If Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds left you traumatized, then this is probably not the book for you. There are magpies everywhere. You almost expect Samual L. Jackson to pop out at some point to complain about them.
The story starts with Lucien Vaudrey coming back to London after being exiled to China. His father, who helped drive him away, and his monstrous brother have both committed suicide, granting Lucien a Lordship and leaving him as the sole heir to the Vaudrey’s estate called Piler. As the new Lord Crane, Lucien isn’t really happy about any of this. He hates the estate and the memories it holds. So with the help of Merrik, his faithful butler, he plans to clear up the heritage and get rid of the old estate. Once home, Lucien suddenly finds himself trying to commit suicide under the persuasion of dark magic. Merrick convinces Lucien, who is not fond of witches or sorcerers, to seek help from a shaman in order to save his life.
Enter Stephen Day. Stephen is a practitioner of magic, small in stature and unassuming in appearance, with expertise in ferreting out the nefarious forces. Picture a cute little ginger. But Stephen also happens to be the son of a man ruined by Lucien’s father. DRAMA!!!
Stephen soon realizes that Lucien is nothing like his father and helps rid the curse. However, it becomes clear that there are powerful things lurking in the shadows that are threatening Lucien’s life. Stephen decides to stay at the estate and help figure what is with the magpies. Enough is enough! I have had it with these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane! Sorry, had to. Stephen also stays because once Lucien starts getting under his skin, he is drawn to the man more and more. He is definitely falling for the charm of the new Lord Crane.
The sexual tension between Lucien and Stephen is probably the most frustrating part of the book. It is constantly building and you are waiting in anticipation for something happen. They just keep getting interrupted! But don’t worry, wait till you get to the desk scene. Just wait.
The snarky connection and playful banter between the two men is the most enjoyable part of the book for me. Lucien’s dry wit is my favorite part and I related to him immediately. He had so many great comebacks that I wish I would have thought of. And Merrick also had some great parts.
The book was a great read and it sets you up nicely for the sequel. The thing that was a little annoying was that magic sometimes got over-explained. But other than that, I have no real complaints.
What the fuck, what the fucking, bloody devil-shit, what in the name of Satan’s swollen cock was that?