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Industrial Magic: Number 4 in series (Otherworld)
Industrial Magic: Number 4 in series (Otherworld)
by Kelley Armstrong
Edition: Paperback

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4.0 out of 5 stars Supernatural Thriller, 14 Jan. 2005
Supernatural novels may be a dime a dozen nowadays, but Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series stands out as being a lot more worthy than that. Very contemporary, it combines humour and thrills with the otherworld, where danger is abundant, and powers are required in order to survive.
What also makes this series a winner is its rotation of main characters. "Bitten" and "Stolen" were told through the eyes of Elena Michaels, our werewolf narrator. But Paige Winterbourne, a witch and former coven leader, hosts "Dime Store Magic" and "Industrial Magic".
However, Paige's partner is Lucas Cortez, a sorcerer and sometimes-unwanted member of the Cortez Cabal. Witches and sorcerers normally don't get along, but Paige joins the investigation into a ..........
To get to the bottom of it, though, Paige needs help. With werewolf Elena Michaels to ........, Savannah, Paige then enlists the help of necromancer Jaime Vegas, a ..........
Disconnecting vampire Cassandra DuCharme also ...... And then there's Savannah and her binding spells, not to mention a male vampire who thrives on stereotypes. The kills are gory, the vampire stereotypes are made fun of, and there's less sex than you'd expect from this genre. The writing is witty, and the characters are believable. Sure, our heroines Elena, Paige and the upcoming Eve Levine have similar personalities, but Cassandra and Jaime seem more distinctive. The lovey-dovey stuff is a bit cloying, but there are no explicit sex scenes. Explanations are long, but unfortunately it's still easy to get confused about supernatural murder motives and the spirit world.
But if you're looking for a supernatural series with more bite and more clothing than other books, then you've come to the right place.

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