Magic To The Bone by Devon MonkMagic To The Bone by Devon Monk

Magic To The Bone

byDevon Monk

Mass Market Paperback | November 4, 2008

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Devon Monk is casting a spell on the fantasy world...

Using magic means it uses you back, and every spell exacts a price from its user. But some people get out of it by Offloading the cost of magic onto an innocent. Then it’s Allison Beckstrom’s job to identify the spell-caster. Allie would rather live a hand-to-mouth existence than accept the family fortune—and the strings that come with it. But when she finds a boy dying from a magical Offload that has her father’s signature all over it, Allie is thrown back into his world of black magic. And the forces she calls on in her quest for the truth will make her capable of things that some will do anything to control...
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 To The BoneFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 6.8 × 4.2 × 0.9 inPublished:November 4, 2008Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0451462408

ISBN - 13:9780451462404

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review Nice concept but to little explication and didn't even touch on the two biggest issues in the story only used them
Date published: 2015-08-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from One for paranormal romance readers Review was originally posted on In the first of a series revolving around magic Devon Monk shows that using magic is not all it is cracked up to be: Using magic has its price and every spell will exact its price from the user, but with the discovery and commercialization of magic, people have discovered a way to offload this price onto unsuspecting and innocent individuals. This is how Allie Beckstorm makes her living. She is a Hound and has the ability to track the magic back to the person who has offloaded it. Allie is summoned to the St. Johns part of town where an offload has taken hold of a young boy and Allie is determined to find the perpetrator. When the Hound leads back to Allie's father she is not surprised and has vowed that he will pay. What Allie does not know if that this was not a one time thing and this Hound back to her father will throw her back into the world of Black Magic that she has tried to hard to get away from and this time being around black magic will exact a fatal price. I enjoyed Monk's take on magic, it was interesting, and slightly different from other magic based novels I have read. I especially liked that there were magic free areas around the world, where if people wanted to they could live a life free from magic. I also liked Monk's forethought on how the use of magic could be commercialized, utilized and sold as a product, very capitalist of her and to me very interesting as well as beyond the more typical idea of just paying people to perform magic (which does still happen in the book). Now there were magic companies where they made expensive clothing or homes or anything commercial I am sure one could think of. It was also interesting that when you use magic there is always a consequence for the magic that the person has used. Everything from a head ach to bruises to death, magic will always exact it's price. Allie is portrayed a street smart woman, even though she came from a well off family, but seven years away from that life has really shaped her. I found it interesting that magic's side affect for Allie is different from other people and that she looses pieces of her memory. Therefore, she is forced to write down her notes in a book that she always keeps with her (think of the movie Memento, but not as extreme, great movie by the way). I wonder what would happen if her note book was to go missing, how much of her life would she forget or has forgotten. However, I did not like that Monk decided to have one of those instant romances in the book. As soon as Allie met Zayvion, she needed him and wanted him in a span of a few minutes. Allie, who had been independent for most part of her life now, needed someone else there, to help her through everything. I just felt that this contradicted the character that Monk had created at the beginning of the book. Zayvion himself is an interesting character and I wonder of his power and his love for the Pine smell. This it the only book I have read in this series so immediately I think he has some sort of werewolf roots, but there is nothing to completely support this theory in the book. I’m not 100% sure yet that I like Zayvion as a character, his handling of certain events did not make him my favorite character, but he is an interesting character nonetheless This book was okay for me, as I found it sided more with the paranormal romance genre than just paranormal. I do think that Monk was able to create some interesting twists in the use of magic and I did like the interaction between magic, technology and commercialization, however, I do not know if that is enough to bring me back to this series. I found that this novel was lacking action sequences that I personally enjoy in novels as well as a lack of mystery. I believe you are able to figure things out fairly early in the book and are waiting for the main character to catch up to you. I think if you are a fan of paranormal romance you will enjoy this book and probably this series, but if you are like me and like things on the darker side and less romance, you will probably want to skip this one. So we’ll see, I may pick up the next book, just not too sure yet as I have so many other books to read. I’ll have to check out some reviews of the second book to help me make up my mind Enjoy!!!
