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Kate and Morales are called in as consultants at a crime scene. A body with his limbs cut off. Kate knows the victim, Charm, from her days in the coven. Uncle Abe's enforcer. Charm's death could be the very excuse the covens need to start a coven war in Babylon city. Kate and the MEA force need to act fast to find the real killer before war breaks out, destroying the city. Kate also is distracted as Charm's death stirs old memories of her mother's death. Then there's life with making sure Danny is taken care of. He is a teenager, and troubles do pop up.
I love going into this book that I know each chapter and scene has something big in it. It may be dealing with Danny or it may be Kate's job. Or, if we are lucky something with John Volos or Morales. Oh John Volos. That usually involves a double whammy of work and sparks. And the same could be said of Morales. I love that Kate is working her way through raising her brother, which gives her a family feel as she stumbles through parenting like many of us do. Family and work are hard to balance, and choices need to be made. Kate does just that.
Speaking of family. Kate learns more about her mothers death. Wow. That's a punch to the gut. I like how Jaye left us with hints about Kate's mother at the end of Cursed Moon, and with this case Kate is drawn to the memories. Kate is determined to know what happened with her mother. I'm not saying any more because you need to read to learn what Kate learns. Oh, and what we learn from John Volos and Morales. Interesting!
Then there's Kate and her own personal life. She feels there's really no time for it with Danny and work. But Kate starts to open up a little bit here, for herself.
This book feels as it expands the world for us. There are other suppliers and covens that we learn about. These expand outside of Babylon city, but are a threat to Kate's home city and the way of life here. This opens up the series for us in a big way.
The book has all the elements I enjoy in one place and constantly has me glued to the words. I have enjoyed this book, world, and characters.
It’s been about five months since Kate and the MEA took down the Babylon Bomber/Dionysus. Things are relatively quiet until Kate and Morales are called in by the BPS on a murder. On scene they discover the current leader of the Votary coven (the position that was vacated by Kate’s Uncle Abe upon his incarceration) has been brutally murdered. All signs point to a rival coven being behind the murder, but to all present, that seems a little bit too convenient.
Once the MEA is officially handed the case, they not only have to find the murderer but also keep an all-out war from happening between the covens. When the killer is pinpointed as a member of the Brazilian cartel A Morte, the case starts to ring personal for members of the MEA, and lo and behold who else but John Volos (now mayor and Kate’s former flame) is in deep with the cartel. Just how he’s connected is just another mystery in which Kate doesn’t want to become involved.
I was happy that a lot of the heavy emotional clouds hanging over Cursed Moon had been dealt with. Leaving more room for other emotional whammies right? Seriously though, as siblings of course Kate and Danny are going to squabble, but it didn’t feel as weighted down as in Cursed Moon. I can only take high emotion like that for so long before I have to put a book down because it’s too depressing. Jaye Wells gave us a respite just in time.
Not to say that Kate’s got things easy. It’s the fact that the tough situations aren’t piled on top of personal emotional issues in this one. Gardner, Kate’s boss at the MEA, is effected on a personal level by A Morte. Kate is able to step back and keep a more level head in this case. Deadly Spells makes a case for the diatribe of sacrificing one for the good of many. In this case, it’s Kate’s morals that are the one and what she’s willing to give up in order to save many in the long run. On a personal level these are the same things that cause Kate to close herself off from being happy in her life outside the force. Kate’s morals are one of the big things I like about her character. That’s not to say that I’m against her learning to balance the scales between doing something that would make her happy and upholding the law.
This segues to the part about the ever increasing tension between Kate and Morales. Kate continues to hold herself off from going down that road with him, and it’s the one thing that makes me crazy about her character. There’s no doubt she finds Morales attractive, but by holding herself to the highest standards in order to uphold the law, going down that road would break a code of conduct in her mind despite the fact that it would make her happy.
So with all the conjecture Deadly Spells brings up about doing things for the good of the whole even when it may border on illegal, does Kate’s resolve waiver? I’ll just let you read and figure it out for yourself. For me, Deadly Spells is the best in the bunch so far.
They soon learn that a killer from a Brazilian Coven has come hunting. They also soon learn the new mayor and childhood friend of Kate's - John Volos - is neck deep in the whole thing. Kate doesn't like the man Volos has grown up to be but he isn't so willing to move on. He keeps trying to tangle Kate up in his life. Meanwhile, Kate is also having relationship issues with her partner Drew Morales who is giving every indication that he would like a more intimate relationship with her.
To add to the complications, Danny is having troubles at the exclusive prep school that he is attending. His friend Luna, who happens to be one of the other Adept scholarship students there, has been raped and won't give up the name of her rapist. Danny comes home on day with a black eye and not much later Kate is called to the school because he used a magical potion on a kid who was bullying Luna. It just so happens that the kid is the son of one of Volos' fiercest political rivals.
This was an entertaining story. I liked the Kate needs to come to terms with what she really wants out of life in this story. Fans of urban fantasy will enjoy this series.