Review: Dirty Magic (Prospero's War #1) by Jaye Wells
The first in an all-new urban fantasy series by USA Today bestseller Jaye Wells.
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.
3 Out Of 5 Stars
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Witches, Supernatural, Suspense, Mystery--
In a relatively close future, magic is part of daily life. People use potions to enhance looks and medical conditions, as well as transportation and jobs. But there is a dark side to magic, the addiction, as well as gangs (aka covens) that create dirty magic to sell illegally on the streets. Officer Kate Prospero tries her best to stop the dirty magic because she knows how bad it can really be since she was once in a coven cooking the magic. When a new potion shows up on the streets that turns the user into mindless beast, Kate wants to be part of the team to stop it.
This was an interesting urban fantasy unlike anything I have read before. I liked how the magic was more like science than hocus pocus, steeped in chemical and interactions that caused the results. Left handed people are adepts and able to make the magic that the norms are so desperate for, yet they are shunned for said skill anyway. Most of the book was very realistic police drama with the politics, investigation as well as interrogations, with just the random mentions of the magic. This was a pretty dark book, dealing with some hard life truths as well as death and addictions.
Kate has had a hard life and as a result of that she has impenetrable walls and comes off as jaded and cold. A lot of her issues with her brother stemmed from her lack of communication, which drives me insane in a book. She was continually in situations where she could tell the truth and have things resolved, or lie or withhold info and have a huge issue because of it (with her brother and with others). I hate that as a plot device, but whatever. The end of the book puts her in a terrible compromising situation that I have no idea how she will escape from- pretty much she is screwed in the book to come.
This was an interesting new concept for me and I think I would like to continue on in the series to see what will happen next. I think John is a jerkface who I don’t want her to associate with, but I think her partner Morales has some potential… As a side note, I listened to this on audio which was fairly well done.