Title: Industrial Magic
Author: Kelly Armstrong
Publication Year: 2004
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
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.
For the first time in the series, the Cabals play a rather large part in this book. It was interesting to see the interactions between Lucas, his siblings, and especially his father, as it really fleshes out Lucas’ character. I liked him before Industrial Magic, but I really loved him afterwards.
The actual mystery that everyone is trying to solve in this book, the whodunit, is quite fun and intricate. It was interesting to watch them follow the leads and try to get to the bottom of everything.
This is also the first time that we get to see Eve Levine in the series, despite having been referred to numerous times. It was obviously a setup for her to come back again later in the series, so I’m happy about that. She’s a great character with a really unique way about her.
Industrial Magic is a great addition to the series, and continues the shift towards a wider range of characters.