I’ve been enjoying this series a lot, but some reviews on Goodreads made it sound like this was one of the weaker entries in the series. I actually quite enjoyed it, possibly because I had tempered my expectations. This time Eve is the narrator, a character that has so far mostly only appeared as a topic of conversation since she is dead. However, Armstrong opened the door to the afterworld in Industrial Magic, so Eve’s appearance is not a complete surprise. Since Eve is a ghost, this means that there is a limit on how many of the other characters show up in the novel, but Eve’s motivations are driven by her daughter’s safety so I actually enjoyed this slightly related side story. Besides, Jaime Vegas is a necromancer so Eve soon convinces her to help, and it was fun to see more of her.
Spoilers for previous books in the series …
In this third novel of the series, Armstrong changes perspectives and narrates the novel from Paige’s point of view. It works very well, too – the first novel introduces Elena, in the second novel Elena realizes there are more supernatural beings than just werewolves and meets some of them, including Paige, and now that the world has expanded, Paige tells her story. Of course, it also makes sense because Paige had the most changes to her life as a result of the actions in Stolen. Her mother is dead, she is now in charge of the coven and Savannah, a thirteen year old orphaned witch, is living with her as her ward.
I’ve taken a bit of an unplanned break from reviewing, and have also fallen a bit behind on my reading in general (so this is what having a bit of a social life does – I’m not sure if I approve), but figured it was time to get back to it. Stolen is the second novel of the Women of the Otherworld series, and so far, I’m definitely still hooked. While investigating a potential threat to exposing werewolves to the public, Elena discovers that werewolves are not the only supernatural beings in the world when she realizes that the people she is meeting with are witches. This meeting leads to the introduction of vampires, demons and other beings into Armstrong’s world. Elena is a bit surprised to find out that werewolves aren’t alone in the world, and while it is easy for the reader to thing “well, if there are werewolves, why wouldn’t there be these other things?”, it actually makes sense in a way. It’s easy to think of being able to change one’s body has some weird genetic mutation but witchcraft? That’s a whole different level.
The rest of the review is at my blog.