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  • CD-ROM
  • Publisher: Tantor Media (16 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452653011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452653013
  • ASIN: B0079UOI4S
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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*******STOP! THERE WILL BE SPOILERS******* *******NOT SO MUCH OF THIS NOVEL, BUT OF THE PREVIOUS ONES******* *******ALSO, IF YOU HAVE NOT READ ANY OF THE PREVIOUS NOVELS IN THIS SERIES, PUT THIS NOVEL DOWN, AND WALK AWAY. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND ANYTHING THAT HAPPENS HERE, AND ALMOST NOTHING IS EXPLAINED!*******

Well, okay, now that we've got that out of the way. "Magic At The Gate" starts IMMEDIATELY where the novel "Magic On The Storm" ends. Allie Beckstom is a Hound, she initially practiced her magic by using her olfactory senses, although though her character has substantially evolved since her first novel. In the middle of the big magical firefight that was in progress in the last novel, a gateway to the realm of death is opened, and Allie's lover and soul compliment Zayvion Jones' soul is wrenched out of "our" plane of existence and dragged into that one leaving his corporeal body behind.

Without hesitation and thought to her well being, Allie and her pet gargoyle Stone, jump through the gate after him. There she finds that the only way to survive is keep in physical contact with Stone, while the ghost of her father separates from her mind and takes on a substantial presence of his own. However, to Allie's horror, there are now two of her father's here, a younger Daniel, who had to die early in his career as step toward becoming the master magician that eventually he would become, and the older, later murdered Daniel, and whose death got Allie involved in the Authority's business in the first place.

Eventually, she comes into contact with Mikhail and finds Zayvion's imprisoned soul, and to free him, she finds out just what a snake her father really was.
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*** There are spoilers here for the earlier instalments of this series. ***

Things are getting darker for Allie and her friends. Right from the start, Allie is faced with the most difficult of tasks - tracking down the soul of her lover and attempting to free him from Death.

There are dark, desperate, vengeful creatures out there in the darkness, determined to break the laws of magic and life to get back what they have lost. Allie, Shame and the remnants of the Authority are all that stands between them and the people of Portland.

I'm still struggling to like Allie as much as I want to. She's such a petulant child at times that I really want to shake some sense into her every other page. She really needs to learn that sometimes other people really do know better than her. She's also very self-centred. Take for instance the time when she decides to bitch and moan about being locked in a car instead of helping an injured friend in the aftermath of a fierce magical battle. Allie, love, it's not all about you all the time.

Shame, on the other hand, is a magnificent character. He is stroppy, stubborn and angry at times, but he is also fiercely loyal, astoundingly selfless and awesomely powerful. So far, he is the stand out character in this series for me. I also find myself wanting to know more and more about his relationship (or lack of) with Terric. Their relationship is far more interesting to me than that of Allie and Zayvion.

No cliffhanger for this book, unlike the last one. But onto book 6 it is.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring opening doesn't engage 22 Jan 2011
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I bought this on my kindle because of an amazon recommendation. About 40 pages in I am struggling to keep any attention. I don't care about the characters, I don't get the situation, and I am not drawn along by the story. Will probably delete off my Kindle. That's a pretty drastic statement from me. Shame because I need new authors to read and this looked promising.
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5.0 out of 5 stars addictive 7 Jun 2013
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Allie is back again and i could not wait to find out what happened in her story. I am wizszing through the entire series. Highly recommend!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Magic at the gate 12 Feb 2013
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Very enjoyable read, liked enough to want to read the whole series and hope that Allie Bekstrom returns for further adventures in the future
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