Friday, September 23, 2011

Review: Magic at the Gate by Devon Monk

Magic at the Gate
Allie Beckstrom #5
by: Devon Monk
$7.99 mass market paperback
Roc Books
Paranormal Fantasy
Released: November 2010

In the battle that raged during the wild storm, Zayvion's soul somehow got sucked into the realm of the dead.  Uncaring of the consequences, Allie followed, taking only her pet gargoyle and her manipulative ghost father with her.  She knew the chances of saving him were slim, but she also knew she couldn't live with herself if she didn't at least try.

Once there she must learn to navigate a world unlike her own, where danger lurks around every bend and monsters aren't hiding in the shadows, but rather walking down the streets.  When she finds Zayvion, she's given a choice--give up part of her magic, or never see the man she loves again.  If she does, then that could spell disaster for not only herself, but the whole world.  If she doesn't, then Zayvion dies for good. 

This story delves deep into the sacrifices we make for the ones we love, and how far we're willing to go to keep our loved ones safe, even if the cost is far more than we're willing to pay.  Allie must evaluate her life and decide what she's willing to give up for a man she loves, but she must also try and figure out what her dad's angle is in the whole scheme.  This book picks up right where the last one left off, and I was really glad I didn't have to wait between the two books to read them, or else I might have gone crazy with waiting.  I love how the series is one continuous story woven together, and the secondary characters help to make the story both believable and fantastic.  Love the series.

Carla gives this book a

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