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Magic Without Mercy (Allie Beckstrom Novels) Mass Market Paperback – 7 Jun 2012

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780451464484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451464484
  • ASIN: 0451464486
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.6 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,791,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fiendishly original and a stay-up-all-night read (Patricia Briggs )

Allie's adventures are gripping and engrossing, with an even, clever mix of humour, love, and brutality (Publishers Weekly )

Devon Monk's writing is addictive, and the only cure is more, more, more (Rachel Vincent ) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Devon Monk has one husband, two sons, and a dog named Mojo. She lives in Oregon and is surrounded by colourful and numerous family members who mostly live within dinner-calling distance of each other. Devon's previous novels, Magic to the Bone, Magic in the Blood, Magic in the Shadows and Magic on the Storm have also been published by Penguin. Visit her on the web at www.devonmonk.com. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Taunt on 4 Aug. 2012
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**spoiler alert** Overall, I like this series, but I'm finding Allie increasingly irritating. She can no longer use magic without passing out, so mostly she stands on the sidelines, giving her orders and marvelling over how beautiful magic is and how skilled all her friends are at using it. She seems a step removed from the action when she should really be in the thick of it.

It also puzzles me how she's suddenly in charge of this band of ex-Authority members. They are all so much more experienced than her yet, rather inexplicably, they are all looking to her to make the decisions and following her orders even when they think it's a monumentally stupid idea. She's still incredibly dense at times. I understand that it may be difficult to remember everything in the heat of battle, but some of the things Allie forgets about or fails to consider are ridiculously obvious.

The side characters are more interesting to me than Allie. I love Shame and Terric, I love Stone, and I rather like Cody, especially spirit Cody. The most interesting scenes involved these characters. There is apparently only one more book to go and there are still many, many unanswered questions. Let's see if we get all the loose ends tied up.
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Things are finally ramping up for a riveting finale in Devon Monk's "Allison Beckstrom" urban fantasy series. The events in the latest book, Magic Without Mercy, barrel toward a blockbuster finish, as it deals with one of the two major plotlines that have spread throughout the entire series. With previous books, as much as I've enjoyed them, I've read them at a nice, leisurely pace. I had to force myself to put this one down and finished it very quickly. Everything about the book absorbs you and won't let you go.

Things look bleak for Allie Beckstrom and her friends, who are on the run from the Authority (the organization that governs all magic use in the world). Allie is wanted for criminal embezzlement and murder, so the police are after her, as well. Meanwhile, the wells of magic scattered around Portland, Oregon, have been poisoned. Any time Allie tries to use magic, she gets violently ill. The only person who may be able to figure out what's going on is Allie's dead father, whose psyche resides inside Allie's head (much to her annoyance). Will they be able to fix things before a user of death magic is able to destroy the antidote?

This entire series has impressed me with how Monk moves from deep character moments that feel true to wonderful action set-pieces. Magic Without Mercy is no different, deftly displaying her wide-ranging abilities as she follows Allie, her lover, Zayvion Jones, Shame, Terric, and so many other characters that you want to learn more about. Allie and Zay's relationship shines off the page. Allie is her usual feisty self, but she is also in an unusual position: those she has looked to for magical guidance in the past are now looking to her for leadership during this crisis.
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By Emma on 4 Mar. 2013
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LOVE LOVE LOVE all of this series. It reminds me of a Kim Harrison-esq plot but honestly I don't know which came first, I'm lazy enough not to check. Either way, whilst I was happy to see the plot reach an end, I'm still sad this series is over. Would recommend for those who love supe fiction but sometimes feel the genre is a little....young.
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