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Street Magic Mass Market Paperback – Jun 2 2009

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Original edition (June 2 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031294361X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312943615
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #718,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The first in the Black London series, this dark tale takes supernatural shadows to the next level…Kittredge knows how to create a believable world, and her fans will enjoy the mix of magic and city grit.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Sensual and empowering, STREET MAGIC is an urban fantasy keeper of a tale. Magic, mayhem, the action never stops, I engulfed every single word and can't wait to go back for more.” ―Romance Junkies

“Atmospheric and filled with a gritty realism...the novel crackles with conflict and perilous magic. For those who love their urban fantasy hypnotically treacherous, this book's for you!” ―(4 1/2 stars) Romantic Times

“Kittredge introduces readers to the dark side of life and magic in a well-formed fictional world with characters that you can't help but like. STREET MAGIC jumps right in to non-stop supernatural action, taking urban fantasy fans on a wild and bumpy ride. I'll be looking forward to seeing where Pete and Jack lead us next.” ―Darque Reviews

“Kittredge is a winner!” ―Jim Butcher on the Nocturne City series

“Fast-paced, sexy and witty with many more interesting characters than I have time to mention.” ―Fresh Fiction on the Nocturne City series

“Dark and cutting edge.” ―Romantic Times on the Nocturne City series

“Smart, gutsy.” ―Karen Chance on the Nocturne City series

“Hot, hip, and fast-paced.” ―Lilith Saintcrow on the Nocturne City series

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The first novel in a sensational new series!


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…

Praise for the Nocturne City series:

"Dark and cutting edge." ―Romantic Times

"Smart, gutsy."―Karen Chance

"Hot, hip, and fast-paced."―Lilith Saintcrow

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I picked up this book, because the rest of my favourites were either not out yet or I had read them all. I usually get burned trying a new author, but this is a pretty good book. Both characters are interesting and not to stupid to live, and it is an interesting story. I say give it a try you might have just found a new series to follow.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a new series! June 5 2009
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I enjoyed this story so much! Pete (short for a horrible first name--but I won't spoil the surprize by telling you what it is!) and Jack Winter are opposites who attract. Both are foul-mouthed and take-no-prisoners personalities, but Jack is a jerk/thief/liar and Pete is a cop who is tough enough to do the job. Together their dialog and interactions are highly entertaining.

I was really impressed by the quality of writing in this book and intend to read the rest of the series. The author's Nocturne City books are a different sort of voice entirely,and I like this series start a lot more, frankly.

The only real flaws to this book were, for me, very ignorable. Some of the fight scenes were a bit too glossed over, and sometimes I found fault with them. Like, for example, when one sorcerer is dragging Pete along with her struggling, she's all helpless, and I didn't get the impression she was faking that. Yet in the next scene she gets free of him easily enough. We also have Pete not recalling the incident that leads into the story, and the reveal about that is a bit inconsistent and rough in that we aren't clearly shown when Pete is pretending not to remember the incident or when she actually doesn't. The moment of change is not clearly shown. It's minor stuff, but important nitty-gritty detail stuff that a good edit should have caught. These little inconsistencies are what dropped this from a five-star to a four-star review.

Overall, though, a great read--if you can handle the constant use of the "c word" and other foul language. (I know that puts some people off, but I found it suited the character of Jack.)
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to this series.. June 8 2009
By CeeCee - Published on
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I'm a big fan of Caitlin Kittredge and her Nocturne City series, so I had high hopes for her new character, Pete. I totally enjoyed Street Magic, Pete, Jack and the whole dark, gritty Black London. I also liked the difference in character between Pete Caldecott and Luna Wilder. Luna, a werewolf, has first hand knowledge of things that go bump in the night; whereas Pete doesn't. I think that made a big difference between their characters. I do like what they have in common: strong female characters and in law enforcement. I think Kittredge did a great job setting her new series and characters in London and with the way they speak, although it did take me a while to catch on with certain terms, for example,"fag" meaning cigarette. But it got easier as I kept reading. I like how Jack wasn't this perfect hero type - the good-looking-hardly-speaks-but-appears-at-the-right-time-to-save-the-day kind of character. After the botched up ritual when Pete was sixteen, we find Jack a junkie who uses drugs to keep the spirits at bay. He's sarcastic but witty and (I think) funny as hell. I look forward to reading more about Pete, Jack and Black London. Kittredge even gives fans a little look at the next Black London novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Junkie Magic July 26 2009
By A. Trotter - Published on
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So it's a dark mystery with magic and heroin and unrequited love and wandering around London looking for missing children. It's very noir. I liked it, mostly, despite the occasional bit that felt as if it had wandered off the rails. My main complaint was the cover. Buff muscle-bound beefcake guy our male lead was not; he was skinny and hyper and strung-out and filthy. I guess that doesn't sell as well as mister muscles there though.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Aug. 8 2009
By J. Hines - Published on
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Really enjoyed this book. I'd read a couple of Black London short stories and was glad to find a full-length book. Can't wait for book 2. I loved Jack and thought he and Pete worked well together. One thing--Is it just me or is Kitteridge channeling Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Not complaining, just saying.
10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard for Me to Slog Through July 9 2009
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Everyone else who has reviewed this book seems to have loved it, and for the life of me I don't get why. I am an avid reader, especially any kind of urban fantasy, and it is really hard for me to find a book that I won't pick up and read in a couple of sittings. But this book was almost painful in trying to get to the end so I could finally be done with it. The dialogue is forced, especially the author's attempts to make the characters sound British. The plot just seemed to skim along the surface and try as I might to get into it, it just never sucked me in. I will not be reading the next book.