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Rag and Bone

(Rag and Bone #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,151 ratings  ·  329 reviews
It’s amazing what people throw away…

Crispin Tredarloe never meant to become a warlock. Freed from his treacherous master, he’s learning how to use his magical powers the right way. But it’s brutally hard work. Not everyone believes he’s a reformed character, and the strain is putting unbearable pressure on his secret relationship with waste-man Ned Hall.

Ned’s sick of magic
ebook, 146 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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George I just read the prequel second, and think it would work much better first.
Giddy NO! It can stand alone. There are references to past events in other books but nothing that isn't adequately and concisely explained. …moreNO! It can stand alone. There are references to past events in other books but nothing that isn't adequately and concisely explained. (less)

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Julio Genao
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loved
this book is like all my...


and it is has happened.

to my body.

twice, now.



oh, hellfuckyes.

just... just take my credit card, do whatever, IDEC

i just

i must possess the pretty
K.J. Charles
Oct 15, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
A new novel featuring Crispin Tredarloe and Ned Hall, who first appeared in 'A Queer Trade', my story in the Charmed and Dangerous: Ten Tales of Gay Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy anthology.

Ned's a waste-man, who buys and sells used paper. Crispin is a supposedly reformed warlock who's having trouble going straight. Neither of them is at all equipped to deal with magical mayhem, necromancy or spontaneous combustion. Unfortunately, somebody's got to...

This story is set in the Charm of Magp
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
K.J. Charles does it again with another fabulous, exciting, endlessly entertaining story. I know I can always count on her to deliver when I need her most!

I wholeheartedly recommend this book with a few minor caveats. First of all, I think all prospective readers of this story should start with A Queer Trade, the prequel novella. I think it gives background information that is really necessary to understand the main characters and the dynamic of the relationship between Crispin and Ned. Secondl
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

I have not read A Queer Trade, the prequel to this story. Perhaps if I had, I would have been more engaged with these characters.

The writing is brilliant: just on this side of cheeky and sprinkled with sly humour. Plus, I never get tired of visiting with the short but terrifying Stephen Day.

This story seems to overlap with Flight of Magpies and Jackdaw. Jenny Saint has been attacked; Stephen has announced his departure from the justiciary and is wearing Crane's ring; Jonah Pastern is at
Review written March 21, 2016

3.8 Stars - A good new KJC mystery set in a place I like and want to visit soon again

I read the short prequel #0.5 - A Queer Trade (3.7 stars) just some weeks ago and truly enjoyed as always when from K.J. Charles's remarkable pen.

The novella was a first sneak peek to this new historical para-mystery series called "Rag & Bone". Books in the impressive fabulous world of A Charm of Magpies. Just read them all. (Why? (view spoiler)
Vanessa North
A tremendously good book by probably the best writer in M/M fiction today. It was sweet, tender, funny, scary, and at times pretty fucking gross--everything I expect from books set in the Charm of Magpies world. An absolute delight.
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
"Oh my days..."

This story should've been named Sweetness and Light. I feel like I tasted a rainbow after reading Nespin's story. No Skittles required!

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I even thought their fighting was cute! I found myself smiling almost the entire time. KJC does a marvelous job of showing both sides of the proverbial coin and making me like both characters equally. Her skills in fleshing out characters quickly is unparalleled so much so that I knew even when they quarreled that they loved each other to piece
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it

With Ned and Crispin we just follow another thread in the Magpieverse which Ms Charles is weaving like a truly mad (as in genius madness) and capable weaver. A worthy installment.

Great compact story and great relationship building within the 'greater' story we've already read, so we see how Ned and Cripsin fit in and how they see the rest. Same world, different people, different perspectives, different words.
"Funny, really. A man could write a thing and even if he didn't have Crispin's powe
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

"I write the world as I want it to be. I write, and it is."

I loved K.J. Charle's Magpie trilogy and the introduction into that magic-focused Historical society. As a fan of course I'm happy she's continued in that world, despite ending the trilogy with Lucien and Stephen Day. They have remained my favorites, but it was fun to run into Ben and Jonah's tense situation in Jackdaw and now two new characters in 'Rag and Bone.'

