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Paige Winterbourne is not only a witch, but the new leader of the American
Coven. At twenty-three she hadn't expected to take over the role for years to
come, nor had she expected to end up adopting a young witch named Savannah. Both
Savannah and Paige's mothers died about a year previously, and they're slowly
learning to be family. But when Savannah's father appears and demands custody,
along with the half-demon responsible for the deaths, they find themselves
thrown into a world of backstabbing warring magical groups.
This is the
third book in the awesome Otherworld series (after Bitten and Stolen)
and sees the role of the narrator taken over by Paige. Paige is totally
different to Elena. Where Elena is definitely an kick-butt heroine, Paige is
quieter and less experienced. The references to Paige's youth bugged me a little
in the previous book, but thankfully they are less annoying here and focus more
on the ten-year age gap between Paige and Savannah.
One of the things I
love about this series is the depth of character and plot. While Paige and Savannah don't get quite as much backstory as they both featured in the previous installment, the other characters are really well developed. Lucas is brilliantly written with his internal Cabal issues dealt with realistically. The introduction of Cabals (sorcerer-run mob-type companies) develops the world further and adds a Godfather-esque aspect to the storyline.
As usual, the plot
was fast moving and well thought-out, but unlike the previous books this is
less action-focused. While there is still some action this is an understandable change of pace, given that neither Paige
nor Lucas are really brawlers. Some of
the plot twists were easy to spot, but others were really unexpected and the book builds to a shocking finale.
how magic was portrayed and the differences between the more mental sorcerors
and more emotional witches. This also introduced the concept of good-versus-bad magic, with a complexity that relates to the individual spellcaster as opposed to witches = good, sorcerers = bad. Without info-dumping there is a lot of exploration of magic here.
I loved the romance between Paige and Lucas as it gradually develops from mistrust to friendship to something more. It is beautifully written and the mix of magic and romance creates an unputdownable read.
All in all this was a great read and I'm
looking forward to Industrial Magic.
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