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Counterfeit Magic (Otherworld) Hardcover – November 30, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: Otherworld
  • Hardcover: 141 pages
  • Publisher: Subterranean; Deluxe Hardcover edition (November 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596063289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596063280
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.7 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #938,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Set in the same universe as her earlier books, Dime Store Magic (2004) and Industrial Magic (2004), Armstrong’s new novella is a stand-alone blend of crime story and urban fantasy featuring the employees of Cortez-Winterbourne Investigations. Hired to investigate a missing person, Paige and her assistant and adopted daughter, Savannah, must infiltrate the supernatural fight club where the missing man was last seen. Paige’s husband, Lucas, usually part of the investigative team, is off dealing with family business, which poses a problem for Paige, as the case involves them with the Cabal, the mafia of the supernatural world, and Lucas’ family has ties to the Mob. Armstrong weaves a fast-paced, action-heavy, and compelling tale in a short space, but the pace becomes a little too frenetic as the ending nears, leading to a conclusion that is wrapped up a bit hastily. Still, this is a good place to start for readers new to Armstrong’s urban-fantasy world. --Jessica Moyer

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"Armstrong weaves a fast-paced, action-heavy, and compelling tale in a short space.... [A] good place to start for readers new to Armstrong's urban-fantasy world." ---Booklist --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

More About the Author

I'm married with three kids and live in rural Ontario, Canada. After graduating with a degree in psychology, I switched gears and studied computer programming. Currently, I'm a full-time writer and parent. Could I make this section any more dull? Probably not.

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This story shows more of Paige and Savannah.
Ms. Teri D. Schulpius
All in all, this novella was definitely worth purchasing if you are an avid Kelley Armstrong fan, and will make a great addition to your shelf.
A Book Obsession..
One with a fast, interesting story --and a surprising emotional punch.
Jen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Book Obsession.. on December 16, 2010
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This book was sold more as a collector's piece rather than as a book in itself, as the page count would be very low. The previous installment that Subterranean Press released, Angelic, cannot be found for less than $150 for the trade edition and well over $300 for the limited. So, when I saw that another one would be coming out, I had to snatch a copy of both versions before they sold out. That being said, I wasn't really expecting a whole lot on the story end as I bought it for the collecting aspect. After reading the novella, I can honestly say I was pleasantly surprised. It packs a surprising amount of emotion in small amount of pages and is a nice companion story to the rest of the series. That being said I don't recommend it to anyone who hasn't read the rest of the series as there is no setup at all in relation to the characters.

For those not interested in this as a collector's aspect, don't worry as nothing major happens that will make you feel like you are missing something in future books. It was just a very nice "bonus" story. The cover itself is gorgeous as well as the illustrations inside. The limited leather bound version is especially nice well worth the extra price. All in all, this novella was definitely worth purchasing if you are an avid Kelley Armstrong fan, and will make a great addition to your shelf.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kat Hooper VINE VOICE on December 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This year Subterranean Press has published several novellas written by authors who've been on my radar but not necessarily at the top of my To Be Read stack. These little books are a perfect introduction to such writers because they're easy to read in a few hours and I can get the "feel" or "flavor" of the authors and their worlds without spending a lot of time engaged in a longer novel, one that may not even be the end of the story.

Kelley Armstrong's Counterfeit Magic is a perfect example. This 140ish page story takes place in Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld setting and features some of the characters from that world. Though I haven't read anything by Armstrong before, I had no trouble jumping right in and immediately connecting with the same characters that Armstrong fans already love: Paige, Lucas, Savannah, and Adam.

The quick plot ostensibly involves a murder mystery at a supernatural fight club where Paige and Savannah infiltrate by setting up Savannah as a fighter. Those scenes were fun and the novella offers some sexy full-page black and white illustrations, some which portray Savannah in the boxing ring (see these on Sub Press's website).

But the real plot goes deeper and affects the characters more personally. Some of the "bad guy's" reasoning seemed a bit illogical, and the tension wrapped up a bit too quickly, but I didn't really mind this in a novella. More importantly, even though these characters were new for me (and the story was short), Kelley Armstrong succeeded in making me care about their lives. I liked them from the start and am interested enough in their past and future histories to pick up a few more Women of the Otherworld novels.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jen TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 21, 2010
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"Counterfeit Magic" is the latest installment in Kelley Armstrong's fabulous Otherworld series. It's not a full length novel, but a limited release novella. The narrator in this installment is Paige, an independent and optimistic witch, who runs an PI agency with her sorcerer husband, Lucas. It's great to have a Lucas and Paige story. We've seen the evolution of their nine year relationship since the very beginning, with "Dime Store Magic." And I've always rooted for them.

Anyway, the story begins with a lovely young woman named Ava, coming into the agency, asking for help getting to the bottom of her brother's death. She believes it could be tied to a supernatural fight club she brought him to. Ava had participated in the fight, hoping to win money to help him pay off his debts, but she lost her fight. When she found out her brother bet against her, she stormed out. She didn't see him again until his body was found a month later.

Ava is really only interested in Lucas handling the case. Paige and Lucas both tackle it, but split up to do the job. Lucas plans to look into the people the brother owed money to, while Paige and (sort of adopted daughter) Savannah check out the fight club. Savannah poses as a fighter and they get in the door with ease. It doesn't take long for the women to discover that there have been a couple of unexplained deaths affiliated with fighters --and there is definitely something going on.

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A distance is growing between Paige and Lucas.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sniffly Kitty on December 27, 2010
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I loved this little glimpse back into the world of Paige and Lucas. We haven't had anything from Paige's point of view in a long time, and the recent book features Savannah but Paige really isn't around at all.

This is really a book for fans rather than for new readers as it was published from a small press. There isn't really enough time to give the proper background for new readers.

The story itself deals with some of the issues of Paige being the wife of Lucas as he delves into the world of the Cabals, which was a dimension I enjoyed. The fight club thing was also a great extension of the world Armstrong has created. Basically, fans should try to get their hands on it if they can, but it's not essential.
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