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Magic in the Blood (An Allie Beckstrom Novel) Paperback – 5 Jan 2012
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About the Author
Devon Monk has one husband, two sons, and a dog named Mojo. She lives in Oregon and is surrounded by numerous colourful family members. She has been published in six countries and published countless short stories in fantasy, SF, horror, humour and young adult anthologies. When not writing, she can be found knitting all sorts of weird and wonderful things (including a gargoyle that features in the book). Take a look and read some extracts at devonmonk.com
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Our heroine is a human lie detector, we are told. Yet 3 important plot twists rely on the fact that people lie to her and she doesn't notice.
The writing speeds up and slows down. Endless descriptions of some things, glossing over others.
How can anyone go through that much pain, wet, cold, illness and misery and still be too dumb to set a Disbursement?
And the memory thing - very frustrating to me as a reader. Not only do we have pointless repeat info, I am also expected to remember what happened, what Allie has forgotten, what she has remembered and what she thinks has happened but is just cobbling together. It's a bit tiresome, really.
I see the series is still going strong, so maybe these things get resolved. Haven't yet decided if I will bother to find out...
I really loved the first book in this series and was really looking forward to this second installment. But I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. It's not bad, by any stretch, and not even a let down exactly. It's got a good plot and doesn't ignore things from the previous book, but in many ways it felt more like a set up for the next book or two more than anything else. It is still a good read, but I wasn't as gripped by it as book one. I'd been warned that the ending was a bit of a cliff hanger, but I saw the ending coming from a chapter or two previous so it didn't have the impact I think was intended. It did leave me hanging, but not so badly that I needed to pick up the next book instantly. I did like this book, I just preferred book 1.
There are some great moments in this book and we get to see more of what Hounding work, and it's cost, is like. We get to know Allie a little better, and meet some very interesting new side characters as well, who I'm hoping we see more of in the next book. One of my favourite things about this series, is the cost of using magic. How it works and works the user. Nothing like that should come without a cost, and it has a huge cost in this series. Seeing the different ways people deal with that cost was intriguing. The build up to the end was good, and it got pretty tense, but I think there was more power in the ending of book one. Still a good read, but this isn't going to be my favourite of the series. Hoping for a little more from the next book.
This book is darker and bloodier than the previous one. It deals with ghosts, blood magic and death magic and Allie has a rough ride over the couple of days this book covers. I rattled through this and I'm now on book 3 of this series because I really want to know more about this world, the mysterious Zayvion Jones and what Allie will do next.
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Another fast paced and exciting read, Magic in the Blood picks up...Read more