average. Exactly the same as one of Dare's shorter books, but spread out over 220 pages.

I can see what Dare was trying to do here, but I'm not convinced it's been succesfully handled.

In keeping with the fairy-tale based nature of the Avian Shifters series, the overall theme is transformation, but instead of Duck!'s pre-determined biological transformation from ugly duckling to swan, here it is the more interesting transformation of junkie rent boy to honest contributing member of societ
* A Reader Obsessed *
2.5 Stars.

I really had high hopes for this, especially since I loved Duck! despite my usual ambivalence towards BDSM. I thought this was going to be the perfect setup for some wonderful hurt comfort, but instead I was just mostly annoyed and frustrated with one of the main characters.

Kane is a magpie, a bird that’s not too high on the social totem pole. It’s in his very nature to be easily swayed by the superficial and shiny, taking what catches his fancy without thinking about potential consequ
4 Hearts

I absolutely LOVED ‘Duck!’ so I knew it would be hard to read this book and not compare the two. I tried my hardest to read this as a book on its own, to not continue comparing it to ‘Duck!’. I think for the most part I succeeded, but there was always that little part of me that thought, “this is not as good as Duck!”.

I honestly think that was mostly to do with Kane. Kane is a Magpie, and everyone knows they have no morals and will do anything, or anyone, for their little piece of shiny
Dee Wy
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bdsm, m-m, m-m-paranormal
4.5 stars - I dithered a bit on giving this 4 or 5 stars and in the end decided this story has so many things going for it, that a 4.5 was in order and I rounded up.

What I liked most:

The author didn't take the easy road and give us a sweet, sweet story that made Duck such a huge success with BDSM and MM fans. No, she chose to give us a prickly character in the form of Kane, a Magpie with tendencies toward addiction and thievery. Kane was not immediately likeable like Ori, rather we were shown ju
Lisa Henry
3.5 stars
Disclaimer: I really enjoyed Duck, the first book in Kim Dare's Avian Shifters series.

This one, not so much, and I'm not entirely sure why. I think it comes down to a few differences.

1. This is light on the BDSM, and it turns out I preferred the BDSM aspect of Duck to the whole shifter thing. Birds...meh. I like the idea, but they're all just a bit...civilised. I want to see ravens pecking eyeballs out or something, I think. Or is that crows? Whatever it is, I want my birds of prey to
Serena Yates
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This second book in the Avian Shifter series, the story of a magpie and a raven, is just as amazing as the first. The world-building continues to be excellent, adding a few new touches to an avian culture that is utterly believable and fascinating. This story is about a battle against inner demons for the magpie as well as hope for his redemption, all within a D/s setting that is meant to give structure and clarity where there was none before.

Kane is a magpie. They are total outcasts in avian s
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There are so many different cages in the world and it is interesting to see which ones we choose to lock ourselves into.

Kane-- a young man using a lot of self-destructive crutches to make it thorough life.

Everet-- a nest protector who finds that duty can lead to unexpected discoveries.

Everet's compassion and support of Kane as he struggles to redefine himself and preconceived notions of his kind underline the beauty of this love story.
I cannot tell a lie....I was on pins and needles waiting for this to be released and I HATED IT!
*look away Kim! I still love you, let me finish, blows kisses*
seriously I didn't get and didn't want to understand Kane. Ugh. What an egocentric, bratty, crabby patty, pretentious, UNGRATEFUL crack head! ....quicksilver... crack ....same ish.

What kind of rent-a-Dom was Everett *seizure eye roll* and a hornet must've flown up Hamilton's urethra because....WTH happened to him? <==== You must explain
This takes place in the same world as Duck! (Avian Shifters, #1) by Kim Dare and Ori and Raynard have prominent enough guest appearences so it makes sense to read Duck! first.

