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Magic on the Line: An Allie Beckstrom Novel by [Monk, Devon]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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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 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 stories have been published in five countries and included in a Year's Best Fantasy collection. When not writing, Devon is either knitting, remodeling the house-that-was-once-a-barn, or hosting a family celebration.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 904 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (1 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #224,062 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I will start off by saying that I thought this book was amazing and it is the best book so far that I have read in 2011. I wish that I had reviewed the previous 6 books because a bit like Allie I can sometimes forget what happens in books and I use my reviews to refresh my memory like Allie uses her journal. In this installment we have a new leader of the Authority who is drastically changing the way things are run. Magic has also been poisoned and it is infecting the masses and eventually killing them. Even though absolutely loads happens in this book I thought it was written at a slower pace than the others and I liked that as there is always so much to take in. I feel sorry for poor Allie she never gets a break she deserves a massive vacation. All the usual crew are there Zayvion, Terric, the Hounds and last but definitely not least my man Shamus (Oh Shame I love you), but the book tends to centre more on Allie. She seems to be on her own a bit more and it reminded me of the first book. I can tell that we are getting towards the end of the series as some major things happen that turn everything on its head and I had no idea why certain things were happening until the explosive ending. I'm sorry to be so vague on this but I can't talk about the events without giving away spoilers. Allie's father is still in her head and more secrets are promising to reveal themselves about Allie's past which I can't wait to find out. Daniel Beckstom you are so devious and nasty, I love that about you. I find Ms Monks voice wonderful, I could read her books all day long, I get totally lost in her stories. The characters and dialogue between them is so believable that I feel I am there. The world building she does is so creative, I love all the magic she comes up with.Read more ›
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**spoiler alert** This book was slow to take off and had a different feel to the rest of the series. There was also too much time with Allie alone, no Shame, no Zayvion, and, frankly, that's too much Allie. For a woman who relies on her wits and Hounding skills to make a living, she's astoundingly slow on the uptake much of the time and stunningly stupid on occasion.

This book deals with the aftermath of the showdown with Leander and Isabelle. It takes a while for the real story to begin as Monk deals with the repercussions of the last book. When the story does start and Allie begins seeing the Veiled possessing people, it takes her ages to put two and two together. Countless times, she sees something practically labelled 'Clue' and walks right on past, commenting that it's weird and then dismissing it completely. So much for being such a spectacular Hound.

Magic is making Allie ill. She throws up and passes out when she casts, but Monk never explains why. It doesn't affect anyone else like this, so why Allie? The whole story is a bit slapdash. Different elements pop up and don't get explained or tied to the story later on.

There are some new characters, mostly unpleasant, untrustworthy magic users, and the Hounds get more of a look in. There are also some interesting scenes with Cody, but the rest of the regulars are somewhat sidelined in this story.

Allie doesn't hear from Zayvion for ages and never appears to think to contact him and let him know about the things that are happening to her. When she does see him, she self-righteously bitches him out about the things he's had to do in his role as guardian of the gates, even though she can feel his emotions, none of which are good.
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Another great addition to the Beckstrom series - not that I find that surprising. What was surprising was where Devon Monk takes us with this story. The twists and turns make this a must read novel and I cam hardly wait for the next one.
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One has to wonder if Devon Monk is finally moving toward the resolution of her Allie Beckstrom urban fantasy series. The creation of a new world with the "Age of Steam" series speaks to that, as does the fact that her latest Beckstrom novel, Magic on the Line, ends in the first cliffhanger I've seen in this series. Well, maybe not a cliffhanger per se, but it ends with the series going off in a radical new direction, sort of like part three of a four-part Dr. Who episode. It will be interesting to see what Monk does with it as it moves forward. This installment is excellent, though not quite as good as the previous two.

Things are getting hairy in Portland, Oregon. The Authority (the organization that regulates the use of magic in a city) is in disarray. Some members have gone over to the other side, others have been killed or wounded. The head office in the Northwest is not happy with the way this particular chapter has been run and has sent Bartholomew Wray down to put things right. His method of doing things rubs Allie, her lover, Zayvion Jones, and many other members the wrong way. It doesn't help that dark magic is spreading and leaking all over the city, dead magic users are rising from their graves, and Allie's powers are making her sick every time she uses them. Something's got to give; in this novel, something finally does.

Finally the series has a sense of movement. While each individual book has been great, building and growing the characters, the overarching plot seemed not to have an end in sight. Things changed without moving forward that much. In Magic on the Line, however, the tension is thick as the rival factions within the Authority butt heads.
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