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 am reading this as part of the 'women of the otherworld chalenge' hosted by Moonlight gleam.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This is book 4 in the ‘women of the otherworld’ series, and kicks off a few weeks after the end of book 3.
We once again join Paige and Lucas, and this time they’re almost, kind-of… working with Lucas’ father Benicio and the Cortez Cabal!
It seems that several teens of employees of the Cabal *like a mafia family) have been killed, and the cabal are looking to find out who is behind it. Lucas is busy with one case, but Paige isn’t, and when she finds out that one of the victims was a young run-away witch, she can’t help but offer to lend a hand.
Things aren’t easy though when half the witnesses seem to be dead, and every lead seems to finish in a dead end. There’s plenty of intrigue though with necromancers, werewolves, and vampires dropping in to liven up the party.
Who is killing the Cabal kids though? And why?
I enjoyed this book, quite a lot more than ‘Dime Store Magic’, it just flowed better, and held my attention better too.
The story starts with Paige failing in an attempt to form her own coven. She’s been improving her powers using the spell books for the tertiary spells that she acquired in ‘Dime Store Magic’, but nobody else seems interested in joining her, and so she’s currently coven-less, and working on her own.
The main story in the book is about the murders of cabal employees’ kids, but this develops into something even bigger as the story progresses. I wasn’t overly sure about Paige and Lucas working with his father’s Cabal, I was worried that there was a trick in there somewhere, but obviously sometimes you need to take risks.
The secondary characters in this book were so much fun! We once again meet Elena, Jeremy, and Clayton from ‘Bitten’, and also have some vampires, and a necromancer thrown into the mix. Each character had their own ideas and intentions, but blended well with the rest of the storyline. There’s not much from Savanna in this instalment, which seems to be a good thing, and we get to see a little more development in Paige and Lucas’ relationship.
Overall; a great addition to the series.
8 out of 10.