Review: Magical Probi (The Federal Witch #2) by T.S. Paul

June 30, 2017 Review 4

Review: Magical Probi (The Federal Witch #2) by T.S. PaulMagical Probi by T.S. Paul
Series: The Federal Witch
Published by Self Published on November 14th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Crime, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Pages: 374
Source: Personal Copy
Sexual Content: N/A
Reviewed by: James
4 Stars

Probitionary FBI Agent Agatha Blackmore has just finished three grueling years at the FBI Academy at Quantico. She mastered every skill and task they laid before her. She now begins an Internship of sorts working for the Magical Crimes Division. Assassination, Murder, and Betrayal await her. How will she do in the real world? Will her Magick be enough to save her?

The Federal Witch series has been on my list to read since it came out. It was on my reading list for a long time, and then it came out in audiobook form, so I got even more excited. I ended up purchasing each book as they came out on audio. I finally got caught up on what I’d been working through, so I decided to pick up the Federal Witch series. Instead of double checking, I downloaded the MAGICAL PROBI, assuming it was the first book. It wasn’t, but I still loved it and didn’t have any problem keeping up.

The Federal Witch series takes place in an awesome world. A world where there are lots of magical creatures, weres of all types, unicorns, etc, but magic, or should I say magick, is fairly rare. So Probationary Agent Agatha Blackmore is the first witch the FBI has ever had.

This does lead to the main problem that most people will have with MAGICAL PROBI. Agatha is very powerful. She does screw up and act immature because she’s still in her twenties, but she can work some serious magic, and without too much struggle. MAGICAL PROBI is a fun adventure, where Agatha and her mentor solve a handful of cases and have some fun and laughs in the process. 

If you enjoy police procedural and aren’t looking for anything too heavy, I highly recommend MAGICAL PROBI, though it may be better to start with the first book in the Federal Witch series CONJURING QUANTICO.

Series Titles:
  1. Conjuring Quantico
  2. Magical Probi
  3. Special Agent in Charge
  4. Witness Enchantment
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4 Responses to “Review: Magical Probi (The Federal Witch #2) by T.S. Paul”

  1. Tony

    You might want to start with “Born a Witch…Drafted by the FBI!”. This is the intro to the series. It contains a number of stories from Agatha’s childhood as well as her first day at Quantico. After Probi I’d read “Cat’s Night Out” which is a collection of stories about Agatha and her friends at the Academy. The last half of the book is the story of Cat’s (who is Agatha’s roommate) Probi experience.

    All in all I enjoy this series very much.

  2. SM

    The writing in these is pretty awful, the use of language is staid and unrealistic and the books are full of spelling and grammar errors. Lots of plot holes and pretty obvious technical errors. They are badly in need of editing and critique, there is the glimmer of a good story, but it’s a bit like reading a first draft rather than a published work, red pencil is required for this.

    • James Dalley

      I listened to the book rather than read it, so I can’t speak to the spelling or grammatical errors.

      However, I completely disagree with everything else. I didn’t encounter anything I would consider a plot hole, nor did I have a problem with the dialogue. My only issue was the ease at which Agatha uses magic.

      • SM

        Perhaps it’s just know a bit about the subject matter, but it’s not in keeping with the language and behaviours of the subject or who the characters are supposed to be. And it doesn’t come across as a humorous or satirical take while still understanding the subject matter ala Charles Stross or Ben Arronovitch, they just come across as bad research or rather forced jokes. Could be that the voice artists has paraphrased and interpreted the work, I would imagine that occasionally overly formal or inappropriate turns of phrase many of the characters use may have been smoothed out when it was converted to audio.But generally the authors not done his research and so his characters who are mostly supposed to be federal agents or military officers sound like children escaped from an English boarding school or frat boys. They don’t sound or act at all like professionals and certainly not law enforcement and they don’t sound like characatuers of them either.

        The magic system is the largest source of plot holes, she does use magic far too easily for someone who is apparently deficient or challenged, and the issues raised with her abilities aren’t actually addressed. It’s not as obvious if you’ve only read/listened to this one book, but if you start on 1 and go as far as 3 you notice the inconsistency very much. The books are short so easy to read, and I did try to read 4 to give it a chance, but the first couple of chapters were just so terribly written I had to put it down. I would say though that of all the books in the series this one is probably the best with fewest obvious mistakes/errors etc.

        I would say that if you are a fan of urban fantasy/crime procedural as a genre and have been reading it for a long time the errors and poor writing are very very obvious. As an example I would probably use the early Anita Blake series books or the Dresden files, they had technical errors in them, but compared to these the writing and story is in an entirely different leagues and the characters language and behaviours were consistent with their background. The author isn’t really funny or clever enough to pull of the insufficient knowledge as comedy or satire like say Charles Stross or Simon R Green do, although in large part they only manage it BECAUSE they have good knowledge and research on the subject matter.

        Anyway, just letting my opinion be known, I only gave it a chance because you gave it four out of five, but honestly if you were being rational about that it’s not consistent with what normally garners that score on the site. To quote the ATUF rating system: A few good points, but with significant flaws. Library/swap/borrow if you want. The books got good points in it, but it has multiple flaws that I would say are significant and not brushed off as artistic license. At best it’s three out of five, and I would say it would only get that if it gets a substantial bit of editing done to it as all the books read like early drafts rather than finished manuscripts.