Saturday, January 8, 2011

Book Review: Angelic and Counterfeit Magic

ANGELIC by Kelley Armstrong released a year ago. It was released through Subterranean Press and limited to 2000 copies. Considering 3000 were pre-ordered, if you got one, you were lucky. I pre-ordered mine nine months in advance. There was no way I was going to miss it. As of a few days ago, Kelley announced that ANGELIC was now available for the Kindle and a few other eBook devices. So if you missed it last year, now's your chance to read it.

I love Eve's character. She's tough and smart and she'll kick your ass if you look at her the wrong way. And what made this story even better, my favorite woman of the otherworld had a short role.


As a half-demon master of the dark arts, Eve Levine isn’t what anyone would call angelic. That’s exactly why the Fates chose her for the job. She’s their secret weapon against the forces of evil. However after five years, Eve is tired of being the designated rebel of the angel corps, expected to break the rules, then penalized for it. When the leaderless djinn stage an uprising, Eve sees the perfect chance to get herself fired. As she plunges deeper into the demon world, though, she realizes she’s in danger of losing a lot more than her job.

COUNTERFEIT MAGIC is the second novella that Kelley Armstrong has done in conjunction with Subterranean Press. It's twice as long as ANGELIC and more copies were made. There are some left, but only through Subterranean Press' website. So if you want a hard copy, order it ASAP. Otherwise, you can order it for your Kindle or other eBook device.

I read this one last night, and I couldn't put it down. I love Paige and Savannah, but I love Lucas even more. The inclusion of all three of these wonderful characters made this book un-put-down-able. One thing I love about Kelley's writing is the fact that her books are unpredictable. You never know what's going to happen next. And just when you think you've figured it out, you're wrong. She takes supernaturals, of all races, and puts them in situations that we can relate to, despite the fact that we can't raise the dead or turn into a wolf, and there is always a mystery involved. All of these elements makes for an entertaining read. 


Return to the world of Kelley Armstrong's best-selling novels Dime Store Magic and Industrial Magic for a long original novella.

The first rule of a supernatural fight club? Don't kill your opponent.

When the fighters come with lethal spells, werewolf strength and half-demon powers, that can be a lot tougher than it sounds. It's hard to attract talent if they know they might not leave the ring alive. So when fighters at a California club start dying -- it's bad for business.

Witch detectives Paige Winterbourne and Savannah Levine take the case. Going undercover in the power-heavy arena of the fight club is a welcome change of pace for Paige, relegated to the role of The Wife as her husband struggles to find his place in his family's Cabal--the corporate Mafia of the supernatural world.

As Paige is drawn deeper into new and dangerous corners of her world, she quickly discovers the greatest threat isn't the killer in her sights. It's something much, much closer to home. And this is one fight she can't afford to lose.


Midnyte Reader said...

I'm almost ashamed to say I have not read any of Kelly Armstrong's books yet! I *have* to try to get around to it!

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