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Spectred Isle by K.J. Charles
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Jun 27, 2017

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction-for-fun, historical-fiction, romance-and-erotica, e-books
Read 2 times. Last read June 27, 2017.

I LOVED THIS BOOK. (I have an ARC of it, which meant it got to be the first of my conference-season comfort reads.)

It has WWI angst and magic and 12th century ghosts, it's like it was written expressly for meeee. Our Hero ended WWI in disgrace for a crime that he variously implies constitutes sodomy and/or treason (exact details are only slowly doled out, in a careful integration with the plot). He is no longer welcome to excavate with his former mentor Leonard Woolley* and has ended up working for a rich gentleman with dubious ideas about the network of magical sites across London. Unfortunately for all concerned, there IS a network of magical sites across london, and Our Hero keeps stumbling across the man who's tasked with (in the absence of his family and allies, all lost in the war) keeping them under control.

Shenanigans ensue. Folk tales turn unfriendly. Unquiet ghosts from the Anarchy period must be put to rest, et caetera. I am particularly fond of the role which Randolph's deceased fiancé ends up playing - this book doesn't fall into the trap of completely eliding women from its m/m universe.

(*I mentioned this aspect to an archaeologist friend and her response was to suggest he should work with Mortimer Wheeler instead. Apparently Mortimer Wheeler is infamous for sleeping with anything that moved.)
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Reading Progress

June 27, 2017 – Started Reading
June 27, 2017 – Shelved
June 27, 2017 – Finished Reading
July 11, 2017 – Shelved as: fiction-for-fun
July 11, 2017 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
July 11, 2017 – Shelved as: romance-and-erotica
July 27, 2017 – Shelved as: e-books
August 13, 2017 – Started Reading
August 13, 2017 – Finished Reading

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