Deadly Spells Audiobook by Jaye Wells (REVIEW)

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Review of: Deadly Spells Audiobook
Jaye Wells

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On August 30, 2018
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Deadly Spells Audiobook

By: Jaye Wells

Narrated by: Morgan Hallett

Published by: Recorded Books 02/15/15

Deadly Spells (Prospero's War #3) by Jaye Wells read by Morgan Hallett

4.5 stars rating

Prospero’s War #3

10 hrs and 13 mins

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Deadly Spells Audiobook Sample

Deadly Spells Audiobook

4.5 Hearts

So, I’ve picked up the audio for this series. I read the first two books. Now, I’m listening to the series. I think this series is great whichever way you choose to try to tackle it. I just recommend that you try it. This series is very much a unique series. It followed Kate Prospero, the niece of a powerful coven leader who is currently serving time in a magical prison. Kate walked away from the covens and her family (except her little brother, which she took with her) and went off on her own. She’s become a cop in one of the magical cities in the country. Adept (the term for magic users) cops are frowned upon. Most non-adept people don’t trust Adepts. But now, there’s an Adept mayor, who just so happens to be Kate’s ex-boyfriend and was also very high up in the coven in his own right.

So in the first book, Kate is attached to an FBI team, The Magical Enforcement Agency. She is the liaison between the local cops and the FBI. She has two bosses and it can make things difficult for her when she’s caught in the middle. She’s earned the respect off all her co-workers for sure. That is not something she had with the local cops. The FBI really suits her.

Each book so far, Kate and Morales (her partner), work with MEA team and local cops to solve a magical crime. This book is no different. Again, someone is killing people. This time, it’s coven members dying, which is sure to start a coven war. Kate knows more about the covens than any of law enforcement, since she has first hand experience with them. She is pulled in several directions on this case and not just work wise. There are also some dating issues for Kate.

One thing I really love about this series, is how close to real life it is. Kate has to deal with things like bad dates, a little brother that she’s raising and his school issues. These little touches really make Kate feel more like a real person. She’s doing everything she has to raise her brother while working as a cop, which has long hours and being on time to school things is very hard.

If you like cop stories, magic and gritty urban fantasy, this is the series for you.

Deadly Spells Audiobook Narration

4 Hearts

This is not my first audiobook with Morgan Hallett. I’ve listened to a few, but not a lot. I think she does a really good job with the narration. It has been many years since I’ve gone from reading a series to listening (I tend to jump into listening these day), but I can say that it was no issue for me. I have to give a huge kudos for the voicing of Little Man and Mary. They are an interesting character in this series. Little Man is a baby that will never grow up. He’s attached (as in literally) to his sister, Mary. LM is the brains and Mary is the brawn, though they tend to just hide away when danger is lurking about. They are full of information. They share it with Kate for a nominal fee. I thought that Ms Hallett did a great job with this unusual pair. The whole things was good, but I wanted to call out that.

Author: Jaye Wells

Author: Jaye Wells

Jaye Wells is the author of several speculative fiction novels. She is best known for writing urban fantasy with her USA Today bestselling Sabina Kane series and the Prospero’s War series. In 2012, she won the Best Urban Fantasy Reviewers’ Choice Award from RT Book Reviews for Blue-Blooded Vamp, and her novels Dirty Magic, Volatile Bonds, and Silver-Tongued Devilwere also nominated for the award.

Before she became an author, Jaye was a magazine editor and freelance writer. She earned her B.A. in Art History from Southern Methodist University, and holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She belongs to International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, and Horror Writers Association.

In addition to writing, Jaye is also a sought-after speaker and teacher on the topics of writing craft and the writing life. She has served as faculty for the Paradise Lost writing retreat, taught writing at sea for Cruising Writers, ran the writers’ workshop for FenCon, and served as a mentor for Horror Writers Association’s. She also offers writing workshops and seminars through Writing Workshops Dallas.

When Jaye is not writing or teaching, she loves to travel and cook. She lives in Texas.

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Narrator: Morgan Hallett

Narrator: Morgan Hallett

Morgan Hallett is a New York City–based actress, voice-over artist, and audiobook narrator. She has worked extensively throughout the country and on Broadway. She is an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, and has lent her voice to dozens of TV commercials, including Time Warner Cable, 7-Up, and Accuvue.

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. Hey Melanie that’s an author I haven’t heard about in a while I really enjoyed her Sabina Kane books back in the day. This looks worth checking out thanks for sharing!

    • I read Sabina Kane way back in the day too. Then this Jaye Wells fell off my radar for some unknown reason. I’m so glad that I picked her up again. I’ve really been enjoying this series.

  2. Never read these, I remember there being some issues with something in book 1..hmm

    • Really? I don’t remember any issues with book one. This is pretty gritty and has some weird characters in them (like a hermaphrodite that is literally half man and half woman, like Two-Face in Batman).

  3. I really need some new UF in my life. I think I will check out this series. I like the sound of witch involved in law enforcement and that she feels realisitc.

    • This is a really fun UF. It’s dark and gritty with all the things you love about UF.

  4. Great review, Melanie! Looks like you’ve got a perfect mashup of UF and mystery.

  5. I’ve seen this series around and planned to read it at some point. The cop and paranormal blend is always a draw for me. That’s neat that you were able to switch from reading to listening with little trouble b/c she nailed the voices so well.

  6. I did get book one read, but so far haven’t been able to get back to it. I’m glad to hear that it is still as good as the first one.

    • I just love this series so much. It is the perfect dark UF series.

  7. oh yes I had a great time with this one!

  8. I haven’t read anything by this author yet. I remember these books-covers so distinctive with all the bottles etc. I am not sure why I never started them to be honest. Narrator is new to me as well. Glad you are loving them!

    • I read the Sabina Kane series from this author years ago and she fell off my radar. I’m glad I finally picked up this series. I had forgotten how much I love this author.

  9. The series sounds like something I might enjoy. Thank you for sharing and letting us know it’s good in either formate (read/listen).

    • I think you would enjoy this series Angela. It has everything you want for a good UF series.

      • Thank’s. I’ve got it on my TBR!

  10. This sounds like a great story. I think I would like this.

    • I think you would too, Mary. I hope you get a chance to try this series.

  11. I did these as paperback/ebook and enjoyed! Glad you’re getting to them, I should try the audio!! 😀

    • I’ve only done this one on audio, but I liked it so far. I already have the next book on audio.

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