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Review: Stone Cold by Devon Monk

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Stone Cold
Author: Devon Monk
Reviewer: Gikany and Una
Rating: A-

What We’re Talking About:

Stone Cold is the final book in the Broken Magic series.  Gikany and Una are sad that Shamus and Terric’s story is over since we have enjoyed this world and these two unlikely heroes.  It doesn’t happen often, but Una and Gikany have slightly differing opinions on this final installment.

Please note, usually in a final book of a series it is only natural for there to be spoilers.  To discuss some of the more interesting elements of Stone Cold we would have to give away huge moments of the book.  We refuse to spoil this series for anyone so please excuse this review if you think it is a little vague.

When Gikany and Una heard about the Broken Magic series we were excited for more in the world we were introduced to in the Allie Beckstrom series.  Una loved this world much so much that she encouraged (ok browbeat) Gikany into reading it.  However, Gikany is still in the middle of Allie’s series, which gives her a different perspective on the Broken Magic series.  As this turns out it was very helpful.  Una absolutely loved this final book and rated it an A.  Gikany liked it a lot, rating it a B+.  We averaged our ratings to give the review the A- ranking we did.  Although Gikany loves this world and enjoyed the storyline, there were some major references to the past experiences of central characters that were critical to understanding our heroes and the situations and decisions they faced.  Lack of the back-story detracted from Gikany’s overall enjoyment.  Una, who has read all of the previous books, was caught up in the moments – stressing, crying, celebrating and mourning with our heroes.

Stone Cold is an emotionally charged roller coaster ride.  Ms. Monk takes us from deepest despair and pain to great joy and release.  Gikany and Una occasionally struggled with the believability of the amazing magical solutions.  We understand that with magic anything is possible (if you are willing to pay the price) and so these events could have happened.  But there are two major events that stretched the boundaries of the mythology.  However, once we reached the conclusion, we were awestruck by the sheer power that Terric and Shame are able to wield – giving weight to some of the unbelievable events.  We were also stunned by the amazing depths of strength both Shame and Terric possess and their determination to do right by each other and their close friends.

At the conclusion of Hell Bent we had a lot of questions.  Most of them concerning the hope for a better life for Shame and Terric: hope of a balance for the voracious hunger of their magic, hope that they could resolve the stress that derives from their being soul compliments, and hope that Terric and Shame might find some measure of happiness with each other and with a significant other.  In all honesty, not all of our questions were answered in Stone Cold but for the most part, everything was resolved.  Gikany and Una are satisfied with the ending of Terric and Shame’s story.  We have a feeling that Ms. Monk ended the series in a way that maybe she can return to this world and tell another story.  Fingers are crossed as we hope and wait.

If you are an Allie Beckstrom fan, this series is a must.  However, if you are intrigued by an alternate universe that involves magic…that is not all happy rainbows and singing flowers, but that is a bit dark with humor and action – then you really need to pick up the Allie Beckstrom series so you can enjoy the torment and wonder that is the Broken Magic series.

Our Rating:  A- Enjoyed a lot

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About the Book:

Marked by Life and Death magic, Shame Flynn and Terric Conley are “breakers”—those who can use magic to its full extent. Most of the time, they can barely stand each other, but they know they have to work together to defeat a common enemy—rogue magic user Eli Collins.

Backed by the government, Eli is trying to use magic as a weapon by carving spells into the flesh of innocents and turning them into brainless walking bombs. To stop him, Shame and Terric will need to call on their magic, even as it threatens to consume them—because the price they must pay to wield Life and Death could change the very fate of the world…and magic itself.

Release Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Roc
Series: Broken Magic #2 (final book)
ISBN: #978-0451417930
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format(s): Paperback (368 pages), e-book
Book Source: Publisher

Giveaway:

For a chance to win a copy of Stone Cold, check out our interview with author Devon Monk. Open March 28-April 4, 2014. See the post for details.

Purchase Info:
Stone Cold (Broken Magic #2)

Reviews in the Series:
Hell Bent by Devon Monk (Broken Magic #1)

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