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Dirty Magic (Prospero's War #1)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  1,956 ratings  ·  349 reviews
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 kille
Paperback, 381 pages
Published January 21st 2014 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jessica (Rabid Reads)
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I’m surprised I ended up reading Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells. My TBR list is out of control, and while I read most of Wells’ Sabina Kane series, I liked it, but I didn’t love it. I liked the MCs and the plot, and I think the first time I ever got chills from the mention of a specific song in a book was when Voodoo by Godsmack was playing in the background of the vamp club in Red-Headed Stepchild . . .

BUT . . . it was a little too crass for me. Having a sex-fiend of a demon
Magic and potions and addicts, oh my!

As first instalments go, Dirty Magic is pretty fantastic. Actually no, Dirty Magic is pretty fantastic period. I'd bought the book a long time ago and more or less forgot about it until I stumbled upon it last week. I'd just read two crappy books in a row and although this one didn't sound mind-blowingly fascinating I thought it couldn't be any worse than what I'd just been through. I picked up the book. And was subsequently dead to the world for two days. Th

Title: Dirty Magic
Series: The Prospero's War
Author: Jaye Wells
Release Date: 21st January, 2014
Rating: 3.5 stars
Cliffhanger: No.
HEA: (view spoiler)

This will be short and sweet

The thing I appreciated most about this book was that plot was so action packed that not even once for a second I was bored. I really liked the suspense. Jaye Wells done a great job at creating characters and interesting world full of magic potions.

The only thing I missed? Romance! I needed some se
Mike (the Paladin) Urban Fantasy with a female protagonist (pictured leaning toward us on the cover) that DID NOT turn out to be a PNR (paranormal romance). I almost...almost didn't go 4 stars on this one. I do plan to follow it up and see how the series goes. I couldn't quite get past a few things that bugged me here and considered dropping the rating to 3 and calling it 3.5 but in the end thought I enjoyed the book and had no trouble getting back to it when I'd had to lay it aside. I got to know the ch ...more
I received this a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.

When I first read the synopsis of this book I was really excited, so boy what a letdown it was. It had a lot of my favorite aspects, like a strong female lead, and the plot looked quite interesting. Too bad it just didn’t make the grade, the beginning started off with a bang, then slowed right down to a crawl. The plot included a super rich bad boy from the main characters past, which ugh, I am totally sick of. Though what r
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

I’ve been a fan of Jaye Wells’ writing ever since Red-Headed Stepchild came out so I was very excited to hear she was starting a new series. DIRTY MAGIC is the explosive beginning to the Prospero’s War series.

Kate Prospero is my kind of heroine. She is kick ass, lively, determined and a little vulnerable as well. As she tries to make her way up the career ladder as a patrol cop, she shoots a man who just happens to be the lead snitch in the Magic Enforcement Agency. This brings on a lot of trou

4 1\2
Everytime I think I am pretty burned out on UF, there is a new book out that makes me change my mind, again. Dirty Magic may not be the perfect novel, but it represents everything I like in the genre.
It's a police procedural/mistery revolving around drugs, in this case magical ones. Like in a real setting, any drug is potentially lethal, and it's made in the same way whether it's pharmaceutical or criminal. In Babylon magic can be legit, ergo clean, or dirty, ergo criminal. With the added
Initial Thoughts: 3.5 - 4.0 stars. A solid start to a new series with a very meticulous and detailed world. This is not your average urban fantasy and it promises to be a series to look out for. The first 100 pages have a lot of information about this world - stick it out - it's worth it.

The Review:
Dirty Magic is the first book in Jaye Wells' new urban fantasy series Prospero's War. Dirty Magic is a solid, action packed, magic infused thrill ride and a fantastic start to a new and original seri
Book of the Week 6

Reading it February 8/9


I feel kind divided about this one. Because there were some awesome parts and some things that grated one me.
It was also interesting to see the reactions of my GR friends. Their ratings were just as divided. Some people enjoyed it others just found it annoying.

Let's start with the prose because that's in the middle for me. It's well written and enjoyable but I wouldn't describe it as amazing writing style.

