Dirty Magic (Prospero's War Series #1)

Dirty Magic (Prospero's War Series #1)

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by Jaye Wells
     
 

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MAGIC IS A DRUG. CAREFUL HOW YOU USE IT.
The Magical Enforcement Agency keeps dirty magic off the streets, but there's a new blend out there that's as deadly as it is elusive. When patrol cop Kate Prospero shoots the lead snitch in this crucial case, she's brought in to explain herself. But the more she learns about the investigation, the more she realizes she must

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MAGIC IS A DRUG. CAREFUL HOW YOU USE IT.
The Magical Enforcement Agency keeps dirty magic off the streets, but there's a new blend out there that's as deadly as it is elusive. When patrol cop Kate Prospero shoots the lead snitch in this crucial case, she's brought in to explain herself. But the more she learns about the investigation, the more she realizes she must secure a spot on the MEA task force.
Especially when she discovers that their lead suspect is the man she walked away from ten years earlier - on the same day she swore she'd given up dirty magic for good. 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 never say never.

Editorial Reviews

Patrol cop Kate Prospero didn't know that the bloody werewolf that she shot was the number one snitch for the Magic Enforcement Agency task force. What she has come to realize, though, is that getting an assignment with MEA is just the first step in putting her life permanently endangered. A new series; a new mass-market paperback and NOOK Book original.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316228442
Publisher:
Orbit
Publication date:
01/21/2014
Series:
Prospero's War Series , #1
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
52,685
File size:
2 MB

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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Dirty Magic 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
Kate reminds me of an older version of Beka Cooper (from Tamora Pierce's Beka Cooper trilogy). One that is also more prone to profanity. They both come from the slums, and both joined the justice system to take down crime in the area where they once lived. However, whereas the Beka Cooper trilogy really delves into Beka's character and who she is, Kate feels disconnected from the reader. She spends a lot of time responding to the situation without really letting readers get into her mind. It reflects her take-charge, I-don't-take-any-BS attitude, but at the same time there's lost potential in making her character more complex, as it doesn't really delve into how her past has shaped her into the woman she is today. Still, she is a likable character, and I actually like her habit to spit out profanity like it's no big deal. It reflects the harsh life she's led and is integral to her character. There's also the teenage brother she's bringing up. It's clear that Kate's past clouds her judgment in raising her brother, as she tries to shelter him from their heritage. This is a good chance to develop her family life and show another facet to her character, and the story does to a certain extent. It just feels one-dimensional, more like a script played by good actors than something real and in your face. I also wish that we got to see more of the other characters. The members of the MEA seem really cool, and I feel like they could be very compelling characters, especially Morales and Volos. However, the side cast is fairly one-dimensional in this novel. Hopefully they'll be developed more in the next book. What really makes the story come to life are the heart-pounding action scenes that really immersed me in Kate's world. It's what pulled me into the first pages and really sucked me in the latter parts of the story. It also features a unique world where magic is part talent and part science. It's really interesting and made out to be the it's-part-of-every-day-life no-big-deal that it is through the minimal world building. Those who like writing that introduces enough of the world without getting bogged down in the details will appreciate this. The world is so interesting, however, that I actually would have liked to see more of the magical world that Kate comes from. Still, I can understand the lack of a magical focus because of Kate's aversion to it. Besides, because of the way the plot is moving, it looks like she'll be forced to confront her roots, and I expect magic to play a more prominent role in the future. Overall, this is a promising start to a new series, and I'm looking forward to seeing the world and politics more intricately developed in Cursed Moon, the second installment in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So Descriptive and the story flows just nicely. I feel like I'm watching a movie. Brilliant detail throughout. Absolutely wonderful. Juicy Music
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome new world to get lost in! Can't wait to read the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first book in Wells' new series is an excellent cop procedural/urban fantasy. Kate Prospero is a great character: flawed, ferocious, guilt-ridden over her mother's death, and determinrd to bring down the covens which peddle dirty magic. Her neighbor Baba is a hoot, and the complicated relationship between Kate and John Volos adds real depth to the story. There is no flashy magic here, so readers who love mysteries and police procedurals, but who usually avoid urban fantasies, will probably enjoy it, too. Highly recommended to fans of Seanan McGuire, Devon Monk, and Lisa Shearin. -- lyradora
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Dirty Magic is a fabulous start to a brand new series by Jaye Wells. She instantly pulls us into a world where the line betweens right and wrong/clean and dirty magic immediately becomes blurred.  Once a practitioner of dirty magic, Kate Prospero is now a cop routing out that very element in society. When a new dirty potion is released, Kate must take on her old “family” and uncover who is behind this magic before horror is unleashed on the city. But the deeper Kate digs the closer to home her enemies will strike. Its a race against the clock and a battle to uncover the bad magic's roots before what Kate holds most dear is destroyed... Dirty Magic is a fast paced, action intense story. Lots of interesting twist and turns with a huge "I didn't see that coming" at the end. There is some romantic tension but is more of a paranormal mystery thriller. I utterly enjoyed this new series. The ending had me clinging to the pages wanting more. I received this copy of Dirty Magic from Orbit Books in exchange for a honest review. This book published January 21, 2014.
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For the most part this was very enjoyable. Good characters and the plot held together.
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I am more than eager to move on to book 2 in this series. Well plotted, well developed and kept me reading till the end..
MikeUnderwood More than 1 year ago
Wells takes contemporary fantasy in a new direction, combining the grit of crime fiction with a nuanced and thoughtful speculative setting where War on Magic replaces the war on drugs, and sets the stage of Babylon, Ohio, a rust belt town plagued by Dirty Magic. The lead, Kate Prospero, is compelling, admirable, and flawed, trying to raise her teenage brother while making the streets safer, when she's brought into a Magical Enforcement Agency (MEA) task-force focusing on The Cauldron, a hotbed of dirty magic crime. If you try out one new paranormal crime series this year, make it Prospero's War, starting with Dirty Magic.
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marshah More than 1 year ago
If you're a fan of Kat Richardson's Graywalker series and love a kickass character like Harper Blaine. If you love the magical world of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, then you will love Dirty Magic by bestselling fantasy author Jaye Wells! This is the first in a new series and a book you will find hard to put down. Kate Prospero is a patrol cop in Babylon who must walk a fine line between her old life - creating dirty potions, and her new life - stopping those who would put them on the street. Kate is a complicated character, which I love - snarky and powerful, who struggles to make ends meet, raise her teenage brother, keep him from delving into the life she gave up, create a better life for the two of them by joining a special investigative unit, and fight her attraction to an old love that could pull her back to the life, and a talent, she put behind her. Dirty Magic is a fast-paced roller coaster ride. A must read filled with interesting and unusual characters and a storyline that has you counting the days until book two is released.
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LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Dirty Magic is book one in a new series by Jaye Wells. Kate Prospero is a cop fighting dirty magic in Babylon. After a traumatic event in her younger years, Kate swore off using magic and now is trying her best at cleaning up the streets. Always being passed over for promotions in her department, she jumps at the chance when she is offered a spot in the Magic Enforcement Agency task force. The task force's goal is to discover who is behind the new potion, Gray Wolf. The potion is turning people into beings that crave human flesh all while being immune to defensive magic. The deaths and serious injuries are building up, so Kate and her fellow MEA task force have to act fast. The writing in Dirty Magic is superb. I've been eagerly waiting for another book by Wells since the end of the Sabina Kane series and this one definitely surpassed my expectations. The characters came to life as I read the story, and I had a hard time choosing which I liked best. The world building had me easily picturing what was going on. The plot itself has a bit of everything a reader could ask for, who-dun-it, an ex re-entering the picture, a race against the clock, and an evil villain. I'm really exited for book two, Cursed Moon and can't wait to see where the series goes next.