Series: Prospero's War #2
Published by Recorded Books on August 12, 2014
Genres: Adult SFF, Urban Fantasy
Length: 11 hours, 9 minutes
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My Reviews in this series: Dirty Magic, Cursed Moon, Dirty Magic, Deadly Spells
*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
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.
Cursed Moon is the second book in the Prospero’s War series and tho good I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first one. However, I was extremely happy with the way the book ended and will definitely be picking up the third.
Pass that moon shine this a way
Kate is having some major guilt issues over her use of magic from book one and she is beating herself and everyone else up for it. She drinks constantly in this book which drove me nuts because I have major anger issues toward folks that abuse alcohol. Kate was also a total bitch to her little brother and her best friend by imposing her personal belief of ‘no magic use is the only way to live’ mentality on them with an iron fist. All of her behavior in this book really made it hard for me to enjoy the book because I had a hard hate on for her going. I know that was the whole point, that I’m supposed to get angry and upset at her behavior, so in a way that shows how emotionally invested I’d started to get. Luckily she sees the error of her ways at the end and I think I’ll be fine with her again. After all I really liked her in the first book aside from her poor parenting / sibling skills.
Blue moons bring out the crazy
Cursed Moon takes place around Halloween and in the city of Babylon things are going nuts. I love stories that take place around Halloween! The cops are having a hard time keeping things under control and the M.E.A. team Kate is part of are pitching in. They’ve been called in to help with a theft of potions from a sex temple’s hermaphrodite priest(ess). The case leads to a much bigger and uglier situation then they could have imagined.
Things are getting violently kinky up in here
Be warned there is a graphic sexual rape scene in this book. Part of the plot deals with some stolen sex magic potions and a lunatic dosing people around the city to cause chaos. One of the sex scenes involves two college sorority houses and all the girls have been exposed to the potion. I have to say it was opposite of many of the sexually aggressive scenes I usually see in books because here it is the women who are the ones being sexually aggressive.
Which way is Kate’s libido going to jump?
I’m fairly sure other readers will agree with me that Kate and Morales have some sexual tension between them. And as much as she’d hate to admit it she still has some hots for John as well. I’m really pleased with the tension levels in Cursed Moon and I like the fact that things aren’t going very fast in the romance department. I look forward to seeing who she ends up with. I’m rooting for Morales of course.
Thoughts on the narration
Morgan Hallett did another excellent job with the narration of this series. I adore the character voices and tempo of her narration. Due to this the characters personalities really come to life for me.
Overall, a strong addition to the series where character development is concerned. I definitely enjoyed it and I would have rated it higher except that I have a hard time with characters that abuse alcohol and much of the time I wanted to face punch Kate. I’m glad she gets wiser by the end. I am definitely continuing onto the next book.