Monday, September 23, 2013
Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publication Date: February 2004
Length: 394 pages
Warning: This is a review of the third book in the series, and will therefore contain spoilers from the first two books.
Unlike the first two books in this series, Dime Store Magic isn't narrated by Elena, but by Paige Winterbourne, a witch who was introduced in Stolen. She's now the guardian of Savannah, a teenage witch, and is rightfully the leader of the American Coven, though they don't recognise her as such.
Paige's life is thrown into chaos when half-demon Leah returns, fighting for custody of Savannah, and soon Paige is being accused of witchcraft and Satanism by her neighbours. With the Coven distancing itself from her to avoid scandal, the only one offering to help is an attractive sorceror named Lucas Cortez, and Paige isn't eager to trust a sorceror.
The Women of the Otherworld series continues to keep me reading late into the night because I just can't put these books down. Every new development had me on the edge of my seat, and there's great character development in this book. I didn't like Paige very much in Stolen, but she really wins me over in this book. And Savannah, a typical teenager in so many ways despite her atypical upbringing, is really fleshed out. And of course, because it's a Kelley Armstrong novel, sexy, sexy romance.
This book also introduces the Cabals, powerful demon families that achieve their goals through running huge corporations and having tonnes of money. I love how the otherworldly and the mundane mix together in this series. To me, that's what makes great urban fantasy.