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Industrial Magic

(Otherworld #4)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  33,304 ratings  ·  926 reviews
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
Paperback, 528 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Spectra Books (first published September 2nd 2004)
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Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
Dual Review: Dime Store Magic & Industrial Magic

It took me a loooooong time to get around to continuing this series with Dime Store Magic. I loved Bitten and Stolen, but found myself a little bitter that the series would start following different characters from there. I think my overall sentiment was “well, if continuing is going to feel like starting a new series, it doesn’t matter when I read them (salty reader, party of one).” For the most part, that was true. The story in books 3&4 focuses
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
*** 3.65 ***

A buddy read with my friend, Vanessa *the Pixie Princess*! Because we relate to Good Witches:)

This was better than I expected, which is always a good thing:) As in the previous book, Page is our narrator and I have grown to like her. I feel it is a good move to make her the main POV, since Elena and Clay, the love obsessed werewolf mates, feel much better in the niche of secondary, bringing on the muscle kind of sidekicks! Page is a Good Witch who has been asked to leave her coven b
Industrial Magic is the fourth installment in Kelley Armstrong's urban fantasy series titled Women of the Underworld. The focal point of this story is once again the witches, which very much disappointed me. On the plus side, Elena, Clay, and Jeremy re-enter the storyline after a bit THANK GOD! ...but it just wasn't enough for me. To be clear, it's not a bad story/book/series, but it's certainly not the engaging shifter world I thought I was entering when I started. I have to say I'm out. I l
Wren (fablesandwren)
WrensReads Review:

This book is more of a mystery type book plus the supernatural and the awkward meeting of the boyfriend's family. There is someone killing Cabal kids (Cortez's father's empire of really rich sorcerers). First it starts out as half-demon employees and other supernaturals that aren't sorcerers being killed; which means that they aren't particularly worried about it. But when a sorcerer son dies...

Someone REALLY has it out for the Cabal empire.

Paige and Luke are at it again with
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Industrial Magic is the fourth book in Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series, and it’s easily my favourite thus far. All the books have been enjoyable, each book seems to reach a new high, and I can only imagine what I will feel as I continue to work my way through this series. In all honesty, I’m annoyed it’s taking me so long to work my way through them. I’m so close to buying all the other books in the series and binge reading them across a week, such is my level of love for the w ...more
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
“I can just imagine what the humidity has done to my hair. I'm going to meet your family looking like a poodle with a live wire shoved up its butt."

I'm still in love. Paige's books are as good as Elena's to me. I really wish they had more full length novels.

While the other book focused more on the weak and ineffective coven, this one goes into the world of the Sorcerer's world with the business run Cabal. Fascinating inner politics that were both irritating and intriguing. I loved the father/so
Sep 22, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
3.5 Stars

So far this is the book I have enjoyed the least. But it is not an easy book to review. The reason for this is that I enjoyed some parts way too much while others got me so bored. Making it short, the first half of the book was boring as hell while the 2nd half was amazing.

In the first half we have Paige helping Lucas to resolve some assassinations happening to the teenage offspring of the underworld's most influential Cabals workers. While this was interesting at the beginning, it got
Industrial Magic is without a doubt the weakest in the series so far. The writing, story telling and world building are excellent. What is not excellent however is Paige Winterbourne. While she wasn't the smartest (despite what she thought) or the most likeable in Dime Store Magic, there was a lot going on to distract the reader from her. Plus Savannah was a welcome break, as was getting to know Lucas Cortez. Unfortunately Savannah is largely absent from this novel. And as for Lucas... I've lear ...more
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Paige and Lucas are my favourite characters in this series, and this instalment did not disappoint! Twisted and full of devious characters, I enjoyed this immensely!
Dec 09, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2008, fantasy
I'm going back and forth about whether to give this 2 or 3 stars. The writing is just so clunky. The paperback clocked in at over 500 pages, and I felt like if only it had been edited more, it could have taken up much less room. There is just so much unneeded exposition on mundane details. I still don't buy Paige and Lucas's romance (one of my complaints about Dime Store Magic) - unlike with Elena and Clay in Bitten, Kelley Armstrong just tells us over and over that Paige and Lucas love each oth ...more
Alex is The Romance Fox

I am now totally immersed in Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld Series – don’t you just love the book titles!!! – the title, Industrial Magic, which is the 5th book in this fantasy world, really got to me…wait, wait….in a nice way….I mean …where does industrial fit in with magic I wondered….but I soon found out that it does fit in rather well!!!

