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Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong

#24 of 200

Original Language: English
Publisher: Viking Press
Country: United States
Publication Date: 2004
ISBN: 1-84149-340-6
Page Count: 528
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.
Industrial Magic is the second Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Other Worldseries to be narrated by Paige Winterbourne. As the fourth instalment, Industrial Magic begins three years after the events of Bitten, and less than a year after Dimestore Magic.

It’s time for Paige to meet the in-laws and Lucas Cortez’s father is more than a little intimidating. As the head of the Cortez Cabal (def:the artifices & intrigues of a group of persons secretly united in a plot (as to overturn a government); also : a group engaged in such artifices and intrigues) Benecio Cortez is the Supernatural Godfather.

The children of Cabal employees are being murdered and Benecio wants Lucas to conduct the investigation. Unfotrunately, Lucas is busy and only Paige is willing to take on the case. This group of mobster Sorcerer’s need to get past their witch prejudices long enough for Paige to save their children.

Armstrong shares an interesting view of the Supernatural afterlife, and conveniently introduces Eve Levine, narrator of Haunted.

Industrial Magic brings out the nasty side of Supernaturals. In Bitten, it was werewolf mutts wanting control, in Stolen it was humans causing harm and in Dimestore Magic a particularly malicious Volo half-demon was stirring the pot. But in Industrial Magic Supernatural magic gets darker and it gets bloodier. Children are dying and Jaime Vegas, celebrity necromancer, is being haunted by a particular nasty ghost.

If you suffer from a weak stomach this is one series you should leave on the shelf. Raising the dead, abuse by ghosts and child slayings are not unique to Industrial Magic. Armstrong is spreading the influence of her Supernatural Inter-racial Council and things are beginning to get complicated.

Industrial Magic is the fourth book of the Women of the Other World series by Kelley Armstrong. Haunted, book five, takes place two years after the events of Industrial Magic.
Raiding Bookshelves Rating
Judging by the Cover: I’m not enjoying the covers for this series. I can appreciate the way they match but the cover for Industrial Magic doesn’t feel like it has anything to do with Paige and her investigation. If anything it is a clue about the immortality questers that begin featuring in Industrial Magic.Photobucket

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