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Flight of Magpies

(A Charm of Magpies #3)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  6,693 ratings  ·  822 reviews
Danger in the air. Lovers on the brink.

With the justiciary understaffed, a series of horrifying occult murders to be investigated, and a young student who is flying—literally—off the rails, magical law enforcer Stephen Day is under increasing stress. And his relationship with his aristocratic lover, Lord Crane, is beginning to feel the strain.

Crane chafes at the restrictio
ebook, 212 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Sara M I completely get what you mean and yes, it alternates more than "A case of Possession"! I was very glad to get more Stephen POV :)…moreI completely get what you mean and yes, it alternates more than "A case of Possession"! I was very glad to get more Stephen POV :)(less)
Kimber Vale I believe the author said as much in a post on her Facebook group. I think she initially intended to keep it going, wrote a large amount of book three…moreI believe the author said as much in a post on her Facebook group. I think she initially intended to keep it going, wrote a large amount of book three, realized it wasn't working, and started over (consequently finishing the series).

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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*4.5 stars*

K.J. Charles has some mad skills, let me tell you! Her "A Charm of Magpies" stories are imaginative, her sex scenes are SMOKING hot, and her writing is tight! She is on fire, and this book was, yet again, top-notch quality.

Crane and Stephen have become one of my favorite M/M couples. They just feel so multidimensional, and this story tries their relationship like never before. They have to deal with issues of trust, independence, and power, and it was both harrowing and beautiful to
K.J. Charles
Apr 30, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Lucien and Stephen are back, and in trouble. Old enemies are coming back to haunt them, new enemies are making their presence felt. Stephen's trainee Jenny Saint seems to be going off the rails, the pair clash over the third man in their relationship (get your mind out of the gutter, I mean Crane's henchman Merrick) and there is only so much longer Crane can bear to spend in England.

Because falling in love is all very well, but Stephen and Crane are facing up to the real issues between them, and
Em Lost In Books
3.5*. A satisfying end to a fabulous series.
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

One for sorrow; two for JOY.

It's another adventure for Day and Crane!

I expected no less than perfect prose, hilarious banter, and lots of delicious angst and magical treachery. And that's what I got.

Someone is out for revenge, you see.

But Lucien and Stephens's bond is so strong it can't be bent, much less broken.

This story was heartwrenching but worth it. Things were shaky for a while, but these two are ever closer to their HEA. Indeed, I would count the last chapter as such if the series w
***4.5 Stars*** for the perfect ending of an amazing series! ❤️

Sorry, but I have to give you the abridged version again:

Thank heavens...

~ the author took pity on me, so no Teenage Mutant Ninja Rodents this time, which doesn't mean it was completely rat-free. Umm, when you count a delusional old enemy, a jealous megalomaniac and a painter who takes artistic freedom a bit too far among this species, that is.

~ that, even if it was not always sunshine and roses between Lord Crane and Steph
Kaje Harper
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The three books and the short stories that make up the "A Charm of Magpies" series are a completely satisfying, exciting, beautifully-written magical romp. Read them in order, and fall for the characters and the author.

This third book is full of action and conflict. Almost too full - if I had any complaint it's that it moves too fast for the length. There are delicious events here, not just in the arcane and mystery realms but between the characters. Stephen and Crane have serious fights about
Written November 2, 2014

4.7 Stars - Magnificent intriguing and captivating from the first page to the last

Book #3

Just in this way creates a perfect steaming hot, intense and fantastic historical adventure-romance. - Without doubt best so far in this series.
“...because it's his, just as all I am and all I have are his. (...)”

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“But I do hope you are aware, my sweet, somewhere in that absurd heart, that I am ever, entirely, and quite pathetically yours.”

I have no words to pay tribute to these
What a worthy conclusion to this series. Though I'm not ready to let go of Lord Crane and Stephen, just now that I've really started to grow attached to them. I'm both sad and satisfied.
Ms. Smartarse
Following the swoon-worthy declarations from A Case of Posession, our two dashing heroes are free to spend their days staring dreamily into each other's eyes. Oh wait... wrong book.