This is such a fabulicious and “magical” world with lovable and some not so lovable characters and here we finally get to join Paige Winterbourne
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
So. Much. In. This. Book.

This is another Paige and Lucas book, however, almost everyone else we've met so far is also present in a substantial capacity. AND we meet Jamie. I heart Jamie.

Basically, in this book Paige and Lucas get roped into a Cabal investigation b/c someone is killing Cabal pre-teens and adolescents. It's creepily fantastic and includes everyone from Adam to Eve (heh) to Cassandra and Aaron. I like it.
☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
Read August 2014

Re-read for a challenge and also to continue the series
I really enjoyed how strong Paige is and her relationship Luke. Can't wait to see what happens in the next book and the rest of the series and the return of the wolves.
Jen Davis
Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Kelley Armstrong knocks another one out of the park with this fourth installment in her Otherworld series. Paige the witch is back as the narrator, but joining her this latest adventure is the rest of the amazing cast of characters we met in the earlier books.

About four months have passed since the events of Dime Store Magic. Paige, Lucas, and Savannah are making a life for themselves in Portland, when Lucas' father Benicio shows up. He wants Lucas and Paige to investigate the attacks on two tee
Industrial Magic
4 Stars

Paige and Lucas travel to Miami when children of Cabal employees are targeted for death. As the investigation progresses and the killer’s motives emerge, it becomes apparent that the real target may just be someone closer to home...

Interesting character development and a solid mystery although the pacing is a little off with the first half moving slowly as the case builds while the second is exciting and action packed as the culprit is identified and the chase is on.

Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013, read-2019
This book is SO GOOD. Definitely my favourite in the series so far (and the only reason I hesitate to call it my favourite of the series overall is because there's a lot I'm sure I've forgotten about the middle books, so I'm tentatively reserving judgment).

First of all, I want to say that this book has the best executed example of a misunderstanding between a couple that I've probably ever seen. Neither character is willfully ignorant, or misleads the other. It's a simple communication breakdow
❄️✨ Kat ✨❄️
I think this book would get about 3.5, maybe 4 stars.
Kelley Armstrong pays immaculate attention to detail, and has done so in all previous books, but it seemed like this one was lacking and there were parts that made little to no sense in the grand scheme of things. There were also quite a bit of editing/spelling errors. It was still an easy read, with an interesting plot, and again, it piqued my interest in Paige (I didn't quite like her in the second novel.)
There has been someone with a venge
Pam Nelson
And the plot thickens; this book is about Paige and Lucas again. Which I am not mad about I liked them in Dime Store Magic.
This book focuses on the two of them and Savannah moving on, only the paranormal world isn’t done with them and when Cabal teenagers are being killed Lucas and Paige can’t help themselves but want to help because Savannah could be next, because of Lucas ties to the Cabals.

This is a pretty fast passed book with new characters and old characters come back.
Not sure I am a fa
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved re-reading this book! So much happens and so many characters are introduced and re-introduced! We have the return of the pack (or at least 3 members) briefly, a brief cameo from Kristoff, get to meet Eve (though she is dead as we know from Stolen), we get to meet Lucas' brothers (who I can't stand!), his father (who I do like for all his faults) and Benecio's (Lucas' father) bodyguards who will cameo in later books considering the fact that Troy and Griffin are never far from Benecio. We ...more
Aug 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of "Women of the Otherworld" series
Shelves: urban-fantasy, 2009
This is the second "Women of the Otherworld" book narrated by Paige Winterbourne. I am still not wild about Paige, as a narrator she is pretty boring - know-it-all and self-righteous. The romance between her and Lucas Cortez is also just meh. Lucas is honest, loyal, dedicated, always fights for a good cause, basically your average nice guy which would make him a great real life partner, but as a fictional paranormal lover he just doesn't cut it IMO. Nevertheless, this book is great, thanks to th ...more
I’m always thrilled when I find a new writer who a) I think is amazing; b) who is writing a series, which I love; c) there are several books to the series before I find them; and d) whose writing gets better with each book. That describes Kelley Armstrong perfectly.