The plot was fun. Never a dull moment. Th
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
The Prospero's War is a new urban fantasy series by Jaye Wells and Dirty Magic has launched it with a bang. I loved this book! It had all the elements of UF I love the most, fantastic heroine, interesting new world, beginning of a complicated romance and a bit of humour. So although I did like Jaye Wells' Sabina Kane series, I get the feeling that I am going to love this one.
Kate Prospero is a 29 year old cop who lives with her 16 year old brother whom she is the guardian of. She grew up in one of the three covens in the city of Babylon. Her coven dealt with illegal magical potions known as dirty magic. You see Kate's coven were criminals and Kate was extremely talented with making dirty magic which are potions that are addictive like drugs and will end up ruining your life. She was so good that her Uncle Abe, the coven leader, was grooming Kate to be his heir. Then ...more
Beth Cato
I received this gratis book through the publisher via NetGalley.

I have read a lot of urban fantasy. Frankly, I have started to get burned out on several series because they feel too episodic and the protagonists unlikeable. I enjoyed Wells' Sabina Kane series because the writing was so fantastic, even if vampires are not my thing. Therefore, I was excited about Dirty Magic because it had such a cool premise: a world where magic is a new, ugly form of drug addiction. Wells nails it. This is a fre
Dirty Magic (The Prospero's War #1) by Jaye Wells

Let's start with the quotes!

"I pinned him with pitying glare. 'That the best you got?"
His eye flares at the challenge. 'No, this is.' His hand cupped his balls.
'According to Alice in Dispatch'--I lowered my gaze to his crotch and winced--'there ain't much magical about that wand."

"How do I know where you're really taking me? Maybe you got a plan to kidnap me and make me your sex slave."
I scanned a dubious gaze over the man's ratty gray hair,
Apr 22, 2014 Brandi rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of easy UF
Recommended to Brandi by: Myself.

Tortured sigh. Looks like I’m still I my slump after all.

I was so excited about this book because I loved Jaye Wells’ Sabine Kane series, and the synopsis for this one was exactly what I like in stories, but this just wasn’t quite what I wanted. I loved that Kate was such an independent and capable woman, but other than that, not too much else ended up working for me. I was pulled in a few times but overall spent most of the book watching the words go by.

I do still like the style of writing
Kate Prospero is a beat cop in the fictional Rust Belt city of Babylon, patrolling a run-down area called The Cauldron. Instead of gangs selling drugs, Babylon has covens selling magic potions. Each coven practices a different kind of magic (blood, sex, etc.) and controls a different territory. Despite the supernatural elements, Babylon is a pretty realistic depiction of a Midwestern city struggling through a recession.

One night, Kate kills a potion junkie, who turns out to be a federal informan
Dirty Magic is a fabulous start to a brand new series by Jaye Wells. She instantly pulls us into a world where the line betweens right and wrong/clean and dirty magic immediately becomes blurred.

Once a practitioner of dirty magic, Kate Prospero is now a cop routing out that very element in society. When a new dirty potion is released, Kate must take on her old “family” and uncover who is behind this magic before horror is unleashed on the city. But the deeper Kate digs the closer to home her en
Tanya Davis
Dirty Magic is the start of a new series by Jaye Wells featuring lead character, Kate Prospero. Kate is a police officer working to protect the world from magic. Magic is used for almost everything is this new world, and as in real life, good things get abused and turned into not so good things. Kate is not going to let even a little good magic into her life for fear of addictions forming, whether they be to making the magic or actually taking it. Kate is strong in her convictions and I guess yo ...more
While this isn't a bad book, I just didn't get too excited about it. I think the problem may be that in an overcrowded genre, this one just didn't stand out that much. The characters, the plot, the world building, all felt like something I've read before. It's a pity, because I really loved this authors previous series. I just didn't get the same feeling for this one as I did for the Sabrina Kane series.

I will probably read other books in this series, but they won't be high on my list.
my opinion about this book kept bouncing around. i hated it and i liked it. so my rating came down mostly on the fact that i didn't like kate. i like the worldbuilding . the writing style was ok i guess but the characters just didn't click with me. 2.5 stars
First Date: I'm not gonna lie--I've been lusting after this book for quite a while, ever since I saw the cover and read the blurb (yes, I'm attracted to pretty things. So shoot me, I'm shallow.). So when Dirty Magic showed up in my mailbox for our first date, I did a mini-Muppet flail (completely embarrassing myself but I've always been suave like that, especially on dates). And, holy cow, this girl and her story was worth the wait.

