Sep 222014
Review: Cursed MoonCursed Moon (Prospero's War #2) by Jaye Wells
Published by Orbit on Aug 12, 2014
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback from Publisher
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

When a rare Blue Moon upsets the magical balance in the city, Detective Kate Prospero and her Magical Enforcement colleagues pitch in to help Babylon PD keep the peace. Between potions going haywire and everyone's emotions running high, every cop in the city is on edge. But the moon's impact is especially strong for Kate who's wrestling with guilt over falling off the magic wagon.

After a rogue wizard steals dangerous potions from the local covens, Kate worries their suspect is building a dirty magic bomb. Her team must find the anarchist rogue before the covens catch him, and make sure they defuse the bomb before the Blue Moon deadline. Failure is never an option, but success will require Kate to come clean about her secrets.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This was a very dark and gritty urban fantasy story. With the main characters trying to stop a rape bomb, this story features quite a few elements that a lot of readers will not enjoy. If you can get past the unpleasant elements, the character develop does advance the series arch enough to make the story worthwhile.

Kate spends a lot of the book dealing (or not dealing) with the events that happened in the first book. Her continual internal debate is both nice to see and annoying. It’s nice in that she’s not the typical overly confident and competent UF heroine. She has doubts and issues and has to work through them like everyone. But at the same time, it’s annoying because it seems like a waste of page space. Just get over yourself already!

My main issue with the first book was understanding how the magic in this world worked, but I didn’t have that issue this time. Everything seemed straight forward, and I liked that I didn’t need to spend a lot of time rethinking everything, I could just get on with the story.

Overall, while I didn’t love the focus of this book, I still enjoyed the characters and the world. I hope the next book is less offensive and crass feeling as I really do want to love this series.

  2 Responses to “Review: Cursed Moon”

  1. Euuuh, say wha—a rape bomb?? I’m not liking the sound of the story line at all. I can deal with dark and gritty to a certain extent, but from what I’ve read about this book, I don’t think I’d enjoy Wells’ version. At least the magical rules were more clearly defined, and the characters have continued to grow on you with each new installment. Offensive isn’t really my thing though…

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