Publisher: KJC Books
Release Date: August 3, 2017
Received From: Review copy from author
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.
GENDER: presumed cisgender, presumed agender
SEXUALITY: homosexual, bisexual
PAIRING: M/M, past M/F
TROPES: past arranged marriage, surprise magical powers, chosen one
TAGS: fantasy, adult, romance, supernatural, queer romance
WARNINGS: mentions of torture
Every book by K. J. Charles that I pick up makes me fall in love- no matter the situation or the characters. I love that.
I say this a lot about her books and I’ll say this about the new books she plans to write but- The Spectred Isle is my favorite book of hers yet. The characters are approachable and rounded so neatly that you can’t spot a single flaw in their backstories. From Randolph to Issacs to even Peabody, all of her characters work and fit into the story just right.
Saul and Randolph’s relationship and its build is relatable and funny and just down right adorable. Right off the bat the two of them are mutually pinning for one another and it is funny to watch them try to keep their relationship professional while simultaneously trying to get into each others pants. Then once they are sure of each others feelings it is nonstop flirting and the surprise Saul felt when Randolph planned to stay with him during the fall out of Camlet Moat made me absolutely melt. The way Randolph shows his admiration and love for Saul is my favorite thing about this book other than the amazing character development and foreshadowing (which I won’t talk about because I don’t want to spoil too much).
Much like her others books, the plot is nicely paced and deals heavily with the supernatural and it entices me more and more. I cannot wait to buy this book and every other book by K. J. Charles ever.
KJ Charles is a writer and editor living in London. She has a serious reading habit, two kids, a cat, a blog, and several books coming out. Somehow.