Cursed Moon

Cursed Moon

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by Jaye Wells
     
 

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MAGIC IS A DRUG. IT'LL COST MORE THAN YOU CAN PAY. . .

When a rare Blue Moon upsets the magical balance in the city, Detective Kate Prospero and her Magic Enforcement colleagues pitch in to help Babylon PD keep the peace. Between potions going haywire and emotions running high, every cop in the city is on edge. But the moon's impact is especially strong

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MAGIC IS A DRUG. IT'LL COST MORE THAN YOU CAN PAY. . .

When a rare Blue Moon upsets the magical balance in the city, Detective Kate Prospero and her Magic Enforcement colleagues pitch in to help Babylon PD keep the peace. Between potions going haywire and 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 her use of illegal magic.

When a rogue wizard steals dangerous potions from a local coven, Kate's team must find the thief's hideout before the vengeful coven catches him. But the investigation uncovers the rogue's dangerous plot to unleash chaotic magic on the city. Once the Blue Moon rises no-one's secrets will be safe. Not even Kate's.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/25/2014
The second Prospero's War magical investigation (after Dirty Magic) showcases Wells's skill with character development. When high-profile covens in Babylon are robbed of dangerous illegal potions, Det. Kate Prospero and the Magic Enforcement Agency taskforce are pulled in to investigate. Kate has her personal battles to fight, hiding her recent slip into illegal magic use as well as surviving the chaos that comes from the magic-enhancing blue moon. The search for the thief forces Kate to come to terms with her own troublesome past before her secrets emerge—and possibly destroy her relationships with her partner, her best friend, and her brother. The tension remains high as the story shifts easily among the magical and mundane politics of the investigation, the ongoing work to control the city during the blue moon, and Kate's miserable guilt. (Aug.) H Lick Kylie Scott St. Martin's, $14.99 trade paper (304p) ISBN 978-1-250-05236-0 Scott's first Stage Dive contemporary is a delightful romantic romp. Evelyn Thomas is anticipating a carefully constructed career and life. A weekend birthday bash in Vegas is intended to be a passing indulgence, not a world-shattering event. But then there is David Farris, an uncompromising musician with the good looks and raw charisma his job demands. Can a night that begins with too much tequila and ends with a diamond ring and an Elvis impersonator as officiant really lead to a lasting relationship? This funny rock-and-roll fantasy delivers both sweet romance and steamy passion. Scott wholeheartedly develops hilarious and endearing characters in a love letter to guitar gods and the women who adore them. This whirlwind of excitement is expertly punctuated with moments of tenderness and heartache. The contrasts and conflicts of the glamorous Los Angeles fame culture and the private difficulties of the real world blend effortlessly into a satisfying resolution. (May)
From the Publisher
"A fresh, magical world full of potion junkies and alchemists that promises to break new ground in paranormal thrillers."—Laurell K. Hamilton"

Wells does an exceptional job depicting the hard choices and struggles caused by addiction, while also delivering a gritty and exciting procedural thriller. When it comes to crafting outstanding dark urban fantasy, Wells is fast becoming a master!"—RT Book Reviews on Cursed Moon (Top Pick!)"

Jaye Wells raises the urban fantasy bar with Dirty Magic, a hard-boiled series debut as unique and surprising as the creatures and characters peopling it. Kate Prospero is charged with policing the Cauldron, a magical world so fully realized, and so gritty, it gets under your nails. Wells is known for deftly weaving non-stop action with no-holds barred humor, but the unique and deeply drawn relationships are the real alchemy here. Dirty Magic showcases seasoned pro, Wells, at the top of her game, and establishes newcomer Kate Prospero as the urban fantasy heroine to beat."—New York Times bestselling author Vicki Pettersson on Dirty Magic. "

Kate Prospero is my new favorite heroine — imperfect, haunted, driven, and dangerous."—New York Times bestselling author Kevin Hearne on Dirty Magic"

Hold on tight — a gritty new heroine has joined the pantheon of shoot-first, ask-questions-later protagonists."—RT Book Reviews on Red-Headed Stepchild"

A fast-paced fun book"—New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris on Red-Headed Stepchild"