The story touches the others since Stephen Day is in this one a decent amo
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Well, KJ Charles managed to make me root for a character I found hard to like at the beginning of the story!!

Crispin is not your usual hero. He’s uncertain, doubts himself, is self-interested and holds magic above all else. Magic overrides just about everything else for him except for Ned, a plain-spoken waste man.

I highly recommend reading the prequel, A Queer Trade, before tackling this one. Not only is the short story very good, it shows us how Crispin and Ned first met, and gives the
Kaje Harper
I love the world KJ Charles has created - the characters, the magic lightly touching a recognizable historical setting, the tensions between the dual worlds of the mundane citizens and practitioners. This one follows the short story A Queer Trade and should be read in order. (If you read The Magpie Lord series first too, you will have a much better grounding on the set-up and be properly pleased and amused when old friends make a guest appearance.)

Both main characters here are interesting and th
Graphomancer Crispin Tredarloe and waste-man Ned Hall first appeared in a short story A Queer Trade (sold separately for $0.99 now). I am not sure whether reading that first is necessary but maybe it will give readers insights of how Crispin and Ned met for the first time. It might also makes readers understand why Ned really doesn't like magic.

Unfortunately, because I've also read that one, I was a bit annoyed with how the story dragged for the first half. Crispin and Ned argued about Crispin w
♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣
Well, this was loads of fun. And emotional. And sweet. And sexy hot. And we get some Stephen Day as a delish side dish.

This has many of the ingredients - magic, creepies, gore-lite, organic dialogue, etc - of the other stories in this 'verse, but they're arranged in a unique way that fit for Crispin and Ned's story. Which, by the way, is nowhere near over, both in my imagination and in real possibility, given the ending. Which, by the way, is brilliant.

Maybe I've just read several of them lately
☾ Dαɴιyα ☽

Books written by the very talented KJ Charles are the ones I look forward to reading the most these days, and each one proves Ms. Charles's place on my favorite authors list is well deserved.

It was the Charm of Magpies series that made a fan out of me, so any new story from that world is more than welcome. Crane & Stephen's books remain my favorites, and I don't see that changing in the future, but I am loving reading about all these other characters from that world.

Ned and Crispin were introduc
Oct 18, 2015 rated it liked it
3.25 stars

I was all set to fall in love with Rag and Bone, seeing as K.J. Charles is one of my absolute favorite M/M authors (and I don't even particularly like historicals... Go figure) but I ended up "just" liking it instead. Why? I don't know!

It had all the trappings of a great K.J. paranormal story:

- a slight figured protagonist with magic in his veins (Crispin)? Check!
- said protagonist is extra powerful magically but is a bit down on himself? Check!
- a physically powerful, much taller and
I'm at a place where I don't really know what to say in reviews of this author's books. It's just a bunch of fan girling and a bunch of "Omg...this author's books are so good". This book was no exception. Another well written, engaging, smart characterization and interesting plot.

If you haven't read the prequel/novella A Queer Tradeyou should do that first. I started this without reading it and while I could follow the plot fine I felt I was missing something between Ned and Crispin. I stopped t
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'm not sure if it wasn't supposed to be a mystery or if I just read too many of these, but I knew right away who was Behind It All. Other than that, this was excellent. I love how different all Charles' couples (and characters in general) are from one another, and also that she treats poverty and class issues seriously -- not being preachy or depressing about them, just realistic in that if someone is poor or has a criminal record that those factors are going to play out in daily life and inter ...more
Nov 05, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: fantasy, m-m, kj-charles, pnr
Obviously there's no beating Lord Crane, but these cover models aren't too shabby! *little hearts in eyes* ...more
3.25 stars for both the story and the narrator.

Where Ned and Crispin goes trouble seems to follow.

What I liked:
Ned and Crispin's relationship.
How they worked together.
Crispin's want to learn how to do magic the proper way.
Ned's encouragement and belief in Crispin.

What I didn't:
The justiciary. They all seem like a bunch of self-righteous pricks.
Crispin and Ned's whining when things weren't going right. That can be blamed on the narrator. His voice during intense moments really got on my nerves l
Mónica BQ
It seems exaggerated to give this book 5 stars, but the thing is that even with all its imperfections, the book was magnificent. Charles' writing is something else.

