Dirty Magic : Prospero's War

  • by Jaye Wells
  • Narrated by Morgan Hallett
  • Series: Prospero's War
  • 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 killed their lead snitch. The more Prospero learns about the dangerous new potion the MEA is investigating, the more she's convinced that earning a spot on their task force is the career break she's been wanting. But getting the assignment proves much easier than solving the case. Especially once the investigation reveals their lead suspect is the man she walked away from ten years earlier-on the same day she swore she'd never use dirty magic again. Kate Prospero's about to learn the hard way that crossing a wizard will always get you burned, and that when it comes to magic, you should never say never.

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What the Critics Say

"Kate Prospero is my new favorite heroine-imperfect, haunted, driven, and dangerous." (New York Times best seller Kevin Hearne)

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Solid start to a new series...

Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.50

Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: Dirty Magic was a great mix of Urban Fantasy and Mystery! In other words, I dug it.

Story Thoughts: Fact: I am a huge fan of mysteries and thrillers. I get excited about good old fashioned detective work. So when I heard that Jaye was doing an UF meets Mystery book, I got excited. She did not disappoint! The mystery was solid, well thought out, and most of the case solving came from tracking down the clues through working the scene/beat/players! I am always a little worried that "paranormal" elements will be used too much to solve a case in a paranormal/mystery mix but there was a great balance here. There were all the UF elements people love so much: world building, action, and snappy dialogue. Overall this was just a good mix of both worlds and I am excited to see where the series goes from here.

Character Thoughts: Kate is an interesting leading lady. She is strong, independent, stubborn, loyal, and at times a little unlikable. She is a good cop, a good sister, and a good friend. She is also quick at learning on the job. I think the longer she is with the team (Magical Enforcement Agency) the more she will fit in with them. Here is where I think the characters shined: I really liked the MEA task force! They were a great group of characters and hopefully as the series progresses we learn more about them.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Morgan Hallett / Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins


This was my first Morgan Hallett book and I thought she did an excellent job. The pacing and tone of the story was well matched to her voice! The character voices were well done (male and female)with just enough uniqueness to tell who was talking at all times. There were one or two voices that took a bit to get used too but other than that I think the narration was spot on. I will be continuing this series in audio.

Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed Dirty Magic and can't wait for Kate's next adventure!

Note: Yes I am ignoring the setup for a love triangle. The romance won't be the main reason that I am reading this series.
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- Felicia The Geeky Blogger

Not really fantasy at all

What would have made Dirty Magic better?

This book should have been filed as a pseudo fantasy procedural. There was nothing in plot devices that couldn't have just been renamed. Covens = syndicates, Potions = drugs, Magic = chemistry. The writing was good and easy to follow and the plot had possibilities that were not explored.


What could Jaye Wells have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This book could have been more enjoyable if the characters had been presented in a more realistic light. The main character was authentic but so psychologically broken that she could have never passed any psych evaluation to be a policewoman. Every trauma made her essentially become a whining wreck in a corner.


Have you listened to any of Morgan Hallett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Morgans performance was relaxed and nuanced in such a way that even when the portrait she was painting was unbelievable it was pleasant to listen.


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

This book was a great study of someone who has never gotten over teenage crushed and hangups and moved on into the grownup world where reality of the moment trumps self pity and angst.


Any additional comments?

My real problem with the story was the fact that I wanted to yell at the protagonist to get her head out of her butt and move along. The fact was her character was well written enough that I actually could believe her existence and issues. That she would have been in these situations was totally unbelievable but even those situations were well written for style and voice.

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- gregory

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-21-2014
  • Publisher: Recorded Books