Friday, October 21, 2011

Review: Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong

Title Industrial Magic
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Random House
Publish Date: October 26, 2004
Genre: adult, paranormal
Pages 493
Series: Women of the Otherworld
4. Industrial Magic
For a list of all books in the series, click here.

**WARNING: Some spoilers if you haven't read books 1, 2, and 3 yet!**
Think your in-laws are scary? Try meeting Paige Winterbourne’s potential father-in-law: CEO of the Cortez Cabal, a multinational corporation…and the supernatural equivalent of the Mafia. Lucas Cortez has devoted his life to ruining the Cabals, though that doesn’t stop his father from expecting him to take over the family business someday. Benicio’s favorite ploy is to appeal to Lucas’s quixotic ideals by asking him to investigate Cabal cases of injustice.

After years of failure, Benicio finally has the perfect case: a teenage witch attacked and left for dead. Refusing will be difficult enough for Lucas…near impossible for his new witch girlfriend. Paige and Lucas soon discover that the young witch wasn’t the first Cabal teenager attacked.

When the infighting among the Cabals threatens to let the killer continue his spree, Paige and Lucas decide it’s up to them to stop him. The chase takes them on a cross-country hunt through the supernatural world, where allies can be found in the strangest places, including a celebrity necromancer, a wise-cracking Celtic deity, a pissed-off ghost, a half-mad clairvoyant, and a group of vampires who’d really rather be in an Anne Rice novel

As book 4 in the series, I found this one to be pretty different from the others. I’m not usually a fan of murder mysteries, but that’s basically what this story was. I think I enjoyed it because I knew the characters and because of the paranormal element. It definitely wasn’t my favourite of the Women of the Otherworld series, but I did like it.

Paige is a really great narrator. Even though she’s so young (only 23!), she’s already had to deal with so much. She’s way more mature than anyone this age, but she still has a big heart and believes in the best of everyone. Add to that combination: Lucas. He’s awesome, and perfect for Paige. Together, they make a Cabal-fighting, badass team. All of the other characters that helped them along the way - Jamie, Cassandra, Aaron, etc. - were really great additions to the cast of supernaturals.

The story itself kept me intrigued and interested. I definitely wanted to know if they’d find the killer and what would happen to him. I was really worried that people I liked were going to die in this book. I couldn’t figure out who would die or live, and it was killing me! There was a great mix of suspense, romance, mystery, excitement, companionship, and more, throughout the novel. All of it balanced out perfectly and made for a great read.

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