The Women of the Otherworld series is slightly different in that the narrator of each book changes. Some narrators have more than one book, but there are several. Armstrong does a good job of introducing the narrator at least a book i
Jul 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I'm writing this review straight after finishing Industrial Magic so I might start rambling a bit!

If I had any previous misconceptions about Paige's character in Dime Store Magic I'm completely over them now!

In Dime Store Magic I thought Paige was a weak character compared to Elena, but she completely came into her own in Industrial Magic .

Paige was strong as a protagonist, loyal to her friends, selfless in her actions and just generally awesome.

I loved all of the characters in this book - both
DarkHeart "Vehngeance"
Another great book in the Otherworld series. I've really come to like Paige and Lucas, they're really sweet together and I enjoy watching them on their crash course in parenting with Savannah. I also enjoyed getting a real glimpse into the Cabals and found myself quite liking Benicio. I loved that this one had such a wide cast of characters, bringing back Clay, Elena and Jeremy as well as Cassandra and Aaron and Adam. And I wasn't sure that I was going to like Jaime at first, but I definitely do ...more
Jul 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Basic Plot: Someone is offing Cabal kids, so Paige and Lucas get called in to investigate.

I should have liked this book a lot better than I did. It just didn't stick to me the way the first couple did. The plot was interesting, and seeing the dynamic of the sorcerer cabals in action was interesting, so it should have grabbed me, shouldn't it? But it didn't. I'm having trouble figuring out why, as the writing isn't really any different from the other books. The best I can come up with is that I j
alicat ♡➹♡
I really am enjoying this series! This is the fourth book, the second about Paige Winterbourne.

In this book Paige and Lucas are drawn into an investigation of murders targeting cabal employee children. The mystery was really complex and I honestly did not guess until the perpetrator(s) were discovered.

Characters from the previous books make appearances and we meet some new characters. I loved seeing everyone working together. I also love how the previous couples work together with little drama
Wolf (Alpha)
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-read
This book was amazing. I love how Paige leaves the coven after her mother is killed. I love how she attempts to start her own coven. I love Lucas and Paige’s relationship and how they work together to find the murderer. I love how see also get to see Elena and Clay again. I love how we got to meet Cassandra and Aaron. I absolutely loved this book. 5 stars!!!
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Forgot how much I love this series. Been a while since I read the first 3 books but easily picked it up. Great read.
Mar 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: UF,horror,magic fans
Paige has been dumped by her coven and decides to start a new coven for modern witches.But that plan is on hold when she hears that the teenage offspring of the magical underworld mafia family-The Cabals-are being murdered.And her boyfriend Lucas is the son of the most powerful family in the Cabal families who wants nothing to do with family business. Paige however wants to stop these kids being killed and agrees to help despite his objections. However, they soon find themselves needing a whole ...more
Alyssa Nelson
While I am usually very strict about only reading series in order, for some reason, I’ve skipped around in this one a lot. Maybe because different books are from different perspectives? Anyway, I picked this up after being away from this series for a while, so it took me a bit to figure out exactly where I was in each character’s storylines. Having already read sequels, I must say it was way too much fun meeting Jaime the necromancer for the first time. Her first impression is as ridiculous and ...more
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Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed.

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Other books in the series

Otherworld (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Bitten (Otherworld, #1)
  • Stolen (Women of the Otherworld, #2)
  • Dime Store Magic (Women of the Otherworld, #3)
  • Haunted (Women of the Otherworld, #5)
  • Broken (Women of the Otherworld, #6)
  • No Humans Involved (Women of the Otherworld, #7)
  • Personal Demon (Women of the Otherworld, #8)
  • Living with the Dead (Women of the Otherworld, #9)
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All-knowing, not all-seeing!” he snapped. “I’m a God, not Santa Claus!”
“Closed door means knock," Elena said to Clay, shooing him out.
You've been in here for two hours," he said. "She can't need that much work." He frowned as he examined my outfit. "What the hell is she? A tree?"
"A dryad," Elena said, cuffing him in the arm.
"Oh, my god," Jamie said, surveying my outfit. "We forgot the bag!"
"Bag?" Clay said. "What does a dryad need with-"
"An evening bag," Cassandra said. "A purse."
"She's got a purse. It's right there on the bed."
"That's a day purse," Cassandra snapped.
"What, do they expire when the sun goes down?”
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