Industrial Magic (Women of the Otherworld #4)
by Kelley Armstrong
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.
Source: I purchased a paperback from a used bookstore.
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Industrial Magic was awesome. I sense a pattern with the books in the series. The first book introduced characters, the second book was the high stakes adventure, the third book introduced another set of characters, and the fourth book was their high stakes adventure. Naturally, Industrial Magic was full of adventure, violence, drama, and romance. It was fun, thrilling, and unpredictable.
I loved Paige and Lucas in Dime Store Magic and I knew the plot was gearing up for something quite large. I’m eager to see what happens to Paige and Lucas as the series goes on, though I realize the next book will be a new character with new adventures. Still, I got to see Elena, Clay, and Jeremy in this book, so I’m hopeful the pattern of older characters joining the new ones will continue.
The witch world that involves vampires, sorcerers, Cabals, demons, bodyguards, and necromancers was a complicated one, but I loved the connections and complications. Lucas attempted to avoid his father’s legacy, the Cortez Cabal, but his attempt to do justice brought him to Miami to help solve a case. From there, the plot thickened.
Lucas and Paige worked really well together and I still love them as a couple. I liked Jaime, though it took me awhile to warm up to her, and I even enjoyed the bits with Cassandra, despite hating her in Stolen. Vampires had their own issues and it all made sense once you thought about it. Cassandra wasn’t a bad person, but she was so disconnected with everything because of her age that it made sense for her to be a bit more callous than other supernaturals.
I highly recommend the series. I have to stop for now and move onto other series because of time, but I love that I can stop on a good spot and return to the series at any time. It’s a long series, but it’s separated into pairs and I know when I pick up book 5, I won’t be lost. It’s an awesome urban fantasy/paranormal series and I’m so glad I picked it up!