Title: Industrial Magic
Series: Women of the Otherworld
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Bantam Spectra
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: 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 honestly can’t get enough of this world. Paige is finally growing up, and now I remember why she became one of my favorite characters of the series. I love her determination and her convictions. No matter if something isn’t easy (or if it’s super dangerous), she will always do the right thing.
This is also the first book where we get an in depth look at the inner workings of cabals. This is important for later series by Armstrong.
What always strikes me about this series is how intricate the world building is. New characters are introduced, old characters come visit, and everything about the world makes sense and flows together. It’s quite baffling to me, someone who is not a writer or world builder. Awe-inspiring, even.
All I know is that with each new book, I find myself wanting to live in the world she has created. It doesn’t get much better than that.