Spectred Isle

Spectred Isle

by KJ Charles

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Overview

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.

Book 1 of the Green Men series

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781999784669
Publisher: KJC Books
Publication date: 08/02/2017
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

KJ Charles is a writer and editor. She lives in London with her husband, two kids, a garden with quite enough prickly things, and a cat with murder management issues.

Find her at kjcharleswriter.com for book info and blogging, on Twitter @kj_charles for daily timewasting and the odd rant, or in her Facebook group, KJ Charles Chat, for book talk, sneak peeks, and special extras.

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Spectred Isle 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rarely give a five star review, but Spectred Isle was just *that good.* Terrific and detailed world-building, fantastic characters, terrifying action sequences, and a heart - breaking romance. Highly recommended. I cannot wait for the next book in the trilogy. -- lyradora
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't even know where to start. Charles keeps you engrossed and on the edge of your seat as always with mystery and fantasy at every turn. Then it's all revealed and you're squealing and loving every minute of it. Read. This. Book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful read I had to finish in one go. Beautifully drawn characters and an exciting plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this author and frequently choose to re-read one of her books instead of an new unread book. I love that the characters aren't perfect. In fact, they are greatly flawed. The character's pain and loneliness add depth to the story and make me impatient for the next book in the series. I can't wait to see them help each heal. And destroy the Shadow Ministry.
dalexb More than 1 year ago
As good as all of the others of hers that I have read. She is a very good writer. I would have given her a 5, but I was disappointed that there does not appear to be a continuation to this series.....
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
A different kind of story than my "normal" read. I fell in love with KJ Charles writing when I read her Society of Gentlemen series. I fully intended to then go back and read her earlier works, but we all know that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and I just never got it done. After reading Spectred Isle I do wish that I'd first read her book, The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal because it is referred to frequently in Spectred Isle. I have to admit that I had a hard time getting into this book. I think it was for a combination of reasons. I was behind in my advanced copy reading schedule and wasn't able to give this my complete attention when I first started it. The story also began with a fair amount of activity that I found confusing at first. I am so glad that I didn't abandon this story as I ended up liking it very much. I haven't read any paranormal stories quite like this one; where most of the characters are perfectly normal on the surface, but as the story develops you being to realize that other things are at work. The relationship between the two main characters (MCs) is almost secondary to the main story and yet the book wouldn't be nearly as good without it. I don't really want to reveal any details of the story; the blurb is excellent so please read it. From about 50% on I couldn't put this book down. To some that might seem a bit far into the story to become completely engrossed but, like I mentioned earlier, I think it really had more to do with where my head was at when I began the book rather than the writing. While the two MC's relationship has a HFN (happy for now) there is much to come yet concerning the mysterious things going on. I'm really looking forward to reading the next book. An advanced copy of this book was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***
DiverseReaderMK More than 1 year ago
Dear friends, I have a confession to make. I have never read a KJ Charles book. *ducks and hides* BUT, I can say that I've finally fixed this travesty by reading the first book of her new series. Spectred Isle is book one of the Green Men series and I can unequivocally say that I am hooked and anxiously awaiting the next one. I wasn't sure I would love historical romance (and a paranormal, too!), but if they were all written as well and as much fun as Spectred Isle, I can definitely see the appeal. I understand that this series is a spin-off of her Simon Feximal series, but seeing as how I didn't read those, I can't tell you how they connect. I CAN tell you that I was fully able to understand the time period, the characters, and the plot just fine without having read them, and I'll for sure be going back to read those just to see what the connection is between the two. Saul Lazenby is a disgraced archaeologist who is now forced to work for an eccentric wealthy man who believes in magic. Saul spends his days fulfilling whichever mindless flight of fancy his employer Major Peabody wishes, but when he starts to see trees suddenly catching fire and other supernatural happenings, he's not sure what's going on. And when the same man, snarky and somewhat snobby Randolf Glyde keeps showing up when the unexplained occurs, well, Saul doesn't know if he's dealing with a villain or a hero. Randolf is an aristocrat ... and an arcanist from a long line of powerful sorcerers. Things definitely happen whenever he's around and Saul and Randolf butt heads, and in the very best way. I absolutely loved the world building that Charles does in the beginning chapters as she sets up our two heroes and their quest. I was completely enthralled and the imagery is so vivid and clear. The supporting cast of characters are all fabulously developed and all play vital roles in throughout the book. Sam was particularly wonderful. I have to say the romance between Saul and Randolf, though slow to build, was everything I was hoping it would be. Charming and sweet and swoony and a whole lot of other things. These two men definitely belong together and what's more, they wholeheartedly enjoy one another. As compatriots, friends, and lovers. The world might be going crazy around them, dark forces are definitely at work, but Saul and Randolf never lose faith in one another. The action in Spectred Isle had me peeking through my fingers in more than a few places, let me tell you! The fantasy elements, the magic and the occult ... all of it completely gripped me and had me on the edge of my seat. This was one hell of an introduction to the brilliance that is KJ Charles and I can't wait to see what comes next in this series. I'm off to immerse myself in KJ's gorgeous words, I suggest you do the same!