Review: Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells (2014, #1 Prospero’s War)

Review: Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells (2014, #1 Prospero’s War)Author: Jaye Wells
Title: Dirty Magic
Series: Prospero's War #1
Publisher: Orbit
Pages: 416
Release Date: 2014-01-21
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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.
Format: Paperback
Also by this author: Cursed Moon, Vampsploitation (short story)
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five-stars

A while back, I wrote a sampling review of Dirty Magic, the first book in the Prospero Wars series by Jaye Wells. Here is a quote from that review:

“Kate Prospero is my kind of urban fantasy heroine. She’s a take-no-crap woman with enough emotional baggage to make her interesting, but not so much emotional baggage to make her annoying.”

Now that I’ve had a chance to finish reading Dirty Magic, I’ll tell you my opinion hasn’t changed. I LOVE THIS BOOK!

I don’t think there was a single thing that I didn’t like about it.

In Kate’s world, covens are the gangs. Potions are the drugs. This underlying concept is awesome. I wish I had thought of it myself.

Kate refuses to ‘cook’ or use potions. She used to work for her uncle, who is now in prison, and her ‘cooking’ led to the death of her mother. Kate’s life is now dedicated to getting rid of the dirty magic. When an opportunity comes up for her to join a task force to go after the person(s) who created a new deadly potion that turns the user into a werewolf, she jumps at the chance. Not only is it an opportunity for career advancement, it is a way for her to help clean up the city.

Kate also has the responsibility of raising her younger brother. The dynamics between Kate and her brother are a great addition to the story.

Kate’s life is complicated by the fact that she used to be romantically involved with the main suspect in their investigation. I liked that she didn’t fall all over him or rekindle the relationship. Kate’s not that kind of girl.

There’s also a hot guy on her team. He seems like a jerk at first, but they come to an understanding. I appreciated that Kate didn’t jump all over him either, even when she was given the opportunity.

The best part of the book, in my opinion, was the characterization, but I also liked how the subplots all tied into the main plot, and I really enjoyed Wells’ world-building.

I will definitely read the next book in the series when it comes out. In the meantime, I’m hoping Jaye Wells will have some giveaways for Cursed Moon, which is coming out in August. Maybe I could get lucky and win an ARC. I’d jump for joy!

Edit: I actually did win one on GoodReads! I was so ecstatic. Unfortunately, my schedule hasn’t allowed me time to read it yet. I’ve got to find to fit it in because I was so, so excited to win a copy.

Jen Schaper

I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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