Sunday, August 7, 2011
Meet the smart, sexy — supernatural — women of the otherworld.
This is not your mother’s coven...
Kelley Armstrong returns with the eagerly awaited follow-up to Dime Store Magic. Paige Winterbourne, a headstrong young woman haunted by a dark legacy, is now put to the ultimate test as she fights to save innocents from the most insidious evil of all.. . .
In the aftermath of her mother’s murder, Paige broke with the elite, ultraconservative American Coven of Witches. Now her goal is to start a new Coven for a new generation. But while Paige pitches her vision to uptight thirty-something witches in business suits, a more urgent matter commands her attention.
Someone is murdering the teenage offspring of the underworld’s most influential Cabals — a circle of families that makes the mob look like amateurs. And none is more powerful than the Cortez Cabal, a faction Paige is intimately acquainted with. Lucas Cortez, the rebel son and unwilling heir, is none other than her boyfriend. But love isn’t blind, and Paige has her eyes wide open as she is drawn into a hunt for an unnatural-born killer. Pitted against shamans, demons, and goons, it’s a battle chilling enough to make a wild young woman grow up in a hurry. If she gets the chance.
I read Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong several years ago. It’s my favorite of the first four. I had less trouble getting into this one than Dime Store Magic since I was used to Paige’s POV. The story was more exciting. It included all of the characters from Paige’s previous novel, but pulls in the pack and our favorite vamps. We also meet our first necromancer, Jaime Vegas. If you’ve read my reviews from Waking the Witch and/or Spell Bound, you all know that Jaime is my favorite in the series. That wasn’t always true. I disliked her big time on my first read-through of this one.
The cabals (the sorcerer mafia) play an even bigger role in this one, as we get to know Lucas’ family (mostly reprehensible), the Cortez Cabal. Cabal teens are being killed, and they need help figuring out who is behind this. Sorcerers hate witches, yet they turn to the ex-coven leader for help. While Paige narrates this one, Jaime plays a large role. She’s a necromancer. She talks to ghosts and raises zombies. She’s also a celebrity. Paige calls her “flakier than a puff pastry”, and it’s only because of her trust in Lucas that she accepts Jaime’s help.
What I find fascinating about Kelley’s books, is that she really makes you see through the narrator’s eyes. Paige didn’t like Jaime, so I didn’t. But she turns out to be a real asset, and here, for the first time in the series, do we get to see a group of different supernaturals all working together using their powers and strengths to defeat a threat. No one type of supernatural is better or stronger than another. They all have strengths and weaknesses, and they work best as a group.
The cast is quite varied, and my favorite scenes tend to be the ones with many of our major players. They’re fun to see playing off of one another. Be sure to check out Industrial Magic, the fourth book in the Women of the Otherworld series. It keeps getting better!
Be sure to check out Kelley's site for info on the series, novellas, graphic novels, short stories, anthologies, and free online fiction!