When I started writing the Prospero’s War series, I had one goal: I wanted to see what would happen if I took the cop shows I loved (The Wire, The Shield, Luther, etc) and added wizards. How would the conversation about the societal costs of addiction and the ever-graying line between good and evil change when filtered through the metaphor of magic?
The resulting series has been compared to J.D. Robb’s In Death series and Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files. It also received some very kind early reviews from authors I really respect:
“Jaye Wells has created a fresh, magical world full of potion junkies & alchemists that promises to break new ground in paranormal thrillers.” – Laurell K. Hamilton, NYT Bestselling author of the Anita Blake and Merry Gentry series
“Kate Prospero is my new favorite heroine—imperfect, haunted, driven, and dangerous.” – Kevin Hearne, NYT Bestselling Author of The Iron Druid Chronicles
“Dirty Magic showcases seasoned pro, Wells, at the top of her game, and establishes newcomer Kate Prospero as the urban fantasy heroine to beat.” – Vicki Pettersson, NYT Bestselling Author of The Signs of the Zodiac and Celestial Blues series
In the first novel in the series, DIRTY MAGIC (read ch. 1 here), we meet beat cop Kate Prospero, who gets herself assigned to a Magic Enforcement Agency task force focused on breaking up the covens of wizards to cook and sell dirty magic potions. Her first case on the task force involves tracking down the wizard behind a dangerous new potion that turns its users into feral monsters (werewolf-esque). The twist is all the evidence is pointing her to old flame, John Volos, as the culprit.
On August 12, the second book, CURSED MOON (read ch. 1 here) , comes out. A rare Blue Moon is coming and the city of Babylon is definitely feeling the magic-warping effects. The cops have their hands full keeping things under control as potions go haywire and people start acting strangely, and that’s before a psychotic mage decides to terrorize the city.
If you haven’t given the series a try, I’d suggest starting with DIRTY MAGIC. The books are designed to each have their own case to solve, but there are also major relationship elements that build from one book to another, as well as Kate’s own character arc.
If you’re a fan of urban fantasy, you might enjoy the twist of crime fiction mixed with UF. If you’re a fan of police procedurals, you might find the magic and quirky characters adds a refreshing twist on crime fiction genre conventions.
Cursed Moon releases August 12!