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Cursed Moon: Prospero's War: Book Two [Format Kindle]

Jaye Wells

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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

"Wells does an exceptional job depicting the hard choices and struggles caused by addiction, while also delivering a gritty and exciting procedural thriller. When it comes to crafting outstanding dark urban fantasy, Wells is fast becoming a master!"—RT Book Reviews on Cursed Moon (Top Pick!)

"Jaye Wells raises the urban fantasy bar with Dirty Magic, a hard-boiled series debut as unique and surprising as the creatures and characters peopling it. Kate Prospero is charged with policing the Cauldron, a magical world so fully realized, and so gritty, it gets under your nails. Wells is known for deftly weaving non-stop action with no-holds barred humor, but the unique and deeply drawn relationships are the real alchemy here. Dirty Magic showcases seasoned pro, Wells, at the top of her game, and establishes newcomer Kate Prospero as the urban fantasy heroine to beat."—New York Times bestselling author Vicki Pettersson on Dirty Magic.

"Kate Prospero is my new favorite heroine -- imperfect, haunted, driven, and dangerous."—New York Times bestselling author Kevin Hearne on Dirty Magic

"Hold on tight -- a gritty new heroine has joined the pantheon of shoot-first, ask-questions-later protagonists."—RT Book Reviews on Red-Headed Stepchild

"A fast-paced fun book"—New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris on Red-Headed Stepchild

"Last year, I wrote that Jaye Wells had the potential to be the next coming of Laurell K. Hamilton and Kim Harrison. This year, I'll amend that slightly: Jaye Wells is the next coming of LKH and Kim Harrison."— on Green-Eyed Demon

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When a rare Blue Moon upsets the magical balance in the city, Detective Kate Prospero and her Magical Enforcement colleagues pitch in to help Babylon PD keep the peace. Between potions going haywire and everyone's emotions running high, every cop in the city is on edge. But the moon's impact is especially strong for Kate who's wrestling with guilt over falling off the magic wagon.

After a rogue wizard steals dangerous potions from the local covens, Kate worries their suspect is building a dirty magic bomb. Her team must find the anarchist rogue before the covens catch him, and make sure they defuse the bomb before the Blue Moon deadline. Failure is never an option, but success will require Kate to come clean about her secrets.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Characters and Intriguing Plots 25 janvier 2015
Par K. M. Martin - Publié sur
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
This second novel in the Prospero's War series is filled with both external and internal action. Kate is dealing with the guilt she feels after cooking dirty magic and keeping it a secret in the first book of the series. She feels guilty and extremely disappointed with herself. Her relationship with her brother is troubled both because of her lies and because he's a teenager. She is burying herself in her new job with the task force which means that she is neglecting her relationships with her brother and her friends.

It doesn't look like the job pressures are going to end any time soon either. A new Raven has come to town. He is stealing dangerous potions from the powerful covens and is planning something spectacular for Halloween which happens to occur on a Blue Moon this year. Kate and the task force have to find and stop him. It would also be good if he finds them before the leaders of the covens do because they won't even leave a body to discover.

To make matters worse, Kate's uncle who is in prison but who hasn't lost control of his crime empire wants to talk to her. He is still pulling strings. Kate ran from him years ago after the death of her mother and wants nothing to do with her Uncle Abe. But Abe isn't letting her go so easily. Finally, in this book, she comes to terms with this toxic relationship.

She has a couple of other relationship issues going on. Kate has a long history with John Volos who is the head of one of the dirty magic covens. In fact, it is the coven that used to be run by her uncle. John had his criminal past wiped clean in return for providing evidence against Uncle Abe. Now John looks like an upstanding citizen and is even running for mayor. But Kate knows that he hasn't given up dirty magic.

Her relationship with her new partner on the task force - Drew Morales - is also heating up. Both are in denial about whether or not they want to begin anything personal and so there is a lot of sparring and teasing going on. Other members on the task force have been taking bets about when the two will have sex.

