Review: Deadly Spells by Jaye Wells

Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: February 2015
Publisher: Orbit
Length: 400 pages
FTC: Ordered through our library's Zip Books program

It took me awhile to convince my poor library to order this book. Primarily because they were convinced it wasn't out yet. New Year's is hard on everyone, librarians included. We're closing in on a year since this book's release, so I'm hoping to hear more about the series. If it's continuing. If this was it. I haven't looked it up yet, but this book does tie up some loose ends, so it may be the finale.

I loved most of this book except the term Hot Pocket, the details of which were unnecessarily graphic and gross. Like really, permanently ruining-the-term gross. I gagged a few times while reading. (Not exaggerating).

These books should definitely not be read out of order, and this one was no exception. The story is set after the events in the previous book, and I don't think this book would stand on its own. Too much backstory.  I really liked the personal growth arcs of all of the characters, especially Danny, Kate Prospero's brother, and Kate herself. More than the mystery of who or what is behind these inter-coven murders, the characters are what kept me reading. My only true disappointment was how little we see of John Volos...and when we do see him, his character feels off. Diminished somehow. Maybe that's in preparation for what happens in the story, but it was definitely a change from the first two.

This series is a great bridge book for those who like police procedurals, but don't think they are into paranormal or fantasy. I recommend starting with Dirty Magic, but if you've read the other two in the series and liked them, you'll like this one, too.

My Grade: B

The Blurb:
After the grisly murder of a dirty magic coven leader, Kate Prospero and The Magical Enforcement Agency team up with the local police to find the killer. But as the infighting between covens turns ugly, an all-out war brews in the slums of Babylon.

When a tenacious reporter sticks her nose in both the investigation and Prospero's past in the covens, old ghosts resurface. The team will have to use all the weapons in their arsenal to stop the coven war and find the killer before the case brings down all their careers - and their lives.

Deadly Spells is the third novel in the Prospero's War series that started with Dirty Magic and Cursed Moon!

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