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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780451462671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451462671
  • ASIN: 045146267X
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #817,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Devon Monk has one husband, two sons, and a dog named Mojo. She lives in Oregon and is surrounded by colorful and numerous family members who mostly live within dinner-calling distance of each other. She has sold over fifty short stories to fantasy, science fiction, horror, humor, and young adult magazines and anthologies. Her stories have been published in five countries and included in a Year's Best Fantasy collection. When not writing, Devon is either knitting, remodeling the house-that-was-once-a-barn, or hosting a family celebration.

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Devon Monk writes the Allie Beckstrom urban fantasy series and the spinoff Broken Magic series. She also writes the Age of Steam steampunk series, the House Immortal series, and the occasional short story.

She has one husband, two sons, and lives in Oregon. When not writing, Devon is either drinking too much coffee or knitting silly things.

Customer Reviews

Look forward to next in series.
Diane Smith
The "Magic Series" is extremely well written and Allie is a very likable character, who is in no way perfect and, like anyone else, is subject to making mistakes.
I don't usually read and when I do I have a hard time finding a good book I can stay interested in.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By 30 Book A Month Reader on May 18, 2009
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This new urban fantasy series from Devon Monk is good in a lot of ways. The heroine, Allie Beckstrom, comes from an incredibly rich (in money and magic) family. Unfortunately, Allie's father is a major control freak with delusions of magical world conquest. Allie strikes out on her own and picks a career as a Hound. Hounds do detective, Private Eye, work by using their magical powers to sense, taste and track spells on criminals and "people of interest". The problem is using magic in this new world Allie lives in creates physical illness, pain and memory loss for the user. A "disbursement" spell can be used before casting magic, so that the magic user can pick their "own poison" so to speak - in other words, they can decide if using magic will cause them a migraine later, a case of the flu, body aches, etc. Without the disbursement spell, things can get quite rough.

In Allie's life, there are entirely too many people interested in her and following her - and not just because of the family money. Allie is just now finding out that she is incredibly powerful (in fact, she still hasn't got it, just the reader and everyone around her), and there are various factions wanting to either use her or contain her.

Allie's love interest is Zayvion Jones. He started out watching her, but in this book has gotten to the point of loving and pursuing her. The problems between the two are many - but a huge lack of trust and memory loss on Allie's part has certainly compounded the problem.

I have enjoyed both books, but Magic in the Blood will be my last of this series. While the writing is excellent, the mysteries cool, Zayvion is beyond awesome and Allie's buddies are great, there is one glaring, overwhelming problem.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 29, 2009
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If I could, I would've given this book 3 1/2 stars. I like and care about what happens to Allie and really enjoy the world Monk has created. I am looking forward to reading the next book. However, the book did have some major flaws.

Like some of the other reviewers, I'm tired of the memory loss angle. The fact that Allie can't seem to remember pretty much the whole first book makes me wonder why I even bother reading it. Also, Monk left some dangling threads from the previous story that was never picked up in the 2nd book.

I got a bit tired of all the angst. I am ready for Allie to do some major butt kicking and hope that she develops some trust, esp with mysterious Zayvion. I say let the angst go and the trust, love and lust begin. I also got impatient with the way Monk portrayed Portland. As someone who previously lived in Eugene, OR and who was a frequent visitor of Portland, I felt that Portland got the shaft. Sure it rains alot in Oregon but it's also green, lush, beautiful, especially in the summer time. In the next book, I hope to see growth in Allie and to have the story takes strides forward otherwise, Allie and I might just have to break up.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DM on December 3, 2010
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So when I got this book, I had a moment of deja vu confusion in which I thought I might have read it before and it was so forgettable that I accidentally got it again. But, no, this was the sequel, though you'd never know from reading it. Allie wanders around minding her own business, but everyone and their French grandmother bother her anyway. She Hounds a case in which the Villain of the Week forges the glyph signature of somebody close to her. She blindly indulges her infatuation for Zayvion Jones at inappropriate moments and, of course, forgets to write critical events down so she could remind herself later. The climax involves an awesome magical battle in which Allie forgets the most important aspects of everything that just happened. Then she goes home to her hovel to convalesce with some very strange changes in her body that'll be a great plot fulcrum for the next book, when she has to do it all over again. Sound familiar?

I almost feel sorry for anyone who paid money for this, when they could have just read the first book over again for the same, somewhat better, story. At least in the first novel, Allie actually plays an active role (though I recall feeling a tad disgruntled by her then, too) instead of allowing herself to be tossed about like a volleyball by all the people who want to either help or hurt her. The girl is seriously ineffectual; she can't fight, she doesn't know how to handle her magic, she's not that quick on the take, and she doesn't know how to use her alliances to her advantage. I'm trying to remember one thing she did that wasn't controlled by the power and/or wisdom of someone else and I'm coming up blank. Clearly, being the sole perspective character does not a heroine make.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By bijou2311 VINE VOICE on June 24, 2009
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After the last installment of this series, Allie is experiencing massive memory loss due to the amount of magic she used at the end of the last book. She no longer remembers dating Zayvion, along with a lot of other things. A division of the police department asks for Allie's help in tracking missing teenage girls. Around the same time, a crime lord that Allie helped put away is threatening her.

Let me start by saying a lot of people really like this series, however I do not seem to be one of them. This book wasn't great. There were a lot of times where I felt like people were not talking to Allie when they should. I am getting tired of the secrecy. I have to say that I was not overly impressed with this installment and will probably be skipping any future books.

I am tired of the characters, for some reason I haven't connected to Allie or to Zayvion. There are some interesting plot developments (like the magic enforcement division and Stotts, as well as learning more about the Authority and meeting some of them. Also, I am tired of her father. Basically for some reason this book didn't reach out and grab me and so I will not be reading any more of them. All in all, I would recommend skipping this book and this series, although this book does have more going for it than the last one. Also, even though I didn't enjoy this book, a lot of others did - so they must have seen something I did not. Whatever you read, enjoy!
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