My bad

Admit it though, you'd be bored with that. They are due a holiday, I'll give you that. And they will get said holiday... juuuuust as soon as Stephen has managed to take on (and successfully solve) every single case from the Justiciary. So really, can anyone blame Lucien for trying to strong-arm people into giving his
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars - I honestly don’t know what the deal is with KJ Charles. Did she sell her soul to the Devil? Has she been secretly writing for years excessively readable works in some other genre, say, gothic thrillers or werewolf comedy-of-manners or Pre-K fiction? Maybe under the sly secret pseudonym of JK Charles? I ask, because I just sit back sometimes and stare at my much-loved ebooks of The Magpie Lord and Think of England, and ponder that if they were paperbacks, they would be bent and crease ...more
4 Stars

Flight of Magpies is the final story in the always compelling A Charm of Magpies historical M/M series by the ever-impressive KJ Charles.

This final installment sees (mostly secret) lovers Lucien and Stephen face off against the biggest mystical threat to their survival they’ve faced to date, when an old foe comes seeking bloody vengeance.

Although deeply in love, Lucien and Stephen come to heads over Stephen’s thankless job as a justiciar (AKA an investigator of magic-based wrongdoings).
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
My first BR with Marcie!

“Whatever else you are, you’re mine.”

I’ve been putting off reading this one because I couldn’t face the end. And now…

It’s over! What’ll I do without my kinky dandy?

I was going to say this is the best one of the series but then I looked at my reviews for the first two and realized I gave them 5 stars too! Duh, I’m going with 5 on this one but I feel GR is limiting me. I'd much prefer to go with 7 or 12.

Crane and Stephen haven’t been together all that long but they are so
* A Reader Obsessed *
5 Stars!

There’s really no point in actually talking about the story here, because if you haven't read The Magpie Lord first, then all you need to know is that this last full length novel for this series was absolutely fantastic. I can’t quite put my finger on why this book appealed to me so much, because I typically balk at historic M/M since it has the potential to cause great anxiety. I’m just going to chalk it up to Charles’s wonderful writing at evoking a rich world of magic and darkness, em
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
All kinds of disorderly and conduct unbecoming.

London as cesspit makes its reappearance. Troubles that have been delayed and put off come back to roost. And the magpies are even more spectacular than usual, which let's be honest are one of two favorites things in this series for me. Finally, Crane stops dillydallying and coddling and he's magnificent.

Nice humanizing of Stephen's team in this one as they become fleshed out and explored. The Council, well they provide all the help one has come t
Vanessa North
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is, I think, the best paranormal series I have ever read. And of the three books so far, this one is the best.
And if Lucien being all disdainful and foul-mouthed doesn't make you cackle with admiring glee? Well, you'd have my sympathies.

Just as you do if you aren't reading this insanely clever, spectacularly gruesome, and delightfully sexy series.
♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣
The writing is tight in this story. Concise, meaty and clever. More than once I had the urge to start reading aloud just so I could hear the words. Subtle and yet demanding of my full attention, exciting and lovely and sexy.

Before I get to characters and plot, I must start with the tattoos. They continue to play an important and, most excitingly, ever changing role. Not just as a part of the story but as an expression of the continuing evolution in Crane and Stephen’s relationship, revealing th
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I read this with a great big smile on my face, happily getting anxious to return to the book to see what is happening, each time I had to stop reading.

Charles really went out with a bang with this one. A proper finale, a kick-ass culmination of a great series.

What I loved:
The conversations and banter

Crane’s sarcastic mouth

Seeing the bond that exists between Crane and Stephen. We had already seen the bond that there is between Crane and Merrick which is further reinforced here. But in this one we
This is how I felt upon finishing Flight Of The Magpies:

And it still feel that way now. I loved this book! I love this series and I swear K.J. Charles can do no wrong. I have not read any of her books and thought, "Oh this one was just ok." Nay, they are all excellent. Thank you K.J.

While reading A Flight of Magpies I could feel the stress that Stephen was under, as he stretched himself thin to do a good job and prove himself to his superiors. All the anxiety and flop sweat just oozed off the pa
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the final book in this series and I'm so sorry that I have to say goodbye to two very dear characters.

