Review: Cursed Moon by Jaye Wells

Cursed Moon by Jaye Wells
Series: Prospero’s Wars (# 2)
Release Date: August 12, 2014
Publisher: Orbit
Pages: 400
Source: book provided by the author for review



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.


Review: When I read Dirty Magic I knew that the Prospero Wars was going to be a great series as such I was glad when I was offered a copy of Cursed Moon in exchange for a honest review. Cursed Moon is the second installment of this exciting series and it can be read as a stand-alone. The author provided sufficient background information so that you can read comfortably without feeling lost. It’s difficult for me to say which of the two I prefer as they are both good in their own way.

In this installment, Detective Kate Prospero and the members of the Magical Enforcement Agency are trying to maintain control in Babylon in anticipation of the upcoming blue moon. In addition to this, there is a new player in town who plans to use this to his advantage to achieve his own evil agenda. In the midst of all this Kate is faced with personal issues that are conflicting with her job. She is still the same motivated cop that I met and liked in book one, however, this time her motivation is stemmed from guilt. Her principles and her desires are at war. It’s her desire to protect not only the people of Babylon, but also those close and dear to her, however, using magic to do so went against her principles. The fact that she was forced to use magic to save her brother weighed heavily on her. Magic was Kate’s biggest vice. This weight made her selfish and judgmental, a far cry from the woman I met in book one. This, however, did not change my opinion of her as these actions revealed that she was human just like everyone else.

“I closed my eyes. I’d been soaking in my secret for weeks. Marinating in guilt until my fingertips were pruney. That was the problem with lies. The only cure for the guilt that came with them was to tell the truth. But the consequences of coming clean were usually worse than the guilt, which is why you lied to begin with”.

I loved the fact that she came to the realization that magic was not necessarily evil. It was not something to fear if used for the right reasons.

Just like Dirty Magic this story started out with a bang and kept that pace until the end. It’s filled with twists and surprises that made for an interesting read. The writing was great and the characters from the first book were present with the addition of some new and interesting ones. Although there is no romance in this book, there is a lot of sexual tension going on between Kate and her partner. The language was colorful so some readers may find this offensive, but if this does not bother you then this is a must read.

Overall, I enjoyed this installment and I can’t wait to begin reading the third book in the series.





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