Review: Spectred Isle

Spectred Isle (Green Men #1)Spectred Isle by K.J. Charles

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*

Archaeologist Saul Lazenby has been all but unemployable since his disgrace during the War. Now he scrapes a living working for a rich eccentric who believes in magic. Saul knows it’s a lot of nonsense…except that he begins to find himself in increasingly strange and frightening situations. And at every turn he runs into the sardonic, mysterious Randolph Glyde.

Randolph is the last of an ancient line of arcanists, commanding deep secrets and extraordinary powers as he struggles to fulfil his family duties in a war-torn world. He knows there’s something odd going on with the haunted-looking man who keeps turning up in all the wrong places. The only question for Randolph is whether Saul is victim or villain.

Saul hasn’t trusted anyone in a long time. But as the supernatural threat grows, along with the desire between them, he’ll need to believe in evasive, enraging, devastatingly attractive Randolph. Because he may be the only man who can save Saul’s life—or his soul.

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I have not read a lot of historical books I am so bewitched by but everytime I read a book by KJ Charles it’s a pure and magical journey. The author knows what she writes about, has a great sense and way of writing, captures with a fluent way of wording, but include funny parts. It gives the whole book a pleasant depth.

The story and universe KJ Charles creates is capturing, and the both character, Randolph and Saul complete each other perfectly. Their first encounter is not pleasant, and the way they have their banter show the magnificent writing by the author.  It’s simply superb.

Next to interesting character KJ Charles creates a story full of magic, supernatural elements, spiked with a bit dark mystery. The setting is London in the 1920s and it’s a marvelous mix of progress and history. Something I read with a great delight.

I really loved the natural flow, the suspense and the dark parts. It’s actually a bit tough to say something about the content of the book without telling too much or giving away the thrill. I can only say that it’s a page turner right from the start and mesmerize you.

KJ Charles is truly a master of writing a thrilling story with witty, but often sneaky character, mixed with mystery. A pleasant read and get 5 out of 5 stars. Another book by her is mentioned in the book but you can read it without any knowledge. But I also recommend to read The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal too.

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