I loved Crane and Stephen (especially Stephen) and I'm feeling so sad that there is no more to read about them.

If the first book was about lusting, the second about loving, this book was about the consolidation of the love between Crane and Stephen.

This book was intense, as always, too much action, a real plot and villains.

Stephen would like to leave his job and be with Crane all the ti
What a thrill ride!

Ah, my lovelies, whilst I lie sick in bed writing this review I crave not medicines and elixirs: I crave Crane (and of course, Stephen).
Yes, their story is over for the most part. I’m told they pop in for the next book, but it’s not the same really, is it?

Here our very proper Crane and his very filthy mouth finds himself in dire straits. Thank goodness for that mouth of his for he puts it to good use in attempting to save not only himself, but his lover Stephen against the evi
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Flight of the Magpies is book there in the A Charm of Magpies series that I was on the fence about reading because I do not read historical romance, EVER!! To say this series surprised the heck out of me, is an understatement. I loved all three books in the series, maybe because like my friend Caipi said, it didn’t feel like a historical romance, and I agree. Yes, the dialogue and the description of clothing and everyday life was definitely historical, but it just added to the story for me.

4.25 stars

If this review is slightly shorter AND not as coherent than the previous two -- well, I have my reason *laugh*. I read this back in September 2014 and silly me, I didn't immediately wrote down my thoughts. So I couldn't exactly remember a lot (my brain's fault, not the book). Also, when I read this, I didn't know that this would be the end of the series. So my opinion reflected that.

My 4.25-stars rating (and not more) was based on one issue. I was slightly worried with Lucien and Steph
Jordan Hawk
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record with this series, but each one truly is better than those which have come before. The stakes get higher, the interpersonal tension between Lucien and Stephen winds tighter, and the sex gets hotter. Combine this with a cast of colorful secondary characters, and you have a series that continues to exceed already high expectations.

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This series just gets better with every book! Go with the audio version, because Cornell Collins is absolutely fantastic.

If you want to hear Feast of Stephen it's at the end of this one as a bonus short.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've given this an A+ for narration and an A for content at AudioGals.

So compelling was K.J. Charles’Flight of Magpies that I listened to all six-and-a-half-hours of it in one sitting. In the third book of the  A Charm of Magpies  series, the author has crafted an engrossing story full of intrigue, magic and danger which pits our heroes, Lucien, Lord Crane and practitioner (magician) Stephen Day, against some truly evil old enemies bent on revenge while at the same time exploring the effects o
Stephen and Lucien... wow!!! Their relationship is magical! Not only there is magic involved, but they are so strong, so right, so perfect together!!!

This was one more fantastic adventure, more dangerous, more threatening, but at the same time, these adversities only brought more power to both of them!

I have a favorite, though... Lucien!!! You can give me a dominant Lucien anytime, please!!! Actually, give me more!!!! He is absolutely fabulous! I love to see him with Stephen, no doubt about that
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
There are two things wrong with this book. One is the cover fail - I look a Crane and I see him ready to attend the senior prom, circa 1978. The second is that it was too darn short. Other than that, it's awesome. Really well written, great mystery, and great characters. I totally loved seeing Stephen and Crane as an established couple.

Honest question - was Shanghai really gay friendly or gay tolerant in the 18th or 19th century?

Ahhh… the lads are back at it…

“You fucking pricktease,” Crane hissed… “Go and get naked. I want you bent over the bed and waiting for it.”

“You are getting respectable, aren’t you?” Stephen said thickly. “All the way to the bedroom when there’s a floor right here you could fuck me on.”

Well, howdie doodie. Who said historical romances were boring? Stephen and Crane are in fine form and no doubt about it. The floor, a wall, the hall table, under a restaurant table… anything goes.

You can love S
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I can't really express the degree of love that I have for this series in any better way than recommending it: "A Charm of Magpies":

The Magpie Lord
Interlude with Tattoos
A Case of Possession
A Case of Spirits
Flight of Magpies

The writing, the characters, the story. They all combine to give me what I love best about reading, an adventure and memories that stay with me long after it ends. This, like all of them, is clever, filthy sexy and romantic. They're all infused with magical threads that have gr
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