Magic In The Shadows: An Allie Beckstrom Novel by Devon MonkMagic In The Shadows: An Allie Beckstrom Novel by Devon Monk

Magic In The Shadows: An Allie Beckstrom Novel

byDevon Monk

Mass Market Paperback | November 3, 2009

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Allison Beckstrom?s magic has taken its toll on her, physically marking her and erasing her memories?including those of the man she supposedly loves. But lost memories aren?t the only things preying on Allie?s thoughts.

Her late father, the prominent businessman?and sorcerer?Daniel Beckstrom, has somehow channeled himself into her very mind. With the help of The Authority, a secret organization of magic users, she hopes to gain better control over her own abilities?and find a way to deal with her father?
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 stori...
Title:Magic In The Shadows: An Allie Beckstrom NovelFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 6.75 × 4.2 × 0.8 inPublished:November 3, 2009Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0451462874

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Magic Fight! And we are back with book three in Devon Monk’s awesome ‘Allie Beckstrom’ series, Magic in the Shadows. I know *bows head*not ‘we’…just me. But I am going to make as much noise as I can about this book. Let me just say Magic Fight people! A Magic. Fight!!! But I’ll get to that a little later. Before I continue, a little warning. There are slight spoilers for the previous two books. Nothing that will take away from your reading enjoyment, but I still thought I should give you a heads up. In this installment, Allie is struggling. You see, Allie is no longer alone. Her father’s spirit/soul seems to have taken up residence inside her head. Yup, talk about a mood killer. She has been invited to test to join the Authority (sort of like a secret Magic police force) so you’d think that having her father in her head would be a good thing since he knows pretty much everything when it comes to spells and magic. But Allie is determined to take care of things on her own, without her father’s interference. They didn’t get along when he was alive. In fact she did everything in her power to disassociate herself from him as soon as she was old enough to. But her father isn’t quite ready to die and go away, and he’s about ready to do what it takes to make sure he doesn’t. Allie really is a great character. She is flawed. She is untrusting to a dangerous degree, and sometimes I wanted to smack her to help her see that not everything has to be a fight. But she is true to her word and tries her best. And her wit! I love her sarcasm and her wit. She causes me to break out in short bursts of out loud laughter every once on a while. Examples of her snarkiness would include: “Go me.” “I was demure enough not to flip him off with both fingers.” “Not so much creepy as sort of barf-inspiring.” In the previous books, Allie wanted so much to be secluded from her father and his empire that she flat out ignored everything that had to do with him. Then he died, and all of his responsibilities went to her (thanks to that little thing her dad left behind called a last will and testament). Allie wasn’t having it. If her father was involved, she wanted nothing of it. But she wasn’t thinking about all of the other people involved in the big picture. But in this book, she is finally coming around – and I liked it. It was very good to see her become a little more responsible. A little more mature and ready to take on some responsibility. And not just the responsibility for her father’s company, but also for her fellow Hounds (those who track magic spells back to their casters for a living). We meet a couple of new characters in this book. One of which I want to squeeze but can’t because he’s too hard and the other I want to squeeze but can’t because Pamela has already claimed him. (*mumble grumble* Pamela *mumble grumble*) The first is Stone. He’s a stone gargoyle and he’s cuter than a puppy. The next is Shamus. He’s looking like he going to take on the roll of ‘smart mouth’ in this series. He is Zayvion’s best friend. Clever and sharp with a wicked sense of humor. I am really going to enjoy reading him in future books. Speaking of Zayvion, we finally find out who and what he is! *cracks open the champagne* He is a lot more open in this book and I was very glad for it. He’s not only open with information about himself, but also about his feelings for Allie. And you get to see his vulnerabilities. Let’s just say that Zayvion has become more human…and that makes him that much more relatable. One character that I wanted to smack and smack hard was Allie’s dad. Aug! Talk about an egotistical maniac. I just want Allie to figure out how to get rid of him! There is potential there for a great partnership, but dad is just going about it all wrong. And I don’t blame Allie for being suspicious of him. He’s a controlling man who needs to be smacked down a couple of notches. I like how Devon writes. One of the things I enjoy is how the story’s climax isn’t at the very very end of the book. It takes place a few chapters before ‘the end’ so there is a chance for a bit of a wind down before you reach the end of the book. She leaves you wanting more without feeling like you are experiencing a heart attack. I really appreciate that about these books. I’ll leave you with this. There is a huge magic fight in this book. It’s epic. It’s “sitting on the edge of your seat, biting off all of your finder nails and maybe even moving on to your toenails” epic. Just…epic. The fourth book in this series, Magic on the Storm is sitting in my book closet just waiting for me to pick it up. I won’t be able to do that until the New Year but for sure it won’t be sitting there too too much longer. As for Magic in the Shadows, it picks up right where book two left off and carries you with it until the very last page. Oh, and the magic fight…epic. 4.5 stars
Date published: 2010-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Allie's Back! Magic in the Shadow is the third book in Monk's Allie Beckstrom series and it is my favourite so far. Allie is a Hound - someone who traces the use of magic and tracks down those who abuse their magical powers. Her own use of magic has marked her in distinctive ways; she has magical tattoos all over her arms and body, and because in this 'world' the use of magic doesn't come without a price, she has lost a good chunk of her memories about recent events, including those of the man she loves, Zayvion Jones. The first two books, Magic to the Bone and Magic in the Blood, put Allie through a series of adventures centered on some illegal and immoral magic use that has a connection to her late, estranged father. This time around, Allie has to deal with her father on a more intimate basis - his disembodied spirit seems to be inhabiting her head and at times even trying to possess her both in body and mind. The story picks up immediately from where the previous book left off with Allie now trying to take care of the ragtag group of Hounds and keep her promise to Pike. Between trying to deal with her father’s pregnant widow, the multimillion dollar company she now owns and her attempts to learn more about magic and its use, she also finds herself being hunted by a pseudo-vampire creature that wants to kill her dad (again). I found this to be the most interesting and fun of the series so far. Monk's characters are intriguing. The stubborn, take-action Allie, that was sort of missing in the last book, is back and is determined to make her own way in this world of magic even though she's a little out of her depth. She has more power than she realizes and does things in an unorthodox manner, which drives Zayvion crazy. Zay, for his part, tries hard to keep his cool, zen facade, but it is a challenge around Allie. His character makes a good foil for her, trying to rein in her excesses and keep her safe. It was nice to see Allie's relationship with Zayvion move forward. I particularly liked the introduction of a couple of new characters, the wisecracking and cynical Shame (Shamus), another mage who takes Allie under his wing, and Stone the....well, you'll just have to read the book to find out about him. It was also good to see Zay interact with his peers, have a friend, instead of just playing strong, silent type with Allie. We see a lot of his past--including an ex that causes trouble for Allie. Monk also does a good job showing characters who have darker tendencies, unfortunate addictions, and real problems, without letting those problems solely defining the characters or making them into cookie cutter bad guys. Magic in the Shadows is a fun urban fantasy with strong worldbuilding and characters readers can enjoy following. If you have not read the first two of the series, you need to check them out first. They really do not work as stand-alones and need to be read in order, so get the first two books before you start on this one. 2010-041
Date published: 2010-02-19