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Soul Trade (Black London #5)

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Soul Trade
A Black London Novel
Caitlin Kittredge
The crow-mage Jack Winter returns --to crash a secret gathering of ghost hunters, soul stealers, and other uninvited guests, both dead and alive…

Normally, Pete Caldecott stays far away from magical secret societies. But ever since her partner and boyfriend Jack Winter stopped a primordial demon from ripping into our world,
ebook, 304 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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I'm a genuine fan of the series --- I think Jack Winter is one of the best urban fantasy sort-of heroes out there -- but this was a fairly thin offering. Too short (I like when authors are deliberately sparse, but the setting and storyline here are so condensed that it was hard to get invested in any of it); the characters seemed to be behaving oddly (Jack Winters is built as the Next Big Thing, but in more than 2 instances in this story he more or less steps behind Pete and wrings his hands); a ...more
Melissa Hayden
With Jack and Pete stopping the demon Nergal from entering the world every ghost and lesser demon and those touched of magic felt it. That's why Pete ended up waiting in a graveyard, with an old force associate, for a lady murdering ghost Mickey Martian, which is what Jack does, except he's not wanting to do anything as of late. Pete takes on exorcism cases, even though Jack thinks they're a waste of their time, to put food on the table and take care of Lily's needs. Pete realizes something is w ...more
In Soul Trade, Pete and Jack must travel to Manchester. Pete's been marked, if she doesn't attend the gathering of the Prometheus Club she'll die. Despite the bad memories and having left there at age 15 planning never to return, Jack returns to his hometown aside Pete. Once at the club they are surprised to find it completely devoid of magic, a "dead space in the invisible tides of the Black". They tell her that by joining with them she will be protected against the end of times.

Between the Mo
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0


Caitlin Kittredge’s Soul Trade puts Pete Caldecott squarely in front of the camera as the lead protagonist instead of Jack Winter. Pete normally stays away from cases involving possessions or exorcisms and leaves them to Jack to handle. This time out she has no choice due to the fact that Pete and Jack have a baby daughter Lily now to raise and ensure her safety from all things that go bump in the night. On top of that, the magical community has labeled J
I can't wait for this book! I am IN LOVE with this series! Jack and Pete are truly unique and their story is amazing, frustrating, intense, dark and beautiful. Their love is strong enough to battle hell for (literally), and yet so fragile it constantly hangs in the balance- I can't wait to see what happens next!
This was much better than the previous book and this feels like it's leading somewhere epic. The characters act more like grown ups and more like people who aren't total idiots. I really enjoyed this book
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
The Black, the magical undercurrent that blankets the world, is fracturing a foreboding sign of things to come, but possible apocalypse or not Pete has to feed her baby daughter Lily and Jack the love of her life and bane of her existence so hanging around a graveyard at night to look for a murderous ghost is business as usual. That is until dead men in black robes hand her an invitation for a meet with the deadly and very exclusive secret Prometheus club, their message: Attend or Die.

This is an
I'm lukewarm on this addition to the series. It had pros and cons.

Pete was the real hero in this book, with Jack taking a pretty far back seat almost to the point of him seeming timid. I didn't mind that so much as Kittredge does a good job of writing Pete as a primary that's just enough of a bitch to not give the appearance of having "bitch" confused with "bad ass." That's a hard balance to strike and many writers fail at it. I would have liked to have seen a bit more of Jack's magic chops, but
Mary Brown
This series is vaguely Anita Blakey - detective gets drug into a secrete underworld (sans excessive, explicit sex scenes with vampires, werewolves, etc). I had a hard time buying into, and investing in the characters of Pete and Jack though. From book one i felt we were thrown into a story that is already half over and told to like them and settle for what little back storywe are given.

I was constantly confused why a successful and intelligent detective would throw her life away for a junky who
Kathy Davie
Fifth in the Black London dark urban fantasy series revolving around Pete Caldecott and Jack Winter, the crow-mage.

My Take
Oh, boy. Kittredge always keeps me in such suspense, and Soul Trade has continued the tradition...eek! It's not enough to have the Morrigan and Belial after them, Kittredge has to make it even worse, of course, it's all a result of the Nergal escaping, weakening the Black, awakening so much evil in the world, eroding the barriers between.

