Aug 052014
Review: Dirty MagicDirty Magic (Prospero's War #1) by Jaye Wells
Published by Orbit on Jan 21, 2014
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook from Purchased
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

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.

This is a fun and exciting start to a new urban fantasy series. Kate’s a cop with a bad past who just wants to make a difference in the world today, while keeping her little brother safe and out of trouble. She’s feisty, and fights her way onto a task force aimed at taking down a new drug on the streets.

I found the idea of the magical elements, the magic working and dirty versus clean potions to be very intriguing and new. I had a little trouble wrapping my head around the magic portion of the potion making, but there is a scene towards the end of the book that went a long way to making it clearer to me.

I really enjoyed the characters and their interactions. Kate’s new team members were well developed. They each have their own quirks, but they work well together. Morales makes a good love interest, and is more than just a hot body, although his body does seem to be a prime attraction. I know Kate’s neighbour agrees with that, and her comments and actions definitely had me giggling.

Overall, this is an thrilling new series, and now that I understand the magical element more, I can’t wait to see what happens next. There were some threads laid out near the end of the first book, and I’m excited to see what develops from them.

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