Book: Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong
Release Date: March 27, 2007
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Women of the Otherwold, #4
Free or Purchased: Purchased
Rating: (4 Zombies)
While Dime Store Magic is still my favorite WotO book, this one made a close second. Paige is cut, snarky, and tough when she needs to be, and Lucas is just plain adorable. I love nerdy lawyer types. But then, who doesn't? (And isn't that just the worst cover art ever?)
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'd just like to note that Paige is in no way, shape, or form 'wild.'
Paige Winterbourne is dealing pretty well with her mother's death, but losing the coven that she's been raised to lead is too much. Her sorcerer boyfriend is having some serious daddy issues. Her teenage ward Savannah is going through puberty, and could possibly be a little bit too much like her mother--a maybe evil, definitely dark witch.
With Lucas gone most of the time, Paige finds herself sitting at home trying to get work done while petitioning non-coven witches to join her technologically advanced new coven. So far, no one seems interested. At all. The frustrating part is that it has nothing to do with the idea or Paige, they don't like her Lucas and Savannah!
When Cabal kids are picked off one-by-one, kids of increasing importance, Daddy Cortez comes to Paige and Lucas for help, more to further his cause with Lucas than to discover the murderer. But, discover the pair do, and it's a bit more than they were prepared for.
Paige and Lucas are my favorite Otherworld couple because of how well they fit. They don't generally make the stupid mistakes that Elena and Clay do, and they don't fight a lot over dumb things. I don't like it when couples in books do nothing but fight. (You are so going to laugh at me when you see my review of Rogue. It's kinda hypocritical.)
I also love that Paige can raise Savannah without being a mother figure at all. It's interesting to watch Savannah grow and mature, knowing that she will eventually have her own book(s) and romance later in the series (maybe with Adam?). I've never watched a character grow up and then gotten to see from their POV before, and it should be pretty fun. Readers will be very invested in Savannah by the time they get to her book(s).
Another nice aspect to the entire series, not just this book, is the conspicuous absence of love triangles. A good triangle is nice every once in a while, but I don't want to see one in every single urban fantasy and young adult book that I read. Seriously, authors, I know that you have to tell the story that's in your mind, but could you just try to make it a teensy bit original? Okay, this is me getting off my soapbox.
P.S.: Just typoed that as 'soupbox.' LOL.