Date published: 2012-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Very Interesting Story This book has been sitting in my book closet for well over a year. Yes, I’m a little embarrassed to admit that. I’m a little embarrassed that I’ve had this great story set in a fascinating world told by a capable writer stored right next to where I sleep and never made a move to bring it out. I don’t even remember buying it. Was it online or in-store? No idea. But I know it was pre-blog hopping because not many of my bloggy friends have read this. I must have read really good things about it. I must have checked on the Romantic Times Magazine website and seen that it received 4 1/2 stars. Those are usually the reasons I would have bought a new book back in the day. But last week, I opened my book closet and this book shouted at me. It said ‘What the hell, you!” (because really, you can’t expect a book to know your name) “I’ve been in here for a hell of a long time and you suck. Pick me up, read me, show me some love!” And that’s exactly what I did. “Magic to the Bone” by Devon Monk is book one in her Allie Beckstrom series. About 30 years ago, it was discovered that magic was real and that people could actually channel it and use it. Of course, not all magic is used for good or used as it should. Enter Allie, a Hound. A Hound’s job is to use magic to discover the origin of a spell. Every magic user has their own signature. Hounds unravel a spell to find the signature in order to find out who is responsible for a spell. The downside to magic is that it costs something to use. It causes pain to the magic user. Not right away, but soon after use. Allie prefers trying to steer the pain and have it turn to a multi-day migraine headache, but sometimes when she uses too much magic, she loses some of her memory. She carries around a little note book with all the information she would need and any events she would want to know about documented in it. Memory loss is not something Allie too happy about, but she loves her job too much and she is just too good at it to let it go. Allie is called in to Hound a hit on a little boy. This leads her to meet with her estranged father which leads to all sorts of happenings. I really enjoy how you really don’t know what is going on or which direction the story is headed. You have an inkling as to who might be involved, but not the why or not even if you are right until the last 50 pages or so. Then you’re just like, whoa. The story is told from Allie’s point of view, but there are parts of the story that are told from Cody’s point of view. You’re not sure who Cody is. Is he a boy or a man, sick or well? All you know is that he is being held captive and used for his magical ability to forge magic signatures. A really interesting twist to the story telling that I enjoyed. Let’s talk characters. Allie is a strong woman who wants to isolate herself from her successful father’s dealings. She is magically very powerful. She is kick ass but she is also vulnerable and human. I am very happy I like her since this is the Allie Beckstrom series. It would kind of suck if I didn’t like the main heroine! ;) Zayvion is a mystery. You never fully find out who he is, what he is, why he is there or how he is truly involved. He is very secretive. He is also very protective of Allie and saves her life on numerous occasions. There is this mysterious air about him that makes you want to follow him anywhere to learn more about him. I am also happy to see that he is a recurring character in this series, because I really want to know the who, what, why and how! Allie’s best friend, Nola is a wonderful woman. Almost more of a motherly figure. She is a calming source for Allie, and boy does Allie need it. I wanted to give you big hugs all the time, she’s that sweet. Overall, I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I find that always sounds bad when you word it that w — it sounds as though you read a book with very low expectations but it turned out to be kick ass. I just really don’t know why I waited so long to read this. I won’t give any detail but I just love the way it ended. It really closes off this particular installment yet leaves the perfect opening for the next book. And Zayvion?! I can’t wait to find out more about that guy! This is a nice Urban Fantasy story told in a distinctive and interesting setting and I am for sure going to be continuing with this series. 4.5 stars
Date published: 2010-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good start to a new series I really enjoyed this book. It took a bit at first, but about half way I was hooked and read the second half in 1 sitting :)....I found the leading lady really mature and the ending was awesome. She isn't as "TOUGH" as I usually like my main characters, but I am so eager to find out exactly what she is, and why she can do what she can with her magic...even more so, is ZAY...what is up with sweet, but so mysterious. So much more to come from these two......
Date published: 2010-02-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Author's writing style not my cup of tea... After reading all the previous reviews I was expecting more. It was a good pace, but I guess I just didn't like the author's writing irritated me to the point that after I finished it, I brought it back to the bookstore and got Heroes at Risk by Moira J. Moore in place of it.
Date published: 2009-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Impressive Start This book was a great read and an excellent start to a new series (second book Magic in the Blood is due out in May/09). This is the story of Allie Beckstrom. In Allie's world, if you use magic, you had better be willing to pay the price or find some way to offload that price on someone else. This is where Allie comes in. Allie's a Hound, a sort of magical sleuth that can trace magic back to its source and make sure that no one gets away with dumping magical backlash onto innocent bystanders. When Allie Hounds a trail back to her father, a prominent businessman, she finds herself in over her head in magical intrigue and corporate espionage. Overall, the story is well paced and keeps you hooked until the end. The main characters, Allie and the oh-so-sexy man of mystery, Zayvion, are interesting and truly likeable. Despite the fact that Allie can't make up her mind on whether or not to trust Zayvion, there is a good rapport between the two characters with lots of lively banter and lots of sexual attraction. If you are a fan of Patricia Briggs' Mercy or Keri Arthur's Riley, you'll probably be a fan of this new series too.
Date published: 2009-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great New Author A very good read by a new author. A great mix of magic, romance, sensuality. A different slant on the rules of magic. The book started off a little slow, but quickly piced up the pace. Twists and turns a plenty. The lead heroine reminds me a bit of Mercy in Patricia Briggs books. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Date published: 2009-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great story this was a pretty cool new story... not too sure about the end but i'll definitely be picking up the next one if only to see how she get's around her handicap.
Date published: 2009-01-29

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