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Deadly Spells

Deadly Spells

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by Jaye Wells

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After the grisly murder of a dirty magic coven leader, Kate Prospero and The Magical Enforcement Agency team up with the local police to find the killer. When a tenacious reporter sticks her nose in both the investigation and Prospero's past in the covens, old ghosts resurface.

As the infighting between




After the grisly murder of a dirty magic coven leader, Kate Prospero and The Magical Enforcement Agency team up with the local police to find the killer. When a tenacious reporter sticks her nose in both the investigation and Prospero's past in the covens, old ghosts resurface.

As the infighting between covens turns ugly, an all-out war brews in the slums of Babylon..

Deadly Spells is the third novel in the Prospero's War series that started with Dirty Magic and Cursed Moon!

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Publishers Weekly
In the jumbled third Prospero’s War magical mystery (after Cursed Moon), detective Kate Prospero finds that balancing work with her personal life is becoming increasingly challenging. When the leader of her former coven is murdered by a Brazilian shapeshifter, Kate and her colleagues at the Magical Enforcement Agency must battle to keep the cartels out of the magical underworld city of Babylon. Tensions between magical and nonmagical residents are already high with the election of the city’s first Adept mayor, Kate’s former boyfriend John Volos. The parallels of magic and drug addiction are still present, but less prominent than the relation of magic to organized violence. Wells also attempts to continue some strands from the previous two volumes, resulting in a somewhat disjointed structure and perfunctory mention of previously key relationships. The valiant attempts to deal with the Adept versus Mundane discrimination, particularly in Kate’s love life and her brother’s school life, end with a more idealistic than realistic resolution. Agent: Rebecca Strauss, DeFiore and Co. (Feb.)
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"Jaye Wells has created a fresh, magical world full of potion junkies and alchemists that promises to break new ground in paranormal thrillers."—Laurell K. Hamilton on Dirty Magic

"Kate Prospero is my new favorite heroine -- imperfect, haunted, driven, and dangerous."—Kevin Hearne on Dirty Magic

"Dirty Magic is like nothing else currently happening in urban fantasy. Grim, gritty, and great."—Seanan McGuire

"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."—Vicki Pettersson

"With each exceptional book in her Prospero's War series, Wells adds more shades of grey to Kate's already murky world. How Kate handles new revelations demonstrates her growth as a character and Wells' talent as a storyteller. Looking for gritty worldbuilding and dangerous magical drama? Wells is just the author for you!"—RT Book Reviews on Deadly Spells (Top Pick!)

"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

"The next coming of Laurell K. Hamilton and Kim Harrison."—www.bn.com on The Mage in Black

"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

Library Journal
A new player has entered the potions-dealing underworld of the city of Babylon, and cop Kate Prospero and her partner Drew Morales fear that the already high level of violence among the magical covens is going to boil over. Agents from the Brazilian potion cartels are making a move, perhaps aided by people in Kate's old coven, the Votaries. She continues to face down her criminal past while raising her troubled younger brother, fighting the attentions of not only Morales but old flame (and new mayor of Babylon) John Volos, and trying to stop the coven war that's about to explode. VERDICT One of the best new series in urban fantasy continues to impress as Wells (Cursed Moon; Red-Headed Stepchild) shows her troubled heroine still struggling with her past but arriving at a better balance that promises a happy future. If this is the final book, it's a good one, although the world Wells created in which potions stand in for drugs and covens are as dangerous as any urban gang is rich enough to support more stories.

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Prospero's War Series , #3
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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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Deadly Spells 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed each book. Wish there was another to read... sigh.. I read one right after the other.
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marshah More than 1 year ago
Many have likened bestselling author Jaye Wells' "Prospero's War" series to "police procdural meets urban fantasy." In "Deadly Spells" (book 3) , Detective Kate Prospero is once again battling skeletons from her "dirty magic" past while trying to raise her teeneage brother, Danny, who has all the angst we expect of a boy coming into his own. But we're also seeing Kate coming her own as well. In "Deadly Spells" Kate discovers secrets and lies hidden from her for too long and struggles to learn to trust again while battling a new threat more frightening than anything she and the Magical Enforcement Agency team have faced before.  Ms. Wells is a fantastic writer. Her books are action-packed with crazy, creative characters and thrilling plot lines. The world she creates in Bablylon is a believable one. We can visualize the covens, the magic, the addicts, the MEA. We feel the city's despair, and the disparity between the Adepts and the Mundane. Her writing is tight, well-thought out - so much so the reader is easily swept away and may not realize until the conclusion who truly well written each chapter is. I love this series. I love a kick-ass character like Kate Prospero. I love the snarky dialogue. And I hope this storyline continues for a long time."Prospero's War" is a rousing ride! Don't miss out.
CathrineLake More than 1 year ago
Ok this one is hard to do without some spoilers. But I will try my hardest. Kate had another mess in her hands that she has to take care of. Surprise surprise the local cops don't want the MEA to help. But Kate still goes and gives an id on the dead coven leader. Even thing is pointing to another coven but Kate is smarter then most people give her credit for. She figures out what is going on with the help of her team and takes care of it. There are some issues with a noisy reporter, her brother getting into trouble, dates gone wrong, and just dealing with John. You find out about her mother and it was not what I thought it would be. Does everything get worked out in the end no it is not the end of this series. I am glad that I picked up these books to read because each one is better then the last. Kate keeps growing and everyone else is right there with her. The end will make you say finally and laugh at the same time! You will need to read the series in order or it will not make sense. Plus if you are looking for something similar you could do Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake series, well the first couple ones that were before all the sex, or try Kate Danley's Maggie MacKay series, this one is the best to try next. Both have magic in them and the characters are trying to fight for or prove something.
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Kate Prospero returns in book three of the Prospero's War series. This time around Kate is on a case trying to find out who is attempting to start a coven war. She works for the Magical Enforcement Agency aka MEA trying to get dirty potions off the streets and solve crimes. When a coven member winds up dead, Kate knows something is amiss and there will be other coven members seeking revenge. You know it's going to be really bad when some of the big coven leaders are going in hiding or leaving town. There is never a dull moment in Babylon. The love aspect I still can't decide who's team I'm rooting for. Morales, Kate's partner clearly likes her and I do enjoy his character. He's a hunky alpha male that I wouldn't mind having for myself. Then there is Volos, Kate's old flame from her teens. Volos knows Kate's true self, how she was when she was a member of the coven, all the dirty bits of her past and why she has set defenses. JWells is making it hard on a girl, I'll be interested to see what happens in the next book. I really enjoy JWell's writing style, it's gritty and in this series, Kate is always determined to solve the crime and get the bad guy. I started out reading Well's Sabina Kane series and thought it couldn't get better than that but the Prospero's War series is quickly becoming my favorite. Kate somehow balances being a "mom" to her little brother, hanging out with her BFF in her very limited free time and kicking butt while solving cases. I adore this series and highly recommend it if you're looking for a gritty Urban Fantasy with a kick butt cop lead.