Last year, I wrote that Jaye Wells had the potential to be the next coming of Laurell K. Hamilton and Kim Harrison. This year, I'll amend that slightly: Jaye Wells is the next coming of LKH and Kim Harrison."—www.bn.com on Green-Eyed Demon

www.bn.com on Green-Eyed Demon
"Last year, I wrote that Jaye Wells had the potential to be the next coming of Laurell K. Hamilton and Kim Harrison. This year, I'll amend that slightly: Jaye Wells is the next coming of LKH and Kim Harrison."
New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris on Red-Headed Stepchild
"A fast-paced fun book"
RT Book Reviews on Red-Headed Stepchild
"Hold on tight -- a gritty new heroine has joined the pantheon of shoot-first, ask-questions-later protagonists."
New York Times bestselling author Kevin Hearne on Dirty Magic.
"Jaye Wells raises the urban fantasy bar with Dirty Magic, a hard-boiled series debut as unique and surprising as the creatures and characters peopling it. Kate Prospero is charged with policing the Cauldron, a magical world so fully realized, and so gritty, it gets under your nails. Wells is known for deftly weaving non-stop action with no-holds barred humor, but the unique and deeply drawn relationships are the real alchemy here. Dirty Magic showcases seasoned pro, Wells, at the top of her game, and establishes newcomer Kate Prospero as the urban fantasy heroine to beat."
New York Times bestselling author Kevin Hearne on Dirty Magic
"Kate Prospero is my new favorite heroine -- imperfect, haunted, driven, and dangerous."
Library Journal
07/01/2014
Having received a promotion to detective and earned a permanent place on the Magic Enforcement Agency (MEA) of the city of Babylon, Kate Prospero should be sitting on top of the world. But a renegade wizard has been stealing from some powerful magicians as part of a plan to brew chaos during the upcoming blue moon, and Kate and her partner Morales must stop him. Characters remain a strength for Wells, starting with Kate and her fellow agents but including supporting characters such as best friend Pen and elderly Wiccan neighbor Baba as well. VERDICT While not quite the breakout urban fantasy that marked Wells's first title (Dirty Magic), this series is growing in strong ways. We are starting to see more of the covens, specifically the O's sex magic cult, in this outing and witness Kate dealing with her conflicted feeling about magic.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316228466
Publisher:
Orbit
Publication date:
08/12/2014
Series:
Prospero's War Series, #2
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
132,279
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Raised in Texas, USA Today bestseller Jaye Wells grew up reading everything she could get her hands on. Her penchant for daydreaming was often noted by frustrated teachers. She embarked on a series of random career paths, including stints working for a motivational speaker and at an art museum. Jaye eventually realized that while she loved writing, she found facts boring. So, she left all that behind to indulge her overactive imagination and make stuff up for a living. Besides writing, she enjoys travel, art, history, and researching weird and arcane subjects. She lives in Texas with her saintly husband and devilish son. Find out more about Jaye Wells at www.jayewells.com.

