ARC Book Review: Dirty Magic (Prospero’s War #1) by Jaye Wells

October 5, 2013 4.5 Bullet Rating, Book Review 2

ARC Book Review: Dirty Magic (Prospero’s War #1) by Jaye WellsDirty Magic by Jaye Wells
Series: Prospero's War #1
Published by Orbit on January 21, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Source: Received from Author

The last thing patrol cop Kate Prospero expected to find on her nightly rounds was a werewolf covered in the blood of his latest victim. But then, she also didn't expect that shooting him would land her in the crosshairs of a Magic Enforcement Agency task force, who wants to know why she killed their lead snitch.

The more Prospero learns about the dangerous new potion the MEA is investigating, the more she's convinced that earning a spot on their task force is the career break she's been wanting. But getting the assignment proves much easier than solving the case. Especially once the investigation reveals their lead suspect is the man she walked away from ten years earlier—on the same day she swore she'd never use dirty magic again.

Kate Prospero's about to learn the hard way that crossing a wizard will always get you burned, and that when it comes to magic, you should be never say never.

Dirty Magic is the first book in Jaye Wells’ newest series – Prospero’s War. I read this book with little knowledge of what to expect.  I guess I expected Magic and a new world and what I got was so much more.  I didn’t just love the story.  I fell in love with every character the pages contained.

Wells kicks off her new series with precision and clarity.  Kate Prospero is an incredible complex and well defined character.  After breaking ties with her family she is now raising her little brother alone.  Joining the police force to try and be part of the right side of the law – will her past help or hinder her advancement?

The topic of addiction always seems to lay on the wayside of genre fiction.  I can mention only a few authors that have added this into their story line.  In Kate Prospero’s city of Babylon addition has become an epidemic.  Mundanes (non magic users) take potions – some dirty and some clean.  Like anything the overuse and dependency on a seemingly harmless little thing can keep building up.  Have a hard time getting an erection – take this!  Your butt too big – take this!  Most of us know how this cycle plays out. There is always a price to pay.

The mystery that plays out in Dirty Magic was a brilliant addition to this Urban Fantasy.  With a new magic on the street transforming people into insta-maniacs and Kate right in the middle of it – I loved it all.  This was book I found myself savoring, slowing down and gently absorbing the entire story – it was a rare treat – and one I will be reading again.

I rate Dirty Magic 4.5 out of 5 Bullets!

4.5 Bullet Rating

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I received Dirty Magic directly from the author. All opinions are my own and no compensation was provided.

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