Unlike Duck! it is clearly not an enchanted fairytale, instead it revolves around the same basic concept (change), explores D/s from an entirely different tangent (even though the rules stay the same, which makes the two a super-interesting and insightful read when read back-to-back). It has less sex, and more UST, but that's no bad thing. It also contains
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars. I enjoyed both reading and listening to this story. I have to say that I truly disliked the magpie MC, Kane in the beginning. I hung in there with the story because it was obvious that his redemption was the basis for the arc of the story. He begins as a beat up thief, whore, and addict. Everet, a crow shifter in charge of security, brings him into the Nest for discipline and volunteers to become responsible for him, to become his master. Kane is a complete brat, but slowly, Everet’s ...more
Tibby Armstrong
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Kim Dare has a way of making me feel for characters and sympathize with their choices and predicaments even if I don't always agree with them. Kane, a drug addicted prostitute with a sarcastic mouth and very little going for him at first glance except his looks, should have made me hate him. Yet, the author showed those readers who cared to read deeply enough exactly what made him the man he'd become. And through that understanding, she makes us come to love and want to protect him from harm.

Serena Yates
This second book in the 'Avian Shifter' series, the story of a magpie and a raven, is just as amazing as the first. The world-building continues to be excellent, adding a few new touches to an avian culture that is utterly believable and fascinating. This story is about a battle against inner demons for the magpie as well as hope for his redemption, all within a D/s setting that is meant to give structure and clarity where there was none before.

Kane is a magpie. They are total outcasts in avian
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
First... I hated Hamilton (the eagle leader of the nest) more in this book than the last book. He's a right asshat who needs someone to point out he is neither flawless nor infallible. Just because he is the leader does not mean he is always right.

Okay, I feel much better having gotten that off my chest.

Second, if you haven't read Duck!, it would really help you understand the society and Raynard & Ori better. While they're not the main focus of this story, they do appear multiple times in it.

Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Breann by: Jen4607
Kane was used to being used. He’s used to being treated like a whore. He’s used to being beaten black and blue and having to steal to survive.

Kane has been living with humans and without a nest for years. Whoring himself for his next hit or new shiny object, assuming he pays for his shiny object. Finally, the humans are sick of him and call the local nest to come get their magpie. Everet, one of the security officers from the nest, was called to get Kane. Now, some background on Magpies. Magpies
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it

This is book 2 in Kim Dare’s Avian Shifters series, this one features a Magpie Kane and a Raven Everett. What I immediately liked about this one is the difference between Ori in Duck! (Avian Shifters, #1) by Kim Dare and Kane in this story. Ori was quiet, shy, sweet, while Kane is angry, defensive, combative and filled with attitude, drug addict and thief. Of course as you get into the story you learn why Kane is this way and my heart just ached for him. Everet is the in-nest security leader and a Dom. He is exactly what I
Deja Dei
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
After Duck, I hoped for improvement, because the idea of an avian shifter society has such potential. Unfortunately I got the same- minimal plot, minimal characterization, just sex scenes strung together like a porno movie. This fantasy world could be so interesting if the author explored it and took the time to delve into the details. Wasted opportunity, IMO. If I can't relate to the characters at all, I can't get into the story. Add to that a weak plot, and its just not for me. Too bad. It had ...more
A.B. Gayle
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bdsm, glbt-romance
Rarely have I received as much pleasure from $5.99 as I did when I read Kim Dare’s “Magpie”. Like one of the breed that starred in her latest avian shifter story, I had been eyeing off the bright, shiny offering as soon as it was released, not daring to get too close in case it wasn’t as glittering as the previous book, “Duck”.

I shouldn’t have worried. From the first page, she had me as enthralled with the story as Kane was by any coveted trinket. In fact, as I read, I could identify more and mo
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Not sure how Ms. Dare does it. For the first 60% of the book, I'm thinking, just kill Kane. It's a humane death. He's obviously a strung out thieving whore incapable of redemption. He's also a manipulative brat with poor impulse control. He's despicable in every way. I like Everet. He is so controlled and patient. I honestly can't understand what he sees in Kane. The way Ms. Dare depicts Kane, he's a lost cause.

