Kelley Armstrong: Industrial Magic (second review)

This is a re-review of this book, written for Moonlight Gleam’s Reading Challenge.

Industrial MagicThis is quite likely my favorite book in the series. First of all, it has my favorite main characters: Paige and Lucas. Second, it has bunches more characters I like as secondary characters. (I won’t go into who, since I’ve been told I need a chart of some kind to keep this from being confusing.) Third, it has a great plot.

Now, most of Kelley’s books have good plots. Some of the others are even as spectacular as this one. But for me, this is the first plot in the book series that far outshines the others. This is where Kelley first really shows her storytelling abilities, in my mind.

Without going so far into the book as to cause spoilers, there are so many levels to this story. So many tiers to the plot, so many twists it takes that are – somehow – not actually plot twists. And everything flows so smoothly. It all makes sense. Nothing feels like it comes out of left field.

I also particularly like the way Paige and Lucas’ relationship issues (which is the internal conflict for the book) work so effortlessly with the case they are working on (the external conflict). Granted, it’s not always as easy – or even possible – to make the two conflicts so seamless. But in this case, since working on cases together (rather, NOT working on cases together) is a symptom of the internal conflict, having the external conflict be a case that needs investigating is perfect.

In addition to the well-crafted story, there is plenty of humor. One of my favorite scenes (humor-wise) in the book comes near the very beginning. Paige ends up in an elevator with a half-demon who could easily overpower her. When asked if she’d seen that scene in a movie, she replies that yes: what happens next is that the heroine gets attacked, then overpowers her attacker, escapes, and unfortunately sends him hurtling to his doom. (It’s funnier the way Kelley wrote it. Believe me.)

At any rate, while I enjoy most of the series, this is my go-to re-read. If I want to read a story from the series, but don’t want to read them ALL, this is almost always the one I will pick up. If you also decide to pick it up, I hope you enjoy it!

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