Magic in the Shadows (An Allie Beckstrom Novel) Paperback – 10 May 2012
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Loved it. Fiendishly original and a stay-up-all-night read. We're going to be hearing a lot more of Devon Monk (Patricia Briggs)
Clever and compulsively readable (Publishers Weekly)
A well-imagined tale of magic and suspense (Darque Reviews)
About the Author
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. Her previous books in the Allie Beckstrom series, Magic to the Bone and Magic in the Blood are also published by Penguin. Visit her on the web at www.devonmonk.com
Top Customer Reviews
Allie's world expands quite drastically in this book. She encounters more magic users, learns more about the mysterious Authority, struggles to deal with her not-quite-dead dad taking up residence in her head, battles nightmare creatures and fights for her life a few times. In between times, she takes charge of the Hounds, goes on a date, strikes up a relationship with the step-mother and gets a new pet. It's all go, go, go in Allie's life.
I do like Allie on the whole, but sometimes I find her irritatingly stupid. She's aware that she doesn't have the greatest knowledge of magic, but she repeatedly ignores advice and even orders from more experienced magic users. Sometimes she seems to do it out of sheer bloodymindedness and the need not to do what her dad tells her. Seriously, it seems like she'd rather die sometimes than take a little advice. She doesn't seem to grow at all as a character, nor does she learn from her mistakes. Instead, she blunders on, putting herself and those around her in more and more danger. Then there are the times when she performs advanced magic without previously knowing the spell. I assume that sometimes she's drawing on her dad's knowledge, but it seems a little bit too convenient and slightly lazy story telling to me.
I'm still enjoying this series though, so it's on to book 4!
The book is fast paced and there is a lot going on to keep track of, but somehow it all comes together rather than feeling like a lot of different and unnecessary threads there for no reason. Allie is tough as ever working through her issues, memory loss and all the new and ongoing threats she faces. She is constantly being surprised by how much more there is to magic than she, or the general public, knew. And Zayvion, the guy she doesn't remember falling in love with, knows far more than he's saying. I loved the expansion of the world in this one, discovering it alongside Allie, as well as learning more about the Hounds, seeing them work together, how Allie's trying to help them. I loved Davy when we met him in the previous book, and I liked him even more in this one.Read more ›
The story picks up about 30 seconds after the end of the last book, when Allie had thought she'd heard the voice of her father in her mind and seen a trace of him in her own reflection in the bathroom mirror. Well.....she wasn't hallucinating, she really has taken on part of her fathers spirit into her own psyche. Neat, huh? Well it might be if Allie didn't actively detest her father and if her father hadn't proved in the last book that he was more than willing to kill Allie and keep her body for himself. Still, no need to panic...
Already this new development was a more promising start, right from page one. And the improvements kept coming. We got to see Allie and Zayvion go out on their first proper date (three books in and after sleeping together- hey, better late than never, right?) And I really enjoyed these scenes. Zayvion is finally answering some of Allie's questions now that she knows who he works for and they tentatively discussed the future and what it means to be sole compliments.
Then we get a whole bunch of new characters to sink our teeth into. The lovable Irish rogue Shamus (Shame) Flynn, a gargoyle called Stone and the bitchy ex-girlfriend, Chase, who just has to be gorgeous, doesn't she? I know, sodding typical. I loved all of these new additions and they helped me appreciate the two MC's as I watched them interact with them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
brilliant read - magic, suspense, romance - what more could a fantasy reader need! Have throughly enjoyed this series of novels can't wait to read the next one.Published on 30 July 2013 by Hamina
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!Published on 7 Jun. 2013 by K E Devaney
This book was fast paced, full of action, adventure and romance. All set in the supernatural world of magic. I couldn't put the book down and can't wait for the next. Read morePublished on 30 May 2013 by A. Entwistle
Keeps your attention all the way to the end and eager for next book. Love the new characters in book and look forward to meeting some againPublished on 11 Mar. 2013 by Mrs. J. A. Newman
Enjoyable read, enjoyable enough to purchase the whole series and hope that Allie Beckstrom returns in the future, without her Dad!Published on 12 Feb. 2013 by Maria Arana
I got the first book in the Allie Beckstrom series because it was free but from that point on i was hooked and brought the whole set, i loved theses books and cant wait for the... Read morePublished on 10 Aug. 2012 by sue ward
*******THERE WILL BE SPOILERS******** Not so much of this novel, but definitely of the last one.
And you better have read the previous novel before you read this one... Read more