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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (21 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316228435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316228435
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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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 ago. 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 her husband and son. For more about her books, go to JayeWells.com.

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A fresh, magical world full of potion junkies and alchemists that promises to break new ground in paranormal thrillers. (Laurell K. Hamilton)

A sharp, high-speed paranormal thriller (SciFiNow)

Kate Prospero is my new favourite heroine. (Kevin Hearne)

DIRTY MAGIC is like nothing else currently happening in urban fantasy. Grim, gritty, and great. (Seanan McGuire (aka Mira Grant, author of FEED))

DIRTY MAGIC showcases seasoned pro Wells at the top of her game, and establishes newcomer Kate Prospero as the urban fantasy heroine to heroine to beat. (Vicki Pettersson)

Fast-paced and fun (Charlaine Harris (TRUE BLOOD) on RED-HEADED STEPCHILD) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The Wire with wizards - in a world where illegal magic is as dangerous and addictive as hard drugs, Police Detective Kate Prospero is cleaning up the streets --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Evampire on 21 Jan. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The first book in the Prospero's war series is an intriguing and fascinating new urban fantasy read.

Patrol cop Kate Prospero finds herself caught in the crosshairs of a Magic Enforcement Agency task force when she kills a werewolf covered in blood of his latest victim on her nightly rounds. Earning a spot on the new task force could be the career break she's waiting for, but the investigation leads to the man she walked away from ten years earlier when she swore she would never use dirty magic again.

This steady to fast paced plot keeps the reader entertained throughout with lots of action, suspense and unexpected surprises that keep the reader guessing. The story comes to life with vivid imagery and intense details that make the reader feel as if they are part of the story. The strong compelling characters are easily related to and grab the reader's attention leaving them wanting more.

The author conveys the emotions, personalities and passions of the characters with vibrant descriptions that make them seem real. There is not a lot of romance in the story except for some flirting and suggestions, but the story grips the reader with lots of tension building suspense and an interesting story line and unique elements.

I loved the Sabina Kane series by Jaye Wells, so I was really anticipating this new series and I was not disappointed. She brings a fantastic paranormal world of magic to readers using everyday occurrences doctored to fit her world and found that mixing the real issues with the paranormal added depth and understanding to the story. All the characters were wonderful and Kate promises to be a very exciting and entertaining heroine. I am looking forward to reading more books about Kate and her world of magic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Claire's Book Corner on 10 Feb. 2014
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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 one day tragedy struck and Kate wanted out. To make amends for her earlier criminal activities Kate became a cop.

One day out on patrol Kate witnesses a gruesome murder where the perpetrator has used a new dirty magic potion called Gray Wolf. Kate soon finds herself involved in the case and ends up with the promotion she has been dreaming about for years, working for the Magical Enforcement Agency. Kate has sworn off all kinds of magic for 10 years though but this case will test her resolve to the maximum. Oh and there's the little matter of her ex boyfriend being the lead suspect.

One of the reasons I give a book 5 stars is because it will keep me enthralled throughout the whole story and Dirty Magic certainly did that. I adored the world building where magic is used in every day life and is the new drug.

The characters are awesome and Ms Wells does a great job of making them real and bringing them to life. Kate is one of those characters where I can see she will annoy some readers. There are times when her sanctimonious attitude did niggle me but on the whole I really liked her. Whilst reading the book I thought there could be a potential love triangle but after the ending I'm not so sure now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book Addict TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 April 2014
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JW has created a dark gritty world in which magic is a very real commodity. Want to lose weight? Just take this potion. Want to look prettier? Take another potion. Magic addicts can be found lurking in Babylon's seedier areas, looking for an opportunity to fund their next fix. They may be addicted to the dirty magic available on the streets, but clean magic proves just as addictive with the same devastating results; the ingredients just happen to be better quality.

Kate has spent 5 years working her butt off for Babylon PD; however promotion always passes her by. It may be her attitude, but it also could be her family connection to one of the most notorious crime lords alive. Abraxas Prospero may be imprisoned; however Kate is all too aware not a lot happens without Uncle Abe's knowledge or approval.

Growing up with Abe, Kate was indoctrinated into the world of magic from a young age; showing skill and aptitude when cooking up new magical potions. Yet is has now been 10 years since the incident that changed Kate's life, and not only did she walk away from her old life, she hasn't cooked potions since and takes great pains to ensure her life is as untainted by magic as possible. Yet when Kate becomes entangled in an investigation involving a new potion hitting the streets, the Magical Enforcement Agency (MEA) becomes involved and dangles the job Kate yearns for in front of her nose.

There's plenty of characters introduced who contribute significantly to the story line; from the established MEA agents Kate gets to know (and like), to more personal relationships with much younger brother Danny and ex-lover John Volos.
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