Kelley Armstrong,
Women of the Otherworld #4: Industrial Magic
(Spectra, 2004)

It's been a long time since I had a book that I literally stayed up all night to read. Industrial Magic, the fourth in Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series, completely merited the time spent.

Paige Winterbourne is a 23-year-old witch who's lost her coven because she's involved with rebel sorcerer and attorney Lucas Cortez. When Lucas's father, Benecio Cortez, the head of Cortez Cabal (think of him as the Don of a Magical Mafia), comes to Lucas with a case involving the attack and murder of supernatural teenagers whose parents work for the cabals, the pair initially refuses.

But, as the number of deaths mount, their conscience compels them to accept. Paige and Lucas are fighting against time to find the murderer because the girl they foster is an eventual target.

The story takes us through a series of twists and turns that are both unexpected and well thought-out. I enjoyed the characterization, the plot and Armstrong's writing style. It doesn't often get much better than this.

I'm definitely looking forward to Haunted, the next in the series.

review by
Becky Kyle

3 May 2008

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