24 July, 2018


Title: Spectred Isle
Author: K.J. Charles
Series: Green Men 1
Genres: LGBT, Historical
Publisher: KJC Books
Release: August 3rd, 2017
Source: ebook
Pages: 271

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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.


EXPECTATIONS: MAGIC! I love all KJC books, some more, some less, but my favorite ones are the ones with magic in it. I knew this book was, for the most part, like a far later continuation of Simon Feximal book too, so I expected some characters to reappear too.

THE WORLD: London, England. The veil between this world and one under it is thin and full of holes. Things manifest on their own, no longer needing true summonings. All because of the war that raged in battlefields and summoning zones too, where Shadow Ministry organized anyone capable of occult to summon things, creatures, create abominations and wreck the enemy before enemy wrecked them. Of course, most people aren't aware of that side of the war, and what it has caused. But our heroes are not most people here.

CHARACTERS: Randolph Glyde, the last of this great and old family of occultists is doing his best to atone and fix things that he and his family broke during the war. Shadow Ministry has forced many, others came freely, of course, to fight in the war too, making them summon things, create abominations, and wreck the enemy as much as possible before they wrecked them, or figured what's happening. Now the veil is thin, and Glyde is leading the resistance in hopes to not only fix what was done, but protect those who wouldn't want to be involved in damaging anything even more. One of his duties now, one of those that fell on him when no more of his family members were left to take their own duties over, was to protect the legendary Camelot Moat, with a nasty secret hidden under it. Doing this job he kept meeting Saul Lazenby, and straight away got suspicious of him, and his employer, for they just seemed to appear in the worst places, at the worst time. Saul, on the other hand, could've said the same of Randolph. He kept meeting the man in the most unlikely places, starting that damned ancient oak that burst into flames and burned down like no living tree ever should. And all the way to this remote island in a moat, in the middle of nowhere! 

ROMANCE:  Randolph and Saul liked each other from the moment they saw one another. But both were far too cautious and suspicious due to previous experiences to express it any time soon. Especially since in their point of views - the other kept appearing in his path! But once it all blooms, it's lovely and beautiful, and funny even. 

GOOD: I'm loving the idea of Randolph leading the rebels, because he can. Because he has the money to support them, and power to protect them. At the start of the book he's introduced as a very impish and suspicious man, so you could say there's evolution of character for he slowly shows his true colors. Saul, on the other hand, is a very wise man with his own good humor. It worked very well in very many situations. As for magic, most of the best stuff happens at the end of the book, once a very great occult battle takes place, so just be patient.

BAD: I wish there was more magic shown sooner. And more things explained too. Like I didn't get it at all, why and how did that tree burn?

OVERALL: This was a very fine book, and I'm real happy I got to read it at last. The characters were very amazing, they're always somehow unbelievably beautiful with their personalities, and wonderfully familiar.

What do you think about SPECTRED ISLE?



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