The caring Everet shows on Kane is impressive. Taking the punishment for Kane is not
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Yay! This book makes me happy! Kim Dare does one of the best jobs when it comes to getting me to connect to her characters and this book was no different. It seems that so many D/s books focus on the thoughts/feelings of the sub and leave the Dom as this sort of blank wall of perfection and bossiness. Sometimes I'm cool with that but I do love the books where you get into both characters' heads and this book definitely did that. Normally I don't go for the bratty sub character, but I just loved ...more
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Love this book! Duck! Is such a tough act to follow and I was a bit nervous that Kim Dare would have replicated the Duck! Storyline. Thank goodness she didn't! Since I hate posting spoilers I'll just state that Magpie, is a story that teaches self worth, learning to trust and rising above the stereotypes/ labels. Magpie ultimately was a delightful read. Can't wait for more!
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
I feel the need to reread Duck! in an attempt to purge this one from my memory.
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shiny, m-m, oh-yes
2015 Re-read:

Ah. Beautiful. Some editing errors aside, this is a perfect book to me.

It’s funny that I was somewhat leery to re-read this one; my memories supplied a lot more difficulty in adjusting to Kane and much more worrying about what might happen than was the case this time around. Maybe because I already knew.
The story states early on (in a clear, foreshadowing kind of way) two of the major upheavals that are going to happen later on. ((view spoiler)
I really liked the first book, Duck!, but I wasn't sure if I could deal with my hatred for the nest again. They are SUCH ass-hats! It was better this time, since the MC Everett is actually the head of security that was put in place as part of Ori and Reynard's mission to make the nest safer and better for the lower ranking avian's. In my review for Duck! I mentioned several unknowns about this world and this nest that kinda drove me crazy, Ms. Dare seemed to make an effort to address a lot of th ...more
Rosemary O'Malley
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love these books. This one had more tension and wasn't nearly as sweet and fairy tale-ish as Duck!, but it had the same lovely imagery and fascinating culture. I'm not going to reiterate the glowing reviews regarding the romantic and erotic parts of this story. The BDSM is a small part, going more into D/s themes like responsibility, trust, and who really has the control.

I am going to meta for a minute, because I can't keep the thoughts from spilling over.

(view spoiler)
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
So even though I absolutely loved the sweetness on the first book, I also enjoyed the fact that this book had a completely different tone to it.

The different tone comes the type of character Kane is. He's a magpie and he's led a hard life by letting himself be used in order to buy drugs. He takes drugs, he whores himself out, he steals, he lies... But it was the glimpses into his vulnerable side that made him redeemable in my eyes.

We met Everett in the first and I'm so glad he got his own book b
Jessie Potts
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m-shifters
What's it about:Magpie is the second book in Kim's Avian Shifters series. I recommend reading the first book, Duck.// Everet is a Raven shifter and head of security for the nest, which means he's the one who responds to a Magpie shifter in need of help. Kane is the Magpie in question. He loves shiny things and often gets into trouble because of thievery. Kane will have to learn how to become part of the Nest or risk losing everything he is and could be.

Why you should read it: I love Kim Dare's b
*4.5 STARS*

I couldn't give this one a full 5 stars like I did for Duck! because it was hard for me to get into in the beginning. I felt like it dragged a bit. It picked up for me in the middle and once that happened I was hooked.

I loved Everet and his calm dominance. It was quite sexy. I didn't particularly care for Kane until the end, but he redeemed himself for me. I loved seeing Ori and Raynard again. They are just such a lovely couple.

I really hated Hamilton. I thought he was a dick for no r
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“Maybe I want everything to be as simple as two guys in bed together,” he said.

“As simple as pleasing the man I belong to and making him feel better when he’s in pain.”
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