- Series: Allie Beckstrom (Book 5)
- Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Ace (2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451463625
- ISBN-13: 978-0451463623
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #812,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Magic at the Gate Mass Market Paperback – November 2, 2010
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Starred Review. The action-packed fifth Allie Beckstrom novel (after 2009's Magic in the Shadows) amps up the magical mayhem. Just as Allie joins the Authority, a secret group of magical enforcers, internal warfare threatens the organization. Also in danger is Zayvion Jones, Allie's Soul Complement. To save him, she must travel through the gates of Death to retrieve his soul at the cost of her own magic. Unlike most magic users, Allie carries magic within her and doesn't have to draw on the city wells--but technology created by her malevolent father may have made magic portable for everyone, including the Veiled, evil ghosts who think the infinitely reusable magic disks are their route to immortality in the world of the living. Allie's adventures are gripping and engrossing, with an even, clever mix of humor, love, and brutality. (Nov.) (c)
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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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Allie and her band of hero's have saved the day again. Allie is still battling with her father and learning so much more about him, maybe at some point she will realize he has always loved her, he may have been so much further ahead of he had only just talked to her father than trying to shield her, but I think with them sharing a "space" , they are learning more about the other than they thought possible.
Some of the big secrets behind what's going on have started to spill, regarding who's in league with whom, who murdered whom and why, and so on. It adds a nice dash of anticipation and tension to the plot, and helps to clear up at least some of the confusing and shifting alliances of the last book.
The stakes get higher and higher in Magic at the Gate. We aren't talking single lives any more; we're talking whole groups, major secrets, maybe even the fate of the entire city. Again, it ratchets up the tension nicely.
Although I had issues with books three and four, book five seems to start a climb back up toward the fantastic story of book one. Hopefully the series will continue this way!
This book seemed like it was the calm before the storm, without really being calm. There was plenty of danger and action, but with the war really starting to brew, I fear they have only scraped the edge of what is in store. Not only do the remaining members of the Authority have to deal with the ones who rebelled, but also a new unknown threat that seems to have followed Allie out of the gate. They seem to be getting it from all sides, and it will be a miracle if the small band is able to hold things together. I think they might just have to rethink their idea of closing everyone outside of their circle. They will need all the help they can get, and there are several magic users that could really be useful if the members of the Authority only allow them to help. I guess only time will tell if their stubbornness holds, or they give in and do the right thing.
I really missed the interaction between Zayvion and Allie in this book. I understand the man was in a coma for most of it, but I just wish there could have been a little more time spent together. Their relationship is one of my favorite things about the series, and it made this book seem to be a little lacking compared to the rest. That being said however, I did enjoy the increased time with her friends Shame and Terric. I'm not sure the two will ever be able to be completely at peace with each other. However, with that being said, they did make major strides at being able to at least work together without killing the other person. Who knows, maybe someday a miracle will happen and Shame will pull his head out of his butt, anything is possible.
Overall, this felt like a transition book, but still had plenty of action to keep me entertained. Some questions were answered about her father and his "use" for her. His continued manipulation and use of her without her permission makes him really hard to trust, especially since he keeps his true motives always hidden from her. I just hope that somehow his ultimate plan ends up being for the good of the world and Allie. Hey, I can dream right? All in all, I enjoyed the book, and I look forward to the next one, especially if there is more quality time between Allie and Zayvion. I have a feeling things are headed to crazy town and the next book should be pretty jammed packed.
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