Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Review: Magic in the Shadows by Devon Monk

Magic in the Shadows
Allie Beckstrom #3
by: Devon Monk
$7.99 mass market paperback
Roc Books
Paranormal Fantasy
Released: November 2009

After taking down a drug dealer bent on revenge and stopping a plot to destroy the world, Allie finds herself no longer alone in her head. Somehow her father's soul has taken up residence and refuses to leave. Just what she needed. She never liked the man when he was alive, but knowing he's in her head, aware of everything she does and says, it's just too much. Desperate to reclaim her mind, she turns to Zayvion and the Authority for help, hoping they'll have the magical know-how needed to get her dad out of her head. The last thing she wants it to owe the elusive magical society anything, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

She's also got to deal with shadowed creatures that suck her magic every time she uses it, and a deranged magic-fueled monster out to destroy what remains of her father. Not only that, but she promised a dying friend she'd take care of the other Hounds in the city, but how do you protect someone who doesn't want to be protected?

These books are hard to write blurbs for because there are so many things going on in these novels at any given time, I'm afraid of giving anything away. The author manages to tie all the different conflicts in the story together in such a way that it seamlessly blends into one large story. Because of that, I feel that anything I say will only give it away. I will say to read these in order, otherwise you'll not only ruin the earlier books for yourself, but be hopelessly lost as well. The books just get deeper as they progress, and we find out more about magic and the world with each passing chapter. It's obvious Devon Monk has put a lot of careful thought into her novels, and it shows. If you haven't read these, they're a great addition to the urban fantasy genre.
Carla gives this book a

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