Welcome to another quick book review in this Summer series. Today the focus is an Urban Fantasy novel.
This book really kept my attention and I have added the next book in the Kate Prospero series, Cursed Moon (book 2), to my reading list.
Kate Prospero is a police officer working out of the Babylon precinct. She lives in a world where magic is rife and clean magic part of many people’s daily lives. Unlike clean magic, it’s counterpart dirty magic is illegal and covens make a living from selling it to others to feed their addictions.
After chasing and killing a police informant, Kate finds herself as part of a task force assigned to find the culprits responsible for putting a new and deadly potion on the streets. The potion has the street name ‘Gray Wolf’ which ‘…[creates] both immunity to defensive magic and a ravenous craving for human flesh. Plus it [acts] incredibly fast on the user’s body chemistry.’
Kate lives with her younger brother and is connected by blood to some very dangerous coven members. As the story unravels the reader becomes a witness as to why Kate is so against using any kind of magic. It is also made apparent how magic Influenced her life in a negative way before she became a police officer. Kate finds that she has to fight to ensure she can hold firm to her beliefs for herself and her brother to survive.
The story is fast moving and action packed and cleverly based around alchemy. Kate is a no nonsense hard talking woman who will do what it takes to protect those she loves. The book handles some sinister world problems but in a fantastical setting.
There is a vast cast and the characters are intriguing, a favourite of mine is Baba a quirky little old lady obsessed with fixing Kate up by making her sex potions. She insists on babysitting Kate’s sixteen-year-old brother Danny to gain access to a number of channels on Kate’s television that air her favourite cop shows.
Kate is unwittingly part of a love/hate triangle with a member of her new unit in the MEA, Drew Morales, and an old flame John Volos who she left years before to escape her past. As an Adept who was trained to use magic and alchemy but rejects her roots, there are no end of challenges thrown in Kate’s way as well as tough decisions for her to make, and evil to overcome.
If you enjoy reading action packed urban fantasy with strong heroine protagonists and are also partial to reading crime fiction, in my opinion, Dirty Magic gives you the best of both worlds. As Dirty Magic is the first in the Prospero’s War series the bonus is there are many more books to devour.
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