Street Magic (Black London Series #1)

Street Magic (Black London Series #1)

by Caitlin Kittredge
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Street Magic (Black London Series #1) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 124 reviews.
Melhay More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, so much so I was not able to put it down until I was through the whole thing. I really enjoyed the banter between the two main characters, Pete & Jack. They really have one heck of a love/hate relationship. The British slang was a great touch as well. It took me a little bit to get what they ment, but when I caught on to the meanings I absolutely loved it. I got such a kick out of the slang even when it was in anger. There where a few moments I got slightly confused with the flashes to the dreams that Pete was having then to reality. It took me a moment to catch on to what was going on, then to switch my thinking. But, it didn't take me long as I went through the book to catch on and know what to look for, and in learning the authors writting style it became easier for me to pick the dreams out. I really liked Jack's character more from the beginning. To me there seemed to be more layers to him than appeared to the others in the story. To me I thought he out shined Pete through most of the book, but by the end of the book Pete had taken her place right up there by/with Jack. In the end of the book I realized how much Pete had grown as a character through the book, and loved her for it. Jack's character grew as well but not by the leaps and bounds that Pete did. I know there is a short story of Jack in the book Huntress, which hold a few short stories by four different authors. I have this book on my shelf in my to be read pile. But, the second book in the Black London Novel series is Demon Bound. Based on the preview at the back of the book, Street Magic, it looks as it is to be released December 2009. I will be watching the shelves for this on in December.
kitkat3ny More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed really this story. Pete Caldecott is a tough cop on the hunt for a sadistic killer who kidnaps children. This story is dark and gritty and set in a seedy dark London, where magic exists but is hidden. Twelve years prior, Pete as a young girl and Jack Winters, a young mage, experience a trauma so deep Jack turns to heroine to escape. Going cold turkey and getting clean, Jack assists Pete with her investigation and inadvertently submerges her into the dangerous shadow realm. Pete is a strong heroine and reminds me a lot of Luna's character from Caitlin's Nocturne City. Thankfully Pete isn't as reckless and self-destructive as Luna. I highly recommend this new series to dark urban fantasy readers and look forward to the next book in the series, Demon Bound due out 12/1/09.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really didn't like this book. I kept reading it because I thought it would get better -- but it never did. The characters were not well developed. I read alot of books like this and the plot was boring and thoroughly unbelieveable.
BrookeReviews More than 1 year ago
A Blurb: Pete Caldecott has a dark past, a past that she has vowed to keep buried in the darkest depths of her memories, but her nightmares are getting worse making it difficult to sleep. Pete is a detective and her current case is finding children that are disappearing. When she receives a request from an informant to meet him, alone, she is shocked to find out that it's Jack Winter, a huge part of that dark past that she thought was dead and gone. The once punk rocker who mesmerized her when she was 16 is there in the flesh and strung out on heroin. He might be screwed up, but his tip leads her directly to the missing girl. When more children go missing, she finds herself going back to Jack for help. They will have to face some dark powers that may very well get them both killed, but Pete knows that working with Jack is the only way to save the kids (and themselve) before it's too late. The Review: Pete Caldecott, our heroine, is tough as nails, but not in an overly done annoying way. She can stick up for herself, and isn't the type that needs rescuing, nor does she want it. Jack Winter, the hero, is rough around the edges and extremely powerful. The two have great chemistry and the tension between them could bring grown men to their knees. Fans will love this new duo, and will be left sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for more. Street Magic is a gritty, dark, and thrilling addition to the Urban Fantasy genre. Being based in London gives the book a gloomy feel with it's foggy streets and shadows lurking in every corner. Kittredge not only has a way with words, but a way with worlds. She's a master at creating new and edgy places for her characters to dwell in. Making both of her series a pleasure to read. For Street Magic , she does a terrific job of using British slang without overdoing it, and this makes the book even more enjoyable. You'll probably have learned a few new words for daily use after reading this one! So how about it? Get your sodding arses out to the bookstore and pick this one up! :)
harstan More than 1 year ago
In London, sixteen year old Pete Caldecott met handsome mage Jack Winter. The punk rocker showed off his magical skills trying to impress the teen. However, Pete witnessed more than she wanted to see when a spirit he summoned killed Jack. Over time Pete assumed Jack used an illusion to fool her as magic is not physics since it does not exist.----------- A dozen years layer Detective Inspector Pete receives a tip about a kidnapped girl Bridget. The tip proves reliable, but the informant shocks the DI to her DNA core; somehow Jack is back or at least a heroin addicted version of him. He insists there is a parallel realm the Black. With several more abductions of children, Jack convinces Pete to cross over to fight against an evil kidnapper with paranormal power. She agrees to travel to the shadow realm and learn how to use spells if he detoxes ---------- Leaving Nocturne City for now, Caitlin Kittredge proves she has STREET MAGIC with the super first Black London urban fantasy. Inspector Pete is a terrific center of gravity as a police detective who holds the eerie exciting story line together, but it is the dark gritty streets of London that she works enhanced by shadowy Jack that owns the tale. A sort of cross between Simon Green's Nightside and Jim Butcher's Dresden, sub-genre fans will appreciate Ms. Kittredge's view of a gloomy paranormal London.---- Harriet Klausner
QueenofPalms More than 1 year ago
Though I loved Caitlin Kittredge's Nocturne City series, I couldn't get into this one. The characters tried to be gritty, tough, and conflicted but came across as pathetic and unfocused. For a police officer, Pete seemed to float from one situation to another with very little purpose and direction. The author introduced characters with no explanations and unrelated events popped into the plot - maybe a setup for the next book? British slang and profanity overwhelmed the dialog. Maybe the second book gets better but I doubt that I will read it.
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Seree More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy a bit of lightness and/or humor with dark paranormal tale this book/series is not gor you. However, if you enjoy stark reality mixed with the paranormal then this is some of the best offered. Charactors are sketched in complex layers. The world of those who can see and mingle with the Black is highly complex, dysfunctional and harsh. The Black coexists side by side with the "normal" world while humans with psycic abilities and denzens of the Black cross in and out of both realms with ease or difficuty dependent upon their level of psycic power. While there are facinating and imaginative paranormal elements which make up this world the true tale is of Pete and Jack and their relationship. Unalike as two individuals can possibly be they are committed to each other and will go to great lengths to see the other safe. Jack has a great many charactor flaws but he values the basic decency and strength of Pete. The one person who means the world to him is also the one he endangers the most even as he attemts to protect her. Pete knows Jack is no prize but she recognizes the decency within him and her recognition enables Jack to attempt to be decent even as an old evil rides his back and another claims his soul.
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Buffy422 More than 1 year ago
I haven't found a book I could get into for a while. This is a problem. LOL. But I had no problem getting into this book. I loved Pete and especially Jack. Can't wait to see what is in store for the two of them!
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