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Book 9 of 9 in the Allie Beckstrom Series

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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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Allie Beckstrom (Book 9)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780451464866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451464866
  • ASIN: 0451464869
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #537,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Devon Monk writes the Allie Beckstrom series, the Broken Magic series, the Age of Steam series, the House Immortal trilogy, and the Shame and Terric novels. She also writes the occasional short story.

She lives happily beneath the rainy skies of Oregon, and when not writing, can be found drinking too much coffee and knitting silly things.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Book Obsession.. on November 6, 2012
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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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Hatter on 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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Zeenakwon on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karissa Eckert on November 25, 2012
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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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