Author: Jaye Wells
Series: The Prospero's War
Number in Series: 1
Format: ARC ePub (Netgalley)
Publisher: OrbitGenre: Mystery/Urban Fantasy
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Synopsis from Goodreads
The first in an all-new urban fantasy series by USA Today bestseller Jaye Wells.
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 new series The Prospero's War. I have read the first book in Wells' Sabina Kane series and I loved every minute of it and this is no exception. In Dirty Magic, we follow a cop named Kate. The world is obsessed with magic. People use and abuse magic everyday and it is up to the cops to keep a lid on it. That is easier said than done. One night while patrolling, she runs into a man werewolf-like man who has just taken a bite out of his victim. She soon realizes that the world of magic has a new player and it is bound to get more people killed. Kate loves that she has been given the assignment to find who is behind it all. But she has run away from the crime world of magic and this case is about to test her will.
Wells seems to be building quite a reputation when it come insanely amazing lead characters. Our lead, Kate, is definitely on that list. I loved her humor and tough exterior even though she is battling with a lot of things with herself. I loved her from the first page. She is such a determined character, it instantly drew me to her and her fight against magic. She has a past with magic. Her uncle is the Godfather of the magic world. He is in prison for all the crimes he has committed with it, but Kate is out to prove she is nothing like the man who taught her everything she knows. But things may get ugly when she shoots a crazed magic junkie who has taken a hit of magic that makes him look like a werewolf. This though gives way to the opportunity of a lifetime for Kate. She gets to be on the Magic Enforcement Agency that take down the big guys who make the magic and who are the reason the city of Babylon is crumbling.
I also really loved the characters that surrounded Kate. Her younger brother, Danny, was a handful. They are all they have and she tries her best to protect him. That is becoming more and more difficult as she sees he is starting to get curious about the world of magic. A world she ran away from and she is trying to keep him out of. We also have Kate's new gang. Her boss, Miranda Gardner, scared me. They even make a joke about how she might have balls. She could give Judge Judy a run for her money. I loved her, the whole team is really amazing. Apart of that team is the possible love interest, Morales. Morales could be a bit of a jackass at times, but I really liked him. He is pretty much a mystery and we get a bit of his story in the book which I liked. I hope we learn more about him. There isn't any romance in the book, but there is chemistry and something could be brewing, if not for a few issues. One of those issues being Kate's old flame, John Volos. He is on his way to becoming senator of Babylon. Kate believes he is behind the rising crime in Babylon. I wasn't sure what to make of him. There could be chemistry here if Kate would let it. She has a lot of resentment towards Volos. He does have some redeeming qualities though. I found him very intriguing. He does do something near the end of the book that made me want to strangle him, but I am dying to see where it leads. I know there is more to the story then we can see. I can't wait to see where this goes. Like I said, there is no romance, but there are possibilities, both of which I like.
The story was action packed. It is a crime drama with magic and a teeny tiny dash of paranormal mixed in. Magic is well known in this world. Magic is being used as a drug in this world. There is clean magic though, but it is the dirty magic that is overtaking Babylon. This new drug that is surfacing is changing people into flesh eating monsters. We are given a villain pretty early in the book, but nothing is ever that easy. Wells really kept me on my toes with the guessing. That was just incredible and I am so anxious for more.
This is definitely a favorite read for me. Wells worldbuilding and character development are out of this world. If you are a fan of the Kate Daniels series, you will love this (another great series to read in case you haven't). This book is very well written and has a bit of everything that it is hard not to find something to love about it. You will adore all of these characters and you will get lost in this book. There is nothing left to say, just buy it. You will fall in love Wells work, I know I have.
*This book belongs to the following challenges*
The Book Vixen's 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
Under The Covers Book Blog 2014 Immortal Reading Challenge
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