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Magic for a Price: An Allie Beckstrom Novel [Kindle Edition]

Devon Monk
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Book Description

For most of her life, Allison Beckstrom has used magic and accepted the heavy price it exacts. But now that all magic is poisoned, it’s no longer just using people—it’s killing them.

With Portland about to descend into chaos, Allie needs to find a way to purify the wells of tainted magic beneath the city. But the only options left to her are grim: attempt to close down magic forever, or follow her father’s plan to set magic into the right hands—even though she’s learned to never trust his word.

Now, Allie will have to make a choice and face the darkness of her own deepest fears, before time runs out for them all…

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    Praise for the Allie Beckstrom Novels:

    “Fiendishly original and a stay-up-all-night read.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs

    “This series just gets better and better with each new book.”—Night Owl Reviews

    “Devon Monk’s writing is addictive, and the only cure is more, more, more.”—New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent

    About the Author

    Devon Monk has one husband, two sons, and a dog named Mojo. She writes the Allie Beckstrom urban fantasy series and the Age of Steam steampunk series, knits silly things, and lives in Oregon.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 745 KB
    • Print Length: 368 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451464869
    • Publisher: Roc (November 6, 2012)
    • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B007P7HTAK
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,624 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Allie Beckstrom has faced down some pretty steep odds and came out on top in the past, but this time things may just be insurmountable. Magic itself is poisoned and killing people at an alarming rate. Even worse, while Allie has always been able to rely on her magic in the past, she now suffers in agony after using only the smallest spell. But, she's the only one who even stands a chance at healing magic, and no matter the price, she'll pay it to keep both her city and the people she loves safe.

    After finishing Magic For a Price I knew I would have to wait a few days before writing this review to let the epicness really sink in so I wouldn't sound like an incoherent fan girl squealing. However, even after taking those extra days, I'm still having a hard time putting my thoughts to words. It's just hard to express all of the emotions that were running through my head, from outright anger to devastation, and even the other end of the spectrum with sheer and utter joy. It really is amazing when you take a step back to look at the range and depths of emotions that were in Magic For a Price.

    When it comes to series ending books I'm always a bit a wary to start reading them because I know that no matter how good they are, there still will be the bittersweet goodbye. There also is the worry that not only will I have to say goodbye to characters that I have grown to love, but there also might be plot threads left open that will never be solved. Granted when things are wrapped up too neatly in a perfect bow, it does seem to lessen the realism of the story, but it still drives me insane when I'm left with unanswered questions. So, when Magic For a Price didn't let me down in either of those areas, you cannot possibly imagine my sigh of relief and contentment.
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    7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars So what was Daniel Beckstrom's plan? November 8, 2012
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    Summary: Isabelle and Leander, the first known soul complements and apocalypse bringers are still out there, And Allie Beckstrom still can't use magic. Oh and her dead dad is still in her head. With her boyfriend and soul complement Zayvion, and her friends Shame and Terric, can she save the world? And what is her dad STILL hiding from her?

    Review: This is the conclusion of the Allie Beckstrom saga and it was awesome! The world created by Devon Monk had a satisfying conclusion, even though there were a few details I didn't like.

    The world created in this series is not based on any supernatural creature, but rather humans who can do magic which is organic. It's a beautifully crafted world, where Monk blended technology with magic. The different types of magic, glyphs, ghosts, It's original and built seamlessly. The plot points are pretty original, too. Hounds, Authority, and the complexity of father/daughter relationships. Being the last book, you want all the crucial questions answered, and they were. Some stuff was left unanswered, but I like that--can't get the answers to everything.

    I love the characters in these books. Each person is such an individual! You got Allie, who is a blunt, nurturing, claustrophobic, and has holes in her memory. Zayvion is the strong, silent, man who believes in his job. Then we got Shame. OH SHAME! I don't think I would like the books half as much if it weren't for this kid. And finally the late Daniel Beckstrom. Talk about complex.

    The relationships are focused differently as compared to other Urban Fantasy books: A tragic love story with no triangle or (permanent) death.
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    7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, Better Series November 15, 2012
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    Obviously I love the series or I wouldn't still be reading it. The concept of magic is fascinating, but mostly I love the concept of Allie being partially (and sometimes entirely) possessed by her estranged father. The idea of having to work out difficult relationship issues while inhabiting the same body is too amusing and perverse for me not to love it!