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Cursed Moon 4.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Good series
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for the next one. This book was fast paced and fun to read.
MaggieJones More than 1 year ago
I loved book one in this series, Dirty Magic. I gave it 4.5 stars, actually. So, you ask, what happened that we are all the way down to 2 measly stars for Cursed Moon? A loss of 2.5 stars? What happened? I’ll tell you what happened, in Cursed Moon our Heroine Kate Prospero is pigeon holed into a guilty conscience, alcoholic wreck. Yeah for Kate! I almost DNF’d three times due to irritation and boredom. As a fellow reader, I am sure that you share my annoyance with people for feeling like everything is their fault even when they had nothing to do with it. Such a self-centered attitude is annoying and it is pretty much all you get from Kate in Cursed Moon. She has a tough job, I get it. Being a detective on a special magical task force is tough work. But when you are raising your teen brother as a single mom, if you are not there because you have to work then don’t feel all angry when you realize he is closer to the people he actually spends time with. When you are carrying a big secret that you can;t share with anyone but your enemy, don;t srink to hide from your demons. Don’t push away the people who care about you. These are the themes of this novel. Page after page, chapter after chapter of this self-recrimination. Whenever something bad happens to ANYBODY, Kate makes it HER fault. AAAAAAAAH! The romance brewing between her and her partner is weak at best. I think we need a new male on the scene! I would quit the series, but this Cursed Moon ends on a high note. Kate recognizes her problems. You get one page of good. I will start the third in this series, because I loved the first and the world building is really good. It better be at least a little more plot and a little less emotional wreck. I will give it 3 chapters.
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Kate Prospero returns in book two of The Prospero's War series. Kate is a detective for the Babylon PD, but is working for the Magical Enforcement section to take down people abusing magic. Everyone is on edge in this book due to the Blue Moon coming up, it messes with the magical balance and there is a ton of crime. We've all heard about people acting crazier during a full moon, well this kicks it up a notch. The main case that Kate has to figure out throughout Cursed Moon is a crazy dude stealing dangerous potions from different people/Covens. With the crimes occurring almost daily, Kate has to figure out who this guy is and why he is stealing potions. This is all happening while trying to race against the clock to find him before the Blue Moon, because Kate knows something big is going down. JWells weaves exciting stories that keep you flipping the pages until you've devoured the entire book. The characters are engaging whether main or secondary and each pulls their weight in the story. While the book does mainly focus on finding the bad guy, there are bits sprinkled in that reveals layers of Kate's character. She's taking care of a teenager all by herself. She has a bit of help from a neighbor and a friend while she's working, but the bulk of the responsibility is on her. She's not perfect, and I think that is why I enjoy Kate's character so much. She tries her hardest, but she's human, she makes mistakes just like everyone else. I'm a fan of a bit of romance tossed in my Urban Fantasy, sadly there isn't any really to speak of in Cursed Moon. It's getting there, and you can tell that there's not quite a love triangle, but there is a strong possibility of one in the near future. Until then I'm content with the tension building, because you know it will be oh so sweet when it finally happens. I highly recommend The Prospero's War series if you are a fan of Urban Fantasy. This is my favorite read so far this year, and I cannot wait on book 3, Deadly Spells, to be released next year.
MikeUnderwood More than 1 year ago
In CURSED MOON, Wells takes an already-strong world and puts its characters front-and-center, showing the strain of MEA work on Kate Prospero, the compellingly complex lead. This series is a must-read for me.
marshah More than 1 year ago
People once believed the moon was made of silver.  They would jingle the change in their pockets and ask the moon to bring them wealth.  While I can’t say I believe in that, I do believe that bestselling urban fantasy author Jaye Wells can take the moon and deliver a wealth of a tale to her readers!“ Cursed Moon” is the second in the Prospero’s Wars series.  In “Dirty Magic” we were introduced to Detective Kate Prospero.  Tough, gritty, foul-mouthed, Kate is busy trying to raise her younger teenage brother and handle life on the street.  She’s no ordinary cop though.  With a background and family history of “dirty magic,” which she gave up ten years earlier, she is soon pulled into The Magical Enforcement Agency and also into the grips and addiction of dirty magic once again.  And here is where the fun begins and continues in book two. Ms. Wells has created a fantastical world that feels more real than not with a cast of unusual characters, a sexy partner and diabolical villains.  And that is what I consider the mark of a true artist – an author that enables the reader to suspend belief and enjoy one helluva roller coaster of a ride.  In “Cursed Moon” Kate must again battle her flaws, her failings, her errors in judgment, but it’s her courage, stubbornness and resilience that carry the day, or in this case, the night.   For those entering this world for the first time, be prepared for Rated R language and explicit scenes. For readers and lovers of urban fantasy, we’re left breathless and anxious for the next installment.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog In the second book of the Prospero’s War series, Kate Prospero has a new case that she is working on. It involved missing sex potions that were stolen from an interesting character. To find the person responsible for this, Kate and her partner, Morales need to work together to find them before the Blue Moon. However, their leads are quickly indicating that this is of a larger matter, concerning bad guys who may be out of Kate’s league. Meanwhile, Kate is harbouring her guilt concerning the events of the last book. To save her brother she did something that made her hate herself. So when her best friend is severely injured in a car wreckage, the concept of pain relief through various potions and cooking seems decadent to her, but it cases Kate to remember her guilt in a way that makes her snappy. The Kate in this book seeed completely at odds with the heroine in the first book. I missed the smartass comebacks and the back and forth banter with her partner. The Kate in CURSED MOON is more weighed down and as a result, I didn’t enjoy her as much the second time around. Her actions grew tiring and I didn’t enjoy the fighting between her and her family and friends. I found that it slowed the pacing of the book greatly where I almost became disinterested in the story. Had the book ended there, I would have given it 3 to 3.5 stars. I wish there had been a better way to show the emotions of guilt and torment in Kate in a way that didn’t suppress everything that made Kate, Kate. She seemed like a different person, one that was harder to understand. Moreover, the emphasis that Wells placed on the love triangle in book one seems virtually nonexistent in book two. Volos has his appearances yet they don’t hit as hard as they have in the past and they certainly don’t leave the impression I was looking for. Morales is slightly better in that he had a consistent presence throughout the book, but he acts more as a supporting friend than any love interest for Kate, leaving me feeling puzzled than ever before. I felt that everything I was looking forward to reading from the first book was missing from the first half of this sequel. However, at the 60% mark, Wells picks up the pace, giving Kate and Morales some major leads in their case. This was what I was waiting for from page one from Wells. As the leads line up, more of that action I expected occurs, creating a far more adventurous storyline that quickly engages the reader. From there, it’s an easy race to the end. So even with a faulty start, I ended up enjoying CURSED MOON in the end. While not my favourite in the series, Jaye Wells creates a mounting rollercoaster ride that staggers until the point of crisis and then descends in a lighting-speed drop towards the end. *ARC provided by publisher
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