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Magic in the Blood (Allie Beckstrom Novels) Audio CD

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  • Audio CD
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452603030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452603032
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.8 x 13.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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isn't about to quit. The police's magic --enforcement division asks her to consult on a

missing persons case - but what seems to be a --straightforward job turns out to be anything but,

as Allie finds herself drawn into the underworld --of criminals, ghosts and blood magic. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Magic in the Blood is the second Allie Beckstorm book from Devon Monk. It picks up a couple of weeks after the events of book 1, Magic to the Bone, which left Allie missing several weeks worth of memories, her father dead, her body marked by a massive amount of magic and her not knowing the man she apparently fell in love with, the very mysterious Zayvion Jones. But despite being scared by the amount of memories missing, Allie isn't about to give up magic or Hounding. She's working this new case for the police, for a supposedly cursed cop, but she's suddenly started seeing ghosts as well. And they're demanding as much of her attention as the case is, without being polite about it.

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.
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Imagine living in a world where magic was a utility, extracted from the natural world and piped throughout your city, and usable by anyone with the right training - to light their home, cook their dinner, improve their appearance, or steal someone's knowledge, twist someone's mind, or even kill an enemy - as long as they can pay the price - a headache, a cold, a fever, or a life. This is the world of Allie Beckstrom, the feisty heroine of Devon Monk's follow up to last year's Magic to the Bone, Magic in the Blood.

Allie is a Hound, a person with the magical gift to literally scent the traces left by a person using magic, and track them to back to the user, which makes her a much in demand for hunting down rogue magic users, and also someone who suffers more than usual from the effects of her own magic use. Since the events of Magic to the Bone, she has also become a living reservoir of magic, something which is supposed to be impossible, and bears the signs of it in elaborate, tattoo-like marks upon her body. Unfortunately, she finds herself unable to remember much about how, or why, this happened, as the price exacted upon her by magic for a major use of it at the end of the last book was the loss of a large part of her recent memory - including of falling in love with a mysterious stranger, Zayvion Jones.

It is at this point that Magic in the Blood begins, with Allie being asked to undertake a new Hounding job for the police, investigating magical involvement in the disappearance of a number of young women, despite such jobs often having fatal results for the Hound.
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*Spoiler free but may contain spoilers for first book Magic to the Bone (An Allie Beckstrom Novel)*

Another fast paced and exciting read, Magic in the Blood picks up almost immediately after the events of Magic to the Bone. Allie is still recovering from the coma, trying to cope with the large memory loss and to top it all off, she's just been mauled in the shower by her father's ghost....

Once again the world building is one of the strongest elements of this series. If magic was discovered tomorrow I could see this being the way it would have affected society over a 30 years period. It doesn't change what people do but how people do things. Monk manages to make it so that magic only ever aids in acts we would see today, the good and the bad, so it makes it incredibly easy to slip into the world she has created. Saying that, she does manage to inject some para into Allie's idea of normal, building on some of the mysteries surrounding Allie's relationship with magic.

The plot is... well, hectic would be a good way to describe it. Nearly the whole book takes place over a 36 hour period so there is very little downtime involved! Whilst I found the multiple threads a bit difficult to keep track of in the beginning of the book they came together nicely and made an exciting (if slightly rushed) climax.

For me the characters were the best thing in Magic in the Blood. Cops, special task forces, mobsters, Hounds and secret societies, make for a very dynamic mix. Allie felt quite isolated in Magic to the Bone and while there is a element of that due to her trust issues it was fun to see her interacting with some many different people.
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