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Review: Magic on the Line

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Magic on the Line
Author: Devon Monk 
Release Date: Nov. 1, 2011
Publisher: Roc
Allie Beckstrom Novel #7
ISBN: #978-0451464286
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format(s): Paperback (356 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher

About the book:

      Allison Beckstrom has willingly paid the price of pain to use magic and has obeyed the rules of the Authority, the clandestine organization that makes–and enforces–all magic policy. But when the Authority’s new boss, Bartholomew Wray, refuses to believe that the sudden rash of deaths in Portland could be caused by magic, Allie must choose whether to follow the Authority’s rules or to turn against the very people for whom she’s risked her life.
      To stop the plague of dark magic spreading through the city, Allie must put all that she values on the line: her memories, her life. As dead magic users rise to feed upon the innocent and the people closest to her begin to fall, Allie is about to run out of options…

What Una is talking about:

      I discovered the Allie Beckstrom series by accident.  While pursing another author’s website, she had a cartoon/comic, for lack of better word, describing the release of a new book.  I looked through it, thinking it was some joke of hers or something.  I then realized it wasn’t a silly post, but something Devon Monk had put together to tease her fans about the upcoming release in this series.  Intrigued, I went to her website and read what this series is about.  Instantly I had to get my hands on it, so I requested it from the library and have been hooked ever since.
      This is a gritty and dark (at times) urban fantasy.  Warning: it is not a romance.  It is more of a paranormal adventure… our world, but add magic to the mix.  I absolutely love it!  The part that got me was:

Using magic meant it used you back. Forget the fairy-tale hocus-pocus, wave a wand and bling-o, sparkles and pixie dust crap. Magic, like booze, sex, and drugs, gave as good as it got. …

But while magic made the average Joe pay one painful price each time he used it, sometimes magic double dipped on me. I’d get the expected migraine, flu, roaring fever, or whatever, and then, just for fun, magic would kick a few holes in my memories. It didn’t happen every time, and it didn’t happen in any pattern or for any reason I could fathom. Just sometimes when I use magic, it makes me pay the price in pain, then takes a few of my memories for good measure.

      Since finishing Magic on the Hunt, I have been eagerly awaiting Magic on the Line.  I am completely entranced by Allie.  She is a strong woman, who, right or wrong, walks her line with her head held high and her sarcasm waiting.  However, she is incredibly loyal to those she loves, is an absolute “trooper”; keeping her head up when life and circumstances try to beat her down.  Heck, she walked into death to save her love.  She is amazing, but like I said, this is a more gritty urban fantasy.  Allie will sacrifice to do what is right for those that she loves and she lives with those consequences.  She does all of this and yet, doesn’t seem to lose her humor:

“Magic is making you sick,” he said.

“Brilliant deduction, Holmes,” I said.

      Magic on the Line addresses some of the sacrifices and choices she has made and the consequences she had yet to face, along with her friends.  Yet, it doesn’t end there.  Allie is, yet again, faced with tough choices.  I thought the last cliffhanger was a “doozy”, but Ms. Monk has put it to shame with the ending of this book.  Is it an unresolved cliffhanger? No.  But so many questions come from the resolution; it leaves me itching for more!
      Do not start with Magic on the Line, there is such a build-up to where Allie is now, you would be lost if you tried to jump in.  Trust me though; it’s worth it to just start at the beginning with Magic in the Bone.  The Allie Beckstrom series is a gripping and wonderful series, if you haven’t read it yet, add it to your list of books.  It’s an adventure you won’t regret!

Unas Rating:

Loved it – enthusiastically recommend (A)
 
 
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