Review: Jackdaw (A Charm of Magpies World) by K.J. Charles

JackdawI thoroughly enjoy this historical fantasy world, and I’m so glad that it extends beyond the initial trilogy. Part of what I loved most about this book in particular was seeing this world through new eyes, by a person who is neither magic nor cushioned by wealth and privilege.

I was not expecting to see familiar faces from the original trilogy, but this book extends unfinished plot threads from that final book. It’s a great example of how every minor character is the hero of their own story, with their own goals and motivations. (Also, we finally get to see Stephen Day from the perspective of someone other than Lord Crane. He really is utterly terrifying.)

Jonah and Ben have their share of conflict and relationship drama. One of their first interactions in this book is not easy to read, but Charles portrays what might otherwise be a disturbing event with a deft hand. The flashback scenes that set their shared history are also a masterclass in how to effectively switch and back and forth in time.

This book essentially has two separate climaxes for each of the intertwined plots. Both are incredibly satisfying and dramatic. Jonah and Ben’s happily ever after is hard-fought, and a perfect tug on the heartstrings every step of the way.

Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

Published by steelvictory

By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (, on Facebook (, and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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