Apprentice magician Crispin Tredarloe returns to London to find his master dead, and his papers sold. Papers with secrets that could spell death. Crispin needs to get them back before anyone finds out what he's been doing, or what his magic can do.
Crispin tracks his quarry down to waste paper dealer Ned Hall. He needs help, and Ned can’t resist Crispin’s pleading—and appealing—looks. But can the waste-man and the magician prevent a disaster and save Crispin’s skin?
A 16,000 word story set in the Charm of Magpies world, and a prequel to the novel Rag and Bone (March 2016). This story was first published as part of the Charmed & Dangerous anthology.
About the Author
KJ Charles writes romance, mostly m/m, mostly paranormal, fantastical, magical, historical, and wordy. She is the author of The Magpie Lord and a Rainbow Award-winner for A Case of Possession, Think of England and the Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal, all published by Samhain. She is an editor by trade, and lives in London.