The series fascinates me for two diffe
I really liked the first couple of books in this series. The world was different and Pete and Jack were both interesting anti-heroes. While I still enjoy the world, (mostly) and Pete and Jack, I just am not as into this series as I used to be. I often feel like I’m slogging through parts of the book. I feel the desire to skip ahead, but I don’t. I just keep plugging away until I get to an ending that is usually worth it. Soul Trade was decent in the beginning and end and sloooooooow through the ...more
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Jenika Ioffreda
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5th book of a saga I adored 'till now... this book was good for something: still the atmosphere was amazing, still the story telling was great, still old and new characters were so well-fleshed and still I took only one day to read all book... but my favorite character, Jack Winter has drastically changed in worse: from being one of the most powerful mage on Earth, Hell and beyond, he became a puppy following Pete everywhere with no initiative whatsoever... this was quite disappoi
It's good! What else right? ;)

Jack took a step back and Pete took the lead in this book and saved the world.

Peaceful does not seem to exist in Jack's and Pete's life.
When an invitation from a secret magic society showed up, it's a attend or die situation.

Jack and Pete went to Manchester to investigate a missing person much to their reluctance and chanced upon something weird.
Weird magic, weird town, weird people and appearance of Jack's dad.
Oh, and zombies and Belial.

Can't wait for the next book
There is a consistent theme in these stories of some organized evil, be it crazy Jesus freaks who hate magic users, old gods trying to lay waste to the world or organized megalomaniac mages. Jack and Pete seem to be their targets for coercion. To make them use their considerable powers for their evil ends. So far the two heroes have foiled all plans to "Take Over The World" but the end of days still seems to be creepy closer.

Dark adventures with a bit of cheeky banter.
April Hollingworth
Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!
Seriously this series gets better with each book.
Jack and Pete head to Manchester to meet a secret society by invitation of come or die! Nice to trust you too. Grudgingly they go and manage to land themselves in more trouble than they could ever imagine and with their track record that's saying something.
Another must read fantastic book from the fabulous Black London series.
Tim Bowie
Caitlin Kittredge has another page turner with Soul Trade. Follow Pete Caldecott and her fiance Jack as they continue the battle against the Morrigan and the Promethean Society to preserve life as they know it. If you like urban fantasy, then Caitlin Kittredge belongs on your book stand.
I absolutely love this series! Soul Trade is fast paced page turner with things dark and twisted just like in the previous Black London novels. A great addition to the series and I can't wait to see what the demon Belial has in store for Jack and Pete in the next novel.
Delilah Stephans
Black London series is heating up. Not in the terms of sex, but in trouble. Pete Caldecott has always been an equal partner to Jack Winter, with him saving the day in the end. This book Pete is the strong capable save the day heroine we've seen all along she could be.
Not one of the better stories in the series. Jack comes across as an ineffectual wuss, Pete as overly ballsy and brash, and there are so many secondary characters its hard to keep track of who's who or even care if they get killed off.
Rosalee McCormack
I like this series but one thing didn't sit wellman with me. In the last book she was about four months pregant and now in this book she has all read had the baby. what the hell
This felt more like Black London 4.5 rather than its own volume. I love Jack and I adore Pete. Looking forward to BL #6 and I sure do hope it's longer.
Glad the baby thing doesn't play a huge part in this book. Seems like it is just one more reason to keep Pete and Jack living which is fine.
Karen Desmond
Pete is definitely a force to be reckoned with - more so than Jack in this story. More to come from Jack's story I'm sure and a great cliffhanger.
I like Pete and Jack. So I give this book a little more leeway than I would give a book a first time author.
Freaky came to mind after closed book, this series has been entertaining and now on to book 6!

4.5. Was that really the end of it?
Pamela / SpazP
These books always leave me wanting MORE.
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Caitlin started writing novels at age 13. Her first was a Star Wars tie-in. Fortunately, she branched out from there and after a few years trying to be a screenwriter, a comic book writer and the author of copious amounts of fanfiction, she tried to write a novel again. Her epic dark fantasy (thankfully) never saw the light of day but while she was struggling with elves and sorcerers she got the i ...more
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