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Paige Winterbourne is trying to find a new purpose in life now she has been
stripped of her role as leader of the American Coven of Witches, but when her
boyfriend's father Benicio Cortez appears on her doorstep she isn't sure what to
think. Benicio has come to request Paige and Lucas's help as Cabal members
children are being attacked and the Cabals can't seem to work together to find
the killer. Using an external investigator may help, but working for the Cabals
is something Lucas has always fought against and Paige has always
This is the fourth book in the Otherworld series (after Bitten, Stolen and Dime Store Magic) and, like the previous installment, is narrated by Paige. This
is the first real view into how Cabals work, building on their introduction in
the last book and developing them further in both their business and magical
aspects. The book is well paced, starting by throwing the reader in the deep end
with the latest attack and building the tension from there. There are lots of
plot twists and developments, some of which are completely
Paige and Lucas have a lot to deal with so I was happy to
see their romance continue developing alongside the action. Lucas is forced to
deal with some of his family issues and Paige begins to see how strange his
family is compared to hers. As it is Cabal children being attacked, Savannah is
away for most of the book for her own protection but this does allow Paige and
Lucas more time together, both romantically and practically.
Cortez is an imposing figure and Lucas is very much the prodigal son although
their relationship takes a backseat to the investigation into the attacks.
However, the relationship does manage to be explored in the background alongside
the concept of Cabals managing to present them as a mob-style gang crossed with
an international business conglomerate and an old-boys high society
Once again the world building continues, picking up some
supernatural races introduced previously and exploring them further. Paige is
forced to work with Jaime Vegas (who she dissed in the previous book) a stage
medium who is in fact a necromancer allowing a closer look at how they work,
whilst the Cabal staff show a few new half-demon varieties. The werewolves
reappear, allowing Elena and Paige to continue their friendship and Jaime to
develop a crush on Jeremy that looks set to continue throughout the
Vampires also receive some focus and further refinement as
Cassandra returns and a younger vampire Aaron is introduced. Cassandra's
character is explored a lot more as she is starting to withdraw from the world,
a sign that a vampire doesn't have much longer to live, which contrasts starkly
with Aaron's more energetic people-friendly approach to life.
All in all,
this was another great read and I'm looking forward to Haunted.
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