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Released: Feb 10, 2015
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Prospero's War
Published by Orbit
“It took me a very long time to get through DEADLY SPELLS and it devastates me to say that because I’m a longtime lover of this author’s work. I’m hoping there’s a comeback in the future.” ~ Under the Covers
I’ve been a fan of Jaye Wells’ books since the RED-HEADED STEPCHILD days. It’s her gritty, plot-driven stories and kickass heroines that keep me coming back for more so when this new series came out, I was excited to read a police procedural Urban Fantasy as dark as the magic it was inspired by.
Book one in the series absolutely blew me away, book two confused me a little bit with Kate’s character, and unfortunately, with this one, book three in the series, I just lost interest in it. I don’t know what happened but the usual tight writing isn’t there. Wells takes a very, very long time to set up the story. Nearly three chapters in and I felt like nothing really happened apart from some idle banter between her and her partner, Morales.
Morales was another thing I really loved about the first book but have fallen out of love with. His dynamic with Kate used to be something that thrilled and excited me, but their banter fell flat in this one and it seemed like there was no other place for it go. For any partnership to work, whether it’s based in romance or friendship, there needs to be some chemistry. I didn’t feel it in this book. Something about it just felt off.
As the story progressed, I found my attention waning more and more. Despite all that occurred in this book, the suspense seemed cut out and it didn’t feel as fast-paced as I hoped it would be. I don’t know if it was because I was disappointed with the last book, but I was hoping it was just a fluke and Wells was coming to come back with something strong. It took me a very long time to get through DEADLY SPELLS and it devastates me to say that because I’m a longtime lover of this author’s work. I’m hoping there’s a comeback in the future.
*ARC provided by publisher
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