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.
*ARC Provided by Orbit
Click to purchase: Amazon
by Jaye Wells
Release Date: August 12, 2014