Title: Dirty Magic
Author: Jaye Wells
Series: The Prospero’s War
Publication Date: January 21st, 2014
Synopsis: The last thing patrol cop Kate Prospero expected to find on her nightly rounds was a werewolf covered in the blood of his latest victim. But then, she also didn’t expect that shooting him would land her in the crosshairs of a Magic Enforcement Agency task force, who wants to know why she killed their lead snitch.
The more Prospero learns about the dangerous new potion the MEA is investigating, the more she’s convinced that earning a spot on their task force is the career break she’s been wanting. But getting the assignment proves much easier than solving the case. Especially once the investigation reveals their lead suspect is the man she walked away from ten years earlier—on the same day she swore she’d never use dirty magic again.
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 be never say never.
Review: This one started out slow for me. It bugged me greatly that there were things that were tossed out and never really clarified or explained. It took 20% of the book to find out that Danny was Kate’s younger brother. She never once referred to him as a sibling or anything. I gathered from their ages he wasn’t her kid but still. There were other things that left me wondering if this was a spin-off of another series but it’s not. But I quickly got into the story and the world and had a hard time putting the book down. I would have liked a bit more introduction to the world that was built, because she did a good job building said world just not in introducing it.
As for characters, Kate bothered me quite a bit, mostly because she’s got this large chip on her shoulder but she starts to defrost and before a more enjoyable character as the story goes on. I really would love to see more of the members of the MEA team, they all seem to be great characters and I look forward to more of them in the future. Definitely need more John Volos, that’s one of the more complex characters in the story. Well at least Cursed Moon is out this year, I was going to be really sad if I had to wait a whole year.
Recommendation: Yup, a good Urban Fantasy that deals mostly with witches and wizards.
I received an ARC of this book on Netgalley. This in no way affected my review.