This was a complicated and very entertaining urban fantasy. The relationships among the characters were well-developed. I enjoyed it very much and can't wait for the third book in the series to be released in February. I have already ordered my Kindle copy.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 LilyElement Book Reviews - Cursed Moon 11 septembre 2014
Par LilyElement - Publié sur
Kate Prospero returns in book two of The Prospero's War series. Kate is a detective for the Babylon PD, but is working for the Magical Enforcement section to take down people abusing magic. Everyone is on edge in this book due to the Blue Moon coming up, it messes with the magical balance and there is a ton of crime. We've all heard about people acting crazier during a full moon, well this kicks it up a notch.

The main case that Kate has to figure out throughout Cursed Moon is a crazy dude stealing dangerous potions from different people/Covens. With the crimes occurring almost daily, Kate has to figure out who this guy is and why he is stealing potions. This is all happening while trying to race against the clock to find him before the Blue Moon, because Kate knows something big is going down.

JWells weaves exciting stories that keep you flipping the pages until you've devoured the entire book. The characters are engaging whether main or secondary and each pulls their weight in the story. While the book does mainly focus on finding the bad guy, there are bits sprinkled in that reveals layers of Kate's character. She's taking care of a teenager all by herself. She has a bit of help from a neighbor and a friend while she's working, but the bulk of the responsibility is on her. She's not perfect, and I think that is why I enjoy Kate's character so much. She tries her hardest, but she's human, she makes mistakes just like everyone else.

I'm a fan of a bit of romance tossed in my Urban Fantasy, sadly there isn't any really to speak of in Cursed Moon. It's getting there, and you can tell that there's not quite a love triangle, but there is a strong possibility of one in the near future. Until then I'm content with the tension building, because you know it will be oh so sweet when it finally happens. I highly recommend The Prospero's War series if you are a fan of Urban Fantasy. This is my favorite read so far this year, and I cannot wait on book 3, Deadly Spells, to be released next year.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 dark and gritty urban fantasy 22 septembre 2014
Par Sarah - Publié sur
This was a very dark and gritty urban fantasy story. With the main characters trying to stop a rape bomb, this story features quite a few elements that a lot of readers will not enjoy. If you can get past the unpleasant elements, the character develop does advance the series arch enough to make the story worthwhile.

Kate spends a lot of the book dealing (or not dealing) with the events that happened in the first book. Her continual internal debate is both nice to see and annoying. It’s nice in that she’s not the typical overly confident and competent UF heroine. She has doubts and issues and has to work through them like everyone. But at the same time, it’s annoying because it seems like a waste of page space. Just get over yourself already!

My main issue with the first book was understanding how the magic in this world worked, but I didn’t have that issue this time. Everything seemed straight forward, and I liked that I didn’t need to spend a lot of time rethinking everything, I could just get on with the story.

Overall, while I didn’t love the focus of this book, I still enjoyed the characters and the world. I hope the next book is less offensive and crass feeling as I really do want to love this series.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 I'm addicted to the Prospero's War series 4 septembre 2014
Par Van @ Short and Sweet reviews - Publié sur
4 1/2 Stars

Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publicist in exchange for a honest review.

Hi my name is Van, and I'm an addict.

Addicted to the Prospero's War series that is!

Wells hits another home-run with Cursed Moon, her sequel to Speculative Fiction police procedural Dirty Magic that debuted earlier this year. I love, love Dirty Magic, so it comes as no surprise that I ended up loving the sequel just as much. Wells expands on her world of wizards, potions, and adepts with another case dealing with one of The Cauldron's most powerful wizard, and a manic Raven (rouge wizard) running loose in Babylon hell-bent on causing destruction during the Blue Moon which also happens to be Halloween. There's a whole
lotta snark, nonstop action, secrets and sexual tensions that will have readers begging for the next book!