    I have really enjoyed this series, but was a little tired of reading about how battered and beaten up everyone is, though they must still soldier on. Some of that dynamic is good, and probably even necessary, but it does become tiresome after several books.

    I had mixed feelings about the resolution of all the hanging threads. The revelation of her father's grand scheme almost felt rushed to me, and was definitely anticlimactic. The revelations about her father's motivations and past sacrifices also felt rushed, but I was still pleased to see him achieve partial redemption. Yes the climax of the cosmic battle to save magic and the world was overly Pollyannish, but I still liked it. Not the best book in this series, but every book can't be the best. Still a very satisfactory addition and conclusion to the series.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent conclusion to this urban fantasy series November 25, 2012
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    This is final book in the Allie Beckstrom series and what a ride it's been! This book does an excellent job of tying up the main storyline while staying realistic. Definitely don't start with this book, go back and read the rest of the series first or you will be totally lost.

    Jingo Jingo may be dead but magic is still poisoned. When Allie and crew find out that the head of Seattle Authority has been possessed by the Soul Complements Leander/Isabelle time becomes of the essence. Leander/Isabelle want to shut down Portland and control all magic. Allie and crew must cure magic and ensure that Portland isn't blown to pieces if they are ever to survive as a city.

    This was a fast-paced and engaging conclusion to this series. Allie, Zayvion, Shame, and Terric are all pushed to their breaking points and forced to do the impossible to save magic. I continue to enjoy the creative magic system and how every spell has a price to pay.

    The action scenes were awesome and there is a ton of magic wielding going on. Shame and Terric finally use magic as Soul Complements and they do some pretty darn awesome things with it.

    Allie is forced to work a lot with her dad to figure out how to purify the wells. During the process of the well purification and the final stand off with Leander/Isabelle Allie finally learns her dad's master plan. As a result of this we learn more about Allie's history and her father.

    Zayvion also does some awesome magic, but serves more as support to Allie than anything else. There isn't much romance here because so much is going on and the characters are so beat up the whole time. Still it is obvious that Allie and Zay have a loving relationship based on mutual respect.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Sad to see the end of this world.
    This is one of my favorite series. I love both Allie and Zay. Zay probably more so than Allie, cause well, Allie can be a bit stupid at times with her never really listening to... Read more
    Published 5 months ago by chellebel
    5.0 out of 5 stars worth the read
    Sometimes out there but very well done. Entertaining and hard to put down. Looking forward to the next book. Thank You Ms Monk
    Published 7 months ago by Karren Ray
    5.0 out of 5 stars Magic for a Price
    Magic for a Price is almost as good as the first book in the series, and better than all the ones that came between. Read more
    Published 10 months ago by H. Grove (errantdreams)
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good Urban Fantasy - Here is the Series Title List in Order
    I like this series, and would recommend it to anyone who likes urban fantasy mysteries with a bit of romance, or romance with a lot of other things besides the romance going on. Read more
    Published 10 months ago by Kerin Schiesser
    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read
    Awesome read. Loved every minute of it. I am wishing for another book. Highly recommend to any sci fi fantasy fans.
    Published 12 months ago by R. Urbanavage
    4.0 out of 5 stars good conclusion for Allie et al
    Quick Overview: Allie and company are forced to war. Ancient soul complements have possessed the Overseer and are determined to destroy every other pair out there is a quest to... Read more
    Published 13 months ago by R. West
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
    The story gets better as the series goes on. The characters are well written; and likable. I recommend this series.
    Published 15 months ago by Kindle Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent send off for the Series.
    Magic is poisoned. Allie is unable to use magic without hurting herself. Leander and Isabelle, the strongest soul compliments ever, have possessed the Overseer of the Authority. Read more
    Published 15 months ago by Dorrie Baker
    5.0 out of 5 stars Ta da!
    Ta da! That is how a series should end. An awesome and brilliant story that answered all our questions about Allie's past and her seemingly distant father. Read more
    Published 16 months ago by Shey
    5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful end to a beyond amazing series. Must Read!
    When it comes to ending a series it is often difficult for everyone to get that feeling of satisfaction. Read more
    Published 18 months ago by Literary George
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    More About the Author

    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.

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