The rest of this Speed Date can be found on The Book Swarm as of
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
DNF at 50%.

This was really boring for me for some reason. I'm calling it quits after weeks of trying to read this.
Jacob Proffitt
Ugh. There's some good things in this book. Lots of them. But they were all eclipsed, for me, by Kate's stupidity.

The world is gritty, seen through the eyes of a beat-cop, that's no surprise—particularly when Wells has created a magic that's largely alchemical and used the current drug trade as her model. I don't say that as a bad thing. As a choice, it allows you to immediately see the dangers of magic use and the draw of it as well. I mean, imagine that you could buy potions that actually brin
Snarktastic Sonja
This was a Book of the Month in a couple different groups I am in on GoodReads, so when I saw it at NetGalley, I happily snagged it for a review.

Warning: There are slight spoilers ahead. Only slight – nothing major. But, if you resist any type of spoilage, you might want to tread cautiously.

I really enjoyed this book. The world created was a very different tack on urban fantasy – all the fantastical creatures come from potions – potions created by adepts. Ok, so adepts are their own sorts of fan
Ornella (Nyx)
1.5 Stars

Dirty Magic started out great. I loved the magic system and how Wells made magic a drug. Adepts, who are left handed, can cook the potions and not get addicted but instead they'd get addicted to the power. While understandable I don't think it's anywhere as bad as the addiction that it caused on the Mundanes and if you are smart you'd be able to work around the feeling of power cooking magic gave, and that was my main problem with the whole book.

Kate is supposed to be an incredible Adep
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Ever since Jaye Wells wow’ed me on a string of book convention panels, I promised myself I would read one of her books. If nothing else, I had to see if her writing would be a fraction as entertaining as I found the author to be in person. Honestly, this was nothing like I expected. I kept waiting for evidence of her humor and wit to surface, but this is not that kind of book. It’s dark and gritty. It’s violent and complicated. And I really enjoyed it.

The story follows Kate Prospero, a beat cop,

Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic plus Author Q&A

Overall rating = 3 & 1/2 stars

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: I’m a virtual newcomer to Jaye Wells and her style of writing. I've read her debut “Red-Headed Stepchild” but haven’t read any other books of hers. So with this book, it felt as if I was re-introduced to her and with a completely new story and protagonist. The story drops into a world wherein magic has been present since quite a few decades but isn't all out accepted as well. The st
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4

*My Thoughts*

Jaye Wells, the author of the Sabina Kane series, is back with a new series featuring Babylon Police Officer Kate Prospero. Kate is a character who has been trying for TEN years to remain on the straight and narrow after turning her back on her families heritage and the use of dirty magic after a tragic event set her on a course to try to regain the ability to hold her held up high while also raising her younger brother Danny away from magic itself
Paranormal Haven
3.5 stars

Kate Prospero is a cop in Babylon. She works the dangerous area called the Cauldron. On day she spots a murder and ends up chasing the man responsible. Kate is forced to use lethal force when the man in question becomes a full werewolf and tries to eat Kate. While investigating how this man turned into a furry blood hungry beast, the MEA (Magical Enforcement Agency) get involved, and Kate wants to be on the team, even if it’s just consulting. The problem is that Kate has a past. She is
Read my full review at The Discriminating Fangirl!

The short version? A fascinating setting with a solid mystery and tons of interesting, likable characters. 4.5 stars.
Praiz Sophyronja
I read the Sabina Kane series a while back and absolutely adored it so I thought I'd give this a go, I'm so so so glad that I did!
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Jaye Wells is a USA Today-bestselling author of urban fantasy and speculative crime fiction. Raised by booksellers, she loved reading books from a very young age. That gateway drug eventually led to a full-blown writing addiction. When she’s not chasing the word dragon, she loves to travel, drink good bourbon and do things that scare her so she can put them in her books. Jaye lives in Texas with h ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Prospero's War (3 books)
  • Cursed Moon (The Prospero's War, #2)
  • Deadly Spells (Prospero's War, #3)
Red-Headed Stepchild (Sabina Kane, #1) The Mage in Black (Sabina Kane, #2) Green-Eyed Demon (Sabina Kane, #3) Silver-Tongued Devil (Sabina Kane, #4) Blue-Blooded Vamp (Sabina Kane, #5)

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