Friday, July 10, 2009

Street Magic ~ Caitlin Kittredge

Street Magic can be found in any brick and mortar bookstore or at Amazon.com and the like.

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Her name is Pete Caldecott. She was just sixteen when she met Jack Winter, a gorgeous, larger-than-life  mage who thrilled her with his witchcraft. Then a spirit Jack summoned killed him before Pete’s eyes—or so she thought. Now a detective[MSOffice2] , Pete is investigating the case of a young girl kidnapped from the streets of London. A tipster’s chilling prediction has led police directly to the child…but when Pete meets the informant, she’s shocked to learn he is none other than Jack. Strung out on heroin, Jack a shadow of his former self.  But he’s able to tell Pete exactly where Bridget’s kidnappers are hiding: in the supernatural shadow-world of the fey.  Even though she’s spent years disavowing the supernatural, Pete follows Jack into the invisible fey underworld, where she hopes to discover the truth about what happened to Bridget—and what happened to Jack on that dark day so long ago…

I really don’t know where to start with this novel since there are just so many appealing aspects…

I guess I will start with the voice – this is the first book I’ve read by Ms. Kittredge and I am now a fan.  Plain and simple.  The style of writing she uses with this story is just magical.  Very old world with a present-day feel.  I don’t know if that makes any sense to anyone but me, but there it is.  When I first began reading, I almost expected it to be set in the past with the way the style made me feel.  I was in for a pleasant surprise, however.

Next you have Pete and Jack.  Pete is a detective inspector with more troubles than she cares to count.  Pete is gritty, tough, but often insecure and unsure of what she’s doing.  She’s very endearing with the way she never gives in or gives up and just keeps plugging along.  Jack… what can I say about Jack aside from the fact that he’s an ass?  But, he’s the kind of ass we all have in our lives – the one we can’t just say no to, the one that we love despite the fact we want to pop him in the jaw at any given time.  Together, he and Pete make up an otherworldly dynamic duo, fighting the paranormal and saving children.

All in all, Street Magic is a wild ride through both mundane London and Black London – London’s secret magical side.  A wonderfully written and intense urban fantasy.  If this first novel of the Black London series is any indication, it’s going to be a great series. 

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