But first, I do have to enlist a few caveats to loving this novel. It is my belief that there's not much anyone is going to understand, and thus, enjoy of this book if you haven't previously read The Magpie Lord series. There's little to none explanation or world building done in this story because it presupposes (a lot) that you alre
Another winner by KJ Charles, and an excellent addition to the Charm of Magpies universe.

When I first came across warlock Crispin Tredarloe and waste-man Ned Hall in Charles' short A Queer Trade, I was very impressed. Not only was it a worthy extension to the Charm of Magpies series, one of my favourites, with an entertaining plot and sweet romance, but it also featured an MC of colour in a historical setting. That's a rarity in MF historical romance, let alone MM. I thought that the author wrot
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
“Me too, mate.” Ned met Crispin’s eyes, knowing he’d understand what was being said. “Me too.”
“So much,” Crispin responded, a real smile dawning, and if they couldn’t kiss here in this stupid poncy hall, well, that was the next best thing.

What a romantic and tender love story! The ways Ned and Crispin complemented each other, how they both helped to build the insecurities of the other into self-confidence, how each of them recognized what the other needed – all of that was simply wonderful
I don't think it's possible for me to give a KJ Charles book anything under 4 stars. Her writing is superb and her characters are complex and loveable. That was all prevalent in this story, that being said I liked this the least out of all her other books.

I found Crispin and Ned lacked alot of steam and connection. That could come down to them already being established, but I don't think it was that... Just that. This felt more liked a mystery driven book rather than a romance driven one. Althou
I enjoy all the books I read by K J Charles. They all attempt to do something different with their main characters, and the dynamic between each pair moves away from tropes, and tries to be authentic. That's impressive, given the number of books she produces.

Ned and Crispin have been together for about 6 months. There are tensions, mainly due to Crispin's magical abilities, not surprisingly, given the terrible danger and death that happened when they first met (recounted in A Queer Trade). Ned i
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

I was so excited to read this because, well, it is KJ Charles but also because it's set in the regency period yet neither of the MCs are well-off or aristocratic and one isn't white. Have often do you see this??!

This is set in the Charm of Magpies world and I'm going to confess that this isn't always my favourite KJ Charles world because, for me at least, there's a little too much focus on the practitioners/magic stuff and not enough focus on the romance. I really felt that in this on
Karen Wellsbury
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lovely, I'm dithering between 4 and 4.5 really, and the more I think of it, the more it's 4.5.

Because something is easy to read, and not flashy sometimes you don't appreciate how well it is written , and how much accuracy there is in the London landscape, this isn't one of those times.

More here

Highly recommended
Richard Derus
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindled, quiltbag
Real Rating: 4.4* of five

Fascinating expansion of the magic system the Charm of Magpies world operates on. More when I'm not plumb tuckered out.
Elisabeth Lane
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Set in the paranormal Victorian world of KJ Charles’ Charm of Magpies series, Rag & Bone is the follow-up novel to A Queer Trade, a novella that appeared in the Charmed & Dangerous anthology last year. In A Queer Trade, we were introduced to Ned, a working class man who buys used paper in bulk and resells it for things like wrapping food, and Crispin, a magic practitioner who casts spells by writing on paper with a special pen that uses his blood. It’s not an entirely respectable form of magic a ...more
Liz (Bugetta)
I'm officially done with the Charm of Magpies World books. Waaah! I love this world that KJ Charles created so much and didn’t want it to end, so I put off reading this one forever, but I'm really glad I finally read it/listened to it (oh how I love whispersync for audio).
I do wish I'd re-read the short story about Crispin and Ned first because my memory sucks, but after the first few chapters things started coming back to me and I was totally invested in the story and Ned and Crispin. As alway
4.3 Stars

Jackdaw is still my favorite book in the Charm of Magpies series/'verse but wow, this one is a close second. I'm a bit excited that Ned is now partnered-in-magic with Crispin because it expands the options KJ has in creating sequels to this one. I love them together; I love that "buggering" isn't something they include in their intimate relationship. I love that they're an inter-racial couple, and that there is somewhat of a class imbalance, and that these are things KJ explores but doe
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