Review - Magpie
Everet (a raven) is the security chief for the nest of avians introduced in Duck. As this sequel opens, he has been called to collect Kane, a magpie, from the human nightclub where he's fallen fowl (if you'll pardon the expression) of the management. Magpies are know for their inability to resist the allure of shiny objects, and it seems that despite his talent for seducing and pleasuring men, Kane has stolen too much, too often, from the wrong people.
The raven arrives at the human club to find the magpie being beaten badly by the thugs who work for the owner. After a brief standoff, Everet manages to get Kane turned over and takes him back to the nest, where he's to be judged by the elders for bringing avians into disrepute.
Kane is high on drugs and has clearly been out of avian society for a long time, so he doesn't react well to being told the punishment for his crimes is being caged. Surprising everyone, including himself, Everet volunteers to take responsibility for Kane, as his master, to reform him. The two thus begin a stormy relationship as Everet tries to gain Kane's trust and convince him that he's capable of being more than just a whore and a thief.
Although the setting of “Magpie” is some time after the story of “Duck” it really isn't a sequel. Rather, it's a story set in the same world, following two different main characters. Raynard and Ori from “Duck” appear in “Magpie” several times, but they're just supporting players in this story. That said, you still probably want to read “Duck” before reading this book, so that you'll better understand the history between Ori and Raynard as well as Ori's role in the nest.
“Magpie” is a very different story from the first book. Where Ori was a natural submissive who just needed a loving master to protect and nurture him, Kane is a selfish brat who needs to have control and discipline. While Raynard was an experienced Dom, Everet seems to have never really been a master, although he likes to be in control. All the differences make “Magpie” a very good sequel that lives up to the first book. The characters are engaging, although perhaps not quite as much as in “Duck”. But then, I identified with Ori much more than I like to admit. That was what made the book such a great read. This sequel is definitely a good read.
Posted in Book Reviews on January 9, 2013