Kickass Magical Enforcement Agent Kate Prospero must balance a dangerous Brazilian cartel, her troubled teenage brother, and a complex chemistry with her partner in this gritty fantasy thriller.
After the grisly murder of a dirty magic coven leader, Kate and The Magical Enforcement Agency team up with the local police to find the killer. When a tenacious reporter sticks her nose in both the investigation and Prospero's past in the covens, old ghosts resurface.
As the infighting between covens turns ugly, an all-out war brews in the slums of Babylon.
Deadly Spells is the third novel in the Prospero's War urban fantasy series that started with Dirty Magic and Cursed Moon.
In the jumbled third Prospero's War magical mystery (after Cursed Moon), detective Kate Prospero finds that balancing work with her personal life is becoming increasingly challenging. When the leader of her former coven is murdered by a Brazilian shapeshifter, Kate and her colleagues at the Magical Enforcement Agency must battle to keep the cartels out of the magical underworld city of Babylon. Tensions between magical and nonmagical residents are already high with the election of the city's first Adept mayor, Kate's former boyfriend John Volos. The parallels of magic and drug addiction are still present, but less prominent than the relation of magic to organized violence. Wells also attempts to continue some strands from the previous two volumes, resulting in a somewhat disjointed structure and perfunctory mention of previously key relationships. The valiant attempts to deal with the Adept versus Mundane discrimination, particularly in Kate's love life and her brother's school life, end with a more idealistic than realistic resolution.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Perpetual motion, with life and criminals.
*I read this book for my own enjoyment.
Kate and Morales are called in as consultants at a crime scene. A body with his limbs cut off. Kate knows the victim, Charm, from her days in the coven. Uncle Abe's enforcer. Charm's death could be the very excuse the covens need to start a coven war in Babylon city. Kate and the MEA force need to act fast to find the real killer before war breaks out, destroying the city. Kate also is distracted as Charm's death stirs old memories of her mother's death. Then there's life with making sure Danny is taken care of. He is a teenager, and troubles do pop up.
I love going into this book that I know each chapter and scene has something big in it. It may be dealing with Danny or it may be Kate's job. Or, if we are lucky something with John Volos or Morales. Oh John Volos. That usually involves a double whammy of work and sparks. And the same could be said of Morales. I love that Kate is working her way through raising her brother, which gives her a family feel as she stumbles through parenting like many of us do. Family and work are hard to balance, and choices need to be made. Kate does just that.
Speaking of family. Kate learns more about her mothers death. Wow. That's a punch to the gut. I like how Jaye left us with hints about Kate's mother at the end of Cursed Moon, and with this case Kate is drawn to the memories. Kate is determined to know what happened with her mother. I'm not saying any more because you need to read to learn what Kate learns. Oh, and what we learn from John Volos and Morales. Interesting!
Then there's Kate and her own personal life. She feels there's really no time for it with Danny and work. But Kate starts to open up a little bit here, for herself.
This book feels as it expands the world for us. There are other suppliers and covens that we learn about. These expand outside of Babylon city, but are a threat to Kate's home city and the way of life here. This opens up the series for us in a big way.
The book has all the elements I enjoy in one place and constantly has me glued to the words. I have enjoyed this book, world, and characters.