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Street Magic (Black London, Bk 1)
Street Magic - Black London, Bk 1
Author: Caitlin Kittredge
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, Pete is investigating the case of a young girl kidnapped from the streets of London. A tipster'...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780312943615
ISBN-10: 031294361X
Publication Date: 6/2/2009
Pages: 352
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 116 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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reviewed Street Magic (Black London, Bk 1) on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
My husband originally handed me this book after reading the first 10 pages and deeming it a "chick lit fantasy novel". I began reading and quickly discovered he couldn't have been more wrong. Caitlin develops characters that you genuinely care about and writes in such a way that magic and demons seem almost normal within a day. This book also delves deeply into self-destruction, particularly the addiction to heroine in one of the main characters. Once I began it, I anxiously read each page and enjoyed every moment of it. I look forward to getting more of Caitlin's books in the future. (Oh, and my husband gave it a second try and really enjoyed it as well)
stephanie13w avatar reviewed Street Magic (Black London, Bk 1) on + 300 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I enjoy her other series so I thought this would be good. I was disappointed with the characters & the storyline. I ended up not finishing the book.
montbriac avatar reviewed Street Magic (Black London, Bk 1) on + 10 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
This is dark, urban fantasy with a sharp edge and some ugly turns of event in the story.

Street Magic is the first book in the Black London series and it written from the point of view of Pete Caldecott who is a detective at Scotland Yard in search of missing people. One of her cases leads her to a tip that reunites her with a figure from her adolescence whom she thought was dead, her older sister's ex-boyfriend -- I'm not giving away anything big here. Turns out he's not dead and he has some special skills to help her solve her case -- but he's a junkie with all of the issues and complications that come with a nasty habit. There's nothing chic or sexy about Jack's heroin addiction.

The story is actually very well constructed and executed mystery that unfolds in a way that is both compelling and cohesive. Pete is an interesting lead because her mission really is to protect and save â sometimes it's other people and sometimes it's herself. She's not a saint, far from it but she's got a few more layers than we usually see when we meet a heroine in a book one in a series and I really got into the book because Pete's character and motives operate on multiple levels. Most compelling of all, was that I liked the fact that we don't really know what sort of relationship will evolve between Jack and Pete as the series progresses and in this book, there is a very well placed twist in their relationship that I completely bought. Plus the fact remains that Jack's got some serious baggage and Pete is at a turning point in her life. There aren't quick or convenient answers for either of them but they do work well together though and I liked seeing that dynamic unfold and evolve.

The weak point in the book is the author's interpretation of Brit colloquialisms -- she's not quite got it right and that has been the biggest criticism of the work. Since I'm American, I can get around it â but for readers who find the mistakes distracting, I would respectfully ask them to consider whether the missteps are so offensive that they overwhelm the story or are they just an annoyance? I am from Chicago and the first few books in the Harry Dresden series are riddled with mistakes in geography, local slang and even businesses (there isn't a single Wal-Mart within city limits, it's a HUGE issue here but that's a story for another day). If I had chucked Harry Dresden in the first three books because of the mistakes I would have dropped a series I ended up falling madly in love with. As readers, I think we sometimes need to give the author (and publisher) a bit of a break and try to see the forest through the trees.

Overall, Street Magic is a well conceived and executed introduction to a series that is well worth your time and I hope you'll give it a read.
4fabfelines avatar reviewed Street Magic (Black London, Bk 1) on + 112 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This was a great new series. ya gotta love the characters and their quirks..Pete was a infatuated teen when she met Jack, a singer in a nightclub.
They share a special bond that they are not quite aware of what it all means. One day, Jack goes to a cemetary to call up a old socerer. Something goes terribly wrong and Jack dies, Pete runs off and is haunted every day with what she has seen.
fast foward 14 years and Pete is a investgater with Scotland yard, looking into childrens' disappearances when she runs into the assumed dead Jack in a junkies dive.
Jack tells her where the child can be found, and Pete is determined not to let Jack run off with out answers.
What happened that day in the graveyard>? Why do they have a special bond?
reviewed Street Magic (Black London, Bk 1) on + 25 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
If you like urban fantasy or paranormal romance then this would be a good read. Ever read a book that is a little above the bar or one that is a little below the bar? Well this is the bar. This is the book that defines average for the genre. It isn't bad, but it isn't fantastic either. Read it. Enjoy it. Move on to another book.

Kittredge is a highly creative author who can write spectacular characters. She puts those characters in her Noctourne City books. The characters she puts in this book are just sort of there. Honestly that's the weakest part of the book, but you don't end up hating them. They're believable characters, but then so is my next door neighbor, and I'm not particularly interested in reading about his life.

The setting defines generic for urban fantasy. There is magic in the world, but not a heck of a lot of it. Never the less it will kick you in the teeth if you refuse to see it. This is a good thing for this book book though. I like the generic urban fantasy setting.

Now, about that cover. What I think happened is that the company told the artist that there was a man and a woman in London and that one was a physically fit cop and the other was a strung out heroine addict with a talent for magic. Then realizing the mistake they erased the gun from the "cop" and put a little magic glow in its place.
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