In Dirty Magic, we were introduced to Ramses Bane leader of the Sanguinarian coven who specializes in blood magic. Since the main case of book 1 involved the Sanguinarian Coven, readers got an in-depth look at the key players and all potions/dealing with blood and what-not. In Cursed Moon, readers are finally introduced to Aphrodite, The Hierophant and leader of the Sacred O coven (specializes in sex magic). S/he is by far the most interesting new player that we meet. Aphrodite' sexes are present at all time, with one side classically handsome and the other drop-dead-gorgeous. Although, one side of Aphrodite's sexes is usually more dominant than the other, but it all depends on the situation and who s/he is talking to. I also thought Aphrodite's revenge garden was cool...imagine a garden where every single plant/flower is poison. They may look lovely like Aphrodite but they're just as deadly. But don't fret, the usual gang is all back from the MEA crew, BFF Pen, Danny boy, witchy Baba to Little Man/Mary...yeah, no one can forget that duo.

In my review of Dirty Magic, I mentioned a potential for a love triangle. But this time around I think it's pretty clear where each relationship is going...while one is definitely going somewhere, the other one is more one-sided. John doesn't appear in as many scenes as the first book, and when he does make an appearance he brings only problems and bad tensions. As anyone can see he still has it bad for Kate, saying he never really stopped loving/caring even if it's been 10 years. Kate seems to be drawn to John but every time she sees him she reminds herself of their past, making it easy to withdraw from any notions of the two of them getting back together. I kind of liked John in book one, but not so much in the sequel. John comes off all manipulative and seems like he has too many ulterior motives in everything he does. Then there is Kate's partner Drew, there is so much sexual tension between the two that their team has a pool going on when they'd do the deed! LOL. I love their banter with one another, and think they complement each other perfectly. I am dying to see them take things to the next level, the sizzling chemistry between the two been brewing since the first book (but I don't mind, it makes for a fun read) and it's about to explode!

For those who haven't started this series yet, pick it up immediately! You are seriously missing out on some amazing characters and world building, that I promise doesn't disappoint. I really enjoyed Cursed Moon; it was everything I expected and more. I am already dying to get my hands on Deadly Spells especially with how things ended as revelations came to light. Deadly Spells is the third book in the Prospero's War series can't come soon enough...sadly we'll have to wait till March 2015 to get our hands on it.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Even better than book 1 31 août 2014
Par Jen (Red Hot Books) - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
I have to say I am kind of bummed out in the wake of this book. Not because I didn’t like it. But because I am sad to leave it behind. I want more! More of the great world-building. More Kate. More Morales. More smart, entertaining, ass-kicking story. Unfortunately, I must wait another nine months for all of these things. So like I said: bummed.

If you haven’t read Dirty Magic, pick up a copy now. This is a progressively building Urban Fantasy series and you’ll want the foundation of the first book before you read this one. I liked Dirty Magic, but I thought this one was even better. I saw real growth in Kate: the character development is great. The plot moves along quickly; the pacing is good; and the story is interesting. The interpersonal relationships continue to develop in ways that make me really care about the characters too. Sadly (for me) there still isn’t much in the way of romance, but there is a foundation there I really want Jaye Wells to explore.

This story picks up just a few weeks after the events of the last book and the action resumes right away. Someone has stolen a very powerful sex potion from a local wizard and is threatening to use it and throw the city into chaos. Kate and her team must work the case, under a quickly approaching Samhain deadline. This, as our heroine struggles with her use of magic in the last story, her tenuous relationship with her younger brother, and her guilt over lying to her friends. Kate is feeling overwhelmed and she is starting to crack at the seams.

I thought Wells did a really good job showing us how Kate was falling apart. And despite the fact that the story is told entirely in her POV, it was very effective to see how her behaviors affected everyone around her. It all ties in with how she sees herself, her actions, and her past. We get more backstory, and ultimately see just how interwoven the wizard community is in Kate’s life, whether she likes it or not.

One thing I didn’t like: Volos. Despite the fact that the book is light on romance, there is a hint of a love triangle here –and I want no part of it. The more I see of Volos, the more I dislike him. At the same time, I find the other leading man contender, Morales, is taking a larger role and I’m down with that. I like him. I want HIM to be the guy. I’m worried he won’t be, but I’ll save that complaint for if it actually comes to pass.

I’m going to stop before I give too much away. But absolutely recommend you give this series a go. It’s only getting better.

Rating: B+/A-
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