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Soul Trade

(Black London #5)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  389 ratings  ·  40 reviews
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, e
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
T. K. Elliott (Tiffany)
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Caitlin Kittredge can write, and I definitely enjoyed this book. Black London is dark urban fantasy, and I love it. Pete and Jack have a relationship - as in, they are two adults who love each other and also have to deal with living together, not just two characters whose interactions are a stream of sex-punctuated drama.

I enjoyed the plot, which galloped along pretty quickly, although I could have done with a bit more background on why this all happened the way it did.

So why only four stars?

Kathy Davie
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, urban
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
Melissa Hayden
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
*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
May 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
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
Honestly the only reason I keep reading this series, is the fact that I'm in serious need of some really good, attractive reading material. I have never before read this many books in a series and never awarding any of the books more than three stars. As I said before, I do like that the protagonists aren't clear cut and have many facets, but I wish there was at least one or two persons I could sympathize with or at least find some redeeming qualities in. But at this point I couldn't give the fo ...more
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Karen Desmond
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Holy fuck this book was awesome! It has everything I could want in a novel. Mystery, good vs evil, an imperfect romance, loyalty to a fault, some drama, scheming and a double crossing. It's all just so good!

I can't say too much because I don't want to give it all away but my god I just adored this book. Basically Jack and Pete get forced into a job by a nasty society called The Prometheans. Herefordshire is the epicenter of this adventure and it does not disappoint!

In the earlier books I wasn't
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Magical societies are among Pete and Jack's least favourite things, and yet they end up having to deal with one once again. After a bunch of shadowy figures approach Pete in a graveyard to extend an invitation to attend a gathering of the Prometheus Club, complete with a lovely little "attend or die" compulsion spell attached, she and Jack have little choice but to travel to Manchester, the city where Jack grew up and to which he would very much have preferred never to return, and find out what ...more
Josie Boyce
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Some interesting twists and turns that of course in the end set up the next book, which i am starting asap.
Suzanne (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
First read: 2012
Re-read: September 2015
The plot: Several months have passed since the events of Devil's Business, and now Jack and Pete are parents to baby Lily. Pete receives a mysterious summons to a club known as the Prometheus Club and is forced to attend. She and Jack are ordered on a mission for the club that links back to Pete's last case for the police force (which was the plot for the first book; Street Magic). At the same time Pete comes into possession of a magical artefact known as a
Mary Brown
Jan 07, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Sep 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, urban-fantasy
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
Jenika Ioffreda
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
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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
May 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: must-get-list
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
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aileen M
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
I think I would appreciate the idea behind the story better if I had read some of the author's other books that take place in the same world. As it was, nothing was explained in a way that I liked, and there was a lot that needed explaining. Towards the end I was hoping Dumbledore would show up and have a talk where everything becomes clear.
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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.
Tim Bowie
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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.
Jul 14, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Delilah Stephans
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Rated 3.5
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