Title: Counterfeit Magic
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publication Year: 2010
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
The first rule of a supernatural fight club? Don’t kill your opponent.
When the fighters come with lethal spells, werewolf strength and half-demon powers, that can be a lot tougher than it sounds. It’s hard to attract talent if they know they might not leave the ring alive. So when fighters at a California club start dying — it’s bad for business.
Witch detectives Paige Winterbourne and Savannah Levine take the case. Going undercover in the power-heavy arena of the fight club is a welcome change of pace for Paige, relegated to the role of The Wife as her husband struggles to find his place in his family’s Cabal — the corporate Mafia of the supernatural world.
As Paige is drawn deeper into new and dangerous corners of her world, she quickly discovers the greatest threat isn’t the killer in her sights. It’s something much, much closer to home. And this is one fight she can’t afford to lose.
(This is a novella in the Women of the Otherworld series, after Bitten, Stolen, Dime Store Magic, Industrial Magic, Haunted, Chaotic (novella), Broken, No Humans Involved, Personal Demon, Living With the Dead, Angelic (novella), and Frostbitten.)
This is probably my least favourite of the novellas in this series. The mystery behind the fight club is what drew me in – it just seemed interesting. Getting to see Savannah fighting in the ring was really the highlight, I think. It was fun watching her use her spells, and to see a bit of the clash between her hiding some of her magic and contacts, even while the reader knows that her “dark” side isn’t really a secret to Paige.
The subplot of the conflict in Paige and Lucas’ marriage, though, wasn’t really my spot of tea. I could get into it up to a certain point, but then beyond that, it just seemed contrived. Maybe it’s because they haven’t been the focus of the series in a few books, but it just felt like it was coming out of nowhere, to add conflict where there didn’t need to be any. But it definitely wasn’t my favourite part of the book.
In the end of Counterfeit Magic, it just felt like things were wrapped up too quickly. They weren’t even really resolved “on screen”. It’s almost as if Paige and Savannah figured things out, and it was written down just to tell the reader, but we didn’t get to see things happen. It wasn’t really that satisfying of an end.