Dirty Magic (Prospero's War Series #1)

Dirty Magic (Prospero's War Series #1)

by Jaye Wells

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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: 54,650
File size: 2 MB

About 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. 41 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.
JNT77 More than 1 year ago
I have been hooked from the first book I picked up of Jaye Wells. Love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not bad i will be reading the next one
Melhay More than 1 year ago
First thing I noticed, Jaye's descriptions. Nicely done. Her writing feels to have grown greatly coming into this book. We start into the world with a quick insight to a new potion and what it does to its users. We then take a step back and see Kate Prospero in her life, with family and friends. Her family is a huge thing in Kate's life. She has complicated...issues with some of her family, but her younger brother lives with her. Taking care of Danny and keeping him out of magic, whether clean or dirty, is her goal in life along with helping to clean up the streets as a cop. This is a huge motivator for Kate through out the book. Then come to the team she'll work with. The crew is fun and I enjoy their interactions with Kate. Especially Morales who becomes like a partner on the beat to Kate. He gives Kate a hard time, but it feels as it turns into innocent picking on a friend a the book goes. They do grow closer as the story goes. We have the cool science guy, Mez, who's a wizard and mixes clean potions for the team going into dangerous situations. And Shadi, who I feel we don't see enough of in this book. She's part of the team but does different parts to the same mission. This book felt like it was one that anyone who loves cop shows could read. The story didn't feel high in the magic field that others would be distracted by it. The story feels as though it's more character driven based on Kate and her wants and desires to do or not do things, also her complicated family connections don't help her but make her beliefs stronger in her mind. The magic part of the story is very low key. There is no spells whipping around like Harry Potter. The magic is discrete and in the sense of mixing potions, which are similar to drugs. The making of the potions actually feels more science than magic to me, though there is a moment of magic in making them. The world of drugs and a dangerous city is replaced with the obsession with potions that can make you prettier, faster, to lose weight, to protect you, and much more. But! These potions come at a cost. If you over use them, which we see is very possible as people become addicted to them, you could turn colors like purple, or lose all material possessions with the need for more and end up living on the street. Or, the worst cost to potions, you could lose your life. And we do see this example in the book. The story is well constructed in we see how the characters are lead to where they go. There are strong beliefs that they don't want to deal with, yet by fighting it they are lead to face what they don't want to. Kate has much going on in her personal life with raising her younger brother, it's hard having a teenager. But Kate also has to deal with a prejudice at the police station because she's a female and because she's an adept. There is plenty of action to go with the story after we get through the introduction phase of the book. I was impressed with how well all worked together to create the world of potions and the cop scenarios. Well done. I'll be looking to pick up the